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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22nd October 2021

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COVID-19: Health and social care workers winter vaccinations 2021 – Updated October 2021

Resources from Public Health England in relation to the winter vaccination campaign. For more information click here.

Latex Allergies – Updated October 2021

HSE resource on latex and allergies that might arise from it. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Standard operating procedure for unpaid carers – Updated 6th October

An SOP for unpaid carers to be able to access the vaccination programme. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Red list of countries and territories – Updated 7th October

Guidance updated following the removal of some countries from the red list. For more information click here.

COVID-19: vaccination – easy-read leaflets – Updated 7th October

Information updated on the easy-read leaflets. For more information click here.

COVID-19: New film launched urging public to get flu and COVID-19 vaccines – Press Release 8th October

New film campaign launched to encourage vaccinations. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Bloodborne viruses in healthcare workers– Updated 8th October

Document added in relation to ‘bloodborne viruses in healthcare workers: report exposures and reduce risk’. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Ending of the shielding programme – Updated 11th October

A number of guidance documents have been updated to reflect the end of the shielding programme, including:

Stepdown of infection control precautions and discharging patients to home settings

Guidance for care of the deceased

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

COVID-19: Flu vaccine supply: when you can get your vaccination – Published 12th October

Guidance issued on the flu vaccination programme, who is eligible and when and where they can get it. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Testing for coronavirus before hospital – Updated 14th October

Guidance updated with information about testing for coronavirus before hospital and information about courier collection. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Lateral flow tests to be introduced for vaccinated international arrivals – Published 14th October

Information published that lateral flow tests will be introduced for fully vaccinated passengers arriving from 24th October from countries not on the red list. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Updated 15th October

Guidance added on if you’ve missed the claims deadline, as well as ‘Return to service’ section. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Further boost for people applying to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) – Published 15th October

The Government have announced a further £3 million to help those applying to the EUSS. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Travel to England from another country during coronavirus – Published 15th October

From 22nd October you can book an antigen lateral flow device test instead of a PCR if you are fully vaccinated. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Immunisation – Updated 18th October

Added link to Hepatitis B vaccination programme. For more information click here.

Cold weather plan: action cards for cold weather alert services - Updated 18th October

Updated and rebranded PDFs. For more information click here.

Flu vaccination supply: when can you get your vaccination - Updated 18th October

Updated and addition links added. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Exemptions from managed quarantine for medical reasons - Updated 19th October

Guidance updated on the way medical exemptions are reviewed, the evidence needed and the appeals process. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Vaccination of people working or deployed in care homes: operational guidance - Updated 19th October

Guidance updated in sections relating to ‘If an individual has been vaccinated outside of the UK’, ‘Groups that can get a medical exemption’, ‘How to demonstrate your vaccination status’ and ‘Exemptions’. 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 - Updated 20th October

Guidance updated with new sections added on what travellers and household members should do. 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

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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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