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Government's guidance for social care providersGovernment's guidance for social care providers

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, updated 24 May 2020. Information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak.

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 16 June 2020. This relates mostly to residential settings, but there is some limited guidance useful to providers of social care to children at home.

Guidance, COVID-19: adult social care risk reduction framework, published 19 June 2020.

Testing and tracing

Swab testing

Guidance - NHS test and trace: how it works, published 11 June 2020. What happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person - updated 17 June 2020.

Guidance, NHS test and trace: workplace guidance, Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers, updated 15 June 2020.

Guidance, COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings, updated 14 June 2020. Has been revised to clarify social care workers do not have to self-isolate if the wear PPE in accordance with guidance.

Preliminary explanation of: Test and Trace: guidance for social care employers about staff isolation dated 29 May 2020.

Government guidance on getting tested , updated 17 June 2020. This includes how to get a test, and the arrangements for key workers.

The guidance is accompanied by a privacy notice, updated 12 June 2020.

Guidance - For patients, the public and professional users: a guide to COVID-19 tests and testing kits, updated 12 June 2020.

Video on how to use a home testing kit:

Guidance - How tests and testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19) work, MHRA, updated 5 June 2020.

Antibody testing

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

PPE and infection control

Guidance - COVID-19: How to work safely in domiciliary care, updated 15 June 2020. This resource interprets the main PPE guidance for use in domiciliary care: Guidance, COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE), updated 12 June 2020

Guidance, COVID-19: Infection prevention and control (IPC), updated 12 June 2020.

Guidance, COVID-19: Putting on and removing PPE - a guide for care homes (video), updated 15 June 2020. Referred to 'How to work safely in domiciliary care guidance' above.

Guidance, Considerations for acute personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, updated 12 June 2020.

Guidance, COVID-19: Personal protective equipment use for aerosol generating procedures, updated 8 June 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.

Guidance, Adult social care infection fund, published 9 June 2020, sets out how the above funding will operate and be distributed.

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.


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.

Supply of PPE

Guidance - PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment, published 29 June 2020.

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

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

Disclosure and recruitment

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


UKHCA has launched a series of free, short online presentations for memberson topics such as care coordinator training, end of life care and infection control: UKHCA Resources

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.

Visas and migration

Guidance (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents, updated 22 June 2020.

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

Death in service scheme for frontline workers

Guidance, Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England, published 19 June 2020. This includes:

  • Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England
  • Bereavement resources for the social care workforce.

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.

Law and legal briefings

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 2014, published 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.

Health inequalities

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.

COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities, published 16 June 2020.


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

Hospital discharges

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.

Mental capacity

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 15 June 2020.

Car Parking

Guidance on 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.

Data protection

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

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