Infection Control

On this page you can find up to date links, documents and other publications publicly available, we urge you to check our membership page for further information for Care England members only COVID-19 (INFECTION CONTROL) page.  (for login details members please send email to 

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund – round 2guidance Published 1 October 2020 | Last updated 15 January 2021 — see all updates
Government guidance sets out the infection control measures that the new infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) - guidance 
Published 24 July 2020 | Last updated 14 January 2021 — see all updates
Guidance for businesses and organisations on how to recognise, contain and report incidents of coronavirus (COVID-19).

This document is based on guidance available on the date of issue. Download document

Designated settings for people discharged to a care home - guidance 16.12.2020 | Last updated 13 January 2021 — see all updates
Guidance on the designated settings scheme for people discharged from hospital to a care home with a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test.

How care homes managed infection prevention and control during the coronavirus pandemic 2020 - CQC report 18.11.2020
This report sets out what CQC found when they looked at IPC across 440 care home inspections in August and at the beginning of September 2020.

Designation scheme FAQ document - 10.11.2020
Please find below a link to the Designation Scheme FAQ document from DHSC. This document provides additional information and clarification building on the information already set out in the 13th October letter.

Infections and outbreaks in care homes: Vivaldi Study 1 – October 2020 – Vivaldi Research Team
The VIVALDI-1 survey was set up before Capacity Tracker was widely used. It collected information on the number of staff and residents in each care home and the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections.

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC) - guidance 
Published 10 January 2020 | Last updated 20 October 2020 - see all updates
Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Sustained community transmission is occurring across the UK.

COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside the home - guidance Published 26 February 2020 | Last updated 16 October 2020 + show all updates

Infection Prevention and Control information gathering tool – 05 October 2020 – CQC
CQC’s inspection teams have been using an information gathering tool to look at how well staff and people living in care homes are protected by infection and control. They have recently completed some work making small changes to the questions so that they collect better information. Changes are highlighted in red on this PDF.

Infection Control Fund 2 - letter to providers from Helen Whately 01.10.2020
Letter from Helen Whatley, Minister of State for care MP regarding the second ICF fund worth £546m available for infection control expenditure until March 2021.

Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund - guidance Published 9 June 2020 | Last updated 21 September 2020 + show all updates
Sets out the infection control measures that the infection control fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements. Added updated document ‘Reporting template: annex E of circular’ and updated deadline to 30 September 2020.

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