Government Guidance
on Coronavirus

This page provides links to Government Guidance given during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

THE CORONAVIRUS NATIONAL TESTING PROGRAMME – 21st April 2020

As part of the Government’s five-pillar strategy for Coronavirus testing, they are now testing people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to see if they currently have the virus.  Their aim is that anyone who needs such a test will be able to have one.  But that will take time to achieve and they are building up their testing capacity and offering testing to different groups in a phased approach.

You can find out who is the eligible group to be tested next and how to book a test here and how the testing process works: 

National Testing Programme Strategy Summary FINAL

The Government have now launched a new self referral portal here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus. All essential workers will be able to register and book a test for themselves and/ or their household member(s) if they have coronavirus-like symptoms. Personal care assistants (PA) are deemed essential workers, and therefore are able to access tests via the self-referral portal.

User guide for essential workers- including personal care assistants- to book a test at a regional testing site or via home delivery.

Self referral portal user guide- PAs FINAL

Further information for employers and personal care assistants on testing for frontline workers, who is now eligible for testing for Coronavirus including children under the age of 18. This document provides a list of frequently asked questions, regional test site locations and the action than Employers should take as part of the testing process:

Covid 19- Testing for personal care assistants

Drafted letter from Department of Heath to Employers of PA’s used in conjunction with the Covid 19- Testing for personal care assistants (see slide 7): Draft letter 

Invitation to register for Coronavirus testing- personal care assistants (PAs)

Letter template for PA’s who have asked to be tested, the letter includes the online link to book a test, the list of test centres, what to do when they get to the test centre and how they get their results can be found here: Covid 19- invitation for testing

FURTHER GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Government guidance – A life assurance scheme has been launched that will provide families of eligible workers who have died from coronavirus in the course of their frontline essential work, a £60k payment. This covers PAs as key workers- and they are specifically announced in this release

The responsibility will to rest with the LA/CCG to notify the scheme administrator (NHSBSA) should a PA die from Covid-19 contracted through their frontline duties, even where the individuals acts as the employer. The CCG/LA will also be required to provide appropriate support to the DP holder- be it emotional support, or practical support with care arrangements etc.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guarantee-on-death-in-service-benefits-for-frontline-health-and-care-staff-during-pandemic


Government guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for people receiving direct payments.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-people-receiving-direct-payments


Government guidance – The Care Act easements, guidance for Local Authorities

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-changes-to-the-care-act-2014/care-act-easements-guidance-for-local-authorities


Government guidance – The ethical framework for Adult Social Care

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-ethical-framework-for-adult-social-care/responding-to-covid-19-the-ethical-framework-for-adult-social-care?fbclid=IwAR0avXPoMZ2zW-4GpnJlWCOv0tOeXrC0Px0RZO6wphFXvHIu82tuOTtqrLQ


Department of Health – COVID-19 Our Action Plan for Adult Social Care:  

covid-19-adult-social-care-action-plan


Government guidance on homecare provision 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-on-home-care-provision


Government guidance – supporting vulnerable children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people


Government guidance – Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) risk assessment guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidance


Government guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Register if you have a medical condition that makes you ‘extremely vulnerable’ to coronavirus

 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

extremely vulnerable group include:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients

  2. People with specific cancers:

    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer

    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment

    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer

    • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors

    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.

  4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).

  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.

  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

 

Government guidance on social distancing for everyone in the uk

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults 


Government guidance – Major new measures to protect people at highest risk from coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/major-new-measures-to-protect-people-at-highest-risk-from-coronavirus


Public Health England – New gov Easy read guide for staff supporting people with a learning disability.

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/04/clinical-guide-for-staff-supporting-patients-with-a-learning-disability-autism-or-both-easy-read.pdf


Government Guidance – For Employees

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees


Government Guidance – Income Support Self Employed Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme?


Government news – Coronavirus Bill: summary of impacts

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-bill-summary-of-impacts/coronavirus-bill-summary-of-impacts

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