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. We now have a draft Terms of Reference that states it will look at:

The response of the health and care sector across the UK, including:

  • preparedness, initial capacity and the ability to increase capacity, and resilience;
  • the management of the pandemic in hospitals, including infection prevention and control, triage, critical care capacity, the discharge of patients, the use of ‘Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ (DNACPR) decisions, the approach to palliative care, workforce testing, changes to inspections, and the impact on staff and staffing levels;
  • the management of the pandemic in care homes and other care settings, including infection prevention and control, the transfer of residents to or from homes, treatment and care of residents, restrictions on visiting, and changes to inspections;
  • the procurement and distribution of key equipment and supplies, including PPE and ventilators;
  • the development and delivery of therapeutics and vaccines;
  • the consequences of the pandemic on provision for non-COVID related conditions and needs; and
  • provision for those experiencing long-COVID

The below documents run through everything in more detail and explain how we can prepare from a Records Management point of view.


Management of exposed staff in social care settings

Updated national guidance on management of exposed staff in social care settings, for staff and managers in health and social care settings.

NW ADASS - COVID-19 bulletins

North West Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (NW ADASS) - COVID-19 bulletins


Latest data and analysis on coronavirus (COVID-19) across the North West

COVID Poster for parents

For all our parents and carers, here is a helpful guide on Covid-19 absence

Adult social care guidance

New and updated national adult social care guidance.