COVID-19 (Coranavirus) Awareness Bulletin for Care Home Providers

A weekly bulletin produced by knowledgeservices@dudley.gov.uk on Wednesday 19th January 2022. Containing information up to and including Tuesday 18th January 2022.

This information is provided to keep you up to date with the fast moving evidence on the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any comments or would like to suggest any improvements please contact us at the email above.

Please note that while every effort is made to ensure that this information is up to date and accurate this bulletin is not a substitute for medical or legal advice.

If unsure you should always seek professional advice and Knowledge Services and Dudley MBC will not be held responsible for any use or misuse of this information.

 Who is this for?

Care home owners, providers and their staff, domiciliary care providers and voluntary organisations.

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Care Home Provider's Bulletin (click each section to explore)

COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 17/01/2022

 

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings

This guidance provides advice on the management of staff and patients or residents in health and social care settings according to exposures, symptoms and test results. There may be further information specific to each country in the United Kingdom, as this guidance was written by Public Health England primarily for an English health professional audience, and contact tracing arrangements are variable across the 4 nations of the UK.

31 May: updated in light of test and trace guidance (Section 3.3); addition of guidance on risk assessment of staff in the event of PPE breaches (Section 3.4), and re-organisation with the addition of “Additional considerations” (Section 6).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 17/01/2022

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Last updated: 17/01/2022

 

Infection prevention and control and preparedness for COVID-19 in healthcare settings

This document aims to provide guidance to EU/EEA healthcare facilities and healthcare providers on infection prevention and control (IPC) measures for the management of suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities. It also offers guidance on the management of specimens at laboratories in the EU/EEA. This is an update of the ECDC guidance dated 12 March 2020 ‘Infection prevention and control for COVID-19 in healthcare settings’.

This update focuses on measures to be applied in settings with increasing community transmission, a growing demand for care of COVID-19 patients and ensuing staff issues in the event of shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare facilities in EU/EEA countries and the United Kingdom.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 17/01/2022

 

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

Guidance for contacts of a person with a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) who do not live with that person.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 11/01/2022

 

COVID-19: guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic

Guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-managing-a-funeral-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 11/01/2022

 

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 24/12/2021

 

COVID-19: guidance for care of the deceased

Advice to assist people required to manage bodies of deceased persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-care-of-the-deceased

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 15/12/2021

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care

This page aims to answer frequently asked questions from registered providers, social care staff, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes, including supported living settings, in England.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-home-care/coronavirus-covid-19-provision-of-home-care

Source: UK government

Last updated: 08/11/2021

 

Personal protective equipment (PPE) – resource for care workers delivering homecare (domiciliary care) during sustained COVID-19 transmission in England

This resource is primarily for care workers and providers delivering care in the following contexts: visiting homecare, extra care housing, and live-in homecare.

It applies the recommendations from the main PPE guidance to domiciliary care settings. It reflects the current context of sustained transmission in the UK. The recommended PPE items in this resource should be followed for all homecare (domiciliary care) interactions during the sustained transmission period.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-domiciliary-care/personal-protective-equipment-ppe-resource-for-care-workers-delivering-domiciliary-care-during-sustained-covid-19-transmission-in-england

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 26/08/2021

 

COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care in England

A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-domiciliary-care

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 26/08/2021

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-people-receiving-direct-payments

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 24/08/2021

 

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-care-homes

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 16/08/2021

 

PPE guide for community health and social care settings

What PPE to wear and when - an illustrative guide

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/911188/PHE_PPE_guide_for_community_and_social_care_settings_AUG_2020.pdf

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: Version 2: 28/05/21

 

COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care

A framework to support the planning and organisation of adult social care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-ethical-framework-for-adult-social-care

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 28/04/2021

 

COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes for older people

The COVID-19 pandemic raises particular challenges for care home residents, their families and the staff that look after them. This guidance has been developed to help care home staff and NHS staff who work with them to support residents through the pandemic.

https://www.bgs.org.uk/resources/covid-19-managing-the-covid-19-pandemic-in-care-homes

Source: Membership organisation

Last updated: 18/11/20

 

COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community

The purpose of this guideline is to provide recommendations for managing COVID19 symptoms for patients in the community, including at the end of life. It also includes recommendations about managing medicines for these patients, and protecting staff from infection.

