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

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

FURTHER GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE:

Government Guidancehttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/  

Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce: report on first phase of COVID-19 pandemic:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-care-sector-covid-19-support-taskforce-report-on-first-phase-of-covid-19-pandemic

HEALTH AND WELL-BEING RELATED GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE

Government guidance (19th March 2020) – 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 (15th April 2020) – COVID-19 Our Action Plan for Adult Social Care:  

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

NHS England guidance (13th April updated 11th May 2020) – Advance care planning guidance

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/advance-care-planning-guidance-and-template/

Government guidance – Other conditions and Coronavirus.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/other-conditions-and-coronavirus/

Government guidance (15th May 2020) – 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 (26th May 2020) – 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 (15th June 2020)

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
  1. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
  2. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
  3. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  4. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

Government Guidance (27th April 2020) – Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-social-care-guidance#guidance-for-unpaid-carers


HEALTHCARE WORKERS, CARERS AND CARE SETTING RELATED GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE

Goverment Guidance (18th September 2020)  -Adult Social Care: coronavirus (COVID-19) Winter Plan 2020 to 2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/adult-social-care-coronavirus-covid-19-winter-plan-2020-to-2021

Government Guidance (11th May 2020) – Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-health-and-wellbeing-of-the-adult-social-care-workforce

Government guidance (27th April 2020) – 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 (3rd April 2020) – For Employees

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

Government Guidance (26th March, updated 29th May 2020) – Income Support Self Employed Scheme

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

 

OTHER USEFUL GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE

Government guidance (20th May 2020) – 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 (21st April, updated 7th May 2020) – 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 news (23rd March 2020) – Coronavirus Bill: summary of impacts

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

Government guidance – End of life care.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/end-of-life-care/

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

 

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