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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25th February 2022

Social Care In Vision (Last Updated: 25.02.2022)

Download our latest Social Care highlights for England below. It features the latest updates on advice for CQC Provider Information Return, vaccination received overseas, COVID updates and more! 

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Health and social care integration – joining up care for people, places, and populations – Published 11th February

White paper released on the Government’s commitment to transform the delivery of care in the UK. For more information click here.

CQC Provider Information Return – Published 11th February

CQC have announced that the email address that PIR are sent from will be changing to [email protected]. For more information click here.

COVID-19: How to self-isolate if you test positive for coronavirus after international travel – Published 11th February

Updated to reflect new travel rules that come into effect from today. For more information click here. Further updated guidance includes:

Coronavirus – Testing for staff after international travel

Travel to England from another country during coronavirus

UK’s new travel rules take flight

Checks to make sure you’re following self-isolation rules after international travel

COVID-19 – How to do a coronavirus saliva test – Published 11th February

Guidance published on how to do the test and when you will receive the results. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Vaccinations received overseas – Updated 11th February

Guidance updated on individuals vaccinated overseas. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Designated settings for people discharged to a care home – Updated 11th February

Guidance updated with some content removed. For more information click here.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) at work regulations from 6 April 2022 – Updated 11th February

HSE guidance on the new regulations that come into force from 6 April 2022. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings – Updated 14th February

Guidance updated in relation to self-isolation for residents of care homes who are contacts and updated information on staff returning from abroad. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Advice for pregnant employees – Updated 14th February

Guidance updated to reflect that employers must now undertake a workplace risk assessment for their pregnant employees. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Rapid testing made easier for partially sighted people – Press Release 14th February

New app and video call support service announced to help partially sighted people take a lateral flow test at home. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Admission and care of people in care homes – Updated 14th February

Guidance updated to reflect the change in self-isolation rules from 14 to 10 days and the potential to end self-isolation prior to 10 days. For more information click here.

More support for domestic abuse victims to rebuild their lives – Press Release 15th February

Announcement that £125million will be handed to councils across England to provide victims with vital support. For more information click here.

Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care – Policy paper 15th February

Government’s response to the workforce burnout report. For more information click here.

UKHSA review shows vaccinated less likely to have long COVID than unvaccinated – Press Release 15th February

A new review from the UKHSA shows that people who have one or more doses of the coronavirus vaccine are less likely to suffer from long COVID. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Providing unpaid care – Updated 15th February

Updated to reflect updates to COVID restrictions that came into force from 27th January. For more information click here.

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

Guidance updated to reflect the latest self-isolation advice. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – PCR Home test kits – Updated 16th February

Guidance updated to reflect rapid lateral flow tests are used on people without symptoms. For more information click here.

JCVI updates advice on vaccinations for 5 to 11 age group – Press release 17th February

Updated advice for 5 to 11 year age group. For more information click here.

Cold weather alert issued by UKHSA – Published 17th February

In response to Storm Eunice the UKHSA have issued a cold weather alert. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Testing guidance for homecare workers in England – Updated 17th February

Guidance updated and information removed advising staff to take a lateral flow test everyday before work. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Testing in adult care homes – Updated 17th February

Guidance updated and information removed on requirement to take one PCR and 3 lateral flow tests a week. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Testing before your travel to England – Updated 18th February

Guidance updated to highlight that people from the Ukraine do not need to take a COVID-19 test before travelling to the UK. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Living with COVID-19 – Published 21st February

Guidance published on the Government’s plan for living with COVID-19. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – How to stay safe and help prevent the spread – Updated 21st February

Guidance updated in relation to upcoming changes to do with self-isolation. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Working safely during COVID-19 – Updated 21st February

Guidance updated in relation to upcoming changes to do with self-isolation. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – If you need to self-isolate or cannot attend work due to coronavirus – Updated 21st February

Guidance updated that from 24th February you will no longer need to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Right to work checks – Updated 22nd February

Guidance updated to confirm that the temporary adjusted checking process will end on 30th September 2022. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak – Updated 23rd February

Guidance updated to reflect most recent guidance changes in England and Wales. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Being a deputy or attorney during the coronavirus outbreak – Updated 23rd February

Guidance updated to reflect most recent guidance changes in England and Wales. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Using your NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad and at venues and settings in England – Updated 24th February

Guidance updated to reflect most recent guidance changes for self-isolation rules if you test positive for COVID-19. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings – Updated 24th February

Guidance updated to reflect most recent guidance changes for self-isolation rules if you test positive for COVID-19. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Travel to England from another country during coronavirus – Updated 24th February

Guidance updated to reflect the most recent guidance changes for self-isolation rules if you test positive for COVID-19. For more information click here.

COVID-19 – Test and Trace Support Scheme: claiming financial support – Updated 24th February

Guidance updated to highlight that the scheme ends on 24th February 2022. 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

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