Press release: Social care to receive £269 million to boost staff levels and testing

The impact of the new variant is being felt across the country, with staff absence rates rising sharply both in care homes and among home care staff, due to testing positive or having to self-isolate.The funding announced today will protect and support the social care sector, including care homes and domiciliary care providers, by increasing workforce capacity and increasing testing.The vital infection prevention and control guidance on staff movement in care homes is also being reinforced, with a reminder to providers to continue following the rules and keep staff and residents safe.The new 120 million funding will help local authorities to boost staffing levels, a direct ask of…

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

New 120million fund for local authorities to boost staffing levels 149million grant system to support increased testing in care homesThe impact of the new variant is being felt across the country, with staff absence rates rising sharply both in care homes and among home care staff, due to testing positive or having to self-isolate.The funding announced today will protect and support the social care sector, including care homes and domiciliary care providers, by increasing workforce capacity and increasing testing.The vital infection prevention and control guidance on staff movement in care homes is also being reinforced, with a reminder to providers to continue following the rules and keep staff…

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

12.2 million to expand whole genome sequencing to see how COVID-19 spreads and evolves Viral genome sequencing data increases our understanding of outbreaks and help to track patterns of infection This research is essential for monitoring the evolution of COVID-19 for mutations which may impact the efficacy of vaccinesThe public will be better protected from COVID-19 with 12.2 million of funding awarded to potentially life-saving research into how the virus spreads and evolves through genome sequencing.The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium will use the funding to expand whole genome sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of COVID-19. Whole genome sequencing uses scientific techniques to read the viruss…

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

UK testing capacity increased to 519,770 to help meet demand over the winter period, in ongoing expansion of testing this follows announcements of new Lighthouse Labs and partnerships joining the lab network rapid testing innovations will further boost testing capabilitiesAs a result of partnerships with NHS and university labs, new cutting-edge testing innovations and a recruitment drive boosting the UKs coronavirus diagnostic network, NHS Test and Trace has rapidly expanded testing capability ahead of winter.In order to meet the unprecedented scale of challenge this pandemic presents, the government has built a national coalition of people and organisations from national and local government, the NHS, Public Health England, the…

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

UK testing capacity increased to 519,770 to help meet demand over the winter period, in ongoing expansion of testing this follows announcements of new Lighthouse Labs and partnerships joining the lab network rapid testing innovations will further boost testing capabilitiesAs a result of partnerships with NHS and university labs, new cutting-edge testing innovations and a recruitment drive boosting the UKs coronavirus diagnostic network, NHS Test and Trace has rapidly expanded testing capability ahead of winter.In order to meet the unprecedented scale of challenge this pandemic presents, the government has built a national coalition of people and organisations from national and local government, the NHS, Public Health England, the…

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

2 new Lighthouse Labs to be set up in Newcastle and Bracknell, increasing capacity by tens of thousands Weekly data from NHS Test and Trace shows testing continues to increase each week 20 new testing sites opening across the country for this weekWeekly data from the 15th week of operation of NHS Test and Trace shows that 27% more people have received a test for the first time this week and repeat testing in care homes continues.The 2 new Lighthouse Labs follow the previous announcements of others in Newport and Charnwood, which will scale testing capacity to help deliver 500,000 tests per day by the end of October.The…

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New Lighthouse Lab to boost NHS Test and Trace capacity

NHS Test and Trace continues to reach the majority of those testing positive and their contacts in week 13 of operation Brand new large-scale technology to increase the number of tests that NHS and Lighthouse Labs can process is being introduced A new Lighthouse Lab near Loughborough will join Britains largest network of diagnostic testing facilities in history to increase coronavirus testing capacity.The new lab will be brought into the lab network this month and will be able to process around 50,000 tests per day by the end of the year.This comes as the weekly statistics from NHS Test and Trace show that the service continues to reach…

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Press release: Funding boost for artificial intelligence in NHS to speed up diagnosis of deadly diseases

Extra 50 million investment in diagnostic centres of excellence which will develop artificial intelligence to diagnose disease Centres will boost diagnostic capabilities, improve outcomes for millions of patients, and free up NHS staff time Funding will support our long-term response to COVID-19 as part of government commitment to detect three-quarters of cancers at an early stage by 2028Patients will benefit from major improvements in technology to speed up the diagnosis of deadly diseases like cancer thanks to further investment in the use of artificial intelligence across the NHS.A 50 million funding boost will scale up the work of existing Digital Pathology and Imaging Artificial Intelligence Centres of Excellence,…

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Press release: Funding boost for artificial intelligence in NHS to speed up diagnosis of deadly diseases

Extra 50 million investment in diagnostic centres of excellence which will develop artificial intelligence to diagnose disease Centres will boost diagnostic capabilities, improve outcomes for millions of patients, and free up NHS staff time Funding will support our long-term response to COVID-19 as part of government commitment to detect three-quarters of cancers at an early stage by 2028Patients will benefit from major improvements in technology to speed up the diagnosis of deadly diseases like cancer thanks to further investment in the use of artificial intelligence across the NHS.A 50 million funding boost will scale up the work of existing Digital Pathology and Imaging Artificial Intelligence Centres of Excellence,…

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Press release: Huge boost to national testing study will offer new COVID-19 insights

Office for National Statistics to significantly expand infection survey to 400,000 people in England, making it the countrys largest study tracking COVID-19 in the general population New data will support rapid testing and diagnosis of COVID-19 on a national and local level, helping to narrow down the areas of concern Government to provide 2 million grant to ZOE COVID-19 Symptom Study app to support its ongoing data collectionThe ONS COVID-19 Infection Survey tracking the virus in the general population will expand from regularly testing 28,000 people per fortnight in England to 150,000 by October, the Health Secretary announces today. The survey aims to increase to 400,000 people across…

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