Support for providers on infection control. Find the latest guidance and useful information. 

What you can do to manage and control COVID-19

The 3 main ways to prevent the spread of the virus are:


Care home providers should follow social distancing measures for everyone in the care home, including staff and residents.


Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. Wash your hands or use anti-bacterial gel before and after contact with a resident.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

Please see the PPE guidance with practical advice on how to source PPE and manage staff and residents safely when using PPE.

PPE guidance 

Guidelines for care homes and domiciliary care have been updated to reflect the need for face coverings.

Infection, prevention and control (IPC) 

We have provided some links to guidance on infection prevention and control recommendations for COVID-19.

Read government guidance on managing and controlling the disease.

Hand hygiene

The Royal College of Nursing’s website has a section dedicated to infection prevention and control, including detailed information on hand hygiene (hand washing and hand drying). 

The Department of Health and Social Care has produced a short video on hand hygiene to prevent COVID-19 infection


Skills for Care has published a webinar on infection prevention and control in care homes, including a separate webinar question and answer session. 

Public Health England has issued guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 

Decontamination guidance describes:

  • the cleaning required
  • the appropriate disposal of materials
  • the disinfection of equipment and hard surfaces
  • the personal protective equipment (PPE) that should be worn

There is separate published guidance for healthcare settings

Infection Prevention

  1. handwashing
  2. facilities for handwashing
  3. read the guidance and follow the principles