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Covid-19 – reference for health and social care providers and professionals

This page is up to date as at 3 June 2021.

To assist health and social care providers we set out below links to key documents and guidance which have been published and implemented to assist the sector in dealing with the impact of coronavirus. Whilst the links below reflect the most recent position, we suggest that providers also refer to the gov.uk website regularly for updates.

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Home Office

  • NHS surcharge to be scrapped for migrant healthcare workers

The Prime Minister has requested that the Home Office and the DHSC remove NHS and care workers from the NHS surcharge arrangements. Full details are yet to be announced but the latest on this story can be found on the BBC News website. (21 May 2020)

  • News story – Thousands more health workers to benefit from visa extensions

More than 6,000 frontline health workers will have their visas extended for a year for free, including doctors, nurses and paramedics.

  • Speech – Home Secretary’s statement on coronavirus: 21 January 2021

The Home Secretary led the Downing Street briefing on coronavirus, where she announced a new £800 fine for people who attend house parties.

  • News story – Mandatory form for international travel launched to prevent illegal trips

From 8 March 2021, passengers travelling abroad will need to carry a new form stating that their trip is permitted under national lockdown rules.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): declaration form for international travel

Complete a travel declaration form to confirm that you are legally allowed to travel abroad from England.

Department of Health and Social Care

  • Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult social care

The framework intends to provide support to ongoing response planning and decision-making to ensure that ample consideration is given to a series of ethical values and principles when organising and delivering social care for adults in the context of increasing pressures. Click here for our briefing on the framework.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements

This document sets out how health and care systems and providers should change their discharging arrangements and the provision of community support during the coronavirus situation.

  • Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities

This guidance sets out how Local Authorities can use the new Care Act easements, created under the Coronavirus Act 2020, to ensure the best possible care for people in our society during this exceptional period.

  • The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

This guidance is for hospitals, care homes and supervisory bodies and is only valid during the COVID-19 pandemic and applies to those caring for adults who lack the relevant mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment. The principles of the MCA and the safeguards provided by DoLS still apply. A flow chart is provided to assist decision makers and a shortened Urgent Authorisation form is annexed.

  • Detailed Guidance and a Policy Paper – 15 April 2020

Click here for guidance on coronavirus testing for critical workers who are self-isolating.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care action plan provides details of how the government will support the adult social care sector in England throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

The policy paper sets out the government’s plan for:

  1. controlling the spread of infection in care settings
  2. supporting the workforce
  3. supporting independence, supporting people at the end of their lives, and responding to individual needs
  4. supporting local authorities and the providers of care

The plan applies to all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care. This includes people’s own homes, residential care homes and nursing homes, and other community settings. It applies to people with direct payments and personal budgets, and those who fund their own care.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested (updated 19 May 2020)

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and well-being of the adult social care workforce (updated 11 May 2020)

This guidance gives advice for those working in adult social care on managing personal mental health and also provides adult social care employers with guidance, tools and advice on how to take care of the well-being of staff at work.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care (20 May 2020)

This guidance explains how local authorities and social care providers can tell DHSC about the death of an employee or volunteer in social care.

  • Simplifying the recruitment process for care providers during Covid-19

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an online platform has been built for care providers to help to simplify their recruitment process. Free training and DBS checks are available. Click here for more information.

  • NHS test and trace: how it works

An overview of the NHS test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. (published 27 May 2020)

  • NHS test and trace: workplace guidance

Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers. (published 27 May 2020). See also our briefing on sick pay entitlement.

  • Letter from the Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately MP to Council Leaders emphasising the need for data to coordinate national and local response.

The letter highlights that completion of the Capacity Tracker by care homes is a condition of access to the Infection Control Fund for Adult Social Care. Highlights that completion of the Capacity Tracker by care homes is a condition of access to the Infection Control Fund for Adult Social Care – see this link.

  • Whole Home testing extended and setting up of COVID-19 Support Taskforce

Every care home in England will now be offered a coronavirus test for all residents and staff, even if they have no symptoms. (Press release 8 June 2020)

  • Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

Guidance setting out the infection control measures that the infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements. (9 June 2020)

  • Guidance for commissioners, people receiving direct payments and care providers

Guidance updated on 10 June 2020.

  • World first coronavirus treatment approved for NHS use by government

The government has immediately authorised the NHS to use the world’s first coronavirus treatment proven to reduce the risk of death. Click here for the press release (published 16 June)

  • Steps to take following the death of an adult social care worker

Guidance published on 19 June, see also our briefing.

  • Press release – Plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding from 6 July 2020

  • New saliva test for coronavirus piloted in Southampton

GP staff, other essential key workers, university employees and members of their households will be among the first groups to participate in the pilot, with test kits delivered either to their home or place of work for them to complete every week.

  • Thousands to be offered repeat testing in care homes10,000 residents and staff across over 100 care homes will be given coronavirus tests as part of a new surveillance study (published 25 June)
  • Press release – Health Secretary calls on country to get tested as access is expanded even further

Six new ‘walk through’ local testing sites are now offering appointments to people in England, with the capacity to test hundreds of people each day (26 June 2020).

  • The Health Service and Social Care Workers (Scrutiny of Coronavirus-related Deaths) Directions 2020 – Statutory guidance

Directions to NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts in England to ensure the scrutiny of deaths of health service and adult social care staff from coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Types and uses of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – Guidance

Guidance on the different types of coronavirus test available.

  • Government launches Health and Care Visa to ensure UK health and care services have access to the best global talent

The new Health and Care Visa will make it cheaper, quicker and easier for healthcare professionals from around the world to come to the UK.

  • New powers and framework to help contain coronavirus (COVID-19) locally

A new framework setting out how to manage COVID-19 outbreaks through the use of national and local expertise has been published by the government.

  • In-person coronavirus testing continues to deliver results the next day – press release

Sixth week of NHS Test and Trace figures shows anyone getting a test at a regional test site or mobile testing unit can expect their result by the next day.

  • Press release – Millions could be vaccinated against COVID-19 as UK secures strong portfolio of promising vaccines

The UK has secured early access to 90 million doses of promising coronavirus vaccine candidates.

  • Oral statement to Parliament – Next stages in the NHS Test and Trace plan

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about measures to increase testing and support the NHS this winter, and the latest vaccine developments.

  • Guidance on visiting care homes during COVID-19

This is the delayed guidance from the Government. See also our briefing.

  • Press release – Most comprehensive flu programme in UK history will be rolled out this winter

Providers will work to vaccinate more than 30 million people during this flu season – millions more than received it last year.

  • Press release – Face coverings mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and enclosed transport hubs from Friday 24 July

Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England, as the government takes further steps to help curb the spread of the virus.

  • Press release – Health and care workers to self-isolate on return to UK from high-risk countries

Registered health and care professionals travelling to the UK from high-risk countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, the government has confirmed.

  • Press release – NHS Test and Trace launches campaign to encourage everyone with symptoms to get a free test

NHS Test and Trace will launch the new campaign alongside a new business plan to expand testing capacity and prepare the nation for winter.

  • News story – Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on extension of self-isolation period: 30 July 2020

The self-isolation period has been extended to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result.

  • Press release – Roll-out of 2 new rapid coronavirus tests ahead of winter

Millions of new rapid coronavirus tests will be rolled out across NHS hospitals, care homes and labs from next week.

  • Press release – Updates to the shielding programme on national and regional levels

Shielding guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable to be paused from 1 August across England.

  • Press release – NHS Test and Trace service to strengthen regional contact tracing

NHS Test and Trace and Public Health England will extend its partnership with local authorities to reach more people testing positive and their contacts.

  • Press release – Research study into long-term health impacts of COVID-19 launched in the UK

One of the world’s largest comprehensive research studies into the long-term health impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on hospitalised patients has been launched, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock has announced.

  • Press release – Largest testing programme for coronavirus shows virus continued to decline in June

One of the world’s largest comprehensive research studies into the long-term health impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on hospitalised patients has been launched, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock has announced.

New NHS Test and Trace app begins trial phase, as latest statistics show the service is consistently reaching the majority of people testing positive and their contacts.

Findings published by Imperial College London today suggest that 6% of the population in England, around 3.4 million people, have been infected with COVID-19.

  • Press release – £5 million for social prescribing to tackle the impact of COVID-19

The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) has been awarded £5 million in funding to support people to stay connected and maintain their health and wellbeing following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Correspondence – Secretary of State message to the NHS on the coronavirus response

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock thanks the NHS workforce for the dedication they have shown in the national effort against coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Press release – Government creates new National Institute for Health Protection

A brand new organisation whose primary focus is public health protection and infectious disease capability is being established by the government.

  • Speech – The future of public health

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke at Policy Exchange about the future of public health.

  • Press release – Expansion of national testing study will offer new COVID-19 insights

Infection survey to expand from testing 28,000 people per fortnight to 150,000 by October.

  • Statutory Guidance – The Exercise of Commissioning Functions by the NHS Commissioning Board (Coronavirus) (No 2) Directions 2020
  • Press release – More than half a billion pounds to help people return from hospital

People needing additional follow-on care after being discharged from hospital will be supported by a £588 million fund to cover adult social care or the immediate costs of care in their own home.

  • Press release – NHS Test and Trace successfully reaches over 80% of close contacts since launch

More than 272,000 people have now been reached by NHS Test and Trace.

  • Guidance – Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (Covid-19)

Information for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support.

  • Guidance – Hospital discharge service: policy and operating model

Sets out how health and care systems should support the safe and timely discharge of people who no longer need to stay in hospital.

  • Press release – £500m funding for quick result Covid-19 test trials

A new £500 million funding package will be invested in next generation testing technology and increased testing capacity.

  • Guidance – Supporting people outside of their home

For people who need support when outside their home and people who provide this support during coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Guidance – 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. Updated: ‘The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’. Sections ‘Summary of key points’ and ‘Supervisory bodies’ include updated information about professional visits to care homes and hospitals. Updated attachment: ‘The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance’. Section ‘Best interest decisions’ includes updated information about decisions related to elective surgery and other procedures. Sections ‘Depriving a person of their liberty’ and ‘Supervisory bodies’ include updated information about professional visits to care homes and hospitals.

  • Press release – Government delivers 250,000 clear face masks to support people with hearing loss

250,000 clear face masks are to be delivered to front-line NHS and social care workers to support better care for people who use lip-reading and facial expressions to communicate.

  • Press release – £500 million funding for quick result COVID-19 test trials

A new £500 million funding package will be invested in next generation testing technology and increased testing capacity.

  • Press release – New campaign to prevent spread of coronavirus indoors this winter

The ‘Hands. Face. Space’ public information campaign urges the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak.

  • Guidance – Making a support bubble with another household

How you can safely expand the group of people you have close contact with during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for employers

Guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations of running testing programmes.

