Updated government guidance on care home visiting
This guidance applies from 8 March 2021 and replaces previous guidance on care home visiting. It applies to care homes for working age and for older adults.
Care home visiting should be supported wherever it is possible to do so safely. Visiting should be supported by the guidance and within an environment set up to manage risks.
Wednesday 27 January
Statement on the use of COVID-19 positive staff in care settings
Statement jointly issued by: Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England, Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Association of Directors of Public Health
Under no circumstances should staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether they are displaying symptoms or not, work in a care setting until the legally required period of self-isolation has ended.
The national guidance is clear on this and applies equally to other periods of required isolation, for example being a household contact and quarantine periods associated with overseas travel.
Where the CQC has concerns, it will take swift regulatory action. It will make the relevant adult safeguarding referral to be dealt with by the local authority under section 42 of the Care Act.
Where providers are facing critical staffing shortages, local system partners including the local authority, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), wider NHS, Public Health England (PHE) health protection team and local resilience forum, in discussion with local provider associations, should work together to ensure those providers can maintain continuity of care for their users of service.
This is to ensure the health and social care system works in the best interests of all.
We recognise the pressures and workforce challenges across social care and if the local system has come together and all options have been explored and discounted, this must be escalated within the local authority, and NHS.
The local authority should also notify the relevant DHSC regional lead. Directors of Public Health and Directors of Adult Social Services must be involved to ensure the issue is resolved.
Staff who are off sick or are self-isolating should continue to be paid their full wages. Employers are able to access funding for this purpose from the Infection Control Fund and local authorities will be looking to see that this is happening.
Watch Sunshine at Swanborough House
Read the letter from Swanborough House
We created the Sunshine at Swanborough House video to bring smiles on everyone’s faces, specially for our residents’ relative to see how happy their loved ones are and how they are utilising their time in the lock down to uplift themselves and everyone around them.
In the video you will see our residents and staff performing various activities showcasing our residents’ individual personalities and that even in difficult times we are never alone and we can overcome every hurdle life throws at us with a positive attitude and smile on our face.
I hope all of you enjoy the video.
Swanborough House, Renovo Brighton Limited