Coronavirus Updates

Latest updates on Coronavirus. As the situation is quickly evolving, it is important to be provided with up-to-date information. We’ll be updating and adding to our information. So keep checking back.

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06th August 2021

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CQC – Insight report – Issue 12 – Updated 21st July

The latest CQC insight report looking at the death notifications related to COVID-19 received from care homes. For more information click here.

CQC – Service User Bands Guidance – Updated 27th July

A guidance document has been published by CQC on what they mean by service user bands and how they apply. For more information click here.

ACAS – Hybrid working – Updated 29th July

ACAS resources have been updated in relation to hybrid working, where staff are working from both home and in the office. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Check if you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Updated 29th July

Guidance updated to include information on when claims will be publicly available. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Women of childbearing age, currently pregnant or breastfeeding – Updated 29th July

A new pregnancy poster and links to social media cards have been added. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – What your NHS COVID Pass letter tells you (easy read) – Updated 29th July

Updated to include information about single dose and two dose letters. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Getting help with daily activities outside your home during Coronavirus – Updated 29th July

Updated to clarify that people should not provide support if they test positive for COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate, or they have symptoms of COVID-19. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Guidance on equipment for temperature screening in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic – Published 30th July

Guidance from MHRA on equipment for temperature screening in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Containing and managing local coronavirus outbreaks – Updated 30th July

Updated following the move to step 4 of the roadmap, outlining the key policy changes. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Medical devices given exceptional use authorisations during the COVID-19 pandemic – Updated 30th July

Updated open and closed list of medical devices. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – How to do a coronavirus rapid lateral flow test at home – Updated 2nd August

Updated to include information on the ACON Flowflex rapid nose-only test, as well as the different types of rapid tests and how to report the results. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – NHS COVID-19 app updated to notify fewer contacts to isolate – Press Release 2nd August

Government update that the NHS COVID-19 app has been updated with fewer contacts being notified, following an update to the ‘logic’. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection – Updated 2nd August

Translations updated. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings – Updated 2nd August

Updated to clarify the risk assessment process and an additional mitigation added for staff to avoid working with clinically extremely vulnerable people. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – New study into COVID-19 vaccine dose interval for pregnant women – Published 3rd August

Report issued on extensive real world data that vaccines are safe and highly effective for pregnant women. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – NHS Test and Trace in the Workplace – Updated 3rd August

Updated to reflect the introduction of daily contact testing for workplaces. For more information click here.

Liberty Protection Safeguards Factsheets – Updated 3rd August

A new factsheet has been added in relation to young people and Responsible Bodies. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Visiting arrangements in care homes – Updated 3rd August

Updated to provide clarity on PPE usage for residents with learning disabilities. For more information click here.

DSPT Toolkit update version 4 – Updated 4th August

A new version update of the DSPT for 2021-22 has been released, the link details the updates that have taken place. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance– Published 4th August

Updated to provide clarity on PPE usage for residents with learning disabilities. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – How to stay safe and help prevent the spread – Updated 4th August

Information in relation to 18 year olds and self-isolation. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Testing for Coronavirus before Hospital – Updated 4th August

Guidance updated to remove the registration step and updated information on how patients should return their test kits. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 vaccination of young people aged 16 to 17 – Published 4th August

Update from the JCVI around their confidence that young people will be afforded around 80% protection against hospitalisation. For more information click here.

CQC – Statement of COVID-19 vaccination of people working/deployed in care homes – the role of the Care Quality Commission – Updated 4th August

CQC response on the new amended regulations coming into force from 11th November and the role they will play as regulator. For more information click here.

Policy Updates 

  • All coronavirus policies and Resource Centre documents continue to be reviewed and updated in light of government updates

Risk Assessment Updates

  • All risk assessments continue to be updated in light of government updates

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