  • Press release – Largest testing programme for coronavirus reinforces need for vigilance

The third report from the country’s largest study on coronavirus rates of infection has been published today showing that cases are increasing steadily across the country.

  • Guidance – Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support.

  • Correspondence – COVID-19 infection rises: letter to care providers from Director of Adult Social Care Delivery

Stuart Miller has written to care providers to highlight rising infection rates and request action on testing and PPE in all care settings.

  • Press release – New measures to improve patient care ahead of winter

A&Es in 25 hospitals will receive a share of £150 million in funding to upgrade, reduce overcrowding and improve infection control ahead of winter.

  • Press release – More than £500 million for social care to reduce coronavirus transmission over winter

Care providers will be given an extra £546 million to bolster infection control and help protect residents and staff throughout winter.

Oral statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on coronavirus and the government’s plans to put us in the strongest possible position for this winter.

  • Press release – New Lighthouse Labs to boost NHS Test and Trace capacity

Two new Lighthouse Labs in Newcastle and Bracknell will join the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history to help scale up testing capacity ahead of winter.

  • Press release – New plan to help protect care homes from coronavirus over winter

A new adult social care winter plan will aim to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in care settings throughout the winter months.

  • Guidance – Privacy notice for maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

This privacy notice describes how the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will process personal data from venues and establishments to support contact tracing.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus antibody home test kit: taking a blood sample

Guidance and video to help you do your antibody test correctly, post your sample and get your results.

  • Guidance – Hospital discharge service: policy and operating model

Sets out how health and care systems should support the safe and timely discharge of people who no longer need to stay in hospital.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about the government response to the recent acceleration of coronavirus, including an isolation support payment and testing allocation.

  • Press release – NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales

NHS COVID-19 app launches to help control coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.

  • Press release – More than 1 in 10 people in England have now been tested for coronavirus

NHS Test and Trace has now reached almost half a million people, including those testing positive and their contacts, to slow the transmission of coronavirus in England.

How the Coronavirus Act has helped the government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • Press release – New recruitment drive to help 10,000 people with serious mental illness

£27 million has been announced for mental health charity Think Ahead to expand their mental health social work graduate programme.

From 28 September, people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Robust and resilient PPE supply chains will provide continuous flow to frontline.

  • Press release – Interim results from largest COVID-19 study published.

Over 80,000 volunteers tested in England between 18 and 26 September as part of the country’s largest study into COVID-19.

  • Press release – Government invests in UK-developed antibody tests from UK Rapid Test Consortium

The government has signed a deal with the UK Rapid Test Consortium (UK-RTC) for 1 million antibody tests, Health Minister Lord Bethell has announced today.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock updated Parliament on the government’s response to coronavirus.

  • Press release – 1 in 8 people in England have now been tested for coronavirus

1 in 8 people have now received a coronavirus test at least once since the launch of NHS Test and Trace on 28 May

  • Guidance – Comparing methods used in the COVID-19 Infection Survey and NHS Test and Trace, England

The methods used in the coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Survey and NHS Test and Trace in England and why the data cannot be directly compared.

  • Speech – Speech to NHS Providers

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care thanked the NHS for its hard work and set out the government’s commitment to supporting the NHS for the future.

  • Press release – 500 test sites now open as new lab partnerships boost capacity

Partnership with alliance of London university labs will add capacity for tens of thousands more coronavirus tests over the coming months.

  • Guidance – Test and Trace Support Payment scheme: claiming financial support

Who can claim the support and how to apply.

  • Press release – Clinically extremely vulnerable receive updated advice tailored to local COVID alert levels

Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will receive new guidance to help them reduce their risk from coronavirus, tailored to where they live.

An overview of national surveillance programmes to understand how COVID-19 is present and affecting the wider population.

  • Guidance – Local COVID alert level: very high

Find out what restrictions are in place if you live in an area where the local COVID alert level is very high.

  • Guidance – Local COVID alert level: high

Find out what restrictions are in place if you live in an area where the local COVID alert level is high.

  • Guidance – Local COVID alert level: medium

Find out what restrictions are in place if you live in an area where the local COVID alert level is medium.

  • Guidance – Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know

Information on local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are.

  • Statutory guidance – Local authority powers to impose restrictions under coronavirus regulations

Supports the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.3) Regulations 2020 that come into force on 18 July 2020.

  • Guidance – Full list of local COVID alert levels by area

The areas in England listed as local COVID alert level high and local COVID alert level very high.

  • Guidance – Test and Trace Support Payment scheme: claiming financial support

Who can claim the support and how to apply.

  • Press release – New measures to support roll-out of vaccines in the UK

New laws will allow more healthcare workers to administer flu and potential COVID-19 vaccines safely to the public.

Statement to Parliament about the government’s local action strategy and areas in England that will move into local COVID alert level high from Saturday 17 October.

  • Press release – Local COVID-19 alert level update: 15 October 2020

The following areas will move from local COVID alert level: medium to local COVID alert level: high from Saturday.

  • Guidance – Full list of local COVID alert levels by area

The areas in England listed as local COVID alert level high and local COVID alert level very high.

  • Correspondence – Designated premises scheme: letter to directors of adult social services

The letter sets out arrangements for the Care Quality Commission designated premises scheme for people discharged to a care home with a positive COVID-19 test.

  • Press release – Millions of extra flu jabs available to support largest UK vaccination programme

Over 30 million people to be vaccinated this year to protect them from flu and support the NHS.

  • Press release – Health Secretary warns of long-term effects of Covid-19 as new film released

New data suggests long Covid affects around 10% of 18 to 49 year olds who become unwell with Covid-19.

  • Correspondence – designated premises scheme: letter to directors of adult social services

The letter sets out arrangements for the Care Quality Commission designated premises scheme for people discharged to a care home with a positive COVID-19 test.

  • Press release – millions of extra flu jabs available to support largest UK vaccination programme

Over 30 million people to be vaccinated this year to protect them from flu and support the NHS.

  • Speech – Coronavirus debate: opening speech

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to open a debate in House of Commons on the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Press release – Largest COVID-19 antibody testing programme publishes findings on antibody response over time

Findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI show the number of people with antibodies fell by 26.5% over 3 months.

  • Press release – Latest interim findings from COVID-19 study published

Findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI show the number of infections continues to rise across all regions.

  • Press release – NHS Covid-19 app updates across England and Wales

Updates to the app will make it more accurate and user-friendly.

  • Press release – NHS Test and Trace managing record number of cases

Figures released today show that NHS Test and Trace is providing more tests, processing more tests, and successfully reaching more people than ever before.

  • Decision – Temporary approval to suspend the need for signatures on prescriptions, dental and ophthalmic forms

Temporary approval to suspend the need for patients to sign prescription, dental and ophthalmic forms for a period of 5 months to 31 March 2021.

  • Press release – 500,000 daily testing capacity reached in ongoing drive to boost test and trace

The UK’s daily coronavirus testing capacity passed the 500,000 mark on Saturday 31 October.

  • Press release – Liverpool to be regularly tested for coronavirus in first whole city testing pilot

Everyone living or working in Liverpool will be offered COVID-19 testing, whether they have symptoms or not.

  • Press release – Clinically extremely vulnerable receive updated guidance in line with new national restrictions

Further precautions advised on top of the tougher national measures being introduced, as cases continue to rise.

Care homes will be encouraged and supported to provide safe visiting opportunities as new national restrictions come into effect.

Information for general practices on providing coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.

Sets out the infection control measures that the new infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.

  • Guidance – Making a childcare bubble with another household

How you can get informal childcare for children aged 13 or under from friends and family you do not live with.

  • Guidance – Visiting care homes during coronavirus

Sets out how care homes can allow families and visitors to visit residents while national restrictions are in place.

  • Correspondence – Thanking general practice and community pharmacy staff for their work during the pandemic

Letters of thanks from Jo Churchill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care.

  • Press release – Pilot for family members to get regular testing for safer care home visits

Named family and friends may soon be able to regularly visit loved ones in care homes as a new testing pilot is launched.

  • Press release – Two new megalabs to open in 2021 to transform the UK’s diagnostic facilities

The labs in Leamington Spa and Scotland will add 600,000 to the UK’s daily testing capacity when operating at full capacity, meaning faster turnaround times for test results.

  • Press release – £12.2 million boost for genomic surveillance to help stop transmission of COVID-19

The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium will use the funding to expand whole genome sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

  • Press release – Royal Mail to collect COVID-19 test kits 7 days a week

Royal Mail is introducing a weekend extension for some priority postboxes from 21 November.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 November 2020

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Press release – New film shows importance of ventilation to reduce spread of COVID-19

New short film released by the government shows how coronavirus lingers in enclosed spaces, and how to keep your home ventilated.

  • Guidance – Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities

A list of local authorities across England issued with rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests by the Department of Health and Social Care.

  • Guidance – Cohort pool testing for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information on pooled testing for universities taking part in the pooled testing pilot.

UK’s independent regulator to evaluate latest data from Pfizer and BioNTech to ensure the quality, safety and effectiveness of the vaccine meets the standards required.

Sets out the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier.

All local authorities in England to be placed in one of 3 tiers based on the latest available data.

A written statement from the Health and Social Care Secretary to the House of Commons on returning to local COVID restriction tiers in England.

  • Speech – Renewing regional coronavirus restrictions in England.

The Health and Social Care Secretary spoke to the House of Commons about the coronavirus situation and returning to strengthened local COVID restriction tiers.

  • Press release – Government asks regulator to approve supply of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

The government has formally asked the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to evaluate whether supply of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine can be authorised.

  • Press release – UK government secures additional 2 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The UK now has access to a total of 357 million doses of vaccines from 7 different developers.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 30 November 2020.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

New guidance will safely allow indoor visits to care homes across England as the country moves back into tiered restrictions.

Government authorises first COVID-19 vaccine on independent advice of medicines regulator.

  • Speech – An update on the coronavirus vaccine, 2 December 2020. Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

Matt Hancock gave a statement to the House of Commons about the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

The vaccine will be made available across the UK to priority groups from next week.

The government is taking this precautionary step in advance of a rollout of an authorised COVID-19 vaccine and in line with other immunisation programmes.

Guidance for at-risk groups offered free vitamin D supplements by the government this winter.

Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents from 2 December.

Sets out how care homes can support residents of working age on visits outside of the care home.

  • Guidance – Local restriction tiers: what you need to know – alternative formats

Alternative format versions of the guidance on the local restriction tier system, including what you can and cannot do in each tier.

  • Press release – Over half a million people taking part in pioneering COVID-19 research

637,379 participants from across the UK have now taken part in public health research into the effects of, and treatment for, COVID-19 in just over 8 months.

  • Press release – Commercial providers of COVID-19 testing urged to sign up to new DHSC webinars

New proposals will see commercial testing accredited solely through UKAS, making the accreditation of private COVID-19 tests faster and more efficient.

