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Face coverings mandatory on public transport from 15 June 2020Face coverings mandatory on public transport from 15 June 2020

From 15 June, passengers on public transport in England will have to wear a face covering, to help reduce the risk of transmission when social distancing is difficult.

Transport operators are being asked to make wearing a face covering a condition of using public transport, and they will be able to refuse travel or issue penalty fines to those who do not meet the requirement. There will exceptions for very young children, disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.

Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport, published 4 June 2020

Transport Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 4 June 2020

Guidance - How to wear and make a cloth face covering, updated 4 June 2020.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UKCoronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

Government guidance published 3 June 2020 sets out how you should self-isolate if you arrive in the UK on or after 8 June 2020.

This guidance sets out:

  • who must self-isolate
  • how you should travel to the place where you are self-isolating
  • how to self-isolate
  • support to help you self-isolate
  • what to do if you get coronavirus symptoms.

Read the guidance


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Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't doCoronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do

The Government has produced a series of frequently asked questions on what you can and can't do during the coronavirus outbreak. It was updated on 1 June 2020 and includes information on the limited number of things you will be able to do in England that you could not do before.

For example, the FAQs advise that from 1 June 2020, people with carers can meet in a group of up to six people (including carers) as long as social distancing is practised. The FAQs recognise that people with carers who need personal care may have to be closer than 2 metres.

People in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will need to follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

Read the FAQs


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People who are shielding can now leave home in EnglandPeople who are shielding can now leave home in England

Although general relaxations of lockdown across the UK do not extend to those who are shielding, revised guidance has been issued that people who are shielding in England can now leave home if they wish, subject to maintaining strict social distancing and with appropriate precautions. If people choose to spend time outdoors, they can do so with members of their own household, or one member from another household, ideally the same person each time.

These rules apply to England. There will be further consideration and review by the UK government and devolved administrations, who will issue their own advice.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19, updated 31 May 2020.

The list of those who are clinically extremely vulnerable may change to reflect clinical decisions:

Process to remove patients from clinically extremely vulnerable list


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Advice for those shielding in WalesAdvice for those shielding in Wales

Those who are shielding in Wales can start to take exercise outdoors, according the Welsh Government. This outdoor exercise is unlimited, as long as when they go outside they strictly follow the social distancing rules and hygiene practices.

Everyone else in Wales has already been advised that they are able to meet with another household from 1 June as long as it is outdoors. Therefore the Chief Medical Officer for Wales is now advising that those who are shielding should be able to meet outside with people from another household on the same basis.

The next review of advice will be from 15 June 2020. Written Statement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Shielding Update - changes to advice, 1 June 2020.

Shielded people in Northern Ireland are likely to be able to go outdoors again from Monday, 8 June, if the R-number is below one when ministers meet on 4 June. BBC News

Scotland is not relaxing its advice for people who are shielding for the time being: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-52867284


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Guidance on phased return of outdoor sport and recreationGuidance on phased return of outdoor sport and recreation

From 1 June, people in England can exercise alone, with members of their household, or with up to, but no more than 5 other people from outside their household while keeping 2 metres apart at all times.

Gatherings of more than 6 people are not permitted (unless an exemption applies, for example, if they are from one household or if it's essential for work purposes). Social distancing of 2 metres applies to people outside of their household. If people are playing sport or exercising with people from their own household, the 2 metre rule does not apply.

Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England, updated 1 June 2020. There is separate guidance for personal trainers and elite athletes.


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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 came into effect on 1 June 2020 and permit certain businesses to open for the training of elite athletes, clarify that places of worship and community centres may be used to provide early years childcare, prohibit people from staying overnight in a place other than where a person lives, without reasonable excuse, and impose more detail on prohibited gatherings.


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Update on the PPE Dedicated Supply ChannelUpdate on the PPE Dedicated Supply Channel

We have received an update from DHSC on the PPE Dedicated Supply Channel, the parallel supply chain operated by Clipper Logistics to meet urgent needs for PPE from health and social care providers in England.

The update, issued 28 May 2020, explains that small care providers from Cumbria, Merseyside, Durham & Darlington, Cheshire, South Yorkshire, Cleveland, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Lancashire and Kent Local Resilience Forums (LRF) have been invited to register on the portal. Other LRF areas will be invited over the next two weeks as the service ramps up.

More information about emergency top ups and roll out of PPE portal


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Guidance on coping with health risks in hot weatherGuidance on coping with health risks in hot weather

Hot weather poses health risks of dehydration, over-heating, heat exhaustion and heatstroke, but there is advice for the public and social care providers on mitigating the risks and staying comfortable and healthy in the heat, or helping people to do this:

NHS: How to cope in hot weather

England: Heatwave Plan for England Resources include ‘Beat the Heat: Coping with heat and COVID-19’ poster, leaflet and keep cool at home checklist.

Advice for Health and Social Care professionals

Wales: Extreme hot weather - advice from Public Health Wales on the health risks of extremely hot weather.

Scotland: Hot weather advice from Ready Scotland

Northern Ireland: Hot weather advice from NI Direct

Age UK: Advice on staying cool in a heatwave

Dementia UK: How to support somebody living with dementia in hot weather and prevent dehydration

Met Office 5 day forecast and long range forecast

Met Office weather app


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Employers' furlough contribution from August will be taperedEmployers' furlough contribution from August will be tapered

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced changes to the UK's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) which will see employers paying national insurance and employer pension contributions from August. By September businesses will pay 10% of wages of furloughed staff, and in October, 20%. From July, flexibility will be introduced into the scheme to allow workers to work part-time in their old roles, with employers paying wage costs.

The scheme as a whole will close to new entrants on 30 June (in practice 10 June, three weeks earlier) and finish at the end of October, as planned.

Guidance - Work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, 29 May 2020.

The scheme to support the self-employed has been extended so eligible self-employed workers can receive a second and final grant, at a reduced rate.

Guidance, Claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, 29 May 2020


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Six people can meet outside under new measures in EnglandSix people can meet outside under new measures in England

The Prime Minister has announced that groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.

Government press release

Guidance Staying alert and safe (social distancing), published 29 May 2020.

Guidance Staying safe outside your home, the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible, published 29 May 2020.


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Stay local to keep Wales safeStay local to keep Wales safe

From 1 June, 2 households in the same local area in Wales will be able to meet outdoors. In doing this, however, people must follow social distancing and strict hand hygiene practices to control the spread of the virus. 'Local' means not generally travelling more than 5 miles from home to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading from one area to another.

Press release dated 29 May 2020


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Process to remove patients from clinically extremely vulnerable listProcess to remove patients from clinically extremely vulnerable list

We have heard from DHSC that a number of patients are being identified by clinicians as no longer needing to be on the clinically extremely vulnerable list (being shielded).

DHSC have clarified that clinicians have the authority to make a clinical decison to remove patients from the shielded list if, after review, if they feel that he/she is not 'clinically extremely vulnerable'. They are advised to discuss these decisions with their patients, and mark their decision on the IT system.

Where people are removed from the list, DHSC follow up by text to ensure that the patients can still access forms of support including the NHS Volunteers network, and will retain their supermarket priority delivery slots.

In some cases patients have received these texts before they have heard from their clinician. DHSC say they are investigating the effectiveness of the process and hope to address this issue. Anyone with concerns should speak to their clinician, usually their GP.


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First phase of easing the lockdown in Scotland begins 29 MayFirst phase of easing the lockdown in Scotland begins 29 May

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that from 29 May 2020, two households will be allowed to meet in outdoor spaces up to a suggested maximum of eight people, subject to physical distancing and hygiene rules are maintained.

https://www.gov.scot/news/lockdown-begins-to-ease-in-phase-1/




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New tool launched to speed social care recruitmentNew tool launched to speed social care recruitment

A new online platform has been launched to speed recruitment into adult social care in England. The Join Social Care online platform, developed and licensed from Cera Care, allows candidates to record a video interview, viewable by local regulated providers.

The scheme includes access to free training, supported by Skills for Care, and free DBS checks. CQC registered providers can search for candidates in their local area and view video interviews before proceeding. Providers need to register with their CQC contact email address for the location at: www.joinsocialcare.co.uk/care-company


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Northern Ireland may add to lockdown relaxations from 8 JuneNorthern Ireland may add to lockdown relaxations from 8 June

The Northern Ireland Executive has announced that, if the R number remains at or below its current level of 0.9, a number of relaxations to lockdown will be introduced in the week commencing 8 June.

Update from Executive dated 28 May 2020.


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Contact tracing schemes launch in England and ScotlandContact tracing schemes launch in England and Scotland

The NHS test and trace service launches in England today, 28 May, to trace contacts of people who have tested positive with coronavirus (COVID-19). The accompanying guidance informs people what to do if they test positive for coronavirus or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. The NHS test and trace service is intended to:

  • ensure that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents
  • help trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus.

Guidance - NHS test and trace: how it works, published 27 May 2020.

Guidance, NHS test and trace: workplace guidance, Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers, published 27 May 2020.

Government will be producing formal guidance for social care providers shortly, but have issued a preliminary explanation of what the arrangements will be: Test and Trace: guidance for social care employers about staff isolation dated 29 May 2020.

The above guidance relates to England only.

Scotland also launches its Test and Protect scheme to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus. More information

Northern Ireland already has a contact tracing scheme. More information The scheme in Wales is due to launch in early June.


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UKHCA webinar: Risk, Indemnity, Insurance and Mitigating Legal Liabilities for Homecare ServicesUKHCA webinar: Risk, Indemnity, Insurance and Mitigating Legal Liabilities for Homecare Services

On the 20th May, UKHCA hosted a webinar for members, which featured insights from CQC, Anthony Collins Solicitors and Towergate.

Watch the webinar in the resources area of the UKHCA website.


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Advice for blind and partially sighted people during coronavirus (COVID-19)Advice for blind and partially sighted people during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department of Health has produced a document highlighting some key contact numbers and advice on how people who are blind or partially sighted can get support in their local community. This support may be in relation to shopping, medication, emotional or practical support, staying connected and having others to talk to, and ideas to keep active or stimulated during this time. Read the document


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Mental Health Action Plan publishedMental Health Action Plan published

The Department of Health has published the Mental Health Action Plan as part of the commitment to improve the mental health of the population in Northern Ireland.

Read the Mental Health Action Plan


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UK Government commits up to £23m extra funding to tackle coronavirus in WalesUK Government commits up to £23m extra funding to tackle coronavirus in Wales

The UK Government is to provide up to £23m extra funding to support the Welsh Government during the coronavirus pandemic, following the announcement of new funding from the UK Government for England's Test and Trace Services.

The funding boost will help Wales in the provision of antibody tests. The UK Government is arranging supplies of tests on behalf of all UK nations, with the Welsh Government deciding how best to use its test allocations.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-government-to-provide-up-to-23m-in-extra-funding-to-tackle-coronavirus-in-wales


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Testing expanded to everyone in the UK with symptomsTesting expanded to everyone in the UK with symptoms

Everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms is now eligible for a test, according to a statement by the Health and Social Care Secretary. The tests are not suitable for children under 5 years old. 

The government says it will continue to prioritise access to tests for NHS and social care, patients, residents and staff.

Government press release

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested, updated 18 May 2020

Separately, the Department of Health in Northern Ireland has announced that Covid-19 testing will be made available to all care home residents and staff across Northern Ireland. Read more information

 


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Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme opens today, 26 MayCoronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme opens today, 26 May

The government's online Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme opens from today, 26 May. Small and medium-sized employers will be able to recover up to 2 weeks of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments made to current or former employees for eligible periods of sickness starting on or after 13 March 2020, subject to conditions. The scheme applies UK-wide.

Government press release

Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 26 May 2020.

Online claim service using Government Gateway.


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New learning hub to launch end of MayNew learning hub to launch end of May

Health Education England's (HEE) Technology Enhanced Learning team is to release a Learning Hub at the end of May 2020 which will give the health and care workforce in England the ability to share and access resources during the pandemic.

The Learning Hub will be a new digital platform that will provide easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care. Learning Hub users will be able to contribute digital resources including e-learning, video, audio, images, web links and articles, subject to conditions.

Blog on new HEE Learning Hub and its features


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Survey reveals people in Wales feel cautious about changes to lockdown restrictionsSurvey reveals people in Wales feel cautious about changes to lockdown restrictions

A recent engagement survey by Public Health Wales has revealed nearly three quarters of people (73 per cent) still feel the restrictions in Wales are about right. Most people feel cautious about changes with 90 per cent of those surveyed during the week 11-17 May thinking it should be more than three weeks before schools reopen.

More about the survey


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Guidance published on providing homecare in EnglandGuidance published on providing homecare in England

The government has published Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home carewhich brings together information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak in England.

The guidance is in response to frequently asked questions from registered providers, social care staff, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes, including supported living settings.

Rosamond Roughton, the Director-General for Adult Social Care at the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), has written to all homecare providers introducing the new page. A copy of Rosamond's letter can be downloaded here.


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New quarantine rules for international arrivals from 8 JuneNew quarantine rules for international arrivals from 8 June

The government has issued Coronavirus (COVID-19) essential international travel guidance which provides guidance on travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and introduces a 14 day self isolation requirement for those arriving in the UK from 8 June 2020. The exemptions from self-isolation in Coronavirus (COVID-19): travellers exempt from UK border rules include a registered health or care professional travelling to the UK to provide essential healthcare, including where this is not related to coronavirus.

 


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Clarification on glove use in social care in ScotlandClarification on glove use in social care in Scotland

We understand Gordon Beattie, Director of National Procurement, NHS National Services Scotland, is writing to providers on the supply of gloves for social care, to clarify the service's email of 21 May. The new communication makes clear:

  • There is no change in PPE best practice guidance.
  • Nitrile gloves should be used where there is a risk of exposure to blood/body fluids, or when using hypochlorite for cleaning. Vinyl gloves continue to be suitable for uses where there is no risk of such exposure.
  • In the short term, NSS National Procurement will only issue nitrile gloves to social care hubs and will engage with the sector to assess the future balance of need for vinyl gloves and provide regular updates.
  • If providers require a stock of nitrile gloves before they can access them through the social care hub, they are asked to contact the NHS NSS contact centre on 0300 303 3020 to request additional supply and this will be urgently delivered.

NHS NSS communication re supply of gloves in Scotland


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Transition Board to oversee London's recovery from lockdownTransition Board to oversee London's recovery from lockdown

A new London Transition Board, co-chaired by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick and the London Mayor, will co-ordinate London's response as it emerges from the lockdown and begins to reopen its economy while controlling the virus. A new London Recovery Board will oversee the wider economic and social long-term recovery. More information


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Antibody testing programme will test health and social care staff in EnglandAntibody testing programme will test health and social care staff in England

A new national antibody testing programme will offer antibody tests to determine if someone has had COVID-19. The tests will be available to NHS and care staff, eligible patients and care residents in England.

The test will not determine at this stage if someone has developed immunity to the disease, but results will provide useful information to progress research about immunity.

Tests will be prioritised for NHS and care staff, and clinicians will be able to request them for patients in both hospital and social care settings if they deem it appropriate.

Health and social care staff will be asked by their employer whether they want to have an antibody test. The testing programme for care staff will be phased across regions in England. DHSC will agree the details with local leaders. Social care staff will be tested using a separate phlebotomy service, which will be able to take blood at their place of work.

Press release, Government to offer antibody tests to health and social care staff and patients in England, published 21 May 2020


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Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19)Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Government has published guidance on 13 May 2020 on how holiday entitlement and pay operate during the coronavirus pandemic, where it differs from the standard holiday entitlement and pay guidance. Read the guidance on holiday pay

Applies to: Wales, England, and Scotland (see guidance for Northern Ireland)


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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Testing in ScotlandCoronavirus (Covid-19) Testing in Scotland

The UK government has established a network of COVID testing facilities. This programme runs alongside the existing programme of testing in the NHS for clinical purposes and testing of key workers in health and social care. Testing will allow people - anyone aged 5 and over with symptoms - to know whether or not they have the virus. Health and social care workers will be a priority and primarily routed through NHS testing at local NHS facilities.

Read more about getting tested in Scotland


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Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making - Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis 2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making - Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis 2020

The route map gives an indication of the order in which the Scottish Government will gradually seek to change current restrictions. It provides practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time. The phasing table will continue to be updated.