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng163

Source: NICE

Last updated: 13/10/20

 

COVID-19: potentially infectious people

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-potentially-infectious-people

Source: Public Health England

Created: 26/08/2020

 

Care homes and COVID-19: advice and best practice

Guidance, resources and best practice advice for care homes and care staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://www.scie.org.uk/care-providers/coronavirus-covid-19/care-homes

Source: Social Care Institute for Excellence

Created: August 2020

 

Guidance on the provision of support for medically and socially vulnerable populations in EU/EEA countries and the United Kingdom during the COVID-19 pandemic

The objective of this document is to provide guidance for civil society and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as for national and regional authorities in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and the United Kingdom (UK), who are providing support for people who have medical and social vulnerabilities during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Specifically, it aims to identify some of the major cross-cutting challenges, successes and lessons learned by these organisations during the period of stay-at-home and other measures from March-May 2020. It is hoped that the findings presented may be applicable to support service providers across the EU/EEA and the UK as the pandemic evolves, and in particular in the event of an upsurge in cases over the coming months that necessitates a subsequent return to stay-at-home measures or other restrictions in movement.

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/guidance-medically-and-socially-vulnerable-populations-covid-19

Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Created: 03/07/2020

 

COVID-19: guidance for taking swab samples

Videos and instructions for how to take swab samples for COVID-19 testing

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-taking-swab-samples#2020-07-02T15:47:16Z

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 02/07/2020

 

COVID-19 and violence against older people

Sharp increase in the risk of violence against older people

https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/covid-19-and-violence-against-older-people

Source: WHO

Created: 14/06/2020

 

New WHO/Europe guidance shows more can be done to protect people in need of long-term care during the COVID-19 pandemic

In countries with community transmission of COVID-19, over 40% of total confirmed COVID-19 deaths occur in long-term care facilities, and in some cases, this is closer to 60%. This affects not only those in need of long-term care, many of whom are older people, but also their families who are put at risk of infection.

https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/news/news/2020/5/new-whoeurope-guidance-shows-more-can-be-done-to-protect-people-in-need-of-long-term-care-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Source: WHO

Created: 28/05/2020

 

Rapid scan 1: Effects on people in care/nursing homes (and other residential facilities) including approaches to protecting workers and residents

Our approach is to trawl the rapidly growing knowledge base, to filter findings which are relevant to planning and policy and to highlight new and emerging learning:

This rapid scan provides a snapshot of emerging evidence.

A weekly alert will highlight new papers.

We will also maintain an evidence tracker, providing a single point of access to the papers highlighted in this scan and in weekly alerts.

https://www.strategyunitwm.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/2020-05/20200507%20Evidence%20rapid%20scan%201%20-%20Care%20Homes.pdf

Source: NHS Strategy Unit

Last updated: 07/05/20

 

Evidence Tracker

https://www.strategyunitwm.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/2020-05/20200513_COVID_ evidence_tracker_CareHomes_READ_ONLY.xlsx

Source: NHS Strategy Unit

Who's at higher risk from coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 05/01/2022

 

Active at Home

This 'Active at Home' booklet has been produced to provide practical guidance to older adults on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance. It follows concerns that low levels of physical activity in older adults will lead to reduced fitness resulting in loss of independence and need for care in the future. Available to download for partners to organise print locally.

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/50-resource-ordering/resources/5118

Source: Public Health England

Created: June 2020

 

COVID-19 and medicines advice for older people

Older people are particularly at risk from complications as a result of COVID-19 and many are likely to already be taking medication for other conditions. This information is intended for healthcare professionals.

https://www.bgs.org.uk/resources/covid-19-and-medicines-advice-for-older-people

Source: Membership organisation

Last updated: 17/03/20

COVID-19: guidance for care of the deceased

Advice to assist people required to manage bodies of deceased persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-care-of-the-deceased

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 15/12/2021

 

Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice primarily designed to assist people who are required to manage the bodies of deceased persons infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance has been developed to ensure that:

the bodies of those people who have died as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) are treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect

People who work in these services and mourners are protected from infection

This guidance remains under review and may be updated in line with the changing situation as required.

There is separate guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-care-of-the-deceased/guidance-for-care-of-the-deceased-with-suspected-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 15/12/2021

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for people with cancer

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/coronavirus/cancer-and-coronavirus

Source: UK charity

Last updated: 13/09/21

 

COVID-19: End of life care and dementia

The majority of people with dementia (which is the leading cause of death in England and Wales1) are aged over 70, have other long-term conditions and are frail, putting them into particularly vulnerable groups for developing complications if they are infected with COVID-19.

https://www.bgs.org.uk/resources/covid-19-end-of-life-care-and-dementia

Source: Membership organisation

Last updated: 07/04/20

 

End of life care during coronavirus

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/coronavirus

Source: UK charity

Last updated: Unknown

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

Guidance on the management of staff, patients and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 17/01/2022

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Last updated: 17/01/2022

 

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)

Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Sustained community transmission is occurring across the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 17/01/2022

 

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

This guidance is for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including children. It’s also for their family, friends and carers.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Source: UK government

Last updated: 24/12/2021

 

COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 24/12/2021

 

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-care-homes

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 16/08/2021

 

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in the context of COVID-19

This document aims to provide guidance for public health authorities in EU/EEA countries and the UK on the ventilation of indoor spaces in the context of COVID-19.

https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/heating-ventilation-air-conditioning-systems-covid-19

Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Created: 11/11/2020

 

Coronavirus: Testing for Covid-19

This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of testing for Covid-19 in England. It covers the different types of test that are in use and in development, as well as testing capacity and the criteria for being tested.

