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Government announces weekly testing for homecare workforce - UKHCA's responseGovernment announces weekly testing for homecare workforce - UKHCA's response

The Government has announced new weekly testing for asymptomatic homecare workers. The full announcement can be seen on the DHSC website here.

Commenting on the news, UKHCA’s Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"Until now, routine testing of asymptomatic homecare workers has not been available. This was largely supported by evidence from a prevalence survey, showing that transmission rates of the virus amongst homecare workers was similar to the general population. This is unlike the much higher prevalence rates amongst staff working in care homes. Even so, there has been a sense that people who used homecare services had received a lower priority from Government than those using residential care.

"It seems clear that a proportion of people infected with coronavirus do not develop symptoms themselves, but are able to pass it on to others, including the people they support. The availability of routine testing will be welcomed by many, particularly members of the public who have been concerned about the risk of transmission from careworkers visiting their home.

This winter brings a combination of seasonal pressures which occur every year, compounded with staff absences, including self-isolation. An unintended consequence of asymptomatic testing, is the possibility of staff being required to self-isolate as a result of a false positive test result, stretching workforce capacity even further.

Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,100 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

2. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. UKHCA’s members agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice, which can be found here.
3. Fourteen of UKHCA’s non-executive directors are elected by the membership of the association and serve for a period of three years. The Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Honorary Secretary are elected by the non-executive directors from within their number. The Association’s Chief Executive and Corporate Services Director are also non-executive directors.
4. For further information please contact:

Matthew Kiernan, Press Officer
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8165
Mobile: 07393 012 113
Twitter: @ukhca

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