Read the route map


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Resilience and Well-Being for Social Care WorkersResilience and Well-Being for Social Care Workers

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council has designed a resource specifically to provide social care workers with tools and approaches for developing their own resilience and wellbeing during COVID-19. It is also relevant to social workers and other health and social care professionals.

More information available


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Coronavirus (COVID-19): informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social careCoronavirus (COVID-19): informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care

The Government is asking employers to let the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) know if an employee or volunteer in the adult social care sector has died.

Please follow this process where deaths have already occurred, and if there are any further deaths.

 


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CQC shares insight into adult social care's COVID-19 pressuresCQC shares insight into adult social care's COVID-19 pressures

CQC has published the first of their regular insight documents intended to highlight COVID-19 related pressures on the sectors it regulates. This can be found here on the CQC website.

This document draws on CQC's data collection from providers, staff and people receiving care, and focuses on adult social care: reviewing data on outbreaks, deaths and availability of PPE, and in particular highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on staff wellbeing and the financial viability of adult social care services.

CQC say their Emergency Support Framework provides a structure for conversations with providers and for system partners to be informed of concerns.


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Home Office extends bereavement scheme to social care workersHome Office extends bereavement scheme to social care workers

The Home Office is extending the offer of indefinite leave to remain, free of charge, to the families and dependants of social care workers and NHS support staff who die as result of contracting coronavirus.

The offer of indefinite leave to remain will be effective immediately and retrospectively.

Further details of the scheme and how those eligible will be identified


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Northern Ireland approach to emerging from the lockdownNorthern Ireland approach to emerging from the lockdown

At the press conference on 12 May 2020, the First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill discussed the five-stage plan for gradually emerging from lockdown. View the press conference 

The Northern Ireland Executive has published it's pathway to recovery which details how lifting the lockdown applies to work, retail, education, travel and sport and leisure. Read the document published by the Executive

The statutory three-weekly review of the lockdown is due to take place on 28 May.


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Emergency funding for UK businesses during Covid-19 pandemicEmergency funding for UK businesses during Covid-19 pandemic

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP published a briefing on 18 May 2020 on the emergency funding support introduced by the Government during the Covid-19 pandemic. These include the Covid Corporate Financing Facility, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the charities financial support package.

Read the briefing from Anthony Collins


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Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 - review of international measuresMitigating the impact of COVID-19 - review of international measures

This review looks at measures taken internationally to support community-based care during the Covid-19 pandemic, including:

  • Closures of day care and community centres
  • Changes in delivery of home-based services
  • Measures to support care providers
  • Recognition of care staff as essential workers
  • Pay and condition improvements to boost staff numbers.

Read the review published by the International Long Term Care Policy Network

 


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Test, Trace and Protect StrategyTest, Trace and Protect Strategy

The Welsh Government's Test, Trace and Protect strategy is the next stage of the response to the virus. It aims to quickly identify people with coronavirus symptoms and new hotspots, then isolate as many of those people's contacts as possible.

The plan includes:

  • increasing testing of critical workers so they can return to work 
  • home testing for the public if they have coronavirus symptoms
  • an app to track symptoms in the general population and contact others who have symptoms or have tested positive

The strategy says contact tracing will be delivered regionally with Local Health Boards and local authorities working in partnership along with other public services to deploy contact tracing teams who understand the local context.

 


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CIW issues statement of assurance on quality of services in WalesCIW issues statement of assurance on quality of services in Wales

Care Inspectorate Wales has published a statement on how they will continue to provide assurances about the quality and safety of the services they inspect and regulate. The statement covers CIW's approach to assurance and monitoring, how they will monitor services, the approach to registration and other activity to support the response to COVID-19.

CIW statement of assurance

CIW says its priority is to continue to provide assurance to the public and Ministers that the services it inspects and regulates are doing all they can to promote the safety and well-being of people.


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MPs debate Immigration BillMPs debate Immigration Bill

MPs debated the Government's Immigration Bill and voted to allow the Bill to progress to the next stage.

The Bill will end free movement from the EU/EEA into the UK and introduces a new points-based immigration system. Details of the migration rules will be set out later in regulations.

The Government has said it will work with employers to develop a UK-wide labour market strategy. However, the Home Secretary made it clear that the Government expects businesses to move away from reliance on the immigration system and invest in the domestic labour market.

Subject to the Bill passing into law, from 1 January 2021, EU/EEA citizens, and their family members will become subject to UK immigration law, and they will require the permission to enter and remain in this country.

Irish citizens will continue to be able to come to the UK to live and work as they do now, regardless of where they have travelled from.

Read the debate on the Immigration Bill


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Eating, drinking and swallowing during COVID-19Eating, drinking and swallowing during COVID-19

The Public Health Agency has produced advice for staff supporting residents in care homes if they develop Covid-19 and how to safely manage problems with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Although primarily aimed at care home staff, homecare providers and their staff will find the information useful.

Read more information


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£37 million to support children with complex needs in pandemic£37 million to support children with complex needs in pandemic

The government has committed to a £37 million settlement to help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children in England. The funding includes £10 million for the Family Fund to pay grants to low-income families for equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment, helping parents to educate and care for children who are at home, social distancing.

Press release dated 19 May 2020.


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Loss of sense of smell or taste recognised as COVID-19 symptomLoss of sense of smell or taste recognised as COVID-19 symptom

A statement has been issued from the four UK Chief Medical Officers.

"From today (18 May), all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia.

"Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

"We have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on COVID-19 and after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure.

"The individual's household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste."


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Mental Health Awareness Week - 18-24 May 2020Mental Health Awareness Week - 18-24 May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this week, from 18-24 May 2020. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week, the theme this year is kindness.

Information on getting involved.

ACAS guidance on coronavirus and mental health at work

Maintaining mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak


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Bill ending free movement returns to House of CommonsBill ending free movement returns to House of Commons

As the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill returns to the House of Commons for a second reading, debate expected on the imposition of a minimum salary threshold of £25,600 for most workers seeking to enter the UK and lack of an exemption for jobs inaccurately termed 'low-skilled', like care work (excluded from the list of shortage occupations).

Care work has been widely recognised as a vital service during the COVID-19 crisis. UKHCA is calling for a post-Brexit migration policy which recognises overseas workers' experience and value.


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£600 million fund for infection control in care homes£600 million fund for infection control in care homes

A new £600 million fund, with allocations for the devolved nations, is intended to support infection control measures in care homes. The fund, which is ring-fenced, will be given to local authorities and is conditional on care homes restricting staff movement between care homes. Local authorities will be expected to step up their supervison of care homes and local care markets.

Seventy-five per cent of funding must be passed to care homes. The remaining 25% is for local authorities to allocate based on local need, including domiciliary care workforce measures.

As local authorities vary in whether they pass on funding to providers,UKHCA is making the case for further funding for, and direct support to homecare providers from central government.

Government press release

Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes, published 15 May 2020.


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Roadmap sets out cautious steps to end lockdown in WalesRoadmap sets out cautious steps to end lockdown in Wales

First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has launched a plan for ending lockdown in Wales, following the earlier framework document. The roadmap for Wales includes traffic light colour coding for different activities, including the steps that are permitted at each stage. The roadmap emphasises the cautious approach of the Welsh Government and its intention to rely on scientific and medical advice to determine the correct phasing. No timetable is included in the plan and Wales continues with the 'stay home', rather than adopt the UK Government's recent 'stay alert', slogan.

Unlocking our society and economy: continuing the conversation, published 15 May.


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More than 3.5 million apply to EU Settlement SchemeMore than 3.5 million apply to EU Settlement Scheme

The Home Office has received more than 3.5 million applications to the EU Settlement Scheme, according to the most recent quarterly statistics report. The Settlement Resolution Centre telephone service and general helpline have resumed operation. Updates to the Immigration Rules have been laid in Parliament, which include changes to the EU Settlement Scheme to widen access to the scheme to victims of domestic violence or abuse.


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ONS figures now include homecare deaths in EnglandONS figures now include homecare deaths in England

The ONS have published their latest statistics on deaths in the care sector involving Covid-19, which show, from 10 April 2020 (when data are first available) to 8 May 2020, there were 3,161 deaths of recipients of domiciliary care in England. The three-year average for the same time period is 1,171 deaths.

Of these, 593 (18.8%) involved COVID-19, lower than the 43.7% of deaths involving COVID-19 among care home residents notified to the CQC for the same time period.

(The figures for domiciliary care relate to regulated homecare only, so are not directly comparable with care home figures, and may omit some deaths at home where the cause of death is not tested and recorded as COVID-19.)


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Migration Advisory Committee - consultation on shortage occupation listsMigration Advisory Committee - consultation on shortage occupation lists

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) have launched a 6-week call for evidence, asking employers to share their recruitment experiences as part of a review of the shortage occupation lists.

This is an important opportunity to advise the MAC of the need for social care to continue to be able to recruit staff from abroad, and although providers are under severe pressure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, UKHCA would urge members to respond to the survey if at all possible.

The deadline for responses is 24th June 2020.

If you are unable to respond now, you will have an opportunity to submit evidence at a later date.

Respond to the MAC consultation

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New guidance on spending time outdoors for those in EnglandNew guidance on spending time outdoors for those in England

New guidance has been published on spending time outdoors. The Government's recovery strategy permits people in England from today, 13 May, to spend more time outdoors for exercise and for leisure. Certain outdoor sports courts can re-open and people are able to see one person from another household outdoors. This is subject to people following social distancing guidance and the guidance of devolved nations, which may be more restrictive, if they cross borders. More stringent enforcement measures, and increased fines, apply for non-compliance. People who are shielded are advised to stay at home until at least the end of June.

New guidance on spending time outdoors

Coronavirus - Guidance on access to green spaces


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Recovery strategy published for Northern IrelandRecovery strategy published for Northern Ireland

The Northen Ireland Executive has published its Coronavirus recovery strategy, which contains a phased five-stage plan for slowly moving out of lockdown. The strategy omits dates at this stage, as the precise details of the phasing will not be decided up-to-date scientific evidence; the ability of the health service to cope; and the wider impacts on our health, society and the economy permit.

Coronavirus - Executive approach to decision making A summary is also available.


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Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government has published guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The guidance is in eight sections; those that are most relevant to homecare providers are:

Working safely during COVID-19 in other people's homes

This guidance refers mainly to workers who carry out maintenance or repair work in a person's home. While some sections, such as those on risk assessment, could be helpful to homecare providers, the government guidance on homecare provision remains current.

Working safely in offices and contact centres

This guidance contains useful advice on social distancing in offices and staggering arrival and departure times.

Vehicles

This guidance gives advice on social distancing between individuals when in vehicles.


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Furlough scheme extended to end of October 2020Furlough scheme extended to end of October 2020

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of October. Furloughed workers will continue to receive 80% of current salary, up to £2,500 per month.

From August, furloughed workers can return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards their salaries. The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month. More details are due by the end of May. The scheme applies UK-wide.


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Government guidance on travelling safely during the coronavirus outbreakGovernment guidance on travelling safely during the coronavirus outbreak

The government has published guidance on travelling safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in England. It provides guidance for walking, cycling, using private vehicles (for example cars and vans), and travelling by taxis and public transport (for example trains, buses, coaches and ferries).

As far as possible, people should avoid using public transport where possible. The guidance suggests walking, cycling, or driving.

For those who have to travel by public transport, the guidance gives advice on how to stay safe. Homecare workers may not be able to choose how or when to travel. However, it is important to ensure that the normal infection control and social distancing procedures are observed.

Read the government guidance on travelling safely


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New guidance on maintaining the health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforceNew guidance on maintaining the health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued advice for those working in adult social care on managing their mental health which includes guidance, tools and advice on how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance contains six steps to supporting mental health, good practice examples for employers and a range of links to further information and resources.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-health-and-wellbeing-of-the-adult-social-care-workforce


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Public should consider wearing cloth face coverings in enclosed public placesPublic should consider wearing cloth face coverings in enclosed public places

The Government's recovery plan suggests the public in England should consider covering their mouth and nose when using public transport or shops. The guidance emphasises face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing and regular handwashing and people should not buy medical grade masks so they can be saved for frontline health and care workers.

The purpose of wearing the mask is to help prevent the wearer, if they have the virus but are not showing symptoms, from infecting others, rather than protect the wearer, who should exercise care when they are putting on and removing the mask.

Press release, Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces, published 11 May 2020.

Guidance, How to wear and make a cloth face covering, published 11 May 2020.


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UK Government publishes COVID-19 recovery strategyUK Government publishes COVID-19 recovery strategy

The UK Government has published a 50-page recovery strategy document, following the Prime Minister's speech on 10 May 2020, announcing a conditional return to work for people in businesses that can remain open who cannot work at home, and who can return to work safely, and other measures. The document sets out the details of the Government's conditional plan or 'roadmap' to begin lifting lockdown restrictions. The first steps in the strategy apply from Wednesday, 13 May in England. More papers are due to be published this evening and tomorrow, 12 May.




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'Stay alert' replaces 'stay at home' guidance in England'Stay alert' replaces 'stay at home' guidance in England

The 'Staying at home' guidance has been withdrawn and replaced by guidance which accords with the Government's new message: 'Stay alert, control the virus, save lives'. The change was announced in the Prime Minister's address to the nation on 10 May 2020. The new and updated guidance for England, which includes advice on face-covering in enclosed spaces, is:

Guidance Staying alert and safe (social distancing), published 11 May 2020.

Guidance Staying safe outside your home, the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible, published 11 May 2020.

Guidance: Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't doupdated 11 May 2020.


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Prime Minister to set out details of lockdown changesPrime Minister to set out details of lockdown changes

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will set out more information on changes to lockdown restrictions in England, when he takes questions from MPs in Parliament after 3.00 pm on 11 May 2020. 10 Downing Street will publish a detailed document at around the same time.

Measures to modify the lockdown include a return to work for those who cannot work from home and who can do so safely at work, while avoiding using public transport to travel to work, unlimited amounts of exercise outdoors, and tentative longer term plans for partially re-opening schools and certain businesses and services, subject in all cases to social distancing. The Prime Minister also said it would soon be time to impose quarantine on people arriving by air.

The message 'Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives' has been altered in England to 'Stay alert, control the virus and save lives'.

Prime Minister's address to the nation on coronavirus, 10 May 2020.


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Stay at home message retained in ScotlandStay at home message retained in Scotland

The Scottish Cabinet has agreed to continue with lockdown restrictions, with the exception that people are from, 11 May 2020, allowed to leave home to exercise more than once a day, subject to conditions. Those who have symptoms of the virus or have received a letter explaining they are in the shielded group should continue to stay at home and not go out.

The Scottish Government is considering whether further relaxations of the lockdown, for example, permitting forms of outdoor work, and re-opening waste and recycling centres, could be allowed.

In Scotland, the 'Stay at home' message will be retained in communications, rather then adopt England's new 'Stay alert' message that commences from 11 May 2020. Wales and Northern Ireland are also keeping the original message.

First Minister's speech, 11 May 2020


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Free visa extensions for non-NHS frontline health professionalsFree visa extensions for non-NHS frontline health professionals

The Home Secretary has extended the offer of free one-year visa extensions to health professions working outside the NHS, if their visa is expected to expire before 1 October 2020. The offer had previously been open to doctors, nurses and paramedics working in the NHS, but now covers anyone working in these professions in the health and care sectors.

The list of those offered visa extensions may benefit homecare providers who employ registered nurses and other regulated professionals. The details of the scheme are described in a letter to employers from the UKVI NHS Team, which has been forwarded to UKHCA members in an email alert.

Guidance on the visa extension
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-frontline-health-worker-visa-extension


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Wales extends lockdown with minor adjustmentsWales extends lockdown with minor adjustments

As part of the second review, the Welsh Government has decided the lockdown in Wales will continue until the next review period in three weeks’ time. The First Minister has announced minor adjustments to the regulations from 11 May 2020, including:

  • Allowing people to exercise more than once a day, but people should stay local. Any exercise should start and end at home and not involve going a significant distance from home.
  • Enabling local authorities to begin the process of planning how to safely reopen libraries and municipal recycling centres.
  • Allowing garden centres to open provided they comply with the physical distancing duty.

