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 info@careengland.org.uk


DHSC letter to adult social care staff on self-isolation (UPDATED) - Letter (26 July 2021)
Sets out how and when adult social care staff have the option to attend work rather than self-isolate following the change of guidance on 19 July 2021.


Q&A on self-isolation exemption for adult social care staff - Q&A - (26 July 2021)
Following the change of guidance on 19 July 2021, this document sets out important Q&As regarding the option to attend work rather than self-isolate.


Hospital discharge service: policy and operating model - guidance
Published 21 August 2020 | Last updated 5 July 2021 — see all updates
Sets out how health and care systems should support the safe and timely discharge of people who no longer need to stay in hospital.


Adult social care extension to Infection Control and Testing Fund 2021 - Guidance Published: 2 July 2021
Sets out the measures that the extension to the Infection Control and Testing Fund supports, including distribution of funds, conditions and reporting requirements. We’ve extended the fund until 30 September 2021.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes -guidance

Published 2 April 2020 | Last updated 23 June 2021 — see all updates
How to protect care home residents and staff during the coronavirus outbreak.


Hospital Discharge – current policy, future strategy, and the help and support needed from care sector voices 
NHSE/I presentation
- 16 June 2021


Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund – round 2guidance Published 1 October 2020 | Last updated 15 June 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.


How to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) - guidance - Published 2 February 2021 | 11 June 2021, 

This guidance is for everyone to help reduce the risk of catching coronavirus (COVID-19) and passing it on to others. By following these steps, you will help to protect yourself, your loved ones and those in your community.


COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC) - guidance 

Published 10 January 2020 | Last updated 1 June 2021 — see all updates
Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Sustained community transmission is occurring across the UK.


Designated settings for people discharged to a care home - guidance
Published 16 December 2020 | Last updated 17 May 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.


Adult Social Care Infection Control and Testing Fund - guidance 

Published 29 March 2021 | Last updated: 15 June 2021 — 
Sets out the measures that the new Infection Control and Testing Fund will support, including distribution of funds, conditions on funds and reporting requirements.


Vivaldi 2: coronavirus (COVID-19) reinfections in care homes study report - 6 May 2021
This study provides a summary of reinfection following a sample study of residents and staff in care homes.

Vivaldi study: privacy notice - guidance
Published 28 January 2021 | Last updated:24 March 2021, 
Privacy notice for participants in the Vivaldi study

Infections and outbreaks in care homes: Vivaldi Study 1 – October 2020 
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.


Designated settings for people with COVID-19 leaving hospital - CQC - 6 April 2021

CQC is continuing to work with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), local authorities and individual care providers to provide assurance of safe and high-quality care in designated settings, which are part of a scheme to allow people with a COVID-positive test result to be discharged safely from hospitals.


Letter from Helen Whately regarding the Infection Control and Testing Fund - 01 April 2021 - HW Letter - 01:04.pdf


Designated setting letter from Tom Surrey, Director, Adult Social Care, DHSC - 01 April 2021


COVID-19 Hospital discharge and support care funding (2020/21) - letter 10 March 2021

This letter provides an update to health and social care systems on funding of post-discharge support for the remainder of the 2020/21 financial year.


Restricting workforce movement between care homes and other care settings - guidance
Published 1 March 2021 | Last updated 3 March 2021, 
Guidance for care home providers on limiting staff movement between settings in all but exceptional circumstances to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.


Discharge to Designated Settings / Care Homes – Frequently Asked Questions 25 February 2021


Indemnity scheme for Designated Settings: FAQs from NHS Resolution have now been released regarding the indemnity scheme for Designated Settings. NHS Resolution


Designated Settings Indemnity Support (DSIS)

Please find here a briefing for Local Authorities and local partners on the Designated Settings Indemnity Support. This briefing sets out how the support will operate in practice.   

Please see here for a helpful flow diagram of how the DSIS will operate at a local level.  
Further information about DSIS is on the NHSR website.   

NHSR has published some frequently asked questions about the Designated Settings Indemnity Support here.  


DISCHARGE INTO CARE HOMES FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19: NOTE AND FLOWCHART FOR CARE HOMES | 13th January 2021

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


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.


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.


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.