Department Of Health
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The document brings together guidance for social care staff, registered providers, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes in England.
- personal protective equipment
- clinically extremely vulnerable people and care groups
- hospital discharge and testing
- government support for social care
- information collection and governance
Last updated 22 December 2020 +show all updates
Updated to reflect that the 14-day isolation period is now 10 days.
Updated to include relevant links to the guidance on the local restriction tier system in place in England since 2 December.
Added note that this guidance will be updated soon and directed users to guidance updated ahead of the 5 November national lockdown.
Added a new section on how home care providers can support the NHS Test and Trace service. Updated links to hospital discharge service guidance.
Updated ‘shielding and care groups section (now titled ‘Clinically extremely vulnerable people and care groups’) and annexes A and B to reflect wider changes to shielding advice. Updated social care recruitment section to include further details about the new online recruitment platform for social care.
Updated ‘hospital discharge and testing’ section to state “anyone experiencing coronavirus symptoms can now be tested, which includes individuals receiving home care. This can be accessed through the digital portal or by calling 119 to book testing”.