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 (TESTING) page.  (for login details members please send email to info@careengland.org.uk

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information - guidance 
Published 17 April 2020 | Last updated 20 January 2021 — see all updates
Privacy notice for NHS Test and Trace virus testing for all users of the service.

Private providers of coronavirus testing - guidance
Published 14 December 2020 | Last updated 20 January 2021 — see all updates
Lists of and information about approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19).

New LFD testing requirement – Care England FAQ document (18 January 2021)
Care England posed a raft of questions to the DHSC around the issues induced as a result of the announcement made on the 23 December that staff will be asked to take rapid tests twice a week, in addition to the weekly PCR test they have already been receiving as part of urgent government action to protect those most at risk. The document is available for Care England members only. Click here to login. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested  - guidanc
Published 15 April 2020 | Last updated 15 January 2021 — see all updates

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.

Adult Social Care Rapid Testing Fund - guidance
Published 15 January 2021
Sets out the measures that the Rapid Testing Fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): antibody testing guidance 
Published 22 May 2020 | Last updated 14 January 2021 + show all updates
Information about the government’s coronavirus antibody testing programme. Antibody tests are to check whether a person has had the virus.

NHS Test and Trace: how it works - guidance  
Published 17 April 2020 | Last updated 11 January 2021 — see all updates
An overview of NHS Test and Trace, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Regular coronavirus testing update for care home managers in England 
In this week’s update (04.01.2020) are important changes for you to be aware of: 

• Announcement: Grace period for registering your lateral flow tests
• Reminder: Increase staff testing using lateral flow devices (LFD) alongside existing PCR testing
• Reminder: Additional funding to support testing in care homes
• Answers to frequently asked questions from our recent webinars on the changes to staff testing
• Important links and where to go for further information

Extra Care and Supported Living Testing Webinars - click here 

Tests, tears and triumphs - Blog Social Care -12.2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes - guidance 
Published 2 April 2020 | Last updated 24.12.2020 + show all updates
How to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

Evidence on the accuracy of lateral flow device testingResearch and analysis 23.12.2020
A summary of published research papers on lateral flow device (LFD) efficacy and preliminary findings from the evaluation of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) care home visitor testing pilot November 2020.

Care Home COVID-19 Testing Guidance: For testing of staff and resident - guidance 12.2020
This guidance about polymerise chain reaction (PCR) and lateral flow device (LFD) testing for coronavirus is for all Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered adult care homes. It provides guidance for regular staff and resident testing using PCR and for testing of staff using LFD on their return from a period of leave. Further guidance about regular testing using LFD will follow shortly. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests available for adult social care in England. 
Updated infographic showing the testing available for adult social care.

Roll out of lateral flow tests to local authorities - guidance 
Published 13 November 2020 | Last updated 18.12.2020 + show all updates
A list of local authorities across England issued with rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) tests by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Testing for coronavirus before hospital - guidance 15.12.2020
Sets out how and when to get tested for COVID-19 before a hospital procedure.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) lateral flow testing of visitors in care homes - guidance 
Published 8 December 2020 | Last updated 15.12.2020 + show all updates
Sets out how care homes and visitors can prepare for visitor testing with lateral flow devices (LFDs).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing service for extra care and supported living settings - guidance 
Published 7 December 2020 | Last updated 09.12.2020 + show all updates 
Guidance on regular retesting for extra care and supported living settings that meet the eligibility criteria.

Coronavirus antibody home test kit: taking a blood sample - guidance 
Published 14 September 2020 Last updated 9 December 2020 — see all updates
Guidance and video to help you do your antibody test correctly, post your sample and get your results.

Post-pilot rollout clinical guidance for testing visitors to care homes with Lateral Flow Antigen Testing Devices - guidance 09.12.2020
This document provides clinical guidance for the testing of visitors for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) using lateral flow technology on entry to residential care homes. A visitor is defined as any relative or friend wishing to visit a resident or any occasional visiting professional who is not a healthcare professional (e.g., a hairdresser). There has been a clear ministerial steer that for visitors to be allowed into care homes as part of overall approach to promoting wellbeing amongst care homes residents.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers - guidance 
Published 20 November 2020| Last updated 6 January 2021 — see all updates
Sets out how homecare agencies in England can order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff.

Testing for coronavirus at home - guidance 12.11.2020
How to use your coronavirus (COVID-19) home test kit.

NHS Test and Trace QR codes – Advice for NHS hospitals, GP practices, dentist surgeries, care homes and community pharmacies in England.