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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16th December 2021

Social Care In Vision (Last Updated: 16.12.2021)

COVID-19: Face coverings poster – Published 2nd December

Poster has been produced to remind people to wear face coverings where they are legally required to do so. For more information click here.

COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read leaflets – Published 2nd December

Easy-read guidance updated in relation to the COVID-19 booster vaccination. For more information click here.

Shingles vaccination guide – Updated 2nd December

Guidance has been updated and can be used to support staff in their knowledge of shingles and the vaccination process. For more information click here.

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection – Updated 2nd December

Updated to clarify that contacts legally required to self-isolate (including contacts of suspected or confirmed Omicron cases) must complete their self-isolate period even if they test negative during that period. For more information click here.

COVID-19: guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus infection who do not live with the person – Updated 2nd December

Updated to clarify that contacts legally required to self-isolate (including contacts of suspected or confirmed Omicron cases) must complete their self-isolate period even if they test negative during that period. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Test and Trace Support Payment scheme: claiming financial support – Updated 2nd December

Updated to reflect self-isolation exemptions relating to Omicron. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Face coverings – when to wear one, exemptions and how to make your own – Updated 2nd December

Updated in relation to disposing of face masks to bring into line with wider COVID-19 waste disposal guidance. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Working safely during coronavirus – Updated 2nd December

Guidance updated for offices, for more information click here.

The health and social care approach to winter – Published 3rd December

Document sets out the wide range of preparations made to ensure that health and social care services remain resilient and joined up. A £700 million Targeted Investment Fund has also been announced. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Jobs that qualify for travel exemptions - Updated 3rd December

Rules on PCR tests and quarantine on arrival changed, for more information click here.

COVID-19: Management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings - Updated 3rd December

Wording around isolation requirements clarified and to reflect LFD testing requirement after returning from another country for health and social care staff. For more information click here.

UKHSA calls for everyone to get their flu jab this week - Press release 5th December

The UKHSA is urging everyone eligible to get their flu vaccination by 10th December. For more information click here.

Coronavirus – How to stay safe and help prevent the spread - Updated 6th December

Guidance updated with Nigeria being added to the red list and pre-departure testing for people in England guidance updated. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Vaccination as a condition of deployment for healthcare workers - Updated 6th December

Guidance has been published to support preparing and planning for the new regulations that will come into force on 1st April 2022. For more information click here.

Coronavirus – Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated 7th December

Guidance updated to highlight that you cannot use the ‘priority service’ or ‘super priority service’ if you are applying from a country or territory on the red list for international travel. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Face coverings – when to wear one, exemptions and how to make one – Updated 7th December

Reference to workplace risk assessments removed. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Testing before you travel to England - Updated 7th December

Guidance updated on the COVID-19 test and that those 12 years and over must take one before travelling to England from abroad. For more information click here.

UKHSA National Patient Safety Alerts – Published 8th December

Guidance published on National Patient Safety Alerts and why they are issued by the UKHSA. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Temporary medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes - Updated 8th December

Documents updated to reflect the extension of the self-certification cut off date for people with medical exemptions to 31st March 2022. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Review of measures for COVID-19 and flu vaccines programme - Updated 8th December

Government consultation launched to look at proposals to maintain the pace and scale of the vaccine rollout. For more information click here.

Coronavirus – How to stay safe and help prevent the spread - Updated 8th December

Guidance updated to reflect the new plan B measures being introduced to respond to the rise of the Omicron variant. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Face coverings – when to wear one, exemptions and how to make one – Updated 8th December

Updated to reflect where it is now mandatory to wear a face mask. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Prime Minister confirms move to Plan B for England – Press Release 8th December

As Omicron speads, the Prime Minister has announced the move to Plan B for England. Face coverings will become mandatory in more settings and people will be asked to work from home where they can. For more information click here.

COVID-19: UK’s most vulnerable people to receive life-saving COVID-19 treatments in the community – Published 8th December

Thousands in the community will be offered cutting edge antiviral and antibody treatments for COVID-19. For more information click here.

COVID-19: A guide to the COVID-19 vaccination programme for adults – Updated 9th December

Guidance updated in light of recent changes. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus – Updated 9th December

Information box added on the new measures that have come into force. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Working safely during coronavirus – Updated 9th December

Updated following the new measures that have come into force. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Using your NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad and at venues and settings in England – Updated 10th December

Updated to reflect that you can order an NHS COVID Pass letter to show proof of booster vaccination for international travel. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Making vaccination a condition of deployment in the health and wider social care sector – Updated 10th December

Impact assessment added. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Safer transport guidance for operators and people who work in or from vehicles – Updated 10th December

Updated to reflect Plan B and the need to wear face coverings. For more information click here.

Coronavirus – How to stay safe and help prevent the spread - Updated 10th December

Guidance updated to reflect when to take a test before attending an event. For more information click here.

Coronavirus – Support package to protect care sector this winter - Press Release 10th December

A new package of measures have been announced including £300 million to help recruit and reward the workforce. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Daily rapid testing for COVID-19 contacts launches this week – Press Release 12th December

From 14th December fully vaccinated contacts of a COVID-19 case must take a daily lateral flow test for 7 days to slow the spread of the virus, anyone testing positive must self-isolate. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Working safely during coronavirus – Updated 12th December

Updated to reflect that those office workers who can work from home should do so. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Urgent Omicron appeal: Get boosted now– News story 12th December

Urgent national appeal calling for everyone who is eligible to be boosted. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – UK coronavirus (COVID-19) alert level increased from level 3 to level 4 – Published 12th December 

Announcement that the UK has moved to alert level 4 with evidence showing that Omicron is spreading fast in the community. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection – Updated 13th December 

Updated to reflect that people not legally required to isolate must take an LFD test for 7 days and removal of the legal requirement surrounding Omicron variants and the need to isolate. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus infection who do not live with the person – Updated 13th December 

Updated to reflect that people not legally required to isolate must take an LFD test for 7 days and removal of the legal requirement surrounding Omicron variants and the need to isolate. For more information click here.

Coronavirus – How to stay safe and help prevent the spread - Updated 14th December

Guidance updated to reflect new guidance on daily testing for contacts of positive cases. Information on self-isolation for contacts of Omicron cases removed. For more information click here.

Coronavirus – Advice for pregnant employees - Updated 14th December

Guidance updated to reflect the announcement to move to plan B. For more information click here.

Coronavirus – Visiting arrangements in care homes - Updated 14th December

Guidance updated to add new care home restricitons on visitors due to the new Omicron variant, as well as testing outside of care homes and arrangements for testing for staff and essential care givers. For more information click here.

Coronavirus – Red list of countries and territories - Updated 15th December

Guidance updated to highlight that there are no countries currently on the red list. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings - Updated 15th December

Guidance updated in relation to self-isolation rules. 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

Risk Assessment Updates

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Emily Kerrigan

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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