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8897/

Source: UK government

Last updated: 14/10/2020

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reuse of medicines in a care home or hospice

Standard operating procedure on how to run a safe and effective medicines reuse scheme in a care home or hospice during the coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-reuse-of-medicines-in-a-care-home-or-hospice

Source: UK government

Last updated: 02/09/2020

 

COVID-19: number of outbreaks in care homes – management information

Weekly number and percentage of care homes reporting a suspected or confirmed outbreak of COVID-19 to PHE by local authorities, regions and PHE centres.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/covid-19-number-of-outbreaks-in-care-homes-management-information

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 27/08/2020

 

COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes

Review into how different factors have affected COVID-19 risk and outcomes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-review-of-disparities-in-risks-and-outcomes

Source: Public Health England

Last updated: 11/08/2020

 

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: implications for infection prevention precautions

This document is an update to the scientific brief published on 29 March 2020 entitled “Modes of transmission of virus causing COVID-19: implications for infection prevention and control (IPC) precaution recommendations” and includes new scientific evidence available on transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/transmission-of-sars-cov-2-implications-for-infection-prevention-precautions

Source: World Health Organisation

Created: 09/07/2020 

 

Effectiveness of isolation, testing, contact tracing, and physical distancing on reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in different settings: a mathematical modelling study

The isolation of symptomatic cases and tracing of contacts has been used as an early COVID-19 containment measure in many countries, with additional physical distancing measures also introduced as outbreaks have grown. To maintain control of infection while also reducing disruption to populations, there is a need to understand what combination of measures—including novel digital tracing approaches and less intensive physical distancing—might be required to reduce transmission. We aimed to estimate the reduction in transmission under different control measures across settings and how many contacts would be quarantined per day in different strategies for a given level of symptomatic case incidence

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30457-6/fulltext

Source: The Lancet

Created: 16/06/2020

 

Efficacy of contact tracing for the containment of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Contact tracing is a central public health response to infectious disease outbreaks, especially in the early stages of an outbreak when specific treatments are limited. Importation of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from China and elsewhere into the UK highlights the need to understand the impact of contact tracing as a control measure.

https://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2020/06/16/jech-2020-214051

Source: BMJ

Created: June 2020 

 

NHS Property Services – Alcohol based hand sanitiser – vehicle fires

Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitiser – Vehicle Fires

 

Care Protect - Thermal imaging technology case study

Thermal imaging technology case study

Video

 

COVID-19: How to put on and remove personal protective equipment (PPE)

This is a guide for healthcare workers involved in patient care activities in a healthcare setting. It aims to show the type of personal protective equipment or PPE needed to correctly protect oneself.

https://openwho.org/courses/IPC-PPE-EN

Source: WHO

Last updated: Unknown

Covid cases high in the over 60s

People are asked to be vigilant as cases of coronavirus amongst the over 60s continue to be the highest in the Black Country.

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/news/covid-cases-high-in-the-over-60s/

 

Lateral flow kits available at hospital

People are now able to collect lateral flow kits from Russells Hall Hospital

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/news/lateral-flow-kits-available-at-hospital/

 

People warned about Covid-19 rise

People who live and work in Dudley borough are being urged to be cautious and get their vaccine when called, as Covid-19 cases continue to increase in the area.

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/news/people-warned-about-covid-19-rise/

 

Home testing kits for all in Dudley borough

As Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, Dudley Council health chiefs are urging borough residents to use home testing kits to protect their loved ones.

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/news/home-testing-kits-for-all-in-dudley-borough/

 

Businesses able to test workforce

Businesses across the borough can now apply to test employees in the workplace to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

https://www.dudley.gov.uk/news/businesses-able-to-test-workforce/

 

Local Resources and Helpline

Coronavirus hotline (01384) 814444 - The phone line is for Dudley council staff, Dudley community volunteers services and providers of health and social care. The hotline will provide information around COVID-19, answer questions to support staff and provide sign posting if necessary 

www.dudley.gov.uk/coronavirus - the dedicated web page is for the public which lists: news, information, advice and any disruption to council services

Source: MBC

Last updated: Unknown

 

Dudley CVS COVID-19 Community Action and Support

DudleyCVS has been asked to lead on co-ordinating the community response to COVID-19 in Dudley borough, working with existing voluntary and community groups and the volunteer centre and connecting people that need support to assets in their local community.

http://dudleycvsreview.org/covid-19-community-action-and-support/

Source: Voluntary Organisation

Last updated: Unknown

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

Guidance on the management of staff, patients and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 17/01/2022

 

Coronavirus: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

To support the self-employed through the coronavirus outbreak the Government has announced the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). This will pay cash grants worth 80% of total profits, up to £2,500 per month over a three-month period starting from March 2020.

