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Infection Control

Good infection prevention and control is central to reducing and delaying the spread of coronavirus. Key infection control resources are highlighted here.

See also Guidance for care providers, and Supplies including PPE for related information

Infection control fund: Letter from the Minister of Care – 29 July 2020 - DHSC

The Minister for Care has written to Directors of Adult Social Care yesterday about the infection control fund. The letter clarifies intentions around the clawback mechanisms to try and reassure providers who have concerns around accepting this funding.

The letter states:

“Where providers have used funding on infection control measures as set out in the Grant Circular or as discussed with the Department, then the Department’s unequivocal position is that this will not be clawed back. I also expect the local authority to provide assurance to each provider to the same effect. I should be clear that the principal policy intent of the clawback provision is to ensure that local authorities distribute all the £600m funding to providers as quickly as possible, and that the department will reclaim any funding that is not distributed by local authorities to providers. While it is also correct that the clawback provisions enable us to recover any grant that is not used for the purposes it was given, to comply with state aid rules, as I have set out we do not envisage using it for such purposes unless there is a fraudulent activity or clear misuse of these public funds.”

COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside the home – 15 July 2020 – GOV.UK

This guidance describes the principles of cleaning and disinfection during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It applies to non-healthcare settings outside the home, such as hotels, non-care work places, etc. It is not aimed at care settings, but may be of interest to care providers in relation to office spaces.

Face coverings: when to wear them and how to make your own – 14 July 2020 – GOV.UK

Explanation of what face coverings are, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored. This information is based on current scientific evidence and is subject to change. This information relates to the use of face coverings in public spaces where social distancing is not always possible.

Local lockdowns – 7 July 2020 - GOV.UK

Government information on coronavirus includes a section on Local Lockdowns. This currently covers information on social distancing, education and childcare settings, travel, and specific information regarding Leicester.

COVID-19: potentially infectious people – 8 July 2020 - PHE

How public health officers apply Schedule 21 to the Coronavirus Act 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 waste management standard operating procedures – Updated 3 July 2020 – NHS England and NHS Improvement

This document sets out the waste management approach for all healthcare facilities including primary care facilities and testing facilities in England and Wales during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Local outbreak plans – 30 June 2020 – Association of Directors of Public Health

The ADPH has developed an ‘explainer’ about Local Outbreak Plans to support stakeholders, the media and the public in understanding what they are and how they will work.  

Infection Control Fund: Briefing for care providers on reporting to LAs – 12 June 2020 – CPA

This CPA briefing note provides further information and examples to support care providers’ reports to local authorities. It should be read alongside the Government guidance and related annexes.

The CPA is suggesting a limited number of different areas at a top level against which care providers can easily allocate costs, whilst also giving a series of examples to prompt providers to think about how to consider their full range of costs. 

Infection Control Fund: guidance and annexes – 9 June 2020 – GOV.UK

Full guidance on the Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund, and annexes including reporting templates.

Infection Control Fund: Q&A - 8 June 2020 – GOV.UK

The Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund is worth £600 million. The primary purpose of this 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 Q&A has been prepared by the Department of Health and Social Care in response to a number of questions received from local government and care providers.  Nothing contained within it supersedes the terms of the grant determination document.

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.