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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08th October 2021

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COVID-19: Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus – Updated 23rd September

Guidance updated following the end to the shielding programme. For more information click here.

Bitesize Webinar Companies House – Directors’ Responsibilities: What questions are most frequently asked about starting a company? – Updated 23rd September

Take a look at the latest webinars from Companies House, particularly in relation to running a business. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Rapid lateral flow home test kit instructions for throat and nose test – Updated 23rd September

Guides and translations updated. For more information click here.

COVID-19: NHS COVID Pass – Updated 23rd September

Updated to reflect that from 23rd September the NHS COVID Pass will be able to be stored in Apple Wallet, even if the device is offline. For more information click here.

COVID-19: How to quarantine and test at home if you’ve been in a red list country and have permission to quarantine at home – Published 24th September

This guidance has been issued for those granted an exemption from managed quarantine in England. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection – Updated 24th September

Easy read updated. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person – Updated 24th September

Easy read updated. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Antibody test kit: guides in different languages – Updated 24th September

Welsh version added. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Testing for adult social care settings – Updated 24th September

Updated to reflect changes in policy where there is one case of COVID-19 in a care home , testing frequency and changes when there are two or more cases in a care home. For more information click here.

COVID-19: PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 PPE – Updated 27th September

Update to order limits and removal of ‘nitrile’ gloves for all providers. For more information click here.

COVID-19: PCR home test kit instructions – Updated 27th September

Updated to include information about the InterpreterNow service and that 119 provides support in 200 languages. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Proposal for mandatory COVID certification in a Plan B scenario – Published 27th September

Published to reflect what the Government will do in a plan B scenario as per the Autumn/Winter Plan. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Key messages from DHSC on COVID-19 vaccination – Updated 27th September

Information on booking booster vaccinations through the National Booking Service. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable – Updated 28th September

Large print and audio versions have been added on the ending of the shielding programme. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Safer travel guidance for passengers - Updated 29th September

Easy read version added. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Testing in adult care homes – Updated 29th September

Guidance updated in relation to testing and outbreak management. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Additional funding to help adult social care this winter – Press Release 30th September

It has been announced that more than £388 million to prevent infections and provide testing in the sector has been allocated. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Coronavirus rapid lateral flow home test kit instructions for nose-only test – Updated 30th September

Guides and translations updated. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Extending free PPE to the health and care sector – Open consultation – Published 1st October

An open consultation by the DHSC has been set up to gain feedback on whether free PPE provision should be extended after 31st March 2022. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Updated 1st October

Updated to reflect that the Furlough scheme ended on 30th September 2021. For more information click here.

Location of Public Health England (PHE) functions from 1st October 2021 – Published 1st October

Highlights the functions of PHE following reforms to public health systems and the closure of PHE on 1st October 2021. For more information click here.

COVID-19 - Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus – Published 1st October

Updated to reflect that the Furlough scheme has now closed. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – NHS COVID Pass – Updated 4th October

Guidance updated to reflect changes to international travel rules coming into force from 4th October. For more information click here.

NHS – Every mind matters – Published 5th October

A new campaign has been launched to help people with their mental wellbeing. For more information click here.

COVID-19: PPE Portal – how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment – Updated 6th October

Order limits updated. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Hospital discharge service: action cards – Updated 6th October

Action card updated with a link to the admission and discharge guidance for care homes. 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, please see your dashboard for the latest changes
  • The Furlough Policy and Procedure has been archived following the ending of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 30th September 2021, additional HR policies have also been updated where reference to the Furlough scheme is made

Risk Assessment Updates

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

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Emily Watts

Domiciliary Care Policy Lead

Emily has a background in quality and compliance with specific expertise in audit. Her previous roles have included working with domiciliary care branches that required improvement and supporting them to action plan and improve their quality and compliance. Working at one of the largest UK domiciliary care providers ensured Emily was exposed to significant numbers of CQC, CIW and Care Inspectorate Scotland inspections. She led internal audits bench marking against regulatory standards , supporting managers in the drive to deliver high quality care and support. Emily has a proven track record in supporting the transformation of branches that require improvement, moving them to compliant and on the journey to outstanding. Read more

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