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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
Government guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for people receiving direct payments.
Government guidance – The Care Act easements, guidance for Local Authorities
Government guidance – The ethical framework for Adult Social Care
Department of Health – COVID-19 Our Action Plan for Adult Social Care:
Government guidance on homecare provision
Government guidance – supporting vulnerable children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak
Government guidance – Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) risk assessment guidance
Government guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
Register if you have a medical condition that makes you ‘extremely vulnerable’ to coronavirus
Government guidance on social distancing for everyone in the uk
Government guidance – 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.
Government Guidance – For Employees
Government Guidance – Income Support Self Employed Scheme
Government news – Coronavirus Bill: summary of impacts