More from: https://gov.wales/wales-extends-coronavirus-lockdown


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Northern Ireland Executive retains lockdownNorthern Ireland Executive retains lockdown

The Northern Ireland Executive agreed on 7 May 2020 to retain restrictions in the Coronavirus Regulations following their second statutory review. The Executive is expected to issue plans for a phased, strategic approach to the post-lockdown reccovery phase shortly.

https://www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk/news/executive-agrees-maintain-coronavirus-regulations


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New ADASS West Midlands care recruitment campaignNew ADASS West Midlands care recruitment campaign

A new West Midlands adult social care recruitment campaign has now been launched.

For more information about how you can get involved visit the Time To Care website.


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New free Care app to support adult social care workforce in EnglandNew free Care app to support adult social care workforce in England

A new free Care Workforce app has been launched for social care workers, giving access to guidance, learning resources, discounts and, shortly, mental health support, all in one place.

The app is designed by NHSX and the NHS Business Services Authority to help the adult social care workforce in England while they are on-the-go through the coronavirus pandemic.

Downloadable from the Apple App store and Google Play Store, or https://workforce.adultsocialcare.uk the app will provide a way for workers to connect across the country.


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Surviving the pandemic: New challenges for adult social careSurviving the pandemic: New challenges for adult social care

A discussion paper by John Bolton, of the Institute for Public Care, examines the new challenges facing adult social care and the social care market presented by the pandemic, and concludes the threats outway the opportunities, requiring action now.


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Shielding, social isolation and staying connectedShielding, social isolation and staying connected

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council has launched a new learning resource on shielding, self-isolation and staying connected, which can be accessed on mobile, tablet or PC. The resource provides practical tips to social care workers and others on supporting people during the pandemic.

https://niscc.info/news/332-new-learning-zone-resource


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UKHCA raises awareness of funding issues on BBC TVUKHCA raises awareness of funding issues on BBC TV

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, was interviewed on BBC Breakfast TV this morning on the value of homecare, rising costs, providers handing back contracts and risks to sustainability. The news item also featured homecare workers and a person receiving care. The message was clear - PPE shortages are unacceptable and more funding is urgently needed for the sector.

From 8.07am: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hywj/breakfast-05052020


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Care Workers' Charity raises £1 million for crisis grantsCare Workers' Charity raises £1 million for crisis grants

Congratulations to the Care Workers' Charity who have raised £1 million in six weeks for crisis grants for careworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The charity is now aiming to raise £1.5 million so they can help even more careworkers. To donate, see: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/coronaviruscareworkersfund


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New library of apps supports health and well beingNew library of apps supports health and well being

A new library of apps is available to support health and well being in the pandemic. Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland in partnership with ORCHA (Organisation for Review of Care and Health Apps) has developed the library, which includes apps on managing stress and improving wellbeing, sleep management, staying fit and nutrition.

Access the Apps Library: https://apps4healthcareni.hscni.net


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Welsh Government's support for social care during pandemicWelsh Government's support for social care during pandemic

The Welsh Government has produced a helpful summary of its support for social care during the COVID-19 outbreak, with quick links for further information on topics such as funding, PPE, testing, regulation, commissioning etc.


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Information on support for businesses in Northern Ireland during pandemicInformation on support for businesses in Northern Ireland during pandemic

Information on financial support for businesses in Northern Ireland during the COVID-19 pandemic is available on the nibusinessinfo website. The resource includes how to access the support available to NI businesses and employees, who is eligible, how to apply and the relevant deadlines.


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Webinar on meeting the psychological needs of people recovering from severe Covid-19Webinar on meeting the psychological needs of people recovering from severe Covid-19

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is inviting, at short notice, homecare staff to attend a free webinar on 6 May 2020 at 4.30 pm on how health and social care professionals can support people's psychological recovery from severe Covid-19, both in hospital and in the community.

The co-leads of the BPS's recent guidance paper on meeting the psychological needs of people recovering from severe Covid-19, will cover:

  • understanding the psychological aspects of recovery
  • the risk factors of ongoing psychological difficulties
  • best practice in approaching psychological care in rehabilitation

Register free now.


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Welsh Government to fund £500 bonus for social care workers in WalesWelsh Government to fund £500 bonus for social care workers in Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced a £500 bonus for care home and domiciliary care workers in Wales, recognition for an often 'under-valued and overlooked' workforce. Details will be issued shortly. It is hoped the scheme will be tax-free and not affect benefits.

This follows the announcement of a death in service payment for the families of all NHS and social care staff. This scheme will provide eligible beneficiaries with a one-off sum of £60,000 and will apply to those working in frontline roles and locations where personal care is provided to individuals who may have contracted coronavirus.


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Extra £10 million to support post-discharge care packagesExtra £10 million to support post-discharge care packages

The Welsh Government is to supply an additional £10 million funding to support the Covid-19 surge response, and in particular the cost of new or extended out-of-hospital health and social care support packages, referenced in the COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements (Wales).

Guidance hospital discharge service requirements: COVID-19

Addendum to guidance, issued 30 April 2020.

Press release on new and enhanced home care packages to support patients to leave hospital for their ongoing assessment and recovery.


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Business Bounce Back loan scheme launchesBusiness Bounce Back loan scheme launches

The Government's Bounce Back Loan scheme launched today (4 May) to help small and medium-sized UK businesses borrow between £2,000 and £50,000, with a 100% government guarantee, and no fees or interest to pay for the first year.

Loan terms will be up to 6 years. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining loan period and the scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.

More information about eligibility and applying


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Minister calls for stronger partnership with care providers, post pandemicMinister calls for stronger partnership with care providers, post pandemic

Health Minister Robin Swann acknowledged the importance of social care, in a statement in which he acknowledged the struggles of Northern Ireland's care homes in the pandemic. The minister noted the heroic work being done by many private sector care providers at this time. He said that, in a future, more outcome-based, model of care, we need to ensure that we continue to build a true partnership, rather than a commercial relationship.

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/health/oral-statement-300420.pdf


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Advice issued on accessing local PPE hubs in ScotlandAdvice issued on accessing local PPE hubs in Scotland

The Scottish Government has issued guidance; coronavirus (COVID-19): PPE access for social care providers and unpaid carers, on how to access the local PPE Hubs being set up all over Scotland by Health and Social Care Partnerships to provide PPE to social care providers.

We understand an email has been sent to providers this weekend on how to contact their local hub. Providers can also contact the NHS National Services Scotland Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020 for details of their local Hub.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/ppe-access-for-social-care-providers-and-unpaid-carers/


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Testing expanded in ScotlandTesting expanded in Scotland

A further expansion of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing has been announced in Scotland, with enhanced outbreak investigation in all care homes, and sample testing in care homes without cases of the virus. Testing through the regional testing centres and mobile units is available for symptomatic over 65s, and those with symptoms who cannot work from home and need to leave their homes to work, plus households of these two groups. More from: 

https://www.gov.scot/news/testing-expansion/ 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested in Scotland, updated 1 May 2020.


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Joint statement issued on speaking up during the pandemicJoint statement issued on speaking up during the pandemic

Care Inspectorate Wales has issued a joint statement with Healthcare Inspectorate Wales on the importance of health and care staff speaking up about risks and adverse outcomes during the pandemic. The statement says speaking up is an essential element of a safe culture and it should be 'business as usual' for everyone working in care. The statement includes contact details for reporting issues to both organisations. More from: https://careinspectorate.wales/200504-joint-statement-hiw-importance-speaking-up


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How are you doing? Resources for looking after mental health in WalesHow are you doing? Resources for looking after mental health in Wales

Public Health Wales has an online resource on staying well at home, which asks the question 'How are you doing?'. For those who are stressed, or feeling frustrated, the resource has links on looking after mental health and wellbeing, with tips on looking after yourself and others, and where to find further support.


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Care in your own home and coronavirus (COVID-19)Care in your own home and coronavirus (COVID-19)

PHA has produced a leaflet for clients receiving care in the community which contains reassurance of staff adherence to infection prevention standards.

The leaflet is intended to be given out by health and social care professionals and domiciliary care staff to their clients receiving care or support in their own homes.

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/care-your-own-home-and-coronavirus-covid-19


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HPS to issue separate guidance for social and community care and residential settingsHPS to issue separate guidance for social and community care and residential settings

Health Protection Scotland is to separate its 'Information and guidance for social or community care and residential settings' into individual guidance for each sector. The care home guidance has been issued and HPS says the guidance for social and community care is under development.

https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/web-resources-container/covid-19-information-and-guidance-for-care-home-settings/ 


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Death benefits being considered for frontline care staff in ScotlandDeath benefits being considered for frontline care staff in Scotland

The Scottish Government is consulting with social care and community pharmacy colleagues about what appropriate death benefit provision might be offered to these staff groups. It recently announced that frontline NHS staff who are not members of the NHS Pension Scheme will be covered for death benefits during the COVID-19 crisis. A total lump sum of twice the staff member's annual earnings and continued survivor entitlements will be provided in the event of a death in service. The NHS Pension Scheme includes death benefits already, and covers the majority of NHS staff.

https://www.gov.scot/news/new-benefit-for-all-health-service-staff/


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Treasury removes VAT for three months to cut PPE costsTreasury removes VAT for three months to cut PPE costs

From today (1 May 2020), PPE purchases to protect against Covid-19 will be free from VAT for a three-month period. This applies to everyone purchasing PPE, including homecare providers, care homes, personal assistants, family carers, charities and businesses, UK-wide.

A zero-rate of VAT will apply to sales of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Covid-19 from 1 May 2020 until 31 July 2020.

Colin Angel, Policy Director, UKHCA, said:

"The news that PPE supplies are to be VAT-free for three months during the pandemic is welcome. Homecare providers have found the rapidly rising cost of PPE extremely challenging.

"UKHCA wrote to the Treasury in April asking for the VAT status of social care services to become zero-rated, because homecare providers are unable to reclaim the VAT they pay on goods and services they purchase for their business.

"Government has previously said that a change was not possible because of EU agreements on VAT. However, the EU recently indicated support for temporary VAT reliefs during the pandemic. Although yesterday's measure is only for three months, it has proved that Government is able to make emergency changes while the UK is still tied to EU-VAT rules. That tie will end once the Brexit transition period finishes.

"We will continue to campaign for a permanent change to the VAT status of social care ('welfare services and goods'), as they are described by HMRC, from exempt to zero-rated, as this would make a significant difference to providers' increasingly unsustainable costs."

More information can be found here and at:

Revenue and Customs Brief 4 (2020): temporary VAT zero
rating of personal protective equipment (PPE), published 30 April 2020

Policy paper, VAT zero rating for personal protective equipment, published 30 April 2020


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Care Act 'easements'Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Care Act 'easements'

As part of the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, some temporary changes have been made to the Care Act 2014. These changes - called 'easements' - took effect on 31 March 2020.

The easements mean local authorities won't have to complete all the assessments or meet all the needs usually expected of them and only applies where authorities are unable to meet their usual duties and only for the temporary period the powers are in place.

Seven local authorities have so far enacted the easements. They are:

  • Sunderland City Council
  • Warwickshire County Council
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Solihull Council
  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Coventry City Council.

Read More information about the Care Act easements.


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Testing expansion explained by MinisterTesting expansion explained by Minister

Health Minister Robin Swann has issued a detailed breakdown of the expansion of Covid-19 testing in Northern Ireland. The expansion includes surveillance testing in general practices and hospitals, as well the increased testing in care homes.

The UK-wide staff testing programme has been extended to cover key workers in other sectors as well as those in health and social care. This testing is available at three drive-through locations in Northern Ireland SSE Arena car park; City of Derry Rugby Club; Craigavon MOT centre. Trusts are also continuing to provide testing for health and social care staff as part of their in-house testing provision.

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/minister-gives-breakdown-testing-expansion-initiatives


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Framework for ending lockdown in Wales poses seven key questionsFramework for ending lockdown in Wales poses seven key questions

First Minister Mark Drakeford has published a framework to help lead Wales out of the coronavirus pandemic. The framework poses seven key questions, which will help determine when the lockdown can begin to be relaxed in Wales and how people in Wales can live and work alongside coronavirus. More from: https://gov.wales/first-minister-announces-path-lead-wales-out-coronavirus-pandemic




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Advice on safer shopping during pandemicAdvice on safer shopping during pandemic

Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency has issued advice to the public on making shopping trips safer, with top tips on protecting yourself and others. There is a leaflet for the public, as well as posters in a range of languages.

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/pha-offers-safer-shopping-advice


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UKHCA's Jane Townson on Good Morning BritainUKHCA's Jane Townson on Good Morning Britain

UKHCA's CEO Dr Jane Townson was featured on Good Morning Britain.

You can watch a clip via Twitter here.


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Public use of face coverings advised by Scottish GovernmentPublic use of face coverings advised by Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has issued voluntary guidance suggesting that people in Scotland should wear cloth masks, when they leave the house and enter enclosed spaces, especially where physical distancing is more difficult and where there is a risk of close contact with multiple people they do not usually meet. Examples given are using public transport and shopping where they will be within 2m of other people.

The advice is described as precautionary, to address asymptomatic transmission by the wearer, also includes hygiene advice on how to use cloth masks. The guidance stresses the facecovering should not be a surgical mask intended for health or careworkers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): public use of face coverings, guidance published 28 April 2020. 


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Care regulator offers support to regulated providers in WalesCare regulator offers support to regulated providers in Wales

Care Inspectorate Wales has reiterated its support for registered providers, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regulator says is it continuing to support registered providers, process new registrations and to address any concerns people may have about the safety and quality of care. It invites providers to get in touch about what's going well and what they are worried about. How to contact Care Inspectorate Wales: https://careinspectorate.wales/200428-we-are-here-support-you-through-these-unprecedented-times

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Government confirms emergency funding allocations for councils in EnglandGovernment confirms emergency funding allocations for councils in England

Councils in England have received confirmation of their funding allocations, following the Government's announcement of an extra £1.6bn, in addition to the initial £1.6bn announced in March this year. The further allocations are per capita, with a 65:35 split between county and district authorities, providing more support to district councils. Press release dated 28 April 2020.


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Death and grief during the COVID-19 pandemicDeath and grief during the COVID-19 pandemic

We hope members will not need it, but PHA have published a guide, in response to fatalities among professional workers in health and social care. This examines how the death of a colleague may affect staff, and gives details of support helplines.

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/death-and-grief-during-covid-19-pandemic-supporting-each-other-following-death


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Lifeline support to open for Scottish businessesLifeline support to open for Scottish businesses

Applications from SMEs affected by the pandemic and the newly self-employed will open on 30 April 2020. The Scottish Government's £100 million fund includes £45 million Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund, managed by the Enterprise Agencies for SME firms vital to the local or national economy (including wider employment, social and community value), and £34 million Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund, managed by local authorities. More information: https://www.gov.scot/news/lifeline-support-for-business-confirmed/

Find business support: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice


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Government announces new PPE guidanceGovernment announces new PPE guidance

The Government has announced new PPE guidance for the homecare sector.

United Kingdom Homecare Association's Policy Director Colin Angel said:

"New guidance on PPE for homecare providers in England gives much-needed clarity on when protective equipment should be used during the 'sustained transmission' phase of COVID-19. The new guidance is therefore a considerable improvement on materials previously published. However, there is a massive gap between the current supply of PPE and the expectations set-out in the guidance; a matter which UKHCA is in daily contact with the Department of Health and Social Care.

"We have also been alerted to the difficulties which providers are experiencing in obtaining facemasks which meet the technical specifications outlined by Government. There is now an urgent need to provide guidance on whether there are acceptable tolerances in the specifications, so that care providers can be confident that they are buying the right PPE to protect members of the workforce."

Ends.


NB: The technical specifications in the second paragraph are available here. It would be really helpful for providers if you could include a link to that in your article.

Notes for Editors

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,200 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector".

For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy Director

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd

Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8160

Mobile: 07393012113

E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk

Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

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Free Skills Toolkit to help people acquire skills in lockdownFree Skills Toolkit to help people acquire skills in lockdown

The Department for Education opens a suite of online training courses today so people furloughed or in lockdown can acquire new skills. The course covers basic maths, computer coding, getting started online, digital skills, producing online content and online marketing.

