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Information about the test and trace service

29th May 2020

The Government has launched the NHS Test and Trace service. There are some useful links below to help you find out more: Press release detailing the release of the service and new guidance meaning those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have … Read more

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and supporting webinars

27th May 2020

The coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is now live on GOV.UK here Find out more in the following webinars: Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: This webinar provides an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, … Read more

Mental health helplines for social care workers

27th May 2020

Samaritans, working with NHS England, have extended their coronavirus helpline to all social care workers. Social care staff will be able to speak to a trained Samaritans adviser, who will provide a non-judgmental listening ear, a safe space to offload and signposting to other services. The wellbeing support line is available 7am-11pm, 7 days a week. … Read more

Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus

26th May 2020

The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts. Find out more about the different schemes and how to apply … Read more

Guidance on providing personal care for people in their own home

26th May 2020

The Government have published information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak. It covers: personal protective equipment shielding and care groups hospital discharge and testing government support for social care information collection and governance Read the full document here Read more

Government to offer antibody tests to health and social care staff and patients in England

22nd May 2020

The Government have announced a new antibody testing programme to provide tens of thousands of antibody tests per day across the UK from next week. It will initially cover NHS and employed care staff in England. Read more here Read more

Updated: Guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings

22nd May 2020

The Government have updated their guidance for the stepdown of infection control precautions within hospitals and discharging COVID-19 patients from hospital to home settings. Read the updated guidance here Read more

Informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care

22nd May 2020

The Government have shared guidance covering how local authorities and social care providers can tell DHSC about the death of an employee or volunteer in social care. Read the guidance here Read more

Emergency Covid-19 Fund launches today for charities and social enterprises

22nd May 2020

The Emergency Covid-19 fund announced by the Government has launched today. The fund is part of the Government’s £750m financial support package for charities and social enterprises announced by Government on April 8 and is being distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund. Find out more and apply here Read more

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme set to launch

19th May 2020

A new online service will be launched on 26 May for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees. Find out more and take a look at eligibility here Read more