  • Press release – New NHS Test and Trace plan to support return to more normal way of life

The NHS Test and Trace business plan sets out a strategy to increase the speed and reach of testing and tracing, working with local partnerships.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 10 December 2020

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing service for extra care and supported living settings

Guidance on regular retesting for extra care and supported living settings that meet the eligibility criteria.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) lateral flow testing of visitors in care homes

Sets out how care homes and visitors can prepare for visitor testing with lateral flow devices (LFDs).

Information and promotional resources to support the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.

  • Guidance – Additional COVID-19 local authority enforcement powers

Additional powers for local authorities to enforce COVID-secure regulations.

The NHS Test and Trace service will be open every day over Christmas and the New Year, providing and processing tests for those who need them and tracing contacts of positive cases.

  • Press release – UK Chief Medical Officers’ statement on the self-isolation period: 11 December 2020

A change to the self-isolation period from 14 to 10 days has been announced.

The Health and Social Care Secretary spoke to the House of Commons about the coronavirus situation, vaccinations and new areas to be put into Tier 3.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 14 December 2020

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Press release – More than 137,000 people in UK receive first dose of COVID vaccine in one week

The majority of the vaccines have been administered to the over-80s, care home workers and NHS staff through more than 70 sites across the UK.

Oral statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the outcome of the government’s first formal review of tiering in England, which took place on 16 December 2020.

  • Press release – Government publishes list of approved COVID-19 test providers

The list of private providers of COVID-19 testing will help employers and individuals set up their own COVID-19 testing programmes.

Information about approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sets out the process for reimbursing non-hospital care providers for personal protective equipment (PPE) bought as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Press release – Statement from Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, about new strain of COVID-19

New strain of COVID-19 reported to World Health Organization.

This group is advised to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or medical appointments, and not to attend work, even if they are unable to work from home.

  • Press release – Targeted community testing extended to 10 more areas

More local authorities to be offered rapid-turnaround lateral flow tests to detect asymptomatic cases and help slow the spread of coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus Bill: Summary of Impacts

This summary of impacts relates to clauses within the Coronavirus Bill. It is noted that the policies in the Bill are designed for use temporarily in an emergency. They are noted to be strong in nature, and risks have been considered and discussed throughout this assessment, but it is recognised that in a pandemic situation, with potentially very high counterfactual costs, firm actions may be the most desirable to protect individuals.

  • The Coronavirus Act 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 is now in force, although some provisions only come into effect by way of regulations.

For a summary of the changes to mental health legislation, read this briefing produced by Tom Ringland and Alexandra Johnstone.

The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 2) Regulations 2020 – Section 15 (local authority care and support) of, and Part 1 of Schedule 12 (powers and duties of local authorities in England) to the Coronavirus Act 2020 came into force on 31 March 2020.

  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020

Schedule 21 para 24(1) Coronavirus Act 2020 revokes The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/129).

  • Press release – Interim results from largest COVID-19 study published

Over 80,000 volunteers tested in England between 18 and 26 September as part of the country’s largest study into COVID-19.

  • Press release – Largest COVID-19 antibody testing programme publishes findings on antibody response over time

Findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI show the number of people with antibodies fell by 26.5% over 3 months.

  • Press release – More rapid COVID-19 tests to be rolled out across England

600,000 lateral flow tests to be sent out this week to kick-start the significant expansion of testing, followed by weekly local allocations.

  • Speech – Baroness Dido Harding’s speech to the CBI Annual Conference

Baroness Dido Harding talks about the achievements of NHS Test and Trace, and the focus to improve the service so that we’re better able to live with COVID through the winter and beyond.

  • Press release – Oxford University and PHE confirm high-sensitivity of lateral flow tests

Extensive clinical evaluation shows lateral flow tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community, including for asymptomatic people.

  • Press release – Latest findings from COVID-19 study published

Findings from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI show infections continue to rapidly increase with over 1 in 80 people infected.

  • Press release – More than 2 million people reached by NHS Test and Trace

NHS Test and Trace has completed a record number of cases during this reporting week, with 85% of people who have tested positive successfully contacted.

  • Guidance – visiting care homes during Covid-19

Updated 19 December 2020

  • Guidance – The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance

“Offering a vaccine to someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity”

Care homes across the country will benefit from additional rapid testing to test staff twice a week to help protect residents and workers from the virus.

Exponential rises in cases in the South East and East of England necessitate decisive action ahead of the formal review on 30 December.

  • Press release – Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine authorised by UK medicines regulator

Government update on the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Press release – Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the prioritisation of first doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Joint clinical advice from the 4 UK Chief Medical Officers on the prioritisation of first doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines.

Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine meets regulator’s strict standards of safety, efficacy and quality.

More areas move to Tier 4 to limit the spread of the virus as case rates rise across the country.

  • Correspondence- Letter to the profession from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the UK COVID-19 vaccination programmes

Letter to the profession from the UK Chief Medical Officers regarding the UK COVID-19 vaccination programmes

  • News story – COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers

A joint statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 4 to level 5.

  • Speech – Oral statement on new COVID-19 regulations

Oral statement to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the new COVID-19 regulations following the move to a national lockdown.

  • Press release- NHS patients to receive life-saving COVID-19 treatments that could cut hospital time by 10 days

Clinical trial results show the drugs reduce risk of death by 24% for critically ill patients and time spent in intensive care by up to 10 days.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has authorised the Moderna vaccine after an extensive analysis of the vaccine’s safety, quality and effectiveness.

  • Press release – Statement from Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi on vaccine deployment

Minister Nadhim Zahawi shares his thoughts on the three Covid-19 vaccines and full vaccine deployment plan

  • Press release- Statement from Chief Medical Adviser for NHS Test and Trace, Susan Hopkins on community testing

Chief Medical Adviser for NHS Test and Trace, Susan Hopkins, on the importance of testing those without symptoms.

  • Press release – Statement from Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty on national alert levels

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty writes about the UK’s battle with Covid-19.

  • Press release – Government to deploy first British-manufactured rapid lateral flow antigen tests for COVID-19

The government has ordered 2 million of the first British-manufactured tests for use in asymptomatic testing.

  • Press release – Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across the country starting this week

Community testing offer to be expanded across all local authorities in England to test people without symptoms.

  • Press release – Government publishes plan for the largest vaccination programme in British history

Government sets out UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan for vaccinating tens of millions of people by spring.

Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment Nadhim Zahawi spoke to the House of Commons about the UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan.

  • Press release – AI at the forefront of efforts to treat coronavirus patients

Patients with COVID-19 are set to benefit from faster treatment, improved outcomes and shorter hospital stays thanks to the use of the latest artificial intelligence.

  • Press release – COVID-19 vaccines rolled out to people aged 70 years and over

People aged 70 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin receiving invitations for vaccinations.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 18 January 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

  • Press release – Social care sector to receive £269 million to boost staffing levels and testing

The funding is to protect and support staff and residents in care homes and those receiving help in their own homes.

  • Press release – Supply chain workers crucial to vaccination programme to receive jabs

Up to 2,000 highly trained workers identified by the government will be offered COVID-19 vaccines in the coming days.

  • Correspondence – COVID-19 vaccinations and community-based social care workers

A letter from the Minister for Social Care to local authority chief executives and directors of adult social services care providers.

  • Press release – Asymptomatic testing to be rolled out across the country starting this week

Community testing offer to be expanded across all local authorities in England to test people without symptoms.

  • Guidance – Adult Social Care Rapid Testing Fund

Sets out the measures that the Rapid Testing Fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.

  • Press release – More employers sign up to rapid testing to protect workforce

Dozens of public and private sector employers are now offering rapid testing to those without symptoms.

  • Press release – Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam opinion piece in The Sunday Telegraph

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam highlights the importance of continuing to follow the guidance, even after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Press release – Community Champions to give COVID-19 vaccine advice and boost take up

Over £23 million funding allocated to 60 councils and voluntary groups across England to expand work to support those most at risk from COVID-19 and boost vaccine take up.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 25 January 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

  • News story – Tougher border controls to protect public health

Further action to minimise travel across international borders.

  • Press release – Clinical evaluation confirms high accuracy of highly mobile LamPORE test

Findings from large-scale technical and clinical evaluation of LamPORE COVID-19 test confirm high sensitivity and specificity.

  • Press release – UK to support rest of the world to find COVID-19 virus variants

The UK will offer its world-leading genomics expertise to identify new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 to countries who do not have the resources to do so.

How to contact us if your eligible care home in England has not yet been visited for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Press release – Surge testing to be deployed to monitor and suppress spread of COVID-19 variant

Additional testing is being made available in locations where the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been found.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 1 February 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

  • Guidance – Workforce Capacity Fund for adult social care

Information for local authorities and adult social care providers on the £120 million Workforce Capacity Fund during coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Guidance – Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms

An explanation of the technology behind asymptomatic testing and the role these tests play in the national COVID-19 testing programme.

  • Press release – Surge testing to be deployed to monitor and suppress spread of COVID-19 variant

Additional testing is being made available in locations where the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been found.

Oral statement to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on vaccine roll-out and supply, and efforts to contain the South African variant.

The study will examine whether different vaccines can safely be used for 2-dose regimes in the future.

  • Press release – Government confirms mandatory hotel quarantine to be introduced from 15 February

From 15 February anyone travelling to the UK from a country on the UK’s travel ban list will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days.

UK Government and CureVac enter new partnership to tackle new future variants of Covid-19

  • Press release – Surge testing to be deployed in further areas in connection to new variants

More areas will have additional testing made available to control and suppress the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) variants.

New government drive to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown, to detect coronavirus (COVID-19) in people who are not showing symptoms.

The public are being called upon to apply for short-term and long-term opportunities in the adult social care sector.

Unpaid carers across the country who do not live with the people they care for can now benefit from free PPE through a new national scheme, the government has confirmed.

  • Press release – 9 in 10 local authorities in England now enrolled into community testing

Rapid, regular testing for people without symptoms is now being offered by more than 70% of local authorities in England, through targeted community programmes.

Thousands more NHS patients who are hospitalised due to COVID-19 will be able to receive the life-saving treatment tocilizumab, the government has announced.

  • Press release – Government to introduce tougher measures and enforcement rules for quarantined passengers

Tough new enforcement measures – from fixed penalty notices to imprisonment – will come into force on Monday 15 February.

From vaccination buses to WhatsApp groups and charity engagement, the new COVID-19 vaccine uptake plan aims to boost vaccine uptake in vulnerable and under-served groups.

  • Press release – Ground-breaking COVID-19 treatments to be fast-tracked through clinical trials

The world’s most innovative treatments for COVID-19 will soon be fast-tracked through the UK’s clinical trial system, as the government announces funding for the most promising treatments.

Anyone who has visited a country on the UK’s travel ban list in the last 10 days will have to quarantine in hotels from today.

How to register your interest in taking up short-term paid work in adult social care.

  • Guidance – Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England

How to book a place in a quarantine hotel and arrange coronavirus (COVID-19) tests if you’re travelling to England from a country on the banned travel list.