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Urgent investment needed to avoid multiple provider failureUrgent investment needed to avoid multiple provider failure

A new blog by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, highlights the value of homecare and the urgent need for investment to prevent multiple provider failure. Read about homecare in the time of coronavirus here:

'A case for urgent investment to prevent multiple provider failure'


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New life assurance scheme for frontline health and care staffNew life assurance scheme for frontline health and care staff

A new temporary life assurance scheme is being launched for eligible health and social care workers in England who die from COVID-19. It covers those who provide hands-on personal care to people who have contracted the virus, or who work in a health or care setting where the virus is present. Bereaved family members will receive a £60,000 lump sum. The scheme covers homecare employees and directly employed personal assistants, if some public funding is received for service users' care. Government press release UKHCA will take up the position of providers with privately paying clients with DHSC.

Wales is implementing the same scheme and funding is being provided to Scotland and Northern Ireland who are considering similar arrangements.


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PPE guidance - How to work safely in domiciliary carePPE guidance - How to work safely in domiciliary care

After a week's delay, the Government has published revised guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in England:

'COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care

This revised guidance replaces that which was previously available in 'Table 2' and 'Table 4' on www.gov.uk and we hope that providers will find the updated guidance easier to interpret than previous versions.

We have emailed UKHCA members a summary of the most significant changes, subject to the caveat that it is essential to read the full guidance and apply it to the specific circumstances of their services.


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Framework for easing lockdown decision-making in ScotlandFramework for easing lockdown decision-making in Scotland

The Scottish Government has issued a plan 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making' setting out how it will approach decisions about transitioning out of the current lockdown arrangements.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making/


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PVG update best practice revised during pandemicPVG update best practice revised during pandemic

The Care Inspectorate has relaxed its advice that providers should seek updates on individual staff PVG Scheme membership every three years, in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its existing guidance, contained in Protecting Vulnerable Groups - Guidance for Care Inspectorate Staff and Service Providers, is not a requirement of Disclosure Scotland but rather safe recruitment advice. The regulator will review this decision when the pandemic is over. https://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/coronavirus-professionals


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - testing for key workers in ScotlandCoronavirus (COVID-19) - testing for key workers in Scotland

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on coronavirus testing for key workers and their household members, who are showing symptoms. This describes the network of COVID-19 testing facilities for key workers set up by the UK Government, what the changes mean for keyworkers in Scotland and how to get tested. 

UK Government guidance, which has been updated on eligibility and testing arrangements.

 

 


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BBC research shows large reduction in homecare visits in ScotlandBBC research shows large reduction in homecare visits in Scotland

A BBC Disclosure investigation has shown there has been a large reduction in the number of people receiving homecare in Scotland, as health and social care partnerships focus resources on those in most 'critical need'. Twenty-three of the 31 HSCPs replied to BBC Disclosure. Of those who responded, the largest reductions in clients and homecare visits were in Glasgow (34% - 1,884 clients) and Inverclyde (27% - 4,589 visits), between January and April 2020, with staffing issues due to COVID-19 cited as a major cause.

Disclosure: Pandemic Frontline is on BBC One Scotland at 20.30 pm on Monday 27 April and on BBC iPlayer. BBC news report.

 


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Guidance on supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adultsGuidance on supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

The Department for Health and Social Care has issued guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There is also guidance for unpaid carers. The guidance aims to support people in the changes they need to make during the outbreak, and to protect their own wellbeing.


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Further update to furlough guidanceFurther update to furlough guidance

On 23 April 2020, the Government further updated its guidance for employers on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), the fifth time the guidance has been altered since issue on 26 March 2020. This revision contains clarifications on collective agreements, options for re-hiring employees, and the length of each claim period. Associated guidance on claiming and guidance for employees was also altered. It appears the changes do not clarify outstanding issues on shielded employees or employee consent, or on employers with public contracts.

The Government also issued a press release on 24 April 2020 'Furloughed workers are to receive full parental leave entitlement'. This states legislation is being made to ensure workers whose period of family-related pay begins on or after 25 April 2020 will be assessed on their usual full pay.


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Scottish Government announces PPE supply changesScottish Government announces PPE supply changes

The Scottish Government has announced changes to the way local Hubs will operate from Monday 27 April. Under the revised model providers will continue to source their own stock of PPE, but, where this fails, the hubs will provide PPE from the national NHS stock. This applies to the whole social care sector, including personal assistants and unpaid carers. The NSS PPE Social Care Triage helpline will be used for emergencies where the Hubs are unable to respond to demand.  Press release dated 25 April 2020


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Supporting Muslim colleagues during RamadanSupporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan

The Scottish Social Service Council has issued short advice on supporting Muslim colleagues during Ramadan, which runs until sunset on 23 May.

https://news.sssc.uk.com/news/support-colleagues-ramadan


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New social care recruitment drive launches in EnglandNew social care recruitment drive launches in England

There is a new national recruitment drive, 'Care for others. Make a difference' in England, reactivating the Department of Health and Social Care's campaign to encourage people with the right values to join social care.

This time the message in the media is We need you now. They need you always.

DHSC has linked with national job boards who are supporting the campaign with help ranging from free job listings for four weeks to free advertising. Potential recruits continue to be signposted to www.everydayisdifferent.com where they can search for jobs via the job boards, as well as through DWP: Find a Job. Instructions here.

The public will be asked to Search adult social care jobs, to ensure they find vacancies.

There will be a full social media campaign using the hastags #CareForOthers, #MakeaDifference and #ThankyouCareWorkers and digital resources

UKHCA encourages homecare providers to run their own recruitment campaigns in parallel with the national campaign. More on the national recruitment drive. The campaign will run from April to July, with more activity focussed on the first month, to help providers with COVID-19 recruitment.


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PPE price increases and inadequate guidance major stress for homecare sectorPPE price increases and inadequate guidance major stress for homecare sector

Delays in PPE guidance and astronomical price increases are causing high anxiety for homecare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. UKHCA Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"There has been an intolerable delay in releasing revised guidance for homecare providers on the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). UKHCA spent last weekend helping Public Health England produce guidance suitable for the homecare sector. We have not seen the final draft, so still do not know whether our recommendations were adopted. We understand that the final version is still sitting on the Minister's desk awaiting sign-off at the Department of Health and Social Care.

"Meanwhile, homecare providers are struggling to give their workforce sufficient PPE over this weekend; arrangements for obtaining emergency supplies remain unclear in some areas; and providers are likely to be using more scarce supplies than necessary while Government gets its act together."

UKHCA's views on the urgent need for revised guidance feature in an article in The Times today.


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Testing eligibility and methods extended in EnglandTesting eligibility and methods extended in England

The Government has extended testing for COVID-19 to all essential workers in England who have symptoms, and people who live in a household with them and have symptoms.

Testing methods being rolled out include home-testing kits, mobile testing sites and more testing stations. Individuals with symptoms can book a test through their employer by going online and arranging one directly.

Guidance on testing which contains links and information on testing in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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Our Frontline - new support for social care workers' wellbeingOur Frontline - new support for social care workers' wellbeing

Our Frontline is a new initiative to support the mental health of people working in health, social care, emergency services, and key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. The service is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas on looking after mental health.

Our Frontline: support for social care workers 


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Advice on helping safely during COVID-19 pandemicAdvice on helping safely during COVID-19 pandemic

Government guidance has been issued to friends, families and volunteers on how to provide support safely and what to do if they are worried about someone's health. The guidance also contains advice on staying safe for people receiving assistance.


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Free app for careworkers to report COVID-19 status and PPE useFree app for careworkers to report COVID-19 status and PPE use

Everylife have produced a free app COVID-19 Free for careworkers to record and report their COVID-19 status and PPE use.

The app is available on Android and iOS and supported by a web-based portal for providers. It is designed to be complementary with other tools and draws upon national guidance.

To find out more, go to www.c19control.com or email at hello@c19control.com.


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Legal briefing highlights confusion on furloughing shielded workers and SSPLegal briefing highlights confusion on furloughing shielded workers and SSP

UKHCA's legal partners, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP, issued a further briefing on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) scheme on 21 April. 

Their analysis has revealed some conflicting provisions within government guidance on furloughing shielded workers and the new statutory sick pay regulations, and on obtaining employees' consent. They advise how employers may respond to these on a practical level, and note there has been clarification about holiday pay, although this is subject to review.

The briefing also refers to the extension of the scheme for a further month, and its start on 20 April.


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RIDDOR: Reporting diseases caused by exposure to a biological agentRIDDOR: Reporting diseases caused by exposure to a biological agent

Some COVID-19 events are notifiable to the Health and Safety Executive under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013), including where the cause of disease is exposure to a biological agent (Regulation 9b). This is where there is reasonable evidence that someone diagnosed with COVID-19 was likely exposed to the virus because of their work.

We queried the meaning of 'reasonable evidence' with HSE, who said:

"There is no legal definition of what constitutes 'reasonable evidence' in the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.

For a case to be work-related and therefore reportable there must be reasonable evidence (in the opinion of a registered medical practitioner) to link the diagnosed disease with an exposure at work. This is a decision for the registered medical practitioner to make, rather than the employer. The medical practitioner may indicate the significance of any work- related factors when communicating their diagnosis."

For more information on reporting, we suggest members read HSE guidance on RIDDOR reporting on COVID-19. Our thanks to HSE for clarifying this point.


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£1.25 billion coronavirus support to protect UK firms driving innovation£1.25 billion coronavirus support to protect UK firms driving innovation

The Chancellor has announced a £1.25 billion government support package, for UK businesses driving innovation and development, in sectors such as tech and life sciences. The package includes a new £500 million loan scheme for high-growth firms, called the Future Fund, and £750 million of targeted support for small and medium sized businesses focusing on research and development. More information


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New clarity on how far companies are liable for the actions of othersNew clarity on how far companies are liable for the actions of others

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP have produced a briefing on two Supreme Court decisions which clarify the law of vicarious liability and circumstances when a company can be liable for the actions of others. In these cases the company was found not liable for the actions of an independent contractor, and a 'rogue' employee. However, the briefing cautions the law surrounding vicarious liability remains very fact-specific, and there may be other legal principles that lead to liability, e.g. breach of duty of care.


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Extra £1.6 billion funding pledged for councils in EnglandExtra £1.6 billion funding pledged for councils in England

The Government is to give a further £1.6 billion to councils in England, to assist with the COVID-19 outbreak. Additional funds will also go to Wales (£95 million), Scotland (£155 million) and Northern Ireland (£50 million) under the Barnett formula. Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, said, in the daily briefing today, that he hoped this funding would mean councils can provide vital services including adult social care and children's services. Government press release


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Furlough scheme launched on 20 April 2020Furlough scheme launched on 20 April 2020

The Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) launched on 20 April 2020. A huge number of claims are expected to be submitted in the first few days of the scheme. HMRC have said the system has been tested to handle this. Their message to employers is to read the guidance carefully and follow the instructions given, so claims can be processed.

Sources of advice on claiming include HMRC webchat facilities and employers' PAYE advisers/accountants. Links to CJRS guidance, which include:

Revised guidance for employers on the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Schemeupdated 20 April 2020 Makes clear shielded workers can be furloughed.

Step by step guide for employers to CJRS, issued 17 April 2020. YouTube video for employers

Guidance on working out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated 20 April 2020.

HMRC links to getting help with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, 20 April 2020.


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Guidance issued on testing for COVID-19 of frontline workersGuidance issued on testing for COVID-19 of frontline workers

The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance on getting tested for frontline workers in England who are self-isolating. The guidance is accompanied by a privacy notice, and press announcement of the extension of testing to other frontline services, like the emergency services. CQC have or are in the process of emailing registered care providers to advise they can book tests for their staff.

 


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Chancellor extends furlough scheme to end of JuneChancellor extends furlough scheme to end of June

The Chancellor has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme by one month to the end of June, to reflect continuing social distancing measures. The move acknowledges the extension of the lockdown by three weeks. Press annnouncement dated 17 April 2020. The scheme opens for claims from 20 April 2020.

Step by step guide for employers to CJRS

YouTube video for employers on CJRS


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CQC survey on regulatory action during coronavirus pandemicCQC survey on regulatory action during coronavirus pandemic

CQC are reviewing their decision-making process for taking regulatory action during the coronavirus pandemic. Enforcement survey closes 30 April 2020.


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Q and As on holding AGMs and making company filingsQ and As on holding AGMs and making company filings

BEIS and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) have issued Q and As on company filings, AGMs and other general meetings during Covid-19. The Government is currently preparing legislation to help companies where COVID-19 restrictions make it difficult to meet statutory obligations to hold meetings and to file documentation on the Companies Register. The Q and As refer to a relaxation of requirements, subject to conditions.

ICSA/The Chartered Governance Institute has also issued guidance on AGMs and the impact of COVID-19.


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DHSC issues important update on PPE for social care providersDHSC issues important update on PPE for social care providers

Late on 16 April 2020, the DHSC issued an important update on the wearing and supply of PPE. The update clarifies which guidance is the most up to date, and lists superseded guidance, as well as sets out the routes to supply of PPE, including urgent supplies. Table 4 is the current advice for social care providers (rather than Table 2) as there is sustained transmission of COVID-19.

The general principles on wearing of PPE apply across the UK, but some of the details of PPE supply apply to providers in England only.


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Changes to the job retention scheme (furlough)Changes to the job retention scheme (furlough)

The Government has issued changes to the guidance on the job retention scheme - the rules for furlough. The main changes are:

  • Employees must be on PAYE payroll scheme on or before 19 March 2020;
  • Employers can furlough employees who are being shielded or off on long-term sick leave;
  • Employers can claim through the scheme for enhanced (earnings related) contractual pay for employees who qualify for maternity and other forms of parental leave and pay.

Read the Government guidance for employers

Read the briefing from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP


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Chancellor extends loan scheme for large businessesChancellor extends loan scheme for large businesses

The Chancellor has extended the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme to cover all viable UK businesses with a turnover of more than £45 million, ahead of the scheme's launch on 20 April 2020. The changes should benefit mid-sized businesses and larger companies who have not been able to access assistance so far.

The scheme is part of a package of support for businesses. More information


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Guidance for consumers on COVID-19 and foodGuidance for consumers on COVID-19 and food

The Food Standards Agency has issued guidance for consumers on what they need to know about coronavirus and food, including food hygiene and social distancing when shopping, food hygiene at home, and handling food packaging and loose food. Homecare providers helping people with shopping and food preparation will find this guidance useful.

FSA advice is UK-wide.


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New guides on decision making for othersNew guides on decision making for others

The Office of the Public Guardian for England and Wales has published detailed guides on decision making for others, including information on how people can make decisions on behalf of others, making an LPA, and being a deputy or attorney during the coronavirus outbreak. There is also information on how NHS or social care staff can check if a patient/client has an attorney or deputy. More information


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New briefing on video conferencing safelyNew briefing on video conferencing safely

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP have produced a briefing on video conferencing safely, given the growth of interest in this form of business communication during the COVID-19 outbreak. This discusses how to avoid data protection issues and gives tips to businesses on choosing the right service


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Homecare providers asked to complete daily returns on COVID-19 impactHomecare providers asked to complete daily returns on COVID-19 impact

CQC have started collecting data from homecare providers daily on COVID-19 pressures, to share with local authorities, CCGs and Local Resilience Fora. The aim is to identify the impact of the pandemic on social care and mobilise assistance where needed. The move followed consultation with care provider representatives, who asked that the data collected shouldn't be too onerous, as providers were already very stretched dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. CQC intend that data is only collected once, and then passed to LGA who will collate and pass it promptly to councils, CCGs, DHSC etc, to reduce the burden on providers. UKHCA represented members through the Care Provider Alliance.

CQC's Next Steps to support providers - Letter by Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Kate Terroni, dated 15 April 2020.


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New helpline providing digital support to social care providers New helpline providing digital support to social care providers 

Digital Social Care have launched a free helpline to support adult social care providers with the rapid uptake in technology necessitated by COVID-19.

The helpdesk can support providers on a range of topics including NHSmail, how technology can be used to keep people in contact with friends and family, how technology can be used for recruitment and the implementation of remote consultations with primary and acute care.

Alongside answering queries, Digital Social Care will also be collecting feedback from the helpline to collate and share best practice on how technology is being used in the sector. The helpline is available Monday-Friday, from 9am-5pm on 0208 133 3430 or help@digitalsocialcare.co.uk.

Digital Social Care is a group of organisations including UKHCA.

