Infection Control

Good infection prevention and control is central to reducing and delaying the spread of coronavirus.

Infection control for care homes: LA grant circular - 22 May 2020 - GOV.UK

The primary purpose of the £600m fund is to support adult social care providers, including those with whom the local authority does not have a contract, to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission in and between care homes and support wider workforce resilience. A small percentage of it may be used to support domiciliary care providers and support wider workforce resilience to deal with COVID-19 infections. This funding will be paid as a Section 31 grant ring fenced exclusively for actions which support care homes and domiciliary care providers mainly to tackle the risk of Covid19 infections and is in addition to funding already received.  See also the Minister’s letter of 22 May 2020.

Infection control fund for care homes – 14 May 2020 – GOV.UK

A new care homes support package including a £600 million adult social care infection control fund has been introduced to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in care homes. Read the Ministerial letter, information on the package, and template for local authorities.

How to work safely in care homes – 17 April 2020 – GOV.UK

Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19. Includes guidance on use of PPE.

Infection prevention and control guidance and resources - Updated 2 April 2020 - GOV.UK

Range of Public Health England guidance and resources for health and care staff on infection prevention and control during coronavirus outbreak. Resources include: 

Introduction and organisational preparedness

Transmission characteristics and principles of infection prevention and control

COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

Table 1. Recommended PPE for healthcare workers by secondary care clinical contex (PDF) 

Table 2. Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient, and community care (PDF) 

Table 3. Recommended PPE for ambulance, paramedics, first responders and pharmacists (PDF) 

Table 4. Additional considerations for COVID-19 (PDF) 

COVID-19: visual guide to safe PPE (PDF) 

Reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the hospital setting

Occupational health and staff deployment

Posters include:

Best practice hand rub (PDF)

Best practice hand wash (PDF) 

Best practice management of blood and body fluid spills (PDF)

Facial hair and FFP3 respirators (PDF)

Routine decontamination of reusable equipment (PDF)

Infection prevention and control in care homes – 2 April 2020 – GOV.UK

Guidance on admissions for care homes includes annex E on infection prevention. Care homes are not expected to have dedicated isolation facilities for people living in the home but should implement isolation precautions when someone in the home displays symptoms of COVID-19 in the same way that they would operate if an individual had influenza or diarrhoea and vomiting. 

CPA guidance on infection prevention and control – CPA

General guidance on good infection prevention and control from the Care Provider Alliance, including a downloadable checklist.

Posters and materials – including handwashing guidance – Public Health England

Download or order free resources, such as leaflets, posters, guides and resource packs

10 Steps to effective handwashing (PDF) - Royal College of Nursing

Regularly and thoroughly washing hands reduces the spread of infection. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face.

Personal Protective Equipment for care sector – Department of Health and Social Care (18 March 2020)

Government announces that all care homes and home care providers will be automatically sent fluid repellent facemasks

Infection control  in adult social care settings - Deputy CMO webinar recording – 24 March 2020 (PDF)

Download a PDF of notes from webinar with Deputy Chief Medical Officer, and access the audio recording.

Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus – 31 March 2020 – GOV.UK

Those handling bodies should be aware that there is likely to be a continuing risk of infection

See all related information on coronavirus.