New technology has been introduced in England to help clinicians identify, for the first time, a new group of people who may be at high risk from COVID-19.

People experiencing the longer-term effects of long COVID to benefit from research projects to help better understand the causes, symptoms and treatment.

  • Press release – New campaign to support vaccine roll-out backed by social media companies and British institutions

Social media platforms and celebrities team up with government and NHS to launch new graphics to show support for vaccine roll-out.

  • Press release – Care home residents to be allowed one visitor as part of cautious easing of lockdown

Every resident will be allowed one regular indoor visitor from 8 March.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) lateral flow testing of visitors in care homes

Sets out how care homes and visitors can prepare for visitor testing with lateral flow devices (LFDs).

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult day care centre workers

Sets out how open day care centres providing essential care in England can order weekly PCR testing for their staff.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants

How personal assistants working in adult social care in England can access weekly COVID-19 testing.

  • Correspondence – Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary on COVID-19 vaccination in people with learning disabilities

Matt Hancock wrote to the Join Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI) in response to their advice.

  • News story – COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers (25 February 2021)

A joint statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 5 to level 4.

  • Press release – Advice on phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme: DHSC statement

Response from the Department of Health and Social Care to the interim statement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 26 February 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 1 March 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

Oral statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the impact of the vaccine roll-out, and efforts to contain the new variant of concern first identified in Manaus in Brazil.

  • Guidance – Restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings

Guidance for care home providers on limiting staff movement between settings in all but exceptional circumstances to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

  • Press release – £79 million to boost mental health support for children and young people

Millions more children and young people will have access to significantly expanded mental health services, backed by £79 million.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 5 March 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

  • Press release – Free rapid tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing

All businesses in England are now able to sign up to the government’s free COVID-19 workplace testing programme.

  • Speech – COVID-19 vaccine supply and manufacturing in the UK

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock speaks at the Global COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain and Manufacturing Summit at Chatham House.

  • Press release – New analysis of lateral flow tests shows specificity of at least 99.9%

New analysis reinforces that lateral flow tests are accurate and reliable and have extremely low false positive rates.

Sets out how care homes can support residents of working age on visits outside of the care home.

Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents from 8 March

  • Correspondence – Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary on COVID-19 vaccination phase 1 advice

Matt Hancock wrote to the JCVI in response to their further advice on vaccination of homeless people and rough sleepers, prisoners and prison officers, and the extended dosing strategy.

Letter from the JCVI to the Health and Social Care secretary

  • Press release – UK government announces partnership with British rapid test manufacturers

Two major contracts secured with British manufacturers to ensure the supply of COVID-19 lateral flow tests.

  • Press release – Shielding advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable to stop from April

More than 3.79 million clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will be informed they are no longer advised to shield from Thursday 1 April 2021.

Statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care about the support we’re giving to the NHS and social care to help recover from the pandemic

  • Press release – Trials to find preventative COVID-19 treatments for most vulnerable to launch in UK

Two new clinical trials to develop treatments to prevent people catching (coronavirus) COVID-19 are to launch in the UK.

  • Press release – Extra £47.6 million for Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre

The Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC) has been granted an additional £47.6 million to support the expansion and acceleration of the programme.

  • Press release – Ground-breaking new technology to detect known variants of concern

New technology to rapidly detect new COVID mutations indicating whether positive test samples contain known variants is being trialled by the government in NHS Test and Trace laboratories.

  • Press release – Legal footing for national unlocking set out ahead of vote

The government has set out regulations that will pave the way to the easing of all restrictions from 21 June.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care settings

Outlines the COVID-19 testing available for testing staff, residents and visitors for all adult social care settings.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in adult care homes

How to access test kits and step-by-step guides on how to use PCR and rapid lateral flow test kits for regular and outbreak testing of residents and staff.

  • Press release – Government increases support for those self-isolating

Government bolsters its package of localised support with new cash injection of £12.9 million per month for local authorities to support those self-isolating.

  • Press release – New study finds strong immune response following COVID-19 vaccination

Study led by Sheffield and Oxford Universities finds that 99% of people have robust immune response against COVID-19 after one dose of Pfizer vaccine.

  • Press release – Workplace testing programme expands to offer free rapid home testing

In the next major push for the Government’s workplace testing programme, all employers will now be able to offer their employees free, rapid and regular testing that can be taken at home

  • Press release – New Office for Health Promotion to drive improvement of nation’s health

The new Office for Health Promotion will lead national efforts to improve and level up the health of the nation by tackling obesity, improving mental health and promoting physical activity.

  • Press release – Public reminded they must stay outside when meeting others to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The public are being reminded they must stay outside when meeting others as part of the next step of easing Covid restrictions in a new film released today narrated by GP Dr Hilary Jones MBE.

  • Correspondence – Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary on COVID-19 vaccination to protect severely immunosuppressed adults

Matt Hancock wrote to the JCVI in response to their further advice on vaccination of adult household contacts of severely immunosuppressed adults.

  • Press release – Sir Lenny Henry urges Black Britons to take COVID-19 vaccine

Sir Lenny Henry has written an open letter to encourage Black Britons to take the COVID-19 vaccine, signed by some of the most high-profile names in the UK.

  • Press release – Disability charities benefit from £2.4 million fund

The money will fund services to provide practical support for disabled children, set up and expand helplines, and provide mental health and wellbeing support.

  • Press release – Bespoke testing regime unveiled for exempt international arrivals

The UK government has today (Sunday 28 March) set out new details of a bespoke testing regime for international arrivals who will be exempt from quarantine for work purposes, including for hauliers arriving from outside the Common Travel Area into England.

  • Press release – Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England

Everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 9 April, the government has announced.

  • News story – Statement on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine following MHRA update

The government’s statement following updated advice from the UK’s medicines regulator.

  • Press release – Findings from the latest COVID-19 REACT-1 study published

Findings from the 10th report of REACT-1, one of the country’s largest studies into COVID-19 infections in England, have been published by Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI.

  • Correspondence – Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary on use of the Moderna vaccine

Matt Hancock wrote to the JCVI in response to their advice on use of Moderna in the COVID-19 vaccination programme and recommended dosing intervals.

  • Press release – New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week

From Friday 9 April, everyone in England will be eligible for free rapid COVID-19 tests, twice a week.

  • Press release – UK moves into next phase of vaccine roll-out as government target hit early

Everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 has been offered a vaccine, with people aged 45 to 49 now invited to book their appointments.

  • News story – UK health ministers’ statement on JCVI advice (13 April 2021)

A joint statement from the 4 UK health ministers on JCVI advice for phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

  • Press release – Consultation launched on staff COVID-19 vaccines in care homes with older adult residents

Staff in care homes with older adult residents in England may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine to protect residents from the virus.

  • Guidance – Visiting arrangements in care homes

Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents from 12 April.

  • Guidance – Workforce Capacity Fund for adult social care

Information for local authorities and adult social care providers on the £120 million Workforce Capacity Fund during coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Guidance – Designated settings for people discharged to a care home

Guidance on the designated settings scheme for people discharged from hospital to a care home with a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

  • Guidance – Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support.

  • Press release – New cutting-edge testing centre to fast-track COVID-19 variant vaccines

New state-of-the-art labs will test the effectiveness of vaccines against new variants.

  • News story – Statement on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine following JCVI update

The government’s statement following updated advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

  • News story – COVID-19 alert level: update from the UK Chief Medical Officers (10 May 2021)

A joint statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 4 to level 3.

From Monday 17 May care home residents will be able to have more named visitors and more opportunities to make visits out with no need to self-isolate when they return.

  • Press release – New ‘We Offer Testing to our Staff’ scheme launched

A new sticker scheme will allow businesses to easily show they are testing their staff regularly.

  • Press release – Findings from latest COVID-19 REACT-1 study published

Over 127,000 volunteers tested in England between 15 April and 3 May 2021 as part of one of the most significant COVID-19 studies in the world.

  • Press release – New measures to boost response to the B1.617.2 variant

Action is being taken to control the variant first identified in India which is beginning to spread in certain areas across the

  • Press release – Employers unite to encourage over a million staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Leading employers across the UK including Asda, IKEA and Santander come together to encourage their staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine when eligible.

  • Guidance – Visiting arrangements in care homes

Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults

Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care

Information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Guidance – Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad

How to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status to show that you’ve had the full course of the COVID-19 vaccine and access this status when travelling abroad

  • Press release – Most vulnerable offered second dose of COVID-19 vaccine earlier to help protect against variants

Action is part of measures to tackle rising cases of the B1.617.2 variant of concern.

  • Press release – Summit to build global confidence in vaccines to be convened by the UK Government

The UK Government will convene the world’s first Global Vaccine Confidence Summit in an effort to drive vaccine uptake in the fight against the Covid

  • Press release – Public reminded to let in fresh air when meeting others indoors to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Government launches new campaign backed by medical experts, scientists and businesses urging the public to open windows when meeting friends and family indoors.

Response to a challenge from Good Law Project to the Department of Health and Social Care on whether the government acted lawfully in awarding specific personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts.

New government-funded clinical trial looking at different COVID-19 ‘booster’ vaccines launches in the UK

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 19 May 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

Oxford University – an international hub of clinical and medical expertise – will host G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting in early June.

  • Press release – Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests

Everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 1 March 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock updated Parliament on the government’s response to coronavirus

 

  • Press release – New award to recognise exceptional practice in adult social care workforce

The exceptional efforts of the social care workforce will be recognised through a new award launched by the Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care.

Health Secretary confirms details of further measures to tackle the B1.617.2 variant first identified in India.

  • Press release – Testing and sequencing of sewage ramped up to help tackle COVID-19 outbreaks

The innovative programme to test wastewater for traces of coronavirus (COVID-19) has ramped up sequencing capacity to support variant detection.

  • Press release – Government launches new pilots to further support people to self-isolate

Health Secretary unveils new self-isolation support pilots for 9 areas across England with higher coronavirus (COVID-19) rates.

  • Speech – Taking steps to bring about a healthier, safer and fairer world

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock to the 74th World Health Assembly.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 27 May 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

Eddie will be responsible for leading the work of the Taskforce and achieving its objective of having antiviral treatments ready for deployment by autumn 2021.

  • Press release – Life-saving vaccination programme to hit more major milestones as new vaccine added to armoury

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock to acknowledge success of UK’s biggest vaccine drive in history at G7 meeting of Health Ministers this week.

  • Press release – New international approach to combat emerging health threats as crucial G7 health talks begin

G7 health ministers pledge to combat future health threats by working together to identify early warning signs from animals and the environment.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers

Sets out how homecare (domiciliary care) workers in England can collect, complete and register test kits for coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Guidance – Visiting arrangements in care homes

Sets out how care homes can support families and visitors to visit residents.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

Advice for those working in adult social care on managing your mental health and how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult social care settings

Outlines the COVID-19 testing available for testing staff, residents and visitors for all adult social care settings.

