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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21st May 2021

Social Care In Vision (Last update: 21.05.21)

Our social care weekly update is now available, including the latest guidance on returning to work, advice for travelling abroad and more. You can download a pdf version here or read the update below. 

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COVID-19: Organisation Testing Registration – Record of Users - Updated 13th May 

A multiple registration spreadsheet has been added to use from 19th May to record people tested for coronavirus. For more information click here  

COVID-19: NHS Test and Trace: What to do if you are contacted - Updated 13th May 

Updated to include information about designated venues being required to keep a log of staff on the premises. For more information click here

COVID-19: Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents - Updated 14th May 

The guidance has been updated to include guidance on travel to red, amber and green listed countries. For more information click here

DBS has created faith-specific guidance around DBS checks – News story 14th May 

The guidance covers DBS checks and eligibility tailored to a number of different faiths. For more information click here  

HSE – Guidance on returning to work – HSE Weekly bulletin 14th May 

The guidance has been produced to support a service where workers may have been working from home but are due to return to the workplace. For more information click here

COVID-19: Coronavirus testing for homecare workers – information for agencies - Updated 14th May 

The guidance has been added to a new page and sets out how homecare workers in England can collect, complete and register a test kit. For more information click here  

COVID-19: Working safely during coronavirus - Updated 14th May 

The guidance has been updated to reflect step 3 of the easing of lockdown. For more information click here  

COVID-19: Arrangements for visiting out of the care home - Updated 14th May 

A new document has been added ‘Visits out of care homes: summary of guidance’ detailing what residents can do from 17th May. For more information click here

COVID-19: Step 3 - COVID-19 restrictions posters: 17th May – Published 17th May 

A poster displaying information about step 3 of the easing of lockdown has been produced. For more information click here 

COVID-19: NHS Test and Trace: What to do if you are contacted - Updated 17th May 

Updated to reflect the changes from 17th May. For more information click here  

COVID-19: Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do - Updated 17th May 

Updated to reflect the changes from 17th May. For more information click here  

COVID-19: Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus - Updated 17th May 

Updated to reflect the changes from 17th May. For more information click here  

COVID-19: Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely medically vulnerable - Updated 17th May 

Updated to include information on meeting friends and family both indoors and outdoors. Guidance on new COVID-19 variant also added and a large print document. For more information click here  

COVID-19: Making a support bubble with another household - Updated 17th May 

Updated to reflect the changes from 17th May. For more information click here 

COVID-19: How to work safely in care homes - Updated 17th May 

Updated to clarify when to change face masks, updated the section on waste and PPE, as well as the difference between source control and PPE. For more information click here

COVID-19: Being a deputy or attorney during the coronavirus outbreak - Updated 17th May 

Updated to reflect the roadmap changes of 17th May. For more information click here  

COVID-19: Health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce - Updated 17th May 

Information about the Money Advice Service has been added. For more information click here 

COVID-19: Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes - Updated 17th May 

Updates to all translations have been added. For more information click here  

COVID-19: Testing for adult social care settings - Updated 17th May 

Updates to reflect a reduction in the time required to determine the end of an outbreak in care homes, that supported living and extra care services can now test visitors. Personal assistant testing has now been removed and universal testing is offered. For more information click here 

COVID-19: Designated settings for people discharged to a care home - Updated 17th May 

Updates to include a call-out to the new COVID-19 variant of concern. For more information click here 

COVID-19: Admission and care of people in care homes - Updated 17th May 

Updates to include a call-out to the new COVID-19 variant of concern. For more information click here  

COVID-19: Providing Homecare - Updated 17th May 

Updates to include a call-out to the new COVID-19 variant of concern. For more information click here 

COVID-19: Vaccination – guide for adults - Updated 18th May 

Updated to reflect that copies of the England leaflet are available to order. For more information click here  

COVID-19: PPE Portal – How to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment - Updated 18th May 

Information added in relation to order limits on small hand hygiene orders for domiciliary providers. For more information click here  

COVID-19: New award to recognise exceptional practice in the adult social care workforce – Press Release 19th May 

The gold and silver awards have been introduced to recognise the outstanding contribution made by adult social care workers. For more information click here  

COVID-19: Health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce - Updated 19th May 

Updated to reflect the changes made at step 3 of the roadmap. For more information click here  

CQC: Putting people at the centre of visiting decisions – Published 19th May 

CQC article on being able to see loved ones safely during the pandemic. 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 in particular:
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Policy and Procedure for care homes
    • Visiting out of Care Homes Policy and Procedure
    • Outbreak Management and Barrier Nursing Policy and Procedure
    • Right to Work Checks Policy and Procedure
  • A new Returning to Work Factsheet has been produced and can be found in the Resource Centre

Risk Assessment Updates

  • All risk assessments continue to be updated in light of government updates in particular:
    • Coronavirus Personal Protective Equipment
    • Opening to the Home to Visitors
    • Hairdresser Visits

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