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 (WORKFORCE) page.  (for login details members please send email to

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care - guidance
Published 8 April 2020 | Last updated 4 June 2021 — see all updates
Information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak.

Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - guidance 

Published 14 May 2020 | Last updated 20 May 2021, 
Find out which employees you can put on furlough and claim for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. 

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

Published 27 April 2020 | 18 May 2021, 
A resource for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes - guidance 
Published 17 April 2020 | 18 May 2021, 
Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.

Supported living services during coronavirus (COVID-19) - guidance 

Published 6 August 2020 | Last updated 17 May 2021 — see all updates
Guidance for providers of supported living settings.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing home care - guidance 

Published 22 May 2020 | Last updated 17 May 2021 — Information for those providing personal care to people living in their own home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Letter - Commissioning Sleep-In Shifts in Adult Social Care and Children’s Services - 10 May 2021

Letter sent from Helen Whately MP, Minister of State for Care, and Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families to Chief Executives and Directors of Adult and Children’s Social Services recognising the judgment and the importance of workforce stability. 

Workforce Advisory Group meeting minutes - 10 March 2021

Workforce Advisory Group meeting minutes - 10 February 2021

Workforce Advisory Group meeting minutes - 8 January 2021 

Workforce Advisory Group meeting minutes - 2 December 2020

Workforce Advisory Group meeting minutes – 28 October and 10 November

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for pregnant employees - guidance 

Published 23 December 2020 | Last updated 29 March 2021 — see all updates
Advice for pregnant employees on risk assessments in the workplace and occupational health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Q&A for care providers: Call to Care - guidance (February 2021)

Call to Care, aimed at increasing staff capacity in adult social care to help alleviate the shortages being felt across the sector. The Call to Care encourages individuals to take up short-term paid work in the adult social care sector. 

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

Published 4 April 2020 | Last updated 28 January 2021 — see all updates

Social care charging for local authorities: 2021 to 2022 guidance 
Published 28 January 2021
Information for local authorities on charging for care and support.

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings - guidance 
Published 4 April 2020 | Last updated 28 January 2021 — see all updates
Guidance on the management of staff, patients and residents who have been exposed to COVID-19.

Expanding the temporary register to additional overseas-trained nurses - NMC letter to employers 05.01.2021

Delegated healthcare tasks - Skills for Care - 12.12.2020
We’ve produced two short guides which are aimed primarily at adult social care employers, managers and care workers working in care homes and may be useful to those working in other social care settings. They’ve been developed to support decision making, provide information and guidance, including an understanding of roles and responsibilities to deliver delegated healthcare tasks safely and competently.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing risk in adult social care - guidance Published 19 June 2020 Last updated 1 December 2020 + show all updates
A framework for how adult social care employers should assess and reduce risk to their workforce during the coronavirus pandemic.

Discover the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set - Skills for Care 

The Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) is an online data collection service that covers the adult social care workforce in England.

Skills for Care: State of social care workforce 2020 – 21.10.2020 Skills for Care 

The Skills for Care report provides a comprehensive analysis of the adult social care workforce in England and the characteristics of the 1.52 million people working in it. Topics covered include: employment information, recruitment and retention, demographics, pay, qualification rates and future workforce forecasts.

Read the report Download the infographic 

NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020 - NHS BSA website 
The Government has a life assurance scheme for frontline health and social care staff who contract coronavirus during the course of their work.

The Health Service and Social Care Workers (Scrutiny of Coronavirus-related Deaths) Directions 2020 - statutory guidance 02.07.2020
These directions ensure that NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts seek and prioritise the services of medical examiners to scrutinise the deaths of health service and adult social care staff from coronavirus.

Reporting deaths of social care workers – 29.06.2020 
All employers have a legal duty to report Covid-19 cases of disease or death, which may have arisen from employment, to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). 

New or returning to the social care workforce? DHSC
Apply and train online and become a professional care worker.

Home Office extends bereavement scheme to NHS support staff and social care workers - DHSC 20.05.2020
The bereavement scheme has been extended to the families and dependants of NHS support staff and social care workers who die as a result of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19).

Care Workforce COVID–19 App – 05.05.2020 – GOV.UK 
A new app from Department of Health and Social care to enable care workers to get information and advice in one digital hub, swap learning and ideas with colleagues across the country and access practical resources on looking after their own health and well-being. iTunes Store | Google Play Website