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Action plan pledges more support for social careAction plan pledges more support for social care

The Government's action plan for adult social care in England pledges to increase the distribution of PPE and testing of careworkers, recognises the 'Care' badge, relaunches the social care recruitment drive, and makes provision for more support at end of life, among other measures.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) adult social care action plan, published 15 April 2020.


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Drive-thru testing opened for social care workersDrive-thru testing opened for social care workers

Testing is to be opened up to all social care critical workers, and members of their household, who are self-isolating because of symptoms. The programme, for England, is run from drive-thru regional testing sites and there is a video to explain the testing process.

Testing has also been opened to symptomatic care home residents, and those being discharged to care homes, but not those receiving care at home, an omission UKHCA believes makes little sense. UKHCA also expressed concern about inadequate testing capacity currently.

CQC is to contact providers to offer tests to all social care staff who need a test in coming days.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) getting tested, published 15 April 2020.

Press release: Government to offer testing for 'everyone who needs one' in social care settings, updated 15 April 2020.


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Start date for furlough scheme moved to include new employeesStart date for furlough scheme moved to include new employees

Employers who started, and employees who were on, a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 19 March 2020 are now included in the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention scheme. The original start-date date of 28 February still applies to employees who are re-employed, or put on unpaid leave, and then furloughed.

Guidance Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated 15 April 2020, which sets out how the scheme will operate, from the employee's perspective.


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Second phase of funding for businesses in ScotlandSecond phase of funding for businesses in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced £220 million of further grants are being made available for businesses, to help them deal with the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The funding is being targeted at those businesses who need it most, including some of those not eligible, or who cannot wait for help from other business support schemes . More information


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Extra £40m hardship funding for adult social care in WalesExtra £40m hardship funding for adult social care in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced an extra £40m to help adult social care services meet the extra costs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money will be allocated to local government through a new COVID-19 local government 'hardship fund' and used to meet the increased costs of basic PPE, food, staffing costs and ICT. The announcement says local authorities will work with adult social care providers to draw down the extra funding based on the new costs that are identified.


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Government announces increased testing for careworkersGovernment announces increased testing for careworkers

The Government has announced increased testing for careworkers.

United Kingdom Homecare Association's CEO Jane Townson said:

"UKHCA has been lobbying for weeks for increased testing for COVID-19. The Government has finally woken up to the fact that this is vital for protecting high risk people receiving care and their careworkers. It is also important for maintaining workforce capacity. Omitting homecare clients from their testing plans makes no sense.

"Anyone discharged from hospital, whether to care homes or homecare, needs to be tested to minimise spread of infection and to ensure limited supplies of PPE can be targeted effectively. We are not convinced the testing capacity is yet sufficient to do all that the government claims in their statement. Time will tell if this is wishful thinking."

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Notes for Editors

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,200 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector".

For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy Director

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd

Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8160

Mobile: 07393012113

E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk

Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Registered in England, No. 3083104


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Careworkers in Wales receive card to prove key worker statusCareworkers in Wales receive card to prove key worker status

From today, 15 April 2020, all social care workers in Wales are to be sent a card that will potentially help them access the benefits available to key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The card has been produced in response to reports from social care workers on the front line, who say it can be difficult to prove they are key workers.

The social care worker card is being sent out to those on the Register of Social Care Workers, managed by Social Care Wales. It will also be made available to those who are currently not registered via their registered managers, heads of service and senior managers.

The card is being given to social care workers in two formats - digital and hard copy. The digital version will be downloadable on 15 April and the hard copy posted later. 

https://socialcare.wales/service-improvement/social-care-worker-card-faqs

Peter Randall, UKHCA Corporate Services Director, said: "The social care card is an excellent initiative that we are delighted to support.The card should be really useful for social care workers in Wales to show they are key workers."




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Updated guidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern IrelandUpdated guidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland

The Public Health Agency has updated its COVID-19: guidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland (10 April 2020). The key messages for domiciliary care providers are co-ordination between care providers, Trusts and families, making the best use of the workforce resources, and working with suppliers to provide access to personal protective equipment. The guidance contains the steps Health and Social Care Trusts should take to support domiciliary care providers and what providers should do to maintain delivery of care.


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Local authority fee increase guidance issued to councilsLocal authority fee increase guidance issued to councils

The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have issued strong recommendations to local government on fee increases for adult social care services in England.

United Kingdom Homecare Association's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"The guidance from LGA and ADASS is a positive move to help urgently-needed funding reach the front line quickly, after several weeks of delay. But the success of this is entirely dependent on each council acting on the recommendations immediately.

"Regrettably, despite urgent representations from provider organisations, local government's initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been based on their own short-term budgetary considerations, rather than on meeting the anticipated cost of care during an emergency situation.

"Many local councils appear to be willing to pass the risk of financial failure to independent and voluntary sector providers, rather than absorb the immediate costs while negotiating with central Government for additional funding. Multiple provider failure would have a devastating impact on older and disabled people who rely on care and support at home.

"In an unprecedented emergency, central Government needs to fund the full costs of community-based support and ensure that it has the powers to take direct action with those councils willing to place their provider markets at risk. Nor is central Government addressing the cost pressures on care purchased by private individuals."

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Notes for Editors

  1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,200 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  2. Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector" at www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?id=109.

For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8160
Mobile: 07393012113
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Registered in England, No. 3083104


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Dedicated supply channel working 24/7 to deliver PPEDedicated supply channel working 24/7 to deliver PPE

A new Dedicated Supply Channel has been set up to work 24/7 to ensure PPE deliveries reach health trusts and community health and social care providers in England. This is a parallel supply chain to the normal NHS Supply Chain service, and operated by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Unipart Logistics and supported by Clipper Logistics. To order urgent supplies, call 0800 876 6802.

DHSC letter which contains required information to give hotline.

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HPS issues posters on wearing PPEHPS issues posters on wearing PPE

Following the issue of joint guidance on PPE by UK health bodies, Health Protection Scotland has issued posters (8 April 2020) for use by health and social care providers in Scotland. These include non-COVID-19 and suspected/diagnosed COVID-19 situations.

Unsuspected COVID-19 - PPE in Social/Community/Residential

Suspected/confirmed COVID-19 - PPE General Contact and Aerosol Generating Procedures of all health and social care settings

There are separate posters for high risk acute and healthcare settings.


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Five steps to looking after wellbeing at homeFive steps to looking after wellbeing at home

The Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland is highlighting how important it is for people to look after their wellbeing while they stay at home. The Agency's 5 steps to wellbeing provide a practical framework to help people cope while they stay at home for a prolonged period during the COVID-19 outbreak. More information on maintaining wellbeing while at home.

Free online stress control classes, presented by a clinical psychologist, start from 13 April 2020.


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Second version of Northern Ireland's COVID-19 app launchedSecond version of Northern Ireland's COVID-19 app launched

A second version of the Department of Health COVID-19 NI mobile app has been launched to give the public up to date advice on symptoms and what to do if they think they have the virus. The app does not require any personal information other than the person's age and the post code. The app can be downloaded and installed at the GooglePlay and Apple AppStore.

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/updated-version-covid-19-app-now-available


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Welsh Health Minister endorses joint approach to PPE policyWelsh Health Minister endorses joint approach to PPE policy

Vaughan Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services, has endorsed the joint approach of health bodies across the UK to new PPE Guidance, issued on 2 April 2020. The minister said PPE supplies have been distributed to health settings and to local authorities in Wales to be sent on to social care settings.

Guidance for health and social care professionals in Wales

Summary of what the Welsh Government is doing about PPE

Online form to Request or provide personal protective equipment (PPE)  to help the Welsh Government identify gaps and get equipment to where it is needed.


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Local government funding for adult social care servicesLocal government funding for adult social care services

The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have now issued their guidance to councils in England on the fee increases for the National Minimum Wage and COVID-19. Equivalent guidance for the NHS in England has not yet been published.

At the time of writing, this guidance does not appear on the LGA or ADASS websites, but it is available here for your reference. The key recommendations (which cannot be enforced) are:

  1. A 5% increase on the total hourly price from 1 April 2020, to cover the increase in the National Living Wage;
  2. An additional temporary increase in the region of 10% to cover the cost pressures caused by COVID-19 for the first month, to be reviewed;
  3. Assistance with providers' cashflow, for example paying 'on plan' in advance, (but with the possibility of retrospective adjustments), so that providers receive two payments in April.

While LGA and ADASS have worked cooperatively with provider representatives, the above measures are not sufficient. We are pressing both local government representative organisations to assess how councils are measuring-up to the recommendations and to encourage consistently positive approaches.

UKHCA and our colleagues from the residential sector are also sharing information about cost pressures as part of our ongoing work with LGA and ADASS. We are also sharing it directly with the Department of Health and Social Care, to ensure that providers' costs are properly reflected in future guidance.


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Welsh care regulator issues FAQs on CoronavirusWelsh care regulator issues FAQs on Coronavirus

Care Inspectorate Wales has issued Frequently Asked Questions, in response to COVID-19, on questions asked by care providers and their staff. These includes information on the notifications providers should be making to the regulator, the regulator's approach to staffing issues, and registration and regulation issues.


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Care Inspectorate adds notification for workforce shortagesCare Inspectorate adds notification for workforce shortages

The Care Inspectorate has introduced a notification system for providers to notify the regulator of staffing levels, so support can be arranged if levels are critically compromised due to COVID-19. The system uses red, amber and green categories, with only amber and red notified. Notifications are required where the situation improves and the system includes a textbox for providers to notify issues like an urgent shortage of PPE.

The Care Inspectorate also requires notifications in the case of an outbreak of any infectious disease, including COVID-19, on the death of a service user from confirmed or suspected COVID-19, or where there is a change of circumstances related to COVID-19. Inactive services are not required to notify the regulator during the pandemic.

https://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/coronavirus-professionals


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Care Inspectorate allows continuation of registration fees to be deferredCare Inspectorate allows continuation of registration fees to be deferred

The Care Inspectorate is to delay the collection of continuation of registration fees until July 2020, in recognition of the financial and other pressures facing regulated care providers in Scotland. This means that care service providers do not need to pay any balance of fees due for 2019/20 financial year until July 2020. Service providers are usually invoiced in April.

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Training resources on using and removing PPETraining resources on using and removing PPE

NHS Education for Scotland has training materials on supporting infection protection and control learning in health and social care settings, including short videos on donning and doffing PPE, and hand hygiene. All are hosted on the TURAS Learn website.

There is also a resource on infection prevention and control measures when caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. Users should check they are using the most recent version.


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Scottish Social Services Council extends deadline for registration of social care rolesScottish Social Services Council extends deadline for registration of social care roles

The Scottish Social Services Council has extended the deadline for social services workers to register from six months to 12 months, and made changes to help re-deployment of workers from one kind of service to another. Applications already submitted will be processed.

https://www.sssc.uk.com/knowledgebase/article/KA-02882/en-us


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Government sets out plan for national effort on PPEGovernment sets out plan for national effort on PPE

The Government has published a Coronavirus (COVID-19): personal protective equipment (PPE) plan, to set out its proposals for a national effort to procure and supply personal protective equipment to those who need it. The plan applies UK-wide.

Press release, Government sets out plan for national effort on PPE 

Collection of guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): personal protective equipment (PPE) hub

UKHCA has emailed members (email 10 April 2020) about how to secure emergency supplies of PPE over the Easter weekend. More information on Care Provider Alliance website


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Hotline for sourcing PPE in ScotlandHotline for sourcing PPE in Scotland

The Health and Social Care Partnerships have local hubs for the sourcing of PPE, and there is an NHS Triage hotline for registered social care providers having difficulty accessing PPE - 0300 303 3020. Details on the Scottish Care website.


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Learning zone resource on living and dyingLearning zone resource on living and dying

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council has launched a learning zone resource with hope, hints and how to, to help health and social care professionals respond to living and dying issues during COVID-19. The resource was developed in Association with health and social care trust and can be accessed on phone com a tablet or PC.

https://niscc.info/news/329-new-learning-zone-resource

Further bereavement resources for the public on coping with grief during the pandemic.


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Social Care Wales extends deadline for registrationSocial Care Wales extends deadline for registration

Social Care Wales has made changes to regulatory requirements in a number of areas to allow the social care sector more flexibility in the COVID-19 outbreak.

Usually domiciliary care workers have six months to register. This has been extended to one year from start-date.

More about the flexibilities introduced: https://socialcare.wales/about/coronavirus-and-our-work-what-you-need-to-know


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We Care continues to encourage recruitment in WalesWe Care continues to encourage recruitment in Wales

Social Care Wales is supporting recruitment by listing current social care jobs in Wales on the portal www.wecare.wales/jobs/.

Employers can add their vacancies free by including the hashtag #WeCareWalesJobs with their role on twitter.

 


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More details announced of free parking concession schemeMore details announced of free parking concession scheme

Guidance has been issued on the scheme for health, care and volunteer workers in England to have free parking in local-authority owned off-street care parks and on-street bays during the Covid-19 emergency response period. Passes are going to be made available through NHS Trusts, local authorities and the Royal Voluntary Service.


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Furlough rules relaxed on working for another employerFurlough rules relaxed on working for another employer

Revised guidance on the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme dated 4 April 2020 makes clear that 'furloughed' workers can work for another employer, if their contract allows. Furloughed workers will be able to work for other sectors, like health and social care, which are short of staff.

Briefing by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP 'Coronavirus - updated furlough guidance'


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Care jobs portal in Wales receives over 4,000 visits in first weekCare jobs portal in Wales receives over 4,000 visits in first week

Social Care Wales has launched a jobs portal www.wecare.wales/jobs which includes care vacancies in Wales from the DWP jobsite and vacancies posted by care settings using the Twitter hashtag #WeCareWalesJobs.

Providers are invited to use the portal www.wecare.wales/jobs to advertise vacancies. In the first week, SCW saw over 4,000 visits to the jobs portal and almost 500 jobs being viewed/applied for so far.


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RIDDOR reporting of Covid-19RIDDOR reporting of Covid-19

The Health and Safety Executive has issued guidance on RIDDOR reporting of Covid-19. Employers in the UK must report an unintended incident at work which has led to someone's possible or actual exposure to coronavirus, where a worker has been diagnosed as having COVID 19 and there is reasonable evidence that it was caused by exposure at work or where a worker dies as a result of occupational exposure to coronavirus. More information about what and how to report UKHCA is seeking clarification of what 'reasonable evidence' means in the context of RIDDOR reporting.

RIDDOR reporting in Northern Ireland is to HSENI.

 


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While employers' focus is on the COVID-19 crisis, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has published its expected guidance on how to calculate statutory holiday pay for workers without fixed hours or fixed rates of pay. The guidance is for the use of workers or employers.


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General guidance for the public

The 'Staying at home' guidance has been withdrawn and replaced by guidance which accords with the Government's new message: 'Stay alert, control the virus, save lives'. The change was announced in the Prime Minister's address to the nation on 10 May 2020 and in Our plan to rebuild: the UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy, updated 26 May 2020.

Press release, PM: Six people can meet outside under new measures to ease lockdown, published 28 May 2020.

Guidance Staying alert and safe (social distancing), updated 4 June 2020.

Guidance Staying safe outside your home, the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible, published 29 May 2020.

Guidance: Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't doupdated 4 June 2020.

New guidance on spending time outdoors published 13 May 2020.

Coronavirus - Guidance on access to green spaces published 1 June 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on phased return of sport and recreation, published 1 June 2020. There is separate guidance for personal trainers and elite athletes.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - What you need to do, listing of Government guidance, updated daily.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force on 26 March 2020 in England, and require the closure of non-essential premises and the public to restrict their movement to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. Equivalent legislation applies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 regarding outdoor exercise and actitivies. Came into effect on 13 May 2020.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 on further relaxations to lockdown. Came into effect on 1 June 2020.

Policing the pandemic -Police guidance on how they should police the pandemic.


Wearing a cloth face covering

News story: Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport, published 4 June 2020.

Press release, Public advised to cover faces in enclosed spaces, published 11 May 2020.

Guidance, How to wear and make a cloth face covering, published 11 May 2020.


Dealing with a possible COVID-19 infection

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection Updated 28 May 2020. This advice is intended for:

  • people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
  • those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus
  • includes advice on ending isolation

NHS 111 Online - Get coronavirus (COVID-19) advice. People who have a new continuous cough OR a high temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) OR a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), you should stay at home for 7 days. Use this on-line tool from the NHS to Find out what to do if you, or somebody else, may have symptoms of COVID-19.

