Public Health England and Department of Health and Social Care - advice and guidance

Public Health England have released the following coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance:

Additional Resource Packs

Public Health England

On 9 April the following resources were released by Public Health England.  Partners in Care circulated them by email to all Providers on our mailing list:

Online support:


Managing Respiratory Illness Outbreaks:

Template letters for Care Homes (please refer to email circulation for editable version or contact relevant Commissioning Team for a copy):

Other information:

Other sources of information

The NHS release regular bulletins:

DBS ID checking guidelines 

(Added 01.04.2020) Guidance on temporary changes to ID checking for DBS has been released.

Joint statement on Advance Care Planning

(Added 30.03.2020):  A statement was published today by email by the following organisations: 

  • British Medical Association (BMA) 
  • Care Provider Alliance (CPA) 
  • Care Quality Commission (CQC) 
  • Royal College of General Practice (RCGP)  

The importance of having a personalised care plan in place, especially for older people, people who are frail or have other serious conditions has never been more important than it is now during the Covid 19 Pandemic. 

Where a person has capacity, as defined by the Mental Capacity Act, this advance care plan should always be discussed with them directly. Where a person lacks the capacity to engage with this process then it is reasonable to produce such a plan following best interest guidelines with the involvement of family members or other appropriate individuals. 

Such advance care plans may result in the consideration and completion of a Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) or ReSPECT form. It remains essential that these decisions are made on an individual basis. The General Practitioner continues to have a central role in the consideration, completion and signing of DNAR forms for people in community settings. 

It is unacceptable for advance care plans, with or without DNAR form completion to be applied to groups of people of any description. These decisions must continue to be made on an individual basis according to need. 

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