DHSC weekly coronavirus social care update

care quality commission

The independent regulator of health and social care in England

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CARE Workforce: join the new platform

Do you work in social care in England? You can now receive the latest coronavirus information, guidance, wellbeing support and discounts direct to your smartphone or inbox.

Download on the App Store, get it on Google Play or sign up to view content online.


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Guidance updates


Admissions in care homes 

We’ve updated our admissions guidance, in line with the care home support package. Proprietors, managers, social workers, family members and relevant health professionals should check this guidance regularly, to make sure they are reading the latest version.

Read the admissions guidance


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Death in service

New guidance has been published which sets out the steps you may need to take following a coronavirus related death of an employee or volunteer working in adult social care.

Actions may include, making a report to the Health and Safety Executive, informing the Department of Health and Social Care, and supporting the family’s application to the NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme.

Read the death in service guidance 

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Bereavement Resources

A new set of bereavement resources has been published, which social care workers can use to access support, following the loss of someone close to them.

Access the bereavement resources


Hospice UK

Hospice UK has a confidential adult social care bereavement and trauma support line.

It’s free to call: 0300 303 4434 (8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday)



Samaritans has a free confidential support line. 

Call:  0300 131 7000 (7am to 11pm Monday to Sunday)


PPE guidance for care homes and homecare

PHE updated the resources on how to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amends include additions to the Q&A. These will continue to be reviewed and updated regularly.

Access the homecare safety guidance 

Access the care home safety guidance 



Reducing risk in the adult social care workforce

This guidance provides a framework for how you should assess and support members of your workforce, who may be at an increased risk from coronavirus.

It covers: the risk assessment process,  having conversations with workers who are identified as being at increased risk,  measures you could put in place, and useful guidance and resources. 

Read the reducing risk guidance 

In the news


Thousands to be offered repeat testing in care homes as part of new surveillance study

Approximately 10,000 people in care homes will be given repeat testing as part of a new government study into coronavirus, to understand more about its spread in these settings.

Find out more about the new surveillance study 



Short survey will support better connected social care and health services

The Professional Record Standards Body would like you to take part in a survey about the information that should be shared between health and social care, to support the development of more integrated services. Connected services increase efficiency, reduce re-admissions to hospital and improve access to personalised care and wellbeing support. 

Take part in the survey and access an easy read version.




In tough times, we need visions of hope

The Social Care Institute for Excellence’s Chief Operating Officer, Ewan King, reveals how 24 organisations, including local authorities, care providers and locally engaged citizens with lived experience, have been developing innovative new models of care. 

Read the blog here


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