  • Guidance – Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad

How to demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination status to show that you have had a full course (2 doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine and access this status when travelling abroad.

Sets out how care homes can support residents on visits outside of the care home.

  • Guidance – Independent health providers: accessing lateral flow tests

Independent health providers can access lateral flow testing kits directly from NHS Test and Trace replacing the ordering route provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Cabinet Office

  • Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do (Updated 1 May 2020)

Government guidance in respect of leaving the house and travel including updated advice for people with learning disabilities or autism.

  • Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

This guidance sets out the Government’s road-map for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis (published 11 May 2020).

  • PM announces further easing of lockdown restrictions from 4 July Press release – 23 June 2020.
  • Press release – Review of two metre social distancing guidance and summary of review findings (published 24 June)
  • Press release – Government response to article published in the FT on Wednesday 24 June on ventilators
  • Press release – Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings under new government guidance

The Government has set out a list of face covering exemptions, as they are mandatory in additional enclosed spaces from today (Friday 24 July).

  • Guidance – ‘Please give me space’ social distancing cards or badges

Optional badges that can be used to show the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing.

  • Guidance – What has changed – 9 September

The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down.

A series of graphical posters displaying information about the Local COVID Alert Level.

  • Guidance – New National Restrictions from 5 November

Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

The government’s plan for managing COVID-19 through the end of 2020 and into the start of 2021.

  • Press release – Joint statement on UK-wide Christmas arrangements from the UK Government and Devolved Administrations

A joint statement on UK-wide Christmas arrangements from the UK Government and Devolved Administrations.

  • Press release – UK-wide Christmas arrangements agreed by the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations.

The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have agreed on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period.

Guidance for the Christmas period.

Meeting friends and family over the Christmas period – forming a Christmas Bubble.

What you can and can’t do during Lockdown 3.

Resources for raising awareness about vaccine fraud and what to look for to protect against scams.

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’, setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England.

  • Press release – Government asks for views on Covid-19 certification

The Government is reviewing whether COVID-status certification could play a role in reopening our economy, reducing restrictions on social contact and improving safety.

Statement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on vaccinations, variants of concern and the appointment of a new chief scientific adviser.

  • Press release – 9 in 10 pharmacies now offering free, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests

Over 90% of community pharmacies in England now offering free, rapid tests for home use.

  • Press release – New global partnership launched to fight future pandemics

The Government will launch a new Pandemic Preparedness Partnership (PPP) to save lives from future diseases and prevent another global pandemic.

  • Speech – Preparing for future pandemics

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock gave the virtual opening speech for the Pandemic Preparedness Partnership Conference.

  • Press release – Government launches COVID-19 Antivirals Taskforce to roll out innovative home treatments this autumn

The Antivirals Taskforce will identify treatments for UK patients who have been exposed to COVID-19 to stop the infection spreading and speed up recovery time.

  • Speech – The vital role of medical examiners

Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Nadine Dorries spoke at the Royal College of Pathologists’ Medical Examiner Annual Conference.

  • Press release – UK secures extra 60 million Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines

The doses will be used alongside other vaccines to support preparations for a booster programme from the autumn.

  • Speech – Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 28 April 2021

Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.

  • Press release – UK to host global summit with CEPI to speed up new vaccine development

The UK will host a fund-raising summit in 2022 to support the work of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

  • Speech – The dedication of carers during the pandemic

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Hon Matt Hancock spoke at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) spring conference.

  • Press release – Care homes residents allowed more out-of-home visits

Residents will be able to leave care homes for low-risk visits without needing to self-isolate on their return.

  • Press release – Government to launch 40,000 person daily contact testing study

New study to offer daily rapid testing to contacts of positive COVID-19 cases.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for adult day care centre workers and service users

Sets out how eligible adult day care centres in England can order, test and register regular PCR and lateral flow tests for all staff and service users.

  • Guidance – Arrangements for visiting out of the care home

Sets out how care homes can support residents on visits outside of the care home.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for hospices

Sets out how hospices can access COVID-19 testing for staff and patients on-site, for staff visiting patients in their own homes, and for visitors to hospices.

  • Guidance – Daily contact testing study

Information for employers of people taking part in the NHS Test and Trace daily contact testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) study.

  • Guidance – Independent health providers: accessing lateral flow tests

Independent health providers can access lateral flow testing kits directly from NHS Test and Trace replacing the ordering route provided by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

  • Guidance – 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.

  • Guidance – Quarantine arrangements for exempt nurses arriving from overseas

What NHS trusts must do to provide managed quarantine accommodation for nurses arriving in England to work for the NHS if they’ve passed through red-list countries.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for personal assistants

How personal assistants working in adult social care in England can access twice-weekly COVID-19 testing.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in adult care homes

How to access test kits and step-by-step guides on how to use PCR and rapid lateral flow test kits for regular and outbreak testing of residents, staff and visiting professionals

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce

Advice for those working in adult social care on managing your mental health and how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Prime Minister’s office

  • Speech – Chief Scientific Advisor and Chief Medical Officer briefing on coronavirus (COVID-19): 21 September 2020

Sir Patrick Vallance and Professor Chris Whitty gave a data briefing on coronavirus.

  • Speech – PM Commons statement on coronavirus: 22 September 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on coronavirus to the House of Commons.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 30 September 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on coronavirus to the House of Commons.

  • Press release – Prime Minister announces new local Covid alert levels

Details on new local COVID Alert Levels set out by the Prime Minister.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 October 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 20 October 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 22 October 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 31 October 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Press release – Prime Minister announces new national restrictions

From Thursday 5 November, everyone must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on coronavirus to the House of Commons.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 5 November 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 9 November 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Press release – PM hails ‘herculean effort’ of life science companies to defeat coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosted a discussion with heads of leading life science and pharmaceutical companies on coronavirus and the prevention of future pandemics.

PM Boris Johnson made a statement on the COVID-19 Winter Plan.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

Details have been set out by the Government to help local areas detect asymptomatic cases and offer a route out of the toughest restrictions.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on coronavirus regulations: 1 December 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement to the House of Commons.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 2 December 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 December 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 19 December 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Press release – Prime Minister announces Tier 4: ‘Stay At Home’ Alert Level in response to new COVID variant

The Prime Minister has announced tougher restrictions for parts of England with a new Tier 4: ‘Stay at Home’ alert level.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 30 December 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s address to the nation: 4 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address to the nation on coronavirus on 4 January 2021.

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 5 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons on COVID-19 regulations: 6 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement to the House of Commons.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 7 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 15 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 22 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 26 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement to the House of Commons.

  • Speech – Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 27 January 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Press release – Prime Minister to publish roadmap for cautiously easing COVID restrictions

The Prime Minister will set out the government’s roadmap for cautiously easing lockdown restrictions in England.

  • Press release – Prime Minister sets out roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions

PM Boris Johnson has announced the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England.

  • Speech – PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 8 March 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Authored article – PM Boris Johnson: The Oxford vaccine shows why we and the world need Britain to be global

Prime Minister Boris Johnson writes in the Times about the Integrated Review.

  • Speech – PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 18 March 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Speech – PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 23 March 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference

  • Press release – Joint Statement from HMG and the European Commission on cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic

A joint statement from the UK Government and the European Commission on cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Speech – PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 29 March 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Press release – Further easing of Covid restrictions confirmed for 12 April

Outdoor pubs, shops, gyms and hairdressers to reopen.

  • Press release – Government hits vaccination target as PM praises “precious protection” offered by jabs

All adults over 50, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers have now been offered a life-saving Covid-19 jab.

  • Speech – PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 20 April 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

  • Government response – Information relating to the Ventilator Challenge and the Statutory Residence Test

Information relating to the Ventilator Challenge and the Statutory Residence Test.

  • Press release – Further easing of COVID restrictions confirmed for 17 May

Planned Step 3 easements will go ahead on 17 May.

  • Speech – PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 10 May 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on COVID in the House of Commons.

  • Speech – PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 14 May 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces plan for a new ‘Global Pandemic Radar’ to identify and track new COVID variants and emerging diseases.

Government Office for Science

  • Press release – Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance on the new variant of COVID-19 in the UK

Government Chief Science Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance comments on the new variant of COVID-19.

Patrick Vallance writes about the aim to have vaccines and therapeutics available at scale within 100 days. This piece was published in the Financial Times.

Disclosure and Barring Service

  • COVID-19: Changes to standard and enhanced ID checking guidelines

To ensure that the necessary DBS checks can still be carried out, the DBS standard and enhanced ID checking guidance will be changed for a temporary period. The change is in effect from 19 March 2020 and allows for ID documents to be viewed over video link and scanned images to be used in advance of the DBS check being submitted.

  • Quicker recruitment during COVID-19​

Measures have been put in place to provide DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the Adults’ and Children’s Barred Lists, free-of-charge. This will apply to healthcare and social care workers being recruited in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

The new measures will permit employers to appoint new recruits into the sector so long as they are not barred and that appropriate steps are taken to manage these employees until full DBS checks have been received.

  • CQC guidance on DBS checks

The CQC has issued interim guidance in response to temporary changes being made by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to DBS applications and processes.

Public Health England

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance: healthcare professionals (updated 18 May 2020)

A number of targeted guidance documents can be accessed from this link, these relate to primary care, ambulance and community services, infection control and also address what to do when providers have a diagnosed case within their facility. Guidance for the management of staff and patients exposed to the virus was updated on 18 May 2020. The guidance covers staff exposures, staff return to work criteria and patient exposures.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): residential care, supported living and home care guidance

The guidance sets out how to maintain delivery of care in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19 and what to do if care workers or individuals being cared for have symptoms of COVID-19. Read our briefing for a summary of the guidance for care homes.

  • COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable (updated 18 May 2020)

Public Health England is strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions (designated extremely vulnerable), to follow shielding measures rigorously in order to keep themselves safe and avoid the very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus. The guidance is equally relevant for providers and for friends and family caring for people with the conditions listed. Read our briefing which summarises the guidance.

  • Considerations for acute personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages (17 April 2020 – now updated)

This guidance aims to highlight the sessional use and reuse of PPE when there are severe shortages of supply. The considerations are to ensure that health and care workers are appropriately protected from COVID-19, where items of PPE are unavailable, and should be considered as temporary measures until the global supply chain is adequate to meet the UK’s needs.

  • Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

Updated guidance was issued on 27 April on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by health and social care workers, in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. It supersedes previous PPE guidance. This guidance relates solely to considerations of PPE, represents one section of infection prevention and control guidance for COVID-19 and should be used in conjunction with local policies.

