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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11th December 2020

Social Care In Vision (Last update: 11.12.10)

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CQC: Review of Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation decisions during COVID-19 pandemic - Interim Report November 2020 - Published 03 December   

The CQC has published an interim report setting out the progress of its review and its expectations around DNACPR. For more information, click here.

COVID-19: PPE Portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) - Updated 04 December   

The Government has updated guidance on ordering levels for domiciliary care providers. For more information, click here. 

COVID-19: COVID-19 vaccinations and care homes: programme launch - Correspondence 04 December

A letter from the Minister of Care outlining plans for getting the first COVID-19 vaccine to care home staff. For more information, click here. 

COVID-19: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing service for extra care and supported living settings - Published 07 December

The government has issued guidance on regular retesting within extra care and supported living settings that meet the specified criteria. For more information, click here.

News story: Why Caldicott Principles and Caldicott Guardians are still relevant in 2020 - Published 08 December

Dame Fiona Caldicott discusses the outcome of her consultation about the Caldicott Principles and Caldicott Guardians. For more information, click here.

COVID-19: Coronavirus (COVID-19) lateral flow testing of visitors in care homes - Published 08 December

This guidance sets out how care homes and visitors can prepare for visitor testing with lateral flow devices (LFDs). For more information, click here. 

PHE: Cold Weather Alert - Published 08 December

Public Health England has issued a cold weather alert and how to stay well during low temperatures. For more information, click here.

COVID-19: Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care – Updated 08 December

This guidance has been updated by the government to include reference to the tier system currently in place in England since 2nd December. For more information, click here.

COVID-19: Making a support bubble with another household – Updated 08 December

The government has updated guidance and provided further clarification on how the support bubble works for those in more than one type of bubble as well as how to travel to and from a support bubble. For more information, click here.

COVID-19: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing service for extra care and supported living settings – Updated 09 December

The guidance has been updated to provide further clarity around the Unique Organisation Number on the self-referral portal and when more test kits can be applied for. For more information, click here. 

COVID-19: Coronavirus antibody home test kit: taking a blood sample – Updated 09 December

This guidance has been updated and includes instructions on safe lancet disposal, as well as withdrawal of guidance to not take or post a test on a Sunday. A new video link has also been added. For more information, click here.

COVID-19: Coronavirus guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable – Updated 09 December

British sign language, large print, translations and audio versions have been updated. For more information, click here.

COVID-19: Coronavirus guidance – health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce - Updated 09 December

This guidance has been updated to include reference to the new tier system. For more information, click here.

COVID-19: PPE Portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) - Updated 09 December   

The Government has updated guidance on ordering limits for the Christmas period and included a video on how to use the portal. For more information, click here.

 Policy Updates  

  • The suite of immunisation policies for both staff and service users have been updated to reflect the new vaccine programme in the UK
  • Resources to support this have been produced which include a template letter to provide to staff, a vaccine programme checklist and a vaccination factsheet
  • The COVID-19 Testing Policy and Procedure for supported living services has been updated to reflect staff and service users, in some services, being allowed regular testing
  • The Reopening to Visitors During COVID-19 Policy and Procedure has been updated following further guidance being issued on visitor testing
  • The COVID-19 Testing Summary has been updated in the Resource Centre to include visitor testing

The QCS QR visitor tracker has been updated to support lateral flow testing of visitors.

 

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