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.
COVID-19: residential care, supported living and home care guidance: Residential care, supported living and home care in the event of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Public Health England https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance
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
COVID-19: Guidance on residential care provision, Public Health England https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-on-residential-care-provision
COVID-19: Guidance on home care care provision, Public Health England https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance/covid-19-guidance-on-home-care-provision
Coronavirus Bill: this contains provisions for adult social care https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-bill-what-it-will-do/what-the-coronavirus-bill-will-do#increasing-the-available-health-and-social-care-workforce
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
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