The main changes are:

  • enhanced PPE recommendations for a wide range of health and social care contexts
  • inclusion of individual and organisational risk assessment at local level to inform PPE use
  • recommendation of single sessional (extended) use of some PPE items
  • re-usable PPE can be used. Advice on suitable decontamination arrangements should be obtained from the manufacturer, supplier or local infection control
  • guidance for when case status is unknown and SARS-CoV-2 is circulating at high levels
  • recommendation on patient use of facemasks
  • recommendation on the use of disposable fluid repellent coveralls as an alternative to long sleeved fluid repellent gowns for aerosol generating procedures or when working in higher risk acute areas. Staff need to be trained in the safe removal of coveralls [10 April 2020]
  • COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes (updated 27 April 2020)

This resource provides guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers working in care homes during sustained COVID-19 transmission in the UK. It explains how PPE guidance applies to the care home setting and is drawn from full infection prevention and control (IPC) and PPE guidance.

  • COVID-19: infection prevention and control guidance

The guidance is issued jointly by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health Wales (PHW), Public Health Agency (PHA) Northern Ireland, Health Protection Scotland (HPS), Public Health Scotland, Public Health England and NHS England as official guidance.

Updated 27 April 2020 to include the PHE statement regarding NERVTAG review and consensus on cardiopulmonary resuscitation as an aerosol generating procedure.

  • Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) (updated 15 May)

This guidance is to assist people who are required to manage the bodies of deceased persons during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • A descriptive review of data on disparities in the risk and outcomes from COVID-19. (Published June 2020)

Among people already diagnosed with COVID-19, people who were 80 or older were seventy times more likely to die than those under 40. Risk of dying among those diagnosed with COVID-19 was also higher in males than females; higher in those living in the more deprived areas than those living in the least deprived; and higher in those in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups than in White ethnic groups.

Easing coronavirus health measures at the UK border; exempting passengers from self-isolation requirements in certain circumstances on arrival in the UK. (Published 29 June).

Insights from new evidence on the relationship between excess weight and coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • News story – Public Health England to be replaced

Public Health England is to be replaced by a new agency that will specifically deal with protecting the country from pandemics, according to a report. Further details to be released in August.

  • Press release – 10,000 people now signed up to Covid-19 immunity study

A nationwide effort led by PHE to find out whether people who had COVID-19 can get infected again has now recruited 10,000 health workers from across the NHS.

  • Guidance – Covid-19 potentially infectious people
  • Guidance – COVID-19: long-term health effects

Information and guidance on persistent health problems reported following acute COVID-19 disease.

  • News story – Public Health England launches new Every Mind Matters campaign

Mental health campaign supports the well-being of children, young people and their parents.

  • Press release – Record numbers offered flu vaccine as those with flu and COVID-19 more likely to die

New Public Health England research suggests that people infected with both viruses between January and April were more at risk of severe illness and death.

  • News story – PHE statement on delayed reporting of COVID-19 cases

A technical issue, now resolved, resulted in cases between 25 September and 2 October not being included in the reported daily COVID-19 figures.

  • Guidance – UK SMI V 58: SARS-CoV-2 serology

UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations V 58: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) serology

  • News story – Weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports published

National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 and influenza point of care testing results: how to report

Notifications of COVID-19 and influenza point of care testing (POCT) results: legal duties for providers of POCT.

England death rate up to 6 times higher from coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic than the general population, Public Health England study finds.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: letters to clinically extremely vulnerable people

Reference-only versions of letters from the government to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including accessible formats.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: mitigation of risks in occupational settings with a focus on ethnic minority groups

Consensus statement from Public Health England, the Health and Safety Executive and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

Provisional guidance subject to Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approval of vaccine supply.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: vaccination programme guidance for healthcare practitioners

Guidance for healthcare practitioners about the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination training to support healthcare workers involved in delivering the programme.

  • Guidance – Vitamin D supplementation during winter: PHE and NICE statement

Statement from Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on vitamin D supplementation during winter.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: vaccination programme guidance for healthcare practitioners

Guidance for healthcare practitioners about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 vaccination: why you are being asked to wait

Information about COVID-19 eligibility and vaccine supplies.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination

Information for people who have had their first COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for social care staff

Information for frontline social care workers on COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 vaccination: guide for healthcare workers

Information for frontline healthcare workers on COVID-19 vaccination.

Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 vaccination: women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding

Information for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.

A new variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) has been identified across the South East of England.

  • News story – COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): information about the new virus variant

The new variant transmits more easily than the previous one but there is no evidence that it is more likely to cause severe disease or mortality.

  • Press release – Rapid evaluation confirms lateral flow devices effective in detecting new COVID-19 variant

Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed that lateral flow devices (LFDs) used in mass testing can detect the new COVID-19 variant.

  • Guidance – SARS-CoV-2 lateral flow antigen tests: evaluation of VUI-202012/01

PHE Porton Down has carried out a rapid assessment on whether 5 lateral flow devices can detect the new COVID-19 variant.

  • News story- Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variant from South Africa identified in UK

Two cases of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant, which originated in South Africa, have been identified in the UK.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued its advice on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Guidance – National protocol for COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca (ChAdOx1-S [recombinant])

This protocol is for the administration of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca (ChAdOx1-S [recombinant]) to individuals in accordance with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

  • Press release – Past COVID-19 infection provides some immunity but people may still carry and transmit virus

Study finds past coronavirus (COVID-19) infection provides some immunity for at least 5 months, but people may still carry and transmit the virus.

  • News story – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK

Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in UK.

  • Guidance – NHS entitlements: migrant health guide

Advice and guidance for healthcare practitioners on the health needs of migrant patients.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: rapid point of care (near-person) testing for service providers

Guidance for service providers on the use and management of COVID-19 rapid point of care (near-person) tests and actions to take.

  • Guidance – Investigation of novel SARS-CoV-2 variant: Variant of Concern 202012/01

Technical briefing document on novel SARS-CoV-2 variant.

  • News story – PHE statement on Variant of Concern and new Variant Under Investigation

NERVTAG has named one additional SARS-CoV-2 Variant Under Investigation and one additional Variant of Concern.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  • News story – First real-world UK data shows Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection from the first dose

PHE has today published the first independent analysis in the UK showing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is effective against COVID-19 from the first dose.

  • News story – JCVI advises inviting people on Learning Disability Register for vaccine

JCVI has advised the government to invite all people on the GP Learning Disability Register for COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Press release – PHE launches new Psychological First Aid training

The online training, developed by PHE, is now available for those supporting children and young people affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • News story – JCVI issues interim advice on Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccination programme rollout

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has considered the evidence for Phase 2 of the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.

  • News story – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK

Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in UK.

  • News story – New data show vaccines reduce severe COVID-19 in older adults

New data show both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines significantly reduce severe COVID-19 in older adults.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: letter to people identified as high risk – aged 70 and over

Reference-only version of letter to people identified as high risk by COVID-19 population risk assessment model, aged 70 and over.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: letter to people identified as high risk – aged 19 to 69

Reference-only version of letter to people identified as high risk by COVID-19 population risk assessment model, aged 19 to 69.

Information for frontline healthcare workers on COVID-19 vaccination.

Information for frontline social care workers on COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Guidance – NHS entitlements: migrant health guide

Advice and guidance for healthcare practitioners on the health needs of migrant patients.

Information about COVID-19 eligibility and vaccine supplies.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus

Guidance on the ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

New findings from Public Health England have shown that an estimated 75.8% of 70 to 84 year old blood donors had antibodies against COVID-19 by early March.

  • Press release – COVID-19 vaccines have prevented thousands of deaths in older adults, new data shows

Analysis carried out by Public Health England suggests that the COVID-19 vaccination programme prevented 6,100 deaths in England up to the end of February 2021.

  • Guidance – PHE monitoring of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination

Data on the real-world efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus

Guidance on the ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Press release – COVID-19 vaccines have prevented thousands of deaths in older adults, new data shows

Analysis carried out by Public Health England suggests that the COVID-19 vaccination programme prevented 6,100 deaths in England up to the end of February 2021.

  • Press release – New vaccine advice for adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed

JCVI recommends that adults living with adults who are immunosuppressed should be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Press release – New JCVI advice on use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The JCVI has issued new advice regarding the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine after reports of extremely rare blood clots.

  • Press release – COVID-19 vaccines have prevented 10,400 deaths in older adults

PHE analysis suggests the UK COVID-19 vaccination programme has so far prevented thousands of deaths in those aged 60 and above.

  • News story – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK

Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in UK.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

Information on the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 vaccination: blood clotting information for healthcare professionals

Information for healthcare professionals on blood clotting following COVID-19 vaccination

  • Press release – JCVI issues new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women

The JCVI has advised that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.

  • Press release – One dose of COVID-19 vaccine can cut household transmission by up to half

A new study by Public Health England (PHE) has shown that one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine reduces household transmission by up to half.

  • News story – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK

Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in UK.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: long-term health effects

Information and guidance on persistent health problems reported following acute COVID-19 disease.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus

Guidance on the ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Guidance – COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.

  • Press release – JCVI advises on COVID-19 vaccine for people aged under 40

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued advice to the UK government on the use of the coronavirus (COVID-19) Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 40.

  • News story – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK

Latest updates on SARS-CoV-2 variants detected in UK.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 vaccination: blood clotting information for healthcare professionals

Information for healthcare professionals on blood clotting following COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Guidance – COVID-19 vaccination: information for healthcare practitioners

Guidance for healthcare practitioners about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.

  • Guidance – High consequence infectious diseases (HCID)

Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England.

  • Guidance – PHE monitoring of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination

Data on the real-world efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued advice to the government on the use of COVID-19 vaccines to mitigate the impact of the B1.617.2 variant of concern.

New study by PHE shows for the first time that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India.

Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Information on the benefits and risks of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

How to dispose of your personal or business waste, including face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE), during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Press release – Sewage signals early warning of coronavirus outbreaks

Government-led programme is providing an early warning of coronavirus outbreaks by monitoring sewage and sharing data with NHS Test & Trace

Care Quality Commission

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

The CQC has changed the way they will operate during the coronavirus outbreak. The changes relate to how they work day to day and affect how people communicate and/or send applications or other information. Providers should subscribe to bulletins and follow the CQC’s Twitter feed to receive the latest updates.

  • Routine inspections suspended in response to coronavirus outbreak

The CQC has written to all registered health and social care providers about how they are adapting their regulatory approach in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This includes the suspension of routine inspections from 16 March 2020.

There are no changes to the requirements to make notifications or the system used to make them. Providers should continue to notify the CQC of deaths and of events that preclude the carrying on of services ‘safely and properly’ (Regulation 18).

  • Supporting adult social care through COVID-19

The regulator has published answers to questions asked by adult social care providers during the coronavirus outbreak (updated 19 May 2020).

Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Kate Terroni, discusses how the Care Quality Commission is working to support those working in adult social care to keep people using services and staff safe in these unprecedented times.

