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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23rd July 2021

Social Care In Vision (Last Update: 23.07.2021)

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

Guidance updated to reflect what the government will pay from 1st August. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home – Updated 15th July

Self-isolation information updated and arrangements for care home staff accompanying residents out of the care home has been updated. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Reforming the Mental Health Act – Updated 15th July

The Government’s response to the consultation has been added. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Changes that the Government wants to make to a law called the Mental Capacity Act (easy read) – Updated 15th July

The Government’s response to the consultation has been added to the easy read page. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – NHS Patients, Staff and Visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings – Updated 15th July

England’s Chief Nurse has reiterated that social distancing and face coverings should still be in place for those visiting healthcare settings. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – How to work safely in care homes – Updated 16th July

Updated to reflect changes as we enter step 4 of the roadmap. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Visiting arrangements in care homes – Updated 16th July

Updated to reflect changes as we enter step 4 of the roadmap and that restrictions will now be removed on the number of visitors that residents can receive. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Supported living services during coronavirus – Updated 16th July

Updated to clarify the policy on limiting close contact and visiting in and out of supported living settings. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Admission and care of people in care homes – Updated 16th July

Updated to clarify that when a person is being admitted from another care home or facility, care home managers should undertake a risk assessment to determine whether self-isolation is required. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – NHS COVID Pass – Updated 16th July

Updated to reflect that from 19th July you may be asked to demonstrate your COVID-19 status as a condition of entry to some venues. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – More vulnerable adults supported through ‘Changing Futures’ programme – Published 17th July

Vulnerable people in communities across England will be given extra support to rebuild their lives through the Changing Lives Programme. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents – Updated 19th July

Updated to reflect end of concessions from 19th July in relation to the ‘If you’re outside the UK and your leave has expired before you are able to return’ section. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – NHS Test and Trace – what to do if you are contacted – Updated 19th July

Updated to reflect changes as we enter step 4 of the roadmap. It includes the removal of businesses needing to use and display the NHS COVID-19 app check in QR Code. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – How to stay safe and help prevent the spread – Updated 19th July

Updated to reflect changes as we enter step 4 of the roadmap. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Frontline health and care staff can work rather than self-isolate – Press Release 19th July

Announcement by the health secretary that health and social care staff will not be required to self-isolate in exceptional circumstances and where regular testing is in place. For more information click here.

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

Guidance updated with some older versions removed. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infections – Updated 19th July

Guidance updated to reflect the move to step 4 of the roadmap. For more information click here.

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

Guidance updated to reflect the move to step 4 of the roadmap. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – How to work safely in domiciliary care in England – Updated 19th July

Guidance updated to reflect the move to step 4 of the roadmap and the types of masks that can be used for domestic duties when 2 metres or more from a client.  For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus – Updated 19th July

Guidance updated to reflect the move to step 4 of the roadmap. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – How to work safely in care homes – Updated 19th July

Guidance updated to reflect the move to step 4 of the roadmap. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside the home – Updated 19th July

Guidance updated to reflect the move to step 4 of the roadmap. For more information click here.

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

Guidance updated to reflect the move to step 4 of the roadmap.  For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Disposing of waste – Updated 19th July

Guidance updated to reflect the move to step 4 of the roadmap. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Guidance for people receiving direct payments – Updated 19th July

Guidance updated to reflect the move to step 4 of the roadmap. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak – Updated 19th July

Guidance updated to reflect the move to step 4 of the roadmap. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes – Updated 19th July

The statement of impact on The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 has been added. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Fully vaccinated critical workers to be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances – Press Release 19th July

The government have announced that critical workers, such as railway signallers and air traffic controllers, will be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Health and Care Bill Factsheets – Published 19th July

The Government have issued factsheets on the details of the measures in the Health and Care Bill, explaining why the measures are needed. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Heat health alert issued by Public Health England– Updated 19th July

An alert of increased health risks due to hot weather has been extended until Thursday. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Face coverings – when to wear one, exemptions and how to make one – Updated 20th July

Guidance updated following the move to step 4 of the lockdown roadmap and the fact that it is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – What your NHS COVID Pass letter tells you– Updated 20th July

New version of the guidance document has been included. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Updated guidance for areas with additional COVID-19 measures in place – Published 20th July

This guidance highlights that additional support packages in affected areas will be in place for 5 weeks to support where COVID-19 is of high prevelence; this includes with extra testing and maximising vaccinations. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Advice for pregnant employees – Updated 20th July

Updated to reflect the lifting of restrictions from 19th July. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Response to CQC’s ‘Out of sight – who cares?’ report – Published 21st July

The Minister of State for Care has responded to CQC’s report, which looks at the use of restraint, seclusion and segregation in care services with people with mental health conditions. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Getting help with daily activities outside your home during coronavirus – Published 21st July

This guidance highlights some voluntary extra steps that people with disabilities and those supporting them can take to help reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Tackling violence against women and girls strategy launched – Published 21st July

The Home Secretary has announced this new strategy to ensure women and girls are safe everywhere. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable – Updated 21st July

Updated to include information about vaccinations for children and young people and socialising inside and outside the home. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – How to stay safe and help prevent the spread – Published 21st July

Updated to include information about pregnant women. For more information click here.

CQC publishes data on showing death notifications involving COVID-19 received from individual care homes – Published 21st July

The data will be published today from CQC and will be accompanied by a CQC insight report. 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 changes have taken place within:
    • Visiting out of Care Homes Policy and Procedure (care home only)
    • Re-opening to Visitors During COVID-19 Policy and Procedure (care home only)
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Policy and Procedure (Dom only)
    • Coronavirus Policy and Procedure
    • Driving for Work Policy and Procedure

Risk Assessment Updates

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

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