With the current pandemic status in the UK, care providers must be worried about the impact on their service and the health and safety of their staff and the people in their care.
The government has provided guidance for adult social care providers on action to take in the event of an outbreak of coronavirus. There is also a coronavirus bill going through parliament, which contains provisions to help adult social care.
You can find the links to the latest guidance below.
Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult social care, Department of Health and 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
Coronavirus (COVID-19) action plan: What the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and what it plans to do next:, Department of Health and Social Care https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes: How to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak, Department of Health and Social Care, Care Quality Commission, Public Health England, and NHS England https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-admission-and-care-of-people-in-care-homes
Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities, Department of Health and Social Care https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-changes-to-the-care-act-2014/care-act-easements-guidance-for-local-authorities
CQC update: Routine inspections are suspended to coronavirus outbreak, CQC https://www.cqc.org.uk/news/stories/routine-inspections-suspended-response-coronavirus-outbreak
Isolation advice for people with possible COVID-19 infection: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-guidance-for-households-with-possible-covid-19-infection
Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity: Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity, Department of Health and Social Care https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-looking-after-people-who-lack-mental-capacity
Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care action plan: How the government will support the adult social care sector in England throughout the coronavirus outbreak, Department of Health and Social Care https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-adult-social-care-action-plan
NICE guidance on COVID-19 for specific medical conditions: www.nice.org.uk/covid-19
COVID-19: personal protective equipment use for non-aerosol generating procedures: Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for non-aerosol generating procedures (APGs), Public Health England https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-use-for-non-aerosol-generating-procedures
In addition to the Government updates, Expert Care Manager Magazine contains a lot of guidance and Toolkits on infection control that may help you at this time: https://www.ecmmagonline.co.uk/safe/infection-control and a summary of the coronavirus guidance here: https://www.ecmmagonline.co.uk/contents/item/152817-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-care-settings