CPA's response to the Coronavirus
03 March 2020
The government has just published the coronavirus action plan that sets out what the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and what it plans to do next.
The document sets out:
- what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
- how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- the actions taken so far in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- what we are planning to do next, depending on the course the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak takes
- the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future
CPA’s response to the Coronavirus§
As part of our efforts to be vigilant, proactive and mitigate risks the CPA have developed practical infection prevention and control information, with an infection control checklist that providers will find useful. This has been communicated to providers and is available on the CPA website at business continuity infection control
The best practice guidelines are a reminder and an additional precaution, since many care providers will be familiar and have a good working knowledge of the management of infection as part of their ongoing delivery of quality care and support to people in the community.
The guidance we have issued is aimed at all managers within adult social care providers in England and complements national and local policies to help adult social care providers protect the health and well-being of service users in care settings. Effective infection prevention and control depends on early recognition and timely intervention. This in turn depends on surveillance of infection and robust management, which we are confident care providers will do.
The CPA will continue to keep providers updated with practical guidance and the latest government information, and will work with providers to identify and mitigate the risks of the key issues they face.