NHS England has launched Health at home which has advice on how to access NHS services online.


Shielding of those who are clinically extremely vulnerable

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from Covid-19updated 5 June 2020. This contains advice on when people who are shielding can leave their homes and on visits from those providing care services. The guidance is now available in alternative languages (users need to check this is the most recent version).

Travel advice

Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers, published 28 May 2020.

Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK, published 3 June 2020.

Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying where you are if you cannot return to the UK, published 20 April 2020.

Guidance, Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 28 May 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) essential international travel guidanceupdated: 22 May 2020.

Exemptions from self-isolation requirements, published 22 May 2020. This includes a registered health or care professional travelling to the UK to provide essential healthcare, including where this is not related to coronavirus.

Other guidance and advice

Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments, published 7 May 2020. This includes guidance, Q & As, template contingency plan and template letter confirming the worker is a personal care assistant.

Government guidance How to help safely, published 23 April 2020, has been issued to friends, families and volunteers. The guidance also contains advice on staying safe for people receiving assistance.

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Accessing food and essential supplies, published 29 April 2020. How to get food and other essential supplies during the coronavirus pandemic, if you are clinically extremely vulnerable or not.

The Food Standards Agency has issued guidance for consumers on what they need to know about coronavirus and food, published 25 April 2020.


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Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) adult social care action plan, updated 16 April 2020. Pledges to increase the distribution of PPE and testing of careworkers, recognises the 'Care' badge, relaunches the social care recruitment drive, and makes provision for more support at end of life, among other measures.


Homecare guidance

Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care, published 22 May 2020. Information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance COVID-19: guidance on homecare provision aimed at local authorities, CCGs and registered providersupdated 6 April 2020. [Withdrawn on 13 May 2020 pending updated guidance]. The sections on PPE have been superseded by Guidance - COVID-19: How to work safely in domiciliary care, updated 30 April 2020.

Guidance - COVID-19: Supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, published 24 April 2020.

Guidance, Safe working in education, childcare and children's social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), published 14 May 2020. This relates mostly to residential settings, but there is some limited guidance useful to providers of social care to children at home.


Testing and tracing

Guidance - NHS test and trace: how it works, published 27 May 2020. What happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Guidance, NHS test and trace: workplace guidance, Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers, published 27 May 2020.

Government will be producing formal guidance for social care providers shortly, but have issued a preliminary explanation of what the arrangements will be: Test and Trace: guidance for social care employers about staff isolation dated 29 May 2020.

Government to offer antibody tests to health and social care staff and patients in England, press release published 21 May 2020.

Government guidance on getting tested , updated 2 June 2020. This includes how to get a test, and the arrangements for key workers.

The guidance is accompanied by a privacy notice, updated 3 June 2020.

Guidance - For patients, the public and professional users: a guide to COVID-19 tests and testing kits, published 29 May 2020.

Video on how to use a home testing kit: https://youtu.be/8lo6g-TYZ-c

Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests, press release dated 18 May 2020.

Guidance - How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work, MHRA, updated 29 May 2020.


PPE and infection control

Guidance - COVID-19: How to work safely in domiciliary care, updated 30 April 2020. This resource explains what PPE should be worn and what a 'session' is in domiciliary care. It interprets Table 4 of the main PPE guidance: Guidance, COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE), updated 21 May 2020

Guidance, COVID-19: Infection prevention and control (IPC), updated 21 May 2020.

Guidance, COVID-19: Putting on and removing PPE - a guide for care homes (video), updated 27 April 2020. Referred to 'How to work safely in domiciliary care guidance' above.

Guidance, Considerations for acute personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, updated 21 May 2020.

Guidance, COVID-19: Personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures, updated 10 April 2020.

Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes, published 22 May 2020. Accompanying press release on funding allocation for infection control and potential for funding for homecare.

Revenue and Customs Brief 4 (2020): temporary VAT zero rating of personal protective equipment (PPE), published 5 May 2020. This allows PPE to be VAT-free from 1 May to 31 July 2020, subject to conditions.

Policy paper, VAT zero rating for personal protective equipment, published 30 April 2020.

HSE guidance: Risk at work - Personal protective equipment (PPE)

HSE guidance - Fit testing face masks to avoid transmission during the coronavirus outbreak

Guidance, COVID-19: Guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings, updated 20 May 2020.


Hand and Respiratory Hygiene

WHO 5 moments for Hand Hygiene, published 2006.

NICE Healthcare-associated infections: prevention and control in primary and community care, CG139, updated 15 February 2017.


Supply of PPE

DHSC: Important Communication to adult social care sector of PPE guidance and supply routes, published 16 April 2020. 

Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) adult social care action plan, updated 16 April 2020.

Policy Paper, Coronavirus (COVID-19): personal protective equipment (PPE) plan, UK-wide, updated 15 April 2020.

PPE Dedicated Supply channel  Parallel supply chain to the normal NHS Supply Chain - under development. 


Workforce and training

Guidance around free-of-charge DBS applications and new fast-track Barred List check service, in response to COVID-19, Disclosure and Barring Service, updated 15 April 2020.

CQC interim guidance on DBS and other recruitment checks, for providers recruiting staff and volunteers to health and social care services in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 29 May 2020

New guarantee on death in service benefits for frontline health and care staff during pandemic, published 27 April 2020.

Skills for Care package of support for registered managers, and rapid induction for new staff as highlighted in the adult social care action plan, above.

The Skills Toolkit to enhance digital and basic skills while in lockdown.

Guidance (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents, updated 29 May 2020.

Visa extensions for NHS and frontline health workers during coronavirus (COVID-19)


Death in service scheme for frontline workers

The new NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme has been launched, for families of members of the workforce in England who sadly pass away as a result of COVID-19. Here is the main page for the scheme, information for employers and information for claimants.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care. The Government is asking employers to let the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) know if an employee or volunteer in the adult social care sector has died. Please follow this process where deaths have already occurred, and if there are any further deaths. Updated 20 May 2020.


Other issues

Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19, Public Health England, published 2 June 2020 - review into the disparities in the risk and outcomes from Covid-19 for different cross-sections of society.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP COVID-19 briefings and updates - a listing of briefings on various topics.

COVID-19 - guidance on changes to the Care Act 2014published 20 May 2020.

Anthony Collins Briefing on Coronavirus Act 2020 and its impact on adult social care, published 15 April 2020.

Guidance: Coronavirus Act 2020: status table, published 7 May 2020.

The Health and Safety Executive has issued guidance on RIDDOR reporting of Covid-19. RIDDOR reporting in Northern Ireland is to HSENI.

Guidance has been issued on the scheme for health, care and volunteer workers in England to have free parking in local-authority owned off-street car parks and on-street bays, published 3 April 2020.

COVID-19 hospital discharge service requirementsNHS, collection of documents, updated 11 May 2020.

Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements, updated 13 May 2020.

The Office of the Public Guardian for England and Wales has published guides on decision making for others, updated on 29 April 2020, covering making an LPA, being a deputy or attorney and how NHS or social care staff can check if a patient/client has an attorney or deputy. More information

Guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity, updated 29 May 2020.

Information Commissioner's Office: Health, social care organisations and coronavirus - what you need to know on data protection.


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Note: Government guidance for homecare providers can be found under 'Government's guidance for social care providers'.

Coronavirus: advice for employers and employees advice from ACAS on sick pay, including for those who self-isolate on medical and non-medical advice.

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) Infection control guidance Contains advice on managing infections, including outbreaks of flu and other viral and bacterial infections.

Briefing by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  published 18/05/20 on emergency funding for UK businesses during Covid-19 pandemic, including Covid Corporate Financing Facility, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme and the charities financial support package.

Briefings by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP on Covid-19 on issues like force majeure, employment issues, furlough scheme, etc.

Advice on Coronavirus infection and pregnancy by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which includes workers in front-facing roles, updated on 13 May 2020. There is a link to sign up for updates.

NICE COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community.

NICE updated Critical Care Admission guidance, which includes decision trees for deciding who receives critical care.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response. This is Government's more general advice on how it is responding to COVID-19.


Advice for businesses

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) published 29 May 2020. On helping employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the pandemic. Includes COVID-19 risk assessments which employers need to do and publish to be 'COVID-19 Secure'.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP - Podcast -returning to work, post-lockdown -https://www.anthonycollins.com/resources/webinars-and-podcasts/returning-to-work-post-lockdown/

COVID-19: financial support for businessesupdated 29 April 2020, which describes the Chancellor's package of support for businesses covering job retention, VAT and Income Tax, sick pay, business rates, and temporary loans and financing.

Guidance: Help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) Watch videos and register for the free webinars, updated 29 May 2020.

Guidance - Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme, updated 28 May 2020.

Guidance - Apply for a coronavirus Bounce Back Loan, updated 4 May 2020. This scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) to apply for loans of up to £50,000.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance on working safely for employees, employers and the self-employedupdated 99 May 2020.

Key workers to be allowed to carry over unused statutory annual leave during COVID-19 into the next 2 leave years, press announcement 27 March 2020

Guidance - Holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19), published 13 May 2020.

Guidance - Check if you can claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 28 May 2020.

SSP Online Claim Service through Government Gateway live from 26 May 2020.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch 26 May 2020press release dated 19 May 2020.

Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 7 May 2020.

Guidance - Check which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 19 May 2020.

Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for businesses, updated 1 May 2020.

HSE guidance - Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak

HSE guidance - Regulating occupational health and safety during the coronavirus outbreak


Furlough scheme (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme)

News story - Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October 2020, published 12 May 2020.

Revised guidance for employers on the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Schemeupdated 29 May 2020. Makes clear shielded workers can be furloughed, subject to conditions, as does the Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) adult social care action plan

Step by step guide for employers to CJRS, updated 11 May 2020. YouTube video for employers

Guidance - Work out 80% of your employees' wages to claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated 29 May 2020.

HMRC links to getting help with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, 20 April 2020.

Direction from HM Treasury to HM Revenue and Customs on 22 April 2020.

Further Treasury Direction to HM Revenue and Customs, published 20 May 2020, reflecting the extension to 30 June 2020 announced on 17 April, and containing other clarifying amendments.

Briefing by Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP - Staying alert to Government changes to furlough and Statutory Sick Pay, published 2 June 2020.

Guidance - Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, updated 29 May 2020, which sets out how the scheme will operate, from the employee's perspective.

Furloughed workers to receive full parental leave entitlement, press release 24 April 2020.

Guidance - Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak, updated 19 May 2020.


Self-employment

Check if you can claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme, updated 29 May 2020. This scheme is for people who are self-employed or part of a partnership that has lost income due to the coronavirus outbreak and is subject to conditions.


Schools and Education

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students, updated: 24 May 2020.

Guidance - What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak, published 2 June 2020.

Guidance - Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers, updated 20 May 2020.

Guidance - Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings. updated 1 June 2020.This confirms which categories of workers will be able to continue to send their children to school during COVID-19. Guidance applicable to 31 May 2020.

The Department for Education's The Skills Toolkit online training courses help people furloughed or in lockdown acquire new skills. The course covers basic maths, computer coding, getting started online, digital skills, producing online content and online marketing.


Transport

Coronavirus (COVID-19): MOTs for cars, vans and motorcycles due from 30 March 2020, gives vehicle owners a 6-month exemption, updated 27 May 2020.


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Government guidance for the public

Public Health Wales - Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do (includes Stay at home guidance and Social distancing guidance)

Shielding advice has been relaxed from 1 June 2020 to allow exercising outdoors and limited social contact, subject to conditions: Written Statement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Shielding Update - changes to advice, published 1 June 2020.

Welsh Government: Unlocking our society and economy: continuing the conversation, published 15 May.

Welsh Government, Extension of lockdown with minor adjustments from 11 May 2020: https://gov.wales/wales-extends-coronavirus-lockdown

A framework and seven key questions to help lead Wales out of the coronavirus pandemic, published 24 April 2020.

https://gov.wales/leading-wales-out-coronavirus-pandemic

Government guidance for health and social care professionals

Welsh Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19) (main collection of information)

Welsh Government: Health and Social Care Professionals: coronavirus, guidance and services

Public Health Wales: Guidance for Health Care Professionals in Wales

Care Inspectorate Wales: Statements on Coronavirus

Guidance on CIW notification: https://careinspectorate.wales/coronavirus-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-faqs See ‘What COVID-19 notifications are required by CIW?’.

The Welsh Government has allocated an extra £40m to help adult social care services, updated 14 April 2020, allocated to local government through the COVID-19 'hardship fund' and used to meet increased costs of PPE, food, staffing costs and ICT. The announcement says local authorities will work with providers to draw down funding based on need.

The Welsh Government is to supply an additional £10 million funding, through Regional Partnership Boards, to support new and enhanced homecare packages to support patients to leave hospital for their ongoing assessment and recovery. Press release 29 April 2020

PPE and infection control

Updated guidance on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for care homes and domiciliary support services:
https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/information-for-healthcare-workers-in-wales/

Testing

Guidance on test bookings and process: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-test-bookings-and-process


Workforce and training

The Welsh Government is to fund a £500 bonus for frontline social care workers, press release dated 1 May 2020

The Welsh Government has agreed to a death in service payment for the families of all NHS and social care staff in Wales. This scheme will provide eligible beneficiaries with a one-off sum of £60,000.  Press release dated 27 April 2020.

First Minister Mark Drakeford's announcement

A social care worker card has been sent to those on the Register of Social Care Workers, managed by Social Care Wales. A digital version is downloadable and a hard copy posted later. FAQs updated 20 April 2020.

Public Health Wales has an online resource on staying well at home, which provides mental health support.

Information for businesses

UK Government, Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Walesupdated 20 May 2020.


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Guidance for the public

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that from 29 May 2020, two households will be allowed to meet in outdoor spaces up to a suggested maximum of eight people, subject to physical distancing and hygiene rules are maintained, Press release dated 28 May 2020

Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis published 21 May 2020. The route map gives an indication of the order in which the Scottish Government will gradually seek to change current restrictions. Read the route map

The Scottish Cabinet has agreed to continue with lockdown restrictions, with the exception that certain people are from, 11 May 2020, allowed to leave home to exercise more than once a day, subject to conditions. The 'Stay at home' message will be retained. First Minister's speech, 10 May 2020

The case definition for suspected COVID -19 has changed. From 18/05/20 all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia. Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. Health Protection Scotland is working to update the guidance. In the meantime please refer to the Statement from the four UK Chief Medical Officers.

NHS Inform - Coronavirus (COVID-19), information for the public

Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): public use of face coveringspublished 28 April 2020.

Scotland's Test and Protect scheme: https://news.gov.scot/news/test-and-protect

Guidance for health and social care professionals

Scottish Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance (main collection of guidance for business, healthcare, education and housing)

Health Protection Scotland, Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage for healthcare professionals

Care Inspectorate - Guidance for Services

Care Inspectorate - COVID 19 FAQs

PPE and infection control

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on changes to PPE supply, published 29 April 2020, which says providers should use local PPE Hubs. They have been emailed contact details. Providers can also contact the NHS National Services Scotland Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020 for details of their local Hub.

The letter from CMO and others dated 26 March 2020 which includes updated Health Protection Guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings including Health Protection Scotland's updated infection control guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings based on the National Infection Prevention & Control Manual and with advice on how to prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19 .

Health Protection Scotland, COVID-19 - information and guidance for social or community care & residential settings, version 1.6updated 26 April 2020.

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual, Chapter 2, Transmission Based Precautions (TBPs)

COVID-19: Clinical Care Guidance for Care at Home, Housing Support and Sheltered Housingpublished 26 March 2020.

Scottish Care, Preventative PPE Collectionupdated 1 April 2020.

Testing

The Scottish Government has issued updated guidance on testing published 19 May 2020. The UK government has established a network of COVID testing facilities. This programme runs alongside the existing programme of testing in the NHS for clinical purposes and testing of key workers in health and social care. Read more about getting tested in Scotland

Workforce and training

The Scottish Social Service Council and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) have launched a Health and social care COVID-19 accelerated recruitment portal Information for Employers

The Care Inspectorate has relaxed its advice that providers should seek updates on individual staff PVG Scheme membership every three years. Existing guidance in Protecting Vulnerable Groups - Guidance for Care Inspectorate Staff and
Service Providers
 (2015) is best practice not a requirement of Disclosure Scotland.