HMRC has issued updated guidance on the Scheme that says:

The scheme targets self-employed people or members of a partnership who have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to Coronavirus outbreak.

This scheme will pay direct cash grants to self-employed workers worth 80% of their profits, up to £2,500/month for three months, and may be extended “if necessary”.

You cannot apply for this scheme yet. HMRC will contact individuals it ascertains as being eligible for the scheme. They will then be invited to apply online. The Government has asked that people not contact HMRC to enquire about this support at this stage, as this will likely slow down the overall process.

The cash grant will be paid in a lump sum (worth up to £7,500) for the three months

Eligibility is limited to those people:

who are currently self-employed

submitted a tax return for 2018/19

make the majority of their income (over 50%) from self-employment

whose average earnings are less than £50,000 in the years in which they traded in the period 2016-19

The scheme will not apply to those who operate under a company structure and take dividends. The IFS says there are around 2 million of these owner-managed companies.

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8879/

Source: UK government

Last updated: 04/01/2022

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

Source: UK government

Last updated: 27/08/2021

 

How are you feeling today NHS? toolkit

It’s easier to recognise someone’s physical wellbeing than their emotional wellbeing. We also find it much easier to engage in conversations about physical health, but often find talking about emotional wellbeing to be more of a challenge. The implications of decreased emotional wellbeing are detrimental as it can contribute to mental health and stress concerns, it is important to ensure good staff wellbeing by encouraging conversation in the workplace.

https://www.nhsemployers.org/howareyoufeelingnhs

Source: NHS

Created: 14/01/19

 

Every Mind Matters: Looking after your mental health

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Source: NHS

Last updated: Unknown

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings

Guidance on the management of staff, patients and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings

Source: UK Government

Last updated: 17/01/2022

 

Coronavirus: Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

To support the self-employed through the coronavirus outbreak the Government has announced the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). This will pay cash grants worth 80% of total profits, up to £2,500 per month over a three-month period starting from March 2020.

HMRC has issued updated guidance on the Scheme that says:

The scheme targets self-employed people or members of a partnership who have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to Coronavirus outbreak.

This scheme will pay direct cash grants to self-employed workers worth 80% of their profits, up to £2,500/month for three months, and may be extended “if necessary”.

You cannot apply for this scheme yet. HMRC will contact individuals it ascertains as being eligible for the scheme. They will then be invited to apply online. The Government has asked that people not contact HMRC to enquire about this support at this stage, as this will likely slow down the overall process.

The cash grant will be paid in a lump sum (worth up to £7,500) for the three months

Eligibility is limited to those people:

who are currently self-employed

submitted a tax return for 2018/19

make the majority of their income (over 50%) from self-employment

whose average earnings are less than £50,000 in the years in which they traded in the period 2016-19

    The scheme will not apply to those who operate under a company structure and take dividends. The IFS says there are around 2 million of these owner-managed companies.

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8879/

Source: UK Government

Last updated:04/01/2022

COVID-19: Psychological First Aid

Get psychological first aid (PFA) training and help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-first-aid-covid-19/1

Source: Future Learn

Accessible Information on Coronavirus

Information and resources for disabled people during Coronavirus

https://www.sense.org.uk/get-support/information-and-advice/accessible-information-on-coronavirus/

Source: Sense

 

Health Education England Accessible Formats

Coronavirus information in pictures, easy read, BSL and Makaton

https://library.nhs.uk/coronavirus-resources/accessible-formats-2/

Source: HEE

Updated: Unknown

 

Staying well at home

Easy read guidance. Please note, this guidance is based on advice which no longer current but may still be useful if used selectively.

https://easy-read-online.co.uk/media/53250/free-document-on-staying-well-at-home-easy-read_v1c.pdf

Source: Training provider

Last updated: Unknown

Action Fraud

The latest news and updates from Action Fraud 

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news

Source: Charity

Last updated: 06/12/21

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): fraud and cyber crime

This guidance explains simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your business against fraud and cyber crime and where to get help.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-fraud-and-cyber-crime

Source: UK government

Last updated: 27/04/20

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Source: WHO

Last updated: Ongoing

 

 Share Checklist

Just because a story appears online, doesn’t mean it is true. The internet is great, but it can also be used to spread misleading news and content. Protect yourself and your friends from false information about coronavirus. Use the SHARE checklist to make sure you don't feed the beast.

https://sharechecklist.gov.uk/

Source: UK government

Last updated: Unknown