  •  Death notifications

Notifications about deaths must be sent to CQC without delay in accordance with Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009: Regulation 16. Providers must use forms provided by CQC to make notifications under the regulation. The  Death of a person using the service – notification form has been updated to include coronavirus (COVID-19) as a cause of death. The form also asks where the death occurred.

  •  Covid-19 registrations (updated 17 April 2020)

This guidance deals with the interim registration process to help meet urgent capacity needs in social care and community services.

  •  COVID-19: interim guidance on DBS and other recruitment checks (updated 19 May 2020)

The regulator has produced interim guidance on DBS and other recruitment checks, for providers recruiting staff and volunteers to health and social care services in response to coronavirus(updated 19 May).

  • Inappropriate use of sedative medicines to enforce social distancing guidelines (28 April 2020)

CQC has produced guidance in relation to managing vulnerable people who may not understand social distancing guidelines.

  • Emergency support framework: what to expect

The regulator has developed an emergency support framework that it intends to follow during the pandemic.

  • Understanding the impact of coronavirus on autistic people and people with a learning disability (updated 14 May)

The regulator is doing further work on the data care homes submit to CQC about the deaths of people in their care so that it can better understand the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on specific groups of people, including autistic people and people with a learning disability.

  • Care Quality Commission and Association of Directors of Adult Social Care Services joint statement on CQC’s Emergency support framework (published 20 May 2020)

Statement from CQC and ADASS on the CQC’S Emergency Support Framework and how they will work collaboratively.

  • Insight report into healthcare sector pressures

This Insight document intended to highlight COVID-19 related pressures on the sectors that CQC regulates.  ​

  • CQC publishes data on deaths of people with a learning disability (published 2 June)

Supported by ONS, CQC has completed a targeted piece of analysis to better understand the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on people with a learning disability, some of whom may also be autistic, and how the number of deaths during this period compares to the number of deaths last year.

  • Questions for inspectors on infection prevention and control for NHS acute and mental health trusts (updated 22 June)

Guidance for NHS can be accessed here.

CQC has released new guidance on closed cultures for their inspection teams, to support them to continue to improve how CQC identify and respond to services that might be at risk of developing closed cultures. They are also looking for appropriately experienced  people to join an Expert Advisory Group with places to be allocated via an Expression of Interest process (23 June 2020). Click here for our briefing on closed cultures.

Considerations for providers when arranging vaccination services

CQC confirm a managed return to routine inspection of lower risk services in the autumn with Inspectors scheduling inspections of higher risk services to take place over the summer.

What good looks like for digital records in adult social care

If you are unhappy with the use of powers or how duties have been carried out under the Mental Health Act, you can make a complaint to us and we will investigate.

Our inspectors use these questions and prompts to look at how well staff and people living in care homes are protected by infection prevention and control (IPC) – key line of enquiry S5.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

  • Joint statement on expanding the nursing workforce in the Covid-19 outbreak

The NMC describes the actions that are being put into place to deal with this emergency situation. The NMC will continue to explore other options to expand the nursing workforce as this rapidly changing situation evolves.

  • Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions

The NMC has put together this guide to address some common questions about their role as a regulator when it comes to coronavirus (Covid-19). The guidance will be updated as the situation progresses. Broadly it relates to the temporary register and students on placements.

Regulators of Health and Care Professions

  • Regulators’ joint statement to healthcare professionals

The regulators of health and care professionals in the UK have taken the unusual step of issuing a joint statement in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The regulators’ statement is intended to reassure those providing healthcare that the context of their actions will be taken into account should concerns be raised about their care as they tackle the crisis. For further details, see our briefing by Gareth Gibson and Simon Gomersall.

NHS Employers

  • Guidance regarding staff welfare

Click here for guidance on staff wellbeing and support and employers’ duty of care. The guidance also addresses the steps to be communicated to staff to ensure infection control procedures are followed and guidance on use of personal protective equipment and specific considerations for staff with underlying health conditions. Should you have any questions in relation to this guidance please contact our specialist employment team.

Click here for other employment briefings from our team.

NHS England

  • Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic (updated  19 May 2020)

This guidance concerns the impact of COVID-19 on the use of the Mental Health Act and supporting systems to safeguard the legal rights of people receiving mental health, learning disabilities and specialised commissioned mental health services.

  • Supporting patients of all ages who are unwell with coronavirus (COVID-19) in mental health, learning disability, autism, dementia and specialist inpatient facilities (updated to reflect changes in the case definition for Covid-19 from 18 May 2020)

This guidance has been assessed to identify potential equality impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with mental health problems or a learning disability and/or autism.

  • Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism COVID-19 cell bulletin

This bulletin provides those working in organisations across health, care and support systems with a round-up of the new guidance, communication activities and information coming out of the NHS England and Improvement Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism COVID-19 cell. It is recommended for staff members in social care, the voluntary and independent sectors and the NHS.

  • Addressing impact of COVID-19 on BAME staff in the NHS

This guidance facilitates an understanding of which groups are most at risk, so  concerted action can be taken to protect them. Key areas of focus for NHS England and NHS Improvement are set out.

The creation of a new centre to investigate the impact of race and ethnicity on people’s health.

  • Blog – NHS England and NHS Improvement

We rightly challenge all types of discrimination that assign more importance to physical health than mental health.

The NHS Business Services Authority

  • New life assurance scheme

A new life assurance scheme has been introduced for eligible frontline health and social care workers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Resuscitation Council

  • Guidance for the resuscitation of COVID-19 patients in hospital

Guidance regarding CPR. Providers are advised to identify as early as possible any patients with a COVID-19 like illness, who are at risk of acute deterioration or cardiac arrest and to take appropriate steps to prevent cardiac arrest and avoid unprotected CPR.

Health and Safety Executive

  • RIDDOR reporting of Covid-10.

This guidance deals with reporting requirements under RIDDOR.

Made by employers to HSE and Local Authorities since 10 April 2020

  • Guidance – Health and safety spot checks and inspections during coronavirus (COVID-19)

See also our briefing.

British Geriatric Society

  • COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes

This guidance has been developed to help care home staff and NHS staff who work with residents of care homes and their families to support them through the pandemic. It covers practical matters such as isolating residents suspected of having the virus and how to approach end of life care planning.

  • Managing delirium in confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19

Consensus advice outlining recommendations for management of delirium; good general care including prevention, early detection, and non-pharmacological management should be provided as systems allow. Because of the ease of transmission of COVID-19, the risk of harm to others may exceed risk of harm to the individual and this may necessitate earlier use of pharmacological treatment.

CQC, CPA, BMA and RCGP

  • Joint Statement on advance care planning

The joint statement emphasises the importance of having an advanced care plan in place, especially for older people, those who are frail or have other serious conditions. This is clear that it is unacceptable for advance care plans, with or without DNAR form completion to be applied to groups of people of any description.

Please contact any member of our team for questions or advice.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for care homes

This guidance sets out the support package to keep care homes safe during the coronavirus pandemic.(updated 19 May).

The Association of Directors of Public Health (UK)

  • Warning from the body representing public health directors about the pace of easing restrictions  (published May 31)

The Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman

The PHSO has indicated that it will not accept new health service complaints nor progress existing ones where this requires contact with the NHS. We will keep the situation under close and regular review.

The BDA

The BDA has reported clarification from NHS England about the way in which mixed practices will be able to obtain financial support. NHS England has confirmed that practices can seek Government supported related to the private aspect of practice income without disqualifying themselves from the NHSE support in respect of NHS income.

The BDA also report that a petition seeking support for directors of small limited companies, such as many dental practice owners, has been signed by more than 200,000 people.

The College of Podiatry

The College of Podiatry is publishing guidance for its members on practice during the Coronavirus crisis.

Royal College of Physicians in London

The Royal College of Physicians has published ethical guidance for frontline staff.

The Faculty of General Dental Practitioners

  • Guidance for the safe management of general dental practice (published 1 June)
  • Our briefing on the return to work for dental practices during Covid-19 (9 June)

Department for Transport

  • Guidance on face coverings on public transport

From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England

  • News story – Travel ban implemented to protect public health following South Africa COVID-19 outbreak

New travel restrictions on passengers arriving in England from South Africa.

  • News story – Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures

International arrivals required to prove negative COVID-19 test result before departure for England.

From 4am on 15 January 2021, pre-departure testing will be required for all inbound passengers to England.

From 4am on 15 January 2021, the government will be introducing pre-departure testing requirements for all inbound passengers to England.

  • News story – Travel from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde banned to prevent spread of new variant

New travel restrictions from 4am Friday 15 January on passengers arriving in the UK from South American destinations, Portugal, Panama and Cape Verde.

  • News story – Mandatory COVID-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures

International arrivals required to prove negative COVID-19 test result before departure for England.

  • News story – All UK travel corridors temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants

Emergency border measures introduced to prevent the spread of new variants of coronavirus into the UK.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): safety screens for taxis and PHVs

How drivers, vehicle owners and licensing authorities can use safety screens to protect themselves, their workers and passengers from coronavirus.

  • News story – India added to red list as cases of new variant rise

India to be added to England’s red list at 4am on Friday 23 April 2021.

  • News story – 630 fines issued to airlines carrying passengers with incorrect paperwork

The Civil Aviation Authority has issued 630 fines since February to airlines carrying passengers without the right documents.

  • News story – Government confirms traffic light list ahead of cautious return to international travel

International leisure travel from England no longer illegal from 17 May 2021 but strict border control measures will remain in place.

From 17 May, the ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation will cease and international travel will be allowed to restart, governed by a new traffic light system.

  • Guidance – Red, amber and green list rules for entering England

Countries rated as red, amber or green for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow to enter England.

  • News story – Portugal moved to amber list to guard public health against variants of concern following first traffic light review

Cautious approach to reopening international travel to protect public health and the vaccine rollout.

  • Guidance – Red, amber and green list rules for entering England

Countries rated as red, amber or green for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the rules you must follow to enter England.

ICO

  • Guidance for employers on workplace testing

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

  • Letter to all local authorities in England to update them on funding to support interventions for those placed in emergency accommodation, and support for EEA rough sleepers (30 June 2020)
  • Press release – Jenrick extends ban on evictions and notice periods

The ban on evictions extended for another 4 weeks and new 6 month notice periods to be in place until at least 31 March 2021.

  • Press release – 274 councils set to receive housing support for vulnerable people

The funding will provide interim accommodation and support as part of the government’s commitment to end rough sleeping.

  • Guidance – Public health funerals: good practice guidance

Non-statutory guidance for local authorities in England and Wales on public health funerals.

  • Guidance – Local Covid-19 outbreaks: lessons learnt and good practice

The report of Dame Mary Ney’s rapid stocktake of lessons learnt from the Leicester City/Leicestershire experience of responding to a local surge in COVID-19 cases.

  • Guidance – COVID-19: provision of night shelters

Operating principles for commissioners and providers of night shelters for people experiencing rough sleeping.