Support for businesses

UK Government, Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotlandupdated 1 June 2020.

Additional support for business, published 15 April 2020.

Information about advice for businesses, including Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund


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Government guidance for the public

The Northern Ireland Executive has announced that, if the R number remains at or below its current level of 0.9, a number of relaxations to lockdown will be introduced in the week commencing 8 June.

Update from Executive dated 28 May 2020.

Coronavirus - Executive approach to decision making published 12 May 2020. Sets out Northern Ireland's plan for a five stage, phased approach to exiting the lockdown. A summary is also available.

Northern Ireland Executive, Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and updates

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to retain restrictions in the Coronavirus Regulations following their second statutory review, and the 'Stay at Home' message. Press release, 7 May 2020.

Northern Ireland's contact tracing scheme: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/contract-tracing-programme-continues-expand-northern-ireland

Government guidance for health and social care professionals

HSC Public Health Agency - COVID-19 (coronavirus) (main collection of information)

COVID-19 NI App 2nd version from 9 April 2020.

HSC Public Health Agency, Guidance for domiciliary care providers in Northern Ireland - COVID-19, updated 10 April 2020.

Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority: Coronavirus.

RQIA Status App that allows service managers to contact regulator and raise issues.

Testing

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested, , updated 18 May 2020

Testing for care home residents and staff across Northern Ireland. Read more information

Public Health Agency information on testing in Northern Ireland, including primary care workers

Support for businesses

UK Government, COVID-19 Guidance: Information for NI Businesses & Employersupdated 6 April 2020.

Summary of coronavirus business support


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Information for family carers and informal carersInformation for family carers and informal carers

Information from Carers UK for informal carers. Provides guidance for family members and carers supporting people at home.

Alzheimer's Society, Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia

Diabetes UK, Coronavirus (COVID-19) and diabetes- updates  Helpline

Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care, published 8 April 2020.

Guidance: How to help safely, updated 23 April 2020.

Guidance COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults, published 24 April 2020.

SCIE, COVID-19 guide for carers and family supporting adults and children with learning disabilities or autistic adults and children

Free online resources for unpaid carers: Health Education England's e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) team has worked with Carers UK to develop a free online resource to support unpaid carers.

£37 million to support children with complex needs in pandemic. The government has committed £37 million to help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children, press release dated 19 May 2020.

Information on surviving a critical illness, ICUsteps.

Guidance - Support for the bereaved, updated 3 June 2020.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce, published 11 May 2020. Advice for those working in adult social care on managing their mental health, including guidance, tools and advice on how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff.

Coronavirus resources of the British Psychological Society for professionals and the public.

Care Workforce app for social care workers, giving access to guidance, learning resources, discounts and mental health support, including two helplines led by the Samaritans and Hospice UK. Downloadable free from the Apple App store and Google Play Store, or https://workforce.adultsocialcare.uk

Our Frontline supports the mental health of people working in health, social care, and other key workers in the UK and offers 24 hour one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources.It is a partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Our Frontline: support for social care workers 

Guidance: COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing, published 31 March 2020.

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, updated 21 April 2020.

ACAS guidance on coronavirus and mental health at work 

Every Mind Matters - simple tips for taking care of mental health.

ANXIETY UK resources

ANXIETY UK helpline open until 10.00 pm: 03444 775 774, Text Service: 07537 416 905.

Check your business insurance to see if it includes a Stress Helpline for employees. Page 9 for those with a Towergate Insurance policy.

Health and Safety Executive information on stress at work, and carrying out a stress risk assessment

Wales: Hafal - Tips for people with a mental illness
Scotland: NHS Inform - resources on mental health and well-being
Northern Ireland: Covid-19 App - resources on mental health

Guidance on wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, published 23 April 2020. This is guidance for people stuck overseas.


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Advice for councils on funding and market stabilityAdvice for councils on funding and market stability

A blog by Dr Jane Townson, CEO of UKHCA, highlights the value of homecare and the urgent need for investment to prevent multiple provider failure. Read about Homecare in the time of coronavirus, published 26 April 2020: A case for urgent investment to prevent multiple provider failure. See April archive, scroll down.

The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) issued guidance to councils in England on the fee increases for the National Minimum Wage and COVID-19 on 9 April 2020. Equivalent guidance for the NHS in England has not yet been published.

The key recommendations (which cannot be enforced) are:

  • A 5% increase on the total hourly price from 1 April 2020, to cover the increase in the National Living Wage;
  • An additional temporary increase in the region of 10% to cover the cost pressures caused by COVID-19 for the first month, to be reviewed;
  • Assistance with providers' cashflow, for example paying 'on plan' in advance, (but with the possibility of retrospective adjustments), so that providers receive two payments in April.

UKHCA are pressing both the LGA and ADASS to assess how councils are measuring-up to the recommendations and to encourage consistently positive approaches.

Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners. Shared guidance to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), published 13 March 2020.

Guidance, COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care, published 19 March 2020.


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Covid-19: Checking an EU citizen job applicant's right to workCovid-19: Checking an EU citizen job applicant's right to work

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19) the Government has issued temporary changes to the way documents can be checked. Read the guidance about the adjusted process, including asking for documents digitally, making checks on a video call, and what to do if someone cannot provide any accepted documents.


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Advice for food businesses on CoronavirusAdvice for food businesses on Coronavirus

Guidance has been issued for food businesses on coronavirus and food. Broadly the advice is to continue good hygiene practices and frequent hand washing and respiratory hygiene. Any food handler who has symptoms should follow government advice and stay at home. The Food Standards Agency says it is very unlikely that you can catch coronavirus from food.


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Beware Covid-19 scamsBeware Covid-19 scams

Reports are emerging of scams relating to COVID-19, from fake healthcare workers calling on people at home to counterfeit products, such as hand sanitiser, being sold. We urge members to be vigilant, ensure their staff wear appropriate ID, and put in place systems so their service users can check the person visiting them is genuine.

If members have been offered fake products, there is advice on the National Trading Standards website, which includes buying from a reputable provider and checking their credentials carefully. More from: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk (England and Wales)


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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people with animalsCoronavirus (COVID-19): advice for people with animals

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs has issued guidance for people with animals, including pets. There is also advice on the website of the British Veterinary Association on looking after pets where a person has Covid-19.


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Managing the impact of frequent handwashing on the skinManaging the impact of frequent handwashing on the skin

The British Association of Dermatologists has issued a statement on managing the impact of frequent handwashing on the skin, which contains hand management tips in the light of the frequent hand washing that is required during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Statement on dry skin and frequent handwashing to reduce Covid-19 risk 


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NHS to use text messages to support people with Covid-19 symptomsNHS to use text messages to support people with Covid-19 symptoms

The NHS England is to send daily text messages to new patients who register their Covid-19 symptoms and contact details with the 111 online service. These are to check how people are, and ensure that those who need help receive it. To use the service, people need to contact NHS 111 online, complete the assessment, and leave basic information such as their age, mobile number and when their symptoms started. The text messages will come from NHS Covid-19.


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Updated infection control and PPE guidance publishedUpdated infection control and PPE guidance published

Public Health England have updated their infection prevention and control advice for health and social care providers, involved in receiving, assessing and caring for patients who are a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19. This includes the use of PPE by staff in a community setting, such as homecare. There is a suite of guidance, including a useful poster. Providers will want to read the guidance in full. PPE Guidance Poster


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Written employment terms change from 6 April 2020Written employment terms change from 6 April 2020

The contents of written terms of employment changes from 6 April 2020. There is information on the ACAS website.

As homecare employers are extremely pressed responding to Covid-19, they may like to note the penalties for non-compliance are not too severe if they are late complying, although they will want to rectify this as soon as possible, for the benefit of their employees, and include the correct terms in their recruitment drives.


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Covid-19 - Business loans schemes revised to help businessesCovid-19 - Business loans schemes revised to help businesses

The scheme to provide government-backed loans to businesses in England affected by the Covid-19 outbreak has been revised to relax lending criteria for smaller businesses. The requirement to be turned down previously for a commercial loan has been dropped and personal guarantees are not needed for loans of less than £250,000. Loan facilities are also extended to larger businesses. More information on business support.


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COVID-19: CQC Issues Interim Guidance on DBS and other Recruitment ChecksCOVID-19: CQC Issues Interim Guidance on DBS and other Recruitment Checks

CQC has issued interim guidance in response to temporary changes being made by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to DBS applications and processes. It will be in operation for the period the Coronavirus Act 2020 remains in force. CQC will review the interim guidance on a regular basis.

Members should read the whole of this guidance, which can be found here


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COVID-19: Quick Access to NHSmailCOVID-19: Quick Access to NHSmail

During the current Covid-19 pandemic, secure communication between health and social care services is more important than ever. To support this NHS Digital is now able to fast track roll out of NHSmail to the social care sector, without the need to complete the Data Security and Protection Toolkit at this time.


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Letter from the Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Social Work Adviser about COVID-19 clinical guidance for social care settingsLetter from the Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Social Work Adviser about COVID-19 clinical guidance for social care settings

The letter includes updated Health Protection Guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings including Health Protection Scotland's updated infection control guidance for Social or Community Care and Residential Settings based on the National Infection Prevention & Control Manual and with advice on how to prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19 . 


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COVID-19: Free-of-charge DBS applications and fast-track Barred List check serviceCOVID-19: Free-of-charge DBS applications and fast-track Barred List check service

In response to COVID-19, the Home Office and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has put temporary arrangements in place, to provide DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the Adults' and Children's Barred Lists free-of-charge. This will apply to homecare workers being recruited to backfill vacancies in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This applies to England and Wales.

Read the Government guidance


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COVID-19 - guidance on changes to the Care Act 2014COVID-19 - guidance on changes to the Care Act 2014

The Government has issued guidance on the temporary changes from 31 March 2020 to the Care Act 2014, which reduce the duties on local authorities in England during the COVID-19 outbreak, to allow them to prioritise services. The guidance states the easements 'should only be exercised by Local Authorities where this is essential in order to maintain the highest possible level of services. They should comply with the pre-amendment Care Act provisions and related Care and Support Statutory Guidance for as long and as far as possible.'


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National Living Wage increases to £8.72 from April 2020National Living Wage increases to £8.72 from April 2020

From 1 April 2020, the National Living Wage rate for those aged 25 and over increases from £8.21 per hour to £8.72 per hour.

The National Minimum Wage for those aged 21 to 24, increases from £7.70 per hour to £8.20 per hour, and the rate for those aged 18 to 20 rose from £6.15 per hour to £6.45 per hour. The rate for those from school leaving age to 17 increases from £4.35 to £4.55 per hour and the apprentice rate rises from £3.90 per hour to £4.15 per hour. Current and future rates: www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates Employers will want to check they are fully compliant if workers move from one age category to another.

For how a rate increase applies in a pay reference period, see: www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-living-wage-nlw/national-living-wage-nlw#rates


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ACAS issues further Covid-19 guidance for employersACAS issues further Covid-19 guidance for employers

ACAS have issued guidance on working at home to help employers support their employees who are remote working during the Covid-19 outbreak, outlining health and safety considerations and the need for practicality, sensitivity and flexibility. Working from home guidance

ACAS have also published an advisory webinar recording for employers on Covid-19 that covers a range of issues, including self-isolation, sick pay, altering working patterns etc. Registration needed to view.


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Covid-19: Ombudsman suspends enquiriesCovid-19: Ombudsman suspends enquiries

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has sent out the following message.

"We have now suspended all casework activity that demands information from, or action by, care providers, in light of the current Coronavirus outbreak.

"We've taken this step in the wider public interest, to protect the capacity of care providers to deliver vital frontline services during the current outbreak.

"In a move unprecedented in our 45-year history, we will not be asking care providers to answer enquiries on new or existing cases for the time being, and cases still in progress will be frozen, until normal operations can be resumed."

Read more information


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Covid-19: Important message about EU Settlement Scheme ApplicationsCovid-19: Important message about EU Settlement Scheme Applications

The Home Office has reported that while applications to the EU settlement scheme continue to be processed, during this challenging time they will take longer than usual. In addition, in line with the latest Public Health England advice, some of the support services and application routes have temporarily changed. This situation is being kept under constant review by the Home Office.

Read more information about the changes


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COVID-19 Information Governance and Information Sharing GuidanceCOVID-19 Information Governance and Information Sharing Guidance

Digital Social Care has published helpful guidance on how social care providers can make best use of digital systems whist remaining compliant with data protection rules.

It also advises that Data Security and Protection Toolkit compliance requirements are being relaxed and NHSmail roll-out sped up.


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Care Workers' Charity launches urgent appeal to fund crisis grantsCare Workers' Charity launches urgent appeal to fund crisis grants

The Care Workers Charity has launched an appeal to raise emergency funds for care workers isolating during the #Covid19uk outbreak. We need our #SocialCare workforce now more than ever. Grants available from the 30th March. JustGiving page


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Free parking planned for NHS and social care staffFree parking planned for NHS and social care staff

The Government has announced NHS staff in England will get free car parking in hospitals. Local authorities will also offer free on-street parking and open council-run car parks to health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers. Councils will set up local arrangements for workers to confirm their eligibility by displaying suitable evidence on their windscreens. More information 


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Covid-19 - MOTs due on or after 30 March 2020 extended by six monthsCovid-19 - MOTs due on or after 30 March 2020 extended by six months

Government guidance gives vehicle owners a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, if their test is due after 30 March 2020. Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages remain open for essential repairs. Drivers can be prosecuted if they drive an unsafe vehicle and must use the nearest available open garage for repairs. Vehicles needing a test before 30 March 2020 still need to be tested, according to separate guidance. This applies in England, Scotland and Wales. Different measures apply in Northern Ireland.

 


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New laws to enforce closure of non-essential businessesNew laws to enforce closure of non-essential businesses

New laws about enforcing the closure of certain businesses and venues came into effect on 26 March 2020. The guidance includes a table of businesses which must not trade (restaurants, cafes, leisure facilities etc) and the exceptions (broadly essential services), with a first point of review in three weeks. The measures were extended to Wales and Scotland, and Northern Ireland has followed suit.


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Covid-19 Health Protection RegulationsCovid-19 Health Protection Regulations

The Government has introduced regulations on health protection. The regulations refer to:

  • Closure of premises
  • Restrictions on movement
  • How the regulations will be enforced.

The regulations make it clear that homecare providers are not required to close their premises. Restrictions on movement do not apply to homecare staff travelling to and from work as they are designated as critical workers - whether they are delivering care to people, or supporting careworkers to deliver care.

These regulations apply to England only and came into force on 26 March 2020.

Read the regulations

 


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When to use a surgical face maskWhen to use a surgical face mask

Public Health England and NHS England have issued useful short information on when to use a surgical face mask or FFP3 respirator. This covers the type of face mask needed in different situations, including a homecare visit. There is fuller guidance on using PPE, including the correct way to put on and take off PPE in PHE's infection control guidance.


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Information Commissioner's guidance on data protection and coronavirusInformation Commissioner's guidance on data protection and coronavirus

The Information Commissioner's Office has issued guidance on data protection and coronavirus: what you need to know, which includes frequently asked questions and answers. This confirms that the ICO will be applying a light touch during the outbreak. (As with all guidance, it's best to check you are reading the current version.)


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Guidance for the social care sector on Covid-19Guidance for the social care sector on Covid-19

This page provides links to the latest information which helps homecare providers provide services during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing, as is the advice which is available. Please return to this page regularly, from the link www.ukhca.co.uk/covid-19 and check you are using the latest update of the guidance concerned.

Government's guidance for the general public

Government's guidance for social care providers

Advice for homecare providers

Advice for councils on funding and market stability

Other Government advice and support for businesses, including furlough scheme

Information for family carers and informal carers

Maintaining mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak

The general response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been co-ordinated across the UK, with the governments of the devolved nations working closely with the UK Government.

As health and social care are responsibilities devolved to the respective governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, some guidance is individual to, or presented differently, by the nation concerned.

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Scotland

Northern Ireland


Keep up to date with COVID-19 developments:

- Bookmark this webpage

- Read UKHCA's email alerts for members - ask to receive email alerts Send us your contact details, organisation and membership number.

