Latest news and updates

The Government will soon be starting a Public Inquiry into the Government's Handling of the Pandemic. The inquiry will gather evidence throughout this year, with a view to commence public hearings in 2023. You can access the documents here.

Outcome of the consultation on revoking the regulations to make covid-19 vaccination a condition of deployment - 1 March 2022

Management of exposed staff in social care settings - Isolation update 24 February 2022 - Updated national guidance on management of exposed staff in social care settings

Updated care home visiting guidance: Guidance on care home visiting has been updated to reflect the following:

    • there is now no limit on visitor numbers 
    • following a normal visit out, residents do not need to test or self-isolate
    • following an emergency hospital stay or other high-risk visit out, residents should self-isolate for 10 days, with testing arrangements to end isolation sooner.
  • Full guidance available here - Guidance on care home visiting - GOV.UK(www.gov.uk)

Updated testing guidance:

Updated guidance has now published for changes to testing programmes in day settings, supported living, domiciliary and residential care –

Testing service for extra care and supported living settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Regular testing for adult day care centres in England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

COVID-19 care home testing guidance for regular and outbreak testing of staff and residents - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Testing guidance for homecare workers in England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

02-301121_Adult_Social_Care_Testing_Guidance_visual_rev9.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)

We are following national advice and guidance on a daily basis and we will share information as soon as we can. As the situation is changing rapidly we are updating this website daily to ensure we can give you the most up to date position.

Please use the form below if you have any general queries on our response to the Covid-19 outbreak:

Care providers questions to the council

Financial advice and support

Financial support for adult care providers during the pandemic including the Infection Control Fund, Workforce Capacity Fund and Rapid Testing Fund.

Workforce, training and recruitment support

Includes NHS email accounts, template letter for staff, e-learning, and wellbeing and mental health information.

COVID-19 testing

Information for providers about COVID-19 testing for staff, personal assistants, unpaid and informal carers and within care homes.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Information for care providers about the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.

PPE supplies

Pathway and guidance for providers.

Direct Payment and Personal Health Budget support

COVID-19 guidance for personal assistants, PA employers and direct payment recipients.

End of life care

Includes bereavement care and support in specialist housing, deathbed etiquette for covid-19 and the NHS National Bereavement Line information.

Residential and nursing care

Information for providers including the PHE NW COVID-19 resource pack for care homes.

Home care (domiciliary)

Information for providers

Learning disability and autism services

Includes links to guidance for professionals and families, easy-read guidance and accessible videos.

Day time supports

Information for providers.

Local communications to providers and service users

Updates for adult care providers, including COVID 19 provider engagement webinars and FAQ.

Government, NHS and NW ADASS advice and guidance

Including the North West Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (NW ADASS) - COVID-19 bulletins which resumed February 2021.

Care Capacity Tracker Oracle user guide

Guidance for providers who self-input on Lancashire County Council's Care Capacity Tracker.

Mental health providers

Mental health provider forum notes.