  • Correspondence – COVID-19: Remote meetings High Court judgment – letter to council leaders

Letter from the Minister for Local Government to councils in England on the High Court’s judgment regarding remote meetings.

Families and friends will shortly be able to pay their respects to loved ones in greater numbers, with numerical limits on funerals to be removed.

  • Guidance – Understanding the possession action process: guidance for landlords and tenants

Guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors to explain the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Press release – Over £100 million cash boost to manufacture millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine

New state-of-the-art centre to scale up COVID-19 vaccine and gene therapy manufacturing gets £100 million investment.

  • Press release – UK government secures new Covid-19 vaccines and backs global clinical trial

UK citizens will receive early access to 90 million doses of 2 COVID-19 vaccine candidates should they prove safe and effective.

  • Press release – Public encouraged to register for COVID-19 vaccine trials as 100,000 already sign-up

Over 100,000 people have volunteered to take part in COVID-19 vaccine trials, helping to speed up efforts to discover a safe and effective vaccine.

  • Press release – 10,000 UK volunteers to take part in new COVID-19 vaccine trials

Ten thousand UK volunteers will be invited to join a leading phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial.

  • Press release – Ethnic minority communities and the elderly called upon to bolster the fight against coronavirus

Researchers are calling on more people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and the over 65s to volunteer for clinical studies through the NHS Vaccine Registry.

  • Press release – Expert partnership to explore and establish Human Challenge studies of COVID-19 in the UK

£33.6 million government investment will back the studies in partnership with Imperial College London, hVIVO and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Press release – Expert partnership to explore and establish Human Challenge studies of COVID-19 in the UK

£33.6 million government investment will back the studies in partnership with Imperial College London, hVIVO and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Government response – UK government response to Pfizer/BioNTech’s publication of efficacy data of their COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer/BioNTech published positive efficacy results from Phase 3 studies of their potential COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Press release – Janssen to begin COVID-19 vaccine trials in the UK

Pharmaceutical company to begin trials of UK vaccine from 16 November.

  • Government response – UK government’s response to Moderna’s publication of efficacy data for its COVID-19 vaccine

Biotech company Moderna has published positive efficacy results from its Phase 3 studies of its potential COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine could be delivered to the UK from Spring 2021.

The government, through the work of the Vaccine Taskforce, has put the UK in an extremely strong position if and when a vaccine meets robust standards of safety and effectiveness

  • Report – Government has published a report highlighting the work and achievements of its Vaccines Taskforce (VTF).

 

  • Press release  – Novavax publishes positive efficacy data for its COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax today published positive data from the UK phase 3 study of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, showing it to be 89.3% effective in preventing coronavirus in participants.

  • Press release – Janssen publishes positive safety and efficacy data for single-dose COVID-19 vaccine

Janssen today published positive data from the Phase 3 studies of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine candidate, showing it to be 66% effective overall in preventing coronavirus in participants.

  • Press release – UK government secures additional 40 million doses of Valneva vaccine

Deal takes total number of Valneva vaccines to 100 million, to be manufactured in the UK in Scotland

  • Press release – World’s first coronavirus Human Challenge study receives ethics approval in the UK

The UK will be the first country in the world to run a Covid-19 human challenge study, following approval from the UK’s clinical trials ethics body

  • Correspondence – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Letter to businesses on workplace testing, February 2021

Letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to all businesses registered in England about free COVID-19 tests for staff who cannot work from home.

  • Press release – Update on the Vaccine Taskforce: 1 March 2021

Responsibility for the Vaccine Taskforce is to move jointly to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Notice to display to show you have made your workplace COVID-secure.

Ministry of Justice

  • Press release – Video-witnessed wills to be made legal during coronavirus pandemic

The Government is to legalise the remote witnessing of wills – making it easier for people to record their final wishes during the coronavirus pandemic. See also our briefing on this topic.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

  • NICE publishes new COVID-19 rapid guideline on arranging planned care in hospitals and diagnostic services

NICE has published a guideline on the arrangements the NHS should put in place for patients needing elective surgery and other planned treatments and procedures (including diagnostics and imaging) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government Equalities Office, Race Disparity Unit

  • Correspondence – COVID-19 health disparity review: letter to stakeholders

Minister for Equalities Kemi Badenoch’s letter to stakeholder engagement participants to the Public Health England Review, to thank them for their work and invite them to further engage with government.

Government Equalities Office

The Minister for Equalities’ Oral Statement to the House, on the first quarterly report to the Prime Minister and Health Secretary on progress to understand and tackle COVID-19 disparities experienced by individuals from an ethnic minority background.

Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport

  • Press release – Prime Minister announces stronger enforcement measures as easements resume

The Government has announced a series of tough new enforcement measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions.

Government Digital Service

  • Guidance – Get coronavirus support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person: privacy notice

Privacy notice for the service providing coronavirus support to clinically extremely vulnerable people.

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The Charity Commission

  • Press release – Watchdog warns charities and the public to protect themselves against fraudsters amid pandemic

The Charity Commission is warning trustees and donors to strengthen defences as it fears the pandemic has created environments that are enabling charity fraud.

UK Space Agency

  • Press release – Space company takes to the skies alongside the NHS

The UK Space Agency has today backed a healthcare drone start-up founded by NHS staff, to help in the response to COVID-19.

Environment Agency

  • Guidance – Incinerating specified healthcare wastes at a municipal waste incinerator: RPS C23

When you can incinerate coronavirus (COVID-19) infectious waste at a municipal waste incinerator without varying your permit.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

The safety of the public will always come first.

  • News story – Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: MHRA statement confirming letter received

The safety of the public will always come first.

The first COVID-19 vaccine for the UK, developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, has today been given approval for use following a thorough review carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

  • Decision – Regulatory approval of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19.

Information for healthcare professionals and the public about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

  • News story – June Raine: How we backed a COVID-19 vaccine before rest of the West

MHRA Chief Executive Dr June Raine explains the process behind the Agency’s approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

  • Press release – Confirmation of guidance to vaccination centres on managing allergic reactions following COVID-19 vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Statement by Dr June Raine, Chief Executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on the guidance to vaccination centres on managing allergic reactions following COVID-19 vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

Tariffs suspended on a wide range of goods in the fight against Covid-19 including face masks, gloves and other protective equipment.

  • News story – Independent batch release testing of COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines by the NIBSC

The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control will carry out independent testing in the UK for any potential

  • Press release – Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine approved

The new vaccine has been approved after meeting the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards.

  • Decision – Regulatory approval of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19

Information for healthcare professionals and the public about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

  • News story – Access Consortium regulators pledge support to tackle COVID-19

The Access Consortium regulatory authorities have pledged our collective support in countering the COVID-19 global pandemic.

  • Press release – Moderna vaccine becomes third COVID-19 vaccine approved by UK regulator

The vaccine has been approved after meeting the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards.

  • News story – Independent batch release testing of COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccines by the NIBSC

The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control will carry out independent testing in the UK for any potential COVID-19 vaccines.

Information for healthcare professionals and the public about the COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

Data published from UK’s independent medicines regulator confirms approved vaccines meet strict regulatory standards for safety

Information for healthcare professionals and the public about the COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

It has not been confirmed that the reports of blood clots were caused by the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

  • Government response – UK regulator confirms that people should continue to receive the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca

Following suspensions by some countries of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca over suspected blood clots, the MHRA confirms that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 far outweigh the risks. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

  • Decision – Medical devices given exceptional use authorisations during the COVID-19 pandemic

List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA. The list also includes manufacturers whose exemption expired or was cancelled. This information will be listed for 2 months after expiry or cancellation.

  • Press release – MHRA issues new advice, concluding a possible link between COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and extremely rare, unlikely to occur blood clots

The benefits of vaccination continue to outweigh any risks but the MHRA advises careful consideration be given to people who are at higher risk of specific types of blood clots because of their medical condition.

  • Government response – MHRA response to JCVI advice on COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca for people aged under 40
  • Decision – Medical devices given exceptional use authorisations during the COVID-19 pandemic

List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA. The list also includes manufacturers whose exemption expired or was cancelled. This information will be listed for 2 months after expiry or cancellation.

  • Decision – Regulatory approval of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19

Information for healthcare professionals and the public about the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

  • Government response – Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shelf-life extended from 5 to 31 days, says MHRA

Change approved following detailed review of additional stability data

  • Decision – Medical devices given exceptional use authorisations during the COVID-19 pandemic

List of manufacturers and their medical devices which have been granted an exemption by the MHRA. The list also includes manufacturers whose exemption expired or was cancelled. This information will be listed for 2 months after expiry or cancellation.

Decision – Regulatory approval of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

Information for healthcare professionals and the public about the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen

  • Press release – One-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine approved by the MHRA

The vaccine has been approved after meeting the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards.

HM Treasury

The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages – giving businesses and employees across the UK certainty into the New Year, the Chancellor announced today.

Department for Education

Lateral flow tests to be deployed to all secondary schools and colleges to help detect asymptomatic cases and break chains of transmission from January.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing for staff in primary schools and nurseries

Information on rapid asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for staff in primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing in schools and colleges

Information for schools and colleges about how they can start to test pupils and students from January.

Group of ministers, charities and Youth Ambassador Dr. Alex George to focus on improving mental health and wellbeing in school, college and university

Social Care Institute for Excellence

  • Guidance – Mental Capacity Act – Best interests decisions

Best interests decisions: A COVID-19 quick guide

Ministry of Defence

  • News story – Armed Forces now working in hospitals, vaccine centres, and testing across all four nations

Armed Forces now working in hospitals, vaccine centres, and testing across all four nations of the UK to support the coronavirus response

BMJ

Office of the Public Guardian

  • Guidance – NHS and social care staff: check if a COVID-19 patient has an attorney or deputy

Find out about the information we have on our registers and how NHS staff and local authorities in England and Wales can ask us for it

  • Guidance – Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak

If you want to make an LPA now, you can as long as you follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolating.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Office of the Public Guardian response

This page provides guidance on how OPG is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. It will be updated when new information is available.

  • Guidance – Making and registering an LPA during the coronavirus outbreak

If you want to make an LPA now, you can as long as you follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolating.

BBC News

  • News story – MPs agree to extend Covid powers until September

Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office

Statement on the origins of coronavirus from the governments of Australia, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, United Kingdom, and United States.

Defence and Security Accelerator

  • Case study – Rapid sanitising technology improves ambulance cleaning times and standards

A rapid call, launched in response to COVID-19, has trialled and installed a new method which cuts costs and cleaning times across the Welsh Ambulance Service

Immigration Enforcement

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): right to work checks

Advice for employers carrying out right to work checks during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): landlord right to rent checks

Advice for landlords carrying out right to rent checks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Competitions and Markets Authority

The CMA has published an open letter to the package travel sector reminding firms of their legal obligations and the need to ensure refunds options are clear and accessible.