- Attend UKHCA's fast-paced webinar briefings for members - look out for our email invitations

- Follow our social media channels: Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn

 

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If you are a regulated homecare provider, find out how to join UKHCA

If you are a commercial supplier to homecare organisations, find out how to join UKHCA


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Government moves to speed hospital discharges in EnglandGovernment moves to speed hospital discharges in England

The Government has instructed all acute and community hospitals in England to reduce the number of people occupying hospital beds, discharging patients as soon as they are clinically safe to do so, to create space for COVID-19 patients.
 
The requirements are set-out in the guidance document “COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements” on the NHS England website. An email alert has been sent to UKHCA members.


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COVID-19 - guidance on support for businessesCOVID-19 - guidance on support for businesses

Updated guidance sets out the detail of the Chancellor's recent package of support for businesses. This covers job retention, VAT and Income Tax, sick pay, business rates, and temporary loans and financing: COVID-19: support for businesses, updated 22 March 2020


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Extremely vulnerable told to stay home for at least 12 weeksExtremely vulnerable told to stay home for at least 12 weeks

The government has issued guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from Covid-19. This is for use where people at very high risk of severe illness from Covid-19 live in their own home, with or without support. These people are advised to stay home for at least 12 weeks, avoiding face to face contact except where they need essential support like homecare. This guidance includes advice for care services and links with guidance on homecare provision. NHS England is directly contacting people with these serious underlying conditions to provide advice.


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Guidance for social or community care settings in ScotlandGuidance for social or community care settings in Scotland

Health Protection Scotland has issued COVID-19 - information and guidance for social or community care & residential settings, version 1.2, published 20 March 2020.


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Public Health Wales guidance on COVID-19Public Health Wales guidance on COVID-19

Public Health Wales has published guidance and resources on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes Stay at home guidance and Social distancing guidance.


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COVID-19 - updated advice for pregnant womenCOVID-19 - updated advice for pregnant women

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has updated its advice for pregnant women and their families on Coronavirus infection and pregnancy, which contains FAQs on detailed guidance for healthcare professionals updated on 21 March 2020. The FAQs and guidance cover working in a public-facing role. There is a link to sign up for updates to the guidance.


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Guidance on key workers includes care sectorGuidance on key workers includes care sector

The Government has issued guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision, which includes the categories of workers whose children can continue to attend school. Social care workers, their managers and critically important back office staff are included as they work in a critical sector. The guidance is accompanied by FAQs for parents and carers.

UKHCA represented to Government that care workers and operational staff should be included.


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£2.9 billion funding to strengthen social care£2.9 billion funding to strengthen social care

The funding comes from the £5 billion COVID-19 fund announced by the Chancellor in last week’s budget.

£1.6 billion will go to local authorities to help them respond to other coronavirus (COVID-19) pressures across all the services they deliver. This includes increasing support for the adult social care workforce and for services helping the most vulnerable, including homeless people.

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Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will increase to 25,000 a dayTesting for coronavirus (COVID-19) will increase to 25,000 a day

The Government is working to increase the number of tests that can be conducted by Public Health England and the NHS to 25,000 a day.

The increased capacity is expected to be ready within 4 weeks, with highest-priority cases being tested first.

More information available here


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Mobile networks remove data charges for online NHS coronavirus adviceMobile networks remove data charges for online NHS coronavirus advice

Vodafone, EE, O2 and Three are among the mobile firms that have said they will give their customers free online access to the latest NHS health information about coronavirus.

It will be free to access the following websites:

The NHS is working with its industry partners to make sure everyone can get NHS information and advice that is verified, up to date and free from misinformation, without using up their data allowance or mobile credit.

More information available here


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CPA Member Survey - Contingency PlanningCPA Member Survey - Contingency Planning

The Care Provider Alliance would like to hear from UKHCA members in relation to business contigency planning.

The survey link can be found here and the deadline is the 25th March.


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MPs hear evidence of urgent need to discharge patientsMPs hear evidence of urgent need to discharge patients

The Commons Health and Social Care Committee heard evidence from NHS leaders on the handling of the Coronovirus outbreak on 17 March 2020. Wide ranging discussion covered issues such as the Government's changing strategy to address the outbreak, a new drive to discharge as many people from hospital as possible to free up hospital beds, PPE shortages in hospitals and plans to alleviate these and the need for testing of health staff so they do not pass on the virus. Health Committee Chair Jeremy Hunt MP sought to get specific assurances from NHS leaders on the distribution timetables for PPE - stocks are available, and the logistics of rapid distribution are being worked on urgently.

Next steps on NHS response to Covid-19: Letter from Sir Simon Stevens and Amanda Pritchard


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UKHCA featured on BBC NewsUKHCA featured on BBC News

"The extra demands placed on care at home by the COVID-19 outbreak have thrown the underlying social care crisis into sharp relief."

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Coronavirus Bill provides for assessment delays, among other emergency measuresCoronavirus Bill provides for assessment delays, among other emergency measures

The Government has published its plans for a Coronavirus Bill which includes temporary measures for up to 2 years for use during the current outbreak. These include:

  • Action to increase the health and social work workforce using the recently retired and students and to enable people to take paid Emergency Volunteer Leave.
  • Local authorities in England are relieved of some duties under the Care Act and enabled to 'prioritise the services they offer in order to ensure the most urgent and serious care needs are met, even if this means not meeting everyone's assessed needs in full or delaying some assessments'. This is because of fears of workforce absence. There is a rider that LAs are expected to do as much as they can and still have a duty of care for individuals at risk of serious neglect or harm.
  • The Bill allows NHS providers to delay undertaking the assessment process for NHS continuing healthcare for individuals being discharged from hospital until after the emergency period has ended.
  • Local authorities in Scotland have a temporarily relaxation of their duties to conduct a needs assessment and prepare an adult carer support plan/young care statement.
  • Statutory sick pay changes to pay from day one of sickness, and enable employers with fewer than 250 employees to reclaim SSP.

More information  The Coronavirus Emergency Measures Bill will be introduced in Parliament on 19 March 2020.


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PHE Guidance for infection prevention and controlPHE Guidance for infection prevention and control

Public Health England has issued Covid-19 Guidance for infection prevention and control in healthcare settings, version 1.0. This gives the broad principles of transmission, and sets out the PPE which should be worn in different types of health and social care services, as well as general infection control guidance in health and care settings.


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CQC suspends routine inspection from 16 MarchCQC suspends routine inspection from 16 March

CQC has announced the suspension of routine inspections from 16 March. A letter was sent to regulated social care providers which said the regulator would shift towards remote methods to assure safety and quality of care, carry out some inspection activity in a small number of cases where there are allegations of abuse and give extra support to registered managers.


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Covid-19 - Care Inspectorate issues revised notification guidanceCovid-19 - Care Inspectorate issues revised notification guidance

The Care Inspectorate has issued guidance to regulated providers in Scotland on notification of the outbreak of an infectious disease. Providers must notify the Care Inspectorate within 24 hours of any suspected or known case or outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19, using their eForms account. The guidance details when providers should, and should not, notify the Inspectorate.


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Care Inspectorate scales down inspectionsCare Inspectorate scales down inspections

The Care Inspectorate has decided to scale down inspections during the Covid-19 outbreak and instead gather information, assess the level of risk in care services and establish assurances about the quality of care people experience. The regulator will only visit services when absolutely necessary. Letter from from CEO to regulated providers dated 17 March 2020.


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Shared guidance to councils summarises pressures on social care providers Shared guidance to councils summarises pressures on social care providers 

Shared guidance has been issued to local authority commissioners from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA). The guidance is for local authority commissioners and is designed to summarise pressures on social care providers arising from COVID-19, and put forward ways in which commissioners can alleviate these pressures.

Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners


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COVID-19: guidance on home care provision (England)COVID-19: guidance on home care provision (England)

There was an important update on 13 March 2020, when the Government issued guidance for those in residential care, supported living and homecare in the event of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Homecare guidance

The government also issued a raft of other guidance, including Infection Prevention and Control Guidance


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Updated guidance for people who are unwell or who have been in contact with Covid-19Updated guidance for people who are unwell or who have been in contact with Covid-19

Important update on 13 March 2020: People who have a new continuous cough OR a high temperature (37.8 degrees Celsius or higher), you should stay at home for 7 days. Use this on-line tool from the NHS to find out what to do if you, or somebody else, may have symptoms of COVID-19.

Prime Minister's statement on 12 March 2020


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UKHCA News ID: 235514

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Budget provisions for businesses and individuals affected by Covid-19Budget provisions for businesses and individuals affected by Covid-19

The Goverment set out a range of measures in the Budget on 11 March to support public services, help those affected by Covid-19 and support businesses experiencing increases in costs or financial disruptions.

UKHCA commercial members Hazlewoods have published a summary of the tax aspects of the Budget.

The official Budget Red Book contains more detail.


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UKHCA's reaction to the Spring BudgetUKHCA's reaction to the Spring Budget

"The commitment of additional funding for social care to tackle the growing concerns around coronavirus are welcome. However, the glaring omission of additional funding, beyond funding already announced for social care, is hugely disappointing.

"Over 1.5m people are not getting the support they need. The £1bn for existing adult and children's social care for councils in England, promised by the previous Chancellor, is a long way short of what is needed to ensure people's needs are fully met. Councils need to ensure that what funding there is available reaches frontline services."

Colin Angel, UKHCA's Policy Director

Notes for Editors

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,050 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UKHCA's mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

For further information please contact:

Matthew Kiernan, Communications Officer

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd

Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8165

Mobile: 07393 012 113

E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk

Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Registered in England, No. 3083104.


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Cross-party talks to begin on social care reformCross-party talks to begin on social care reform

Matt Hancock, Health and Social Care Secretary, has written to colleagues in all political parties to initiate talks on social care in England. The move is the first phase in seeking a cross party consensus; the second phase of structured talks on reform options begins in May.  Matt Hancock's letter

Colin Angel, Policy Director at United Kingdom Homecare Association, commented:

"Cross-party talks are, of course, essential for getting a consensus about the long-term funding of adult social care. However its disappointing that with three years of preparation for an unpublished green paper, Government has not yet presented an outline plan which could be acceptable across a range of political opinions. Possibly the greatest dangers for adult social care are the continued uncertainty and the repeated Government tactic of employing short-term funding measures through the annual budget."


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Covid-19 - Government outlines further plans to support health and social careCovid-19 - Government outlines further plans to support health and social care

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced further proposed measures to combat spread of COVID-19. The planned COVID-19 Emergency Bill will include provisions to give volunteers additional employment safeguards, facilitate the emergency registration of recently retired health professionals and extend video court hearings. The Bill's provisions will be time limited to two years and only used if necessary. More information


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Covid-19 listing to mitigate effect of cancellations on businessesCovid-19 listing to mitigate effect of cancellations on businesses

The government has listed coronavirus as a notifiable disease in law, meaning that GPs must report all cases to Public Health England. More information

The move echoes similar provisions across the UK, and is anticipated to assist businesses seeking compensation under their business insurance if the spread of virus leads to cancellations or loss of business.


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Older people may be advised to avoid crowded areasOlder people may be advised to avoid crowded areas

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England gave evidence on preparations for coronavirus to MPs on the Commons Health Committee last week, chaired by former Health and Social Care Secretary, Jeremy Hunt MP. He outlined the Government's proposed staged response, and explained they may, if the outbreak develops, advise older citizens or those with pre-existing health conditions to avoid crowded areas. This would need to be done in a way that does not exacerbate loneliness. More information


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CQC to exercise flexibility in response to CoronavirusCQC to exercise flexibility in response to Coronavirus

The Care Quality Commission have written to every registered care provider in England setting out how they are responding to the outbreak of Covid-19 and how they plan to approach future decision-making.


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LGA calls for Budget to address adult social careLGA calls for Budget to address adult social care

The Local Government Association are calling on the Government to use the upcoming Budget to tackle the issues facing the adult social care sector.

Read more via the LGA Website.


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Embedding public health into clinical services e-learning programme now liveEmbedding public health into clinical services e-learning programme now live

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop an e-learning programme to help embed public health in clinical services.

For more information about the e-learning programme, including details on how to access, please visit https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/embedding-public-health-into-clinical-services/.


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MSPs sign off on £40bn Scottish budgetMSPs sign off on £40bn Scottish budget

MSPs have approved the Scottish Government's £40bn budget for 2020/21. Spending commitments include over £15bn for health and care services, £117m for mental health support and a real-terms increase in revenue funding for councils. More from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-51739877


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UK migration policy not helpful to social care in Northern IrelandUK migration policy not helpful to social care in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Assembly's Committee for Health has been considering the health and social care workforce strategy. On the UK government's intended restrictive migration policy, the Committee were told by civil servants the policy may be helpful to health but not so helpful to social care. MLAs were concerned the policy and workforce shortages would exacerbate what is already a crisis. More from: http://data.niassembly.gov.uk/HansardXml/committee-21491.pdf


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Covid-19 outbreak - Workforce regulators to allow flexibilityCovid-19 outbreak - Workforce regulators to allow flexibility

The Scottish Social Services Council, like the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council, is to allow health and social care professionals to depart from established procedures when caring for patients and people using health and social care services. They say regulatory standards are designed to be flexible and to provide a framework for decision making. Joint statement


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Social Care Wales fees to rise from AprilSocial Care Wales fees to rise from April

Social Care Wales' registration fees are due to rise from April 2020. Currently application, annual and renewal fees are £60 for a social care manager. These rise to £70 for 2020/21 and £80 for 2021/22. Social care workers currently pay £20 for application, annual and renewal fees. These go up to £25 in 2020/21 and £30 in 2021/22. More from: https://socialcare.wales/registration/registration-fees#section-8398-anchor


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Core questions to help providers prepare Annual ReturnsCore questions to help providers prepare Annual Returns

Care Inspectorate Wales have issued a list of core questions to help providers get ready for their Annual Return. The Inspectorate say providers should log into their CIW Online account to ensure their service details are accurate and up to date. The Annual Return will available from 1 April 2020 and must be submitted by 26 May 2020. More from: https://careinspectorate.wales/submitting-annual-return

 


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COVID-19: Advice for employers and businessesCOVID-19: Advice for employers and businesses

This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff on:

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • what to do if someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in business settings
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas
  • actions to take if staff come into contact with someone who is self-isolating or is a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19

The link is here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19


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Coronavirus self-isolation - who gets paid and how much?Coronavirus self-isolation - who gets paid and how much?

Anthony Collins Solicitors have issued a briefing on payment of employees in self-isolation or isolation as requested by medical staff or employers, with FAQs to assist employers with these situations.

The briefing refers to Category 1 and Category 2 countries, which have implications for returning travellers and visitors to the UK potentially affected by Coronavirus. Here is more information about Category 1 and Category 2 countries which members may find useful.


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Virtual Dementia TourVirtual Dementia Tour

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (Social Care Council) in partnership with the Public Health Agency is bringing the Virtual Dementia Tour to Northern Ireland.

Facilitated by Training 2 Care UK (Ltd), the Virtual Dementia Tour is an innovative dementia learning event which will provide social care workers the opportunity to experience what dementia might be like and help improve practice and person-centred care.

During the experience a trained facilitator will guide participants fitted with patented devices that alter their senses while they try to complete common everyday tasks and exercises.

More information is available here Training 2 Care UK (Ltd),


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Government action plan published on Covid-19Government action plan published on Covid-19

The Government has published its 'Coronavirus: action plan - A guide to what you can expect across the UK' which sets out the principles behind government planning - contain, delay, research and mitigate - and responsibilities for responding to the outbreak of Covid-19.


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Less than ten years to 'save social care'Less than ten years to 'save social care'

Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research suggests that pension savings and council funding are set to fall woefully short of what is needed to care for older people.

Inadequate pension savings, rising care costs and increasing numbers of older people needing care, could cause England's care sector to collapse within 10 years, without government action. More from: https://cebr.com/reports/the-times-care-crisis-laid-bare-10-years-to-save-the-system/


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CPA targeted surveyCPA targeted survey

The Care Provider Alliance have launched a targeted survey on business continuity planning.

CPA are hoping to discover more about what providers think are the key priorities and pressure points affecting their ability to provide day-to-day care services.

CPA Survey on Business Continuity


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HSE issues revised guidance on protecting lone workers