COVID-19 - Support and Guidance

LSCP Information Bulletin Six

Included in this LSCP information bulletin are details on a number of FREE training sessions from the World Health Organisation around COVID-19 and Infection Control.

Employer referral portal for testing essential workers for COVID-19

The employer referral portal allows employers to refer essential workers who are self-isolating either because they or member(s) of their household have coronavirus symptoms, for testing. It is a secure portal for employers to use to upload the full list of names and contact details of self-isolating essential workers.

If referred through this portal, essential workers will receive a text message with a unique invitation code to book a test for themselves (if symptomatic) or their symptomatic household member(s) at a regional testing site.

In order to obtain a login, employers of essential workers should email with 

-  organisation name
-  nature of the organisation’s business
-  region
names (where possible) and email addresses of the 2 users who will load essential worker contact details

Once employer details have been verified, 2 login credentials will be issued for the employer referral portal.

Department of Health and Social Care - How to take a coronavirus self-test swab

Dr Amir Khan shows you how to self-administer a swab test for coronavirus. It’s a simple nasal and throat swab (this is different to the nasopharyngeal swab test). This is for the self-test kits in the UK – exact models may vary. Please always follow the written instructions provided with your kit. Please register your kit online per the instructions in your kit – otherwise you may not get your results.

Department of Health and Social Care - Visiting a regional test site for your coronavirus test (essential workers)

Find out about visiting a Regional Test Site in this animated walk-through of the process. We are making coronavirus tests available to more people. For the latest guidance, please see:

World Health Organisation - Rational use of personal protective equipement (PPE) for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and considerations during severe shortages

This document summarizes WHO’s recommendations for the rational use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in health care and home care settings, as well as during the handling of cargo; it also assesses the current disruption of the global supply chain and considerations for decision making during severe shortages of PPE.

Public Health England - Donning, Removal and Disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Public Health England have created two videos on the correct donning, removing and disposal of PPE

This video shows how to safely don (put on) the PPS for Aerosol Generating Procedures (APGs) specific to COVID-19. This guidance outlines infection control for healthcare providers assessing possible cases of COVID-19. 

This video shows how to safely doff (or remove) the PPS for Aerosol Generating Procedures (APGs) specific to COVID-19. This guidance outlines infection control for healthcare providers assessing possible cases of COVID-19.

FREE CPD session on COVID-19

Martin Kiernan (presenter) has worked in the field of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for 30 years, most recently in the NHS as Nurse Consultant in Infection Prevention at the Trust. He has Masters Degrees in both Public Health and Clinical Research. He is also a visiting Clinical Fellow at the Richard Wells Research Centre, University of West London. Martin has been involved with many government initiatives, IPC groups and advisory boards including the Department of Health (England) Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-associated Infection (ARHAI) and is a past president of the UK Infection Prevention Society.

LSCP Information Bulletin Five

COVID-19: interim guidance on DBS and other recruitment checks from CQC

Care homes have a vital role to play in the UK, especially during the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. DoHSC want to make sure you and your staff can continue to care for some of the most vulnerable in our society. With your help, we can help keep them safe and cared for.

COVID Symptom Tracker

The COVID Symptom Tracker was designed by doctors and scientists at King's College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with ZOE Global Ltd – a health science company. By using this app you're contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. The app will be used to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads. This research is led by Dr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and director of TwinsUK a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades.

NICE Rapid Guidelines

NICE have produced rapid guidelines around COVID-19 and the following;

LSCP Information Bulletin - Four

COVID-19 – personal protective equipment (PPE), updated 02/04/2020

LSCP Information Bulletin - Three

COVID-19 – Transmission characteristics and principles of infection prevention and control, updated 02/04/2020

Public Health England - When to use a surgical mask or FFP3 respirator

When caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, all healthcare workers need to – prior to any patient interaction – assess the infectious risk posed to themselves and wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimise that risk.

Best Practice Guides

Public Health England

COVID 19 - Safe ways of working ,  visual guide to safe PPE

Public Health England - Recommended PPE

Public Health England have created four documents with recommendations and what PPE should be used and when.
These guides relate to the following;

Free Training from World Health Organisation

Clinical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection

This course includes content on clinical management of patients with a severe acute respiratory infection. It is intended for clinicians who are working in intensive care units (ICUs) in low and middle-income countries and managing adult and pediatric patients with severe forms of acute respiratory infection (SARI), including severe pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), sepsis and septic shock. It is a hands-on practical guide to be used by health care professionals involved in clinical care management during outbreaks of influenza virus (seasonal) human infection due avian influenza virus (H5N1, H7N9), MERS-CoV, COVID-19 or other emerging respiratory viral epidemics.

This course provides information on what facilities should be doing to be prepared to respond to a case of an emerging respiratory virus such as the novel coronavirus, how to identify a care once it occurs, and how to properly implement IPC measures to ensure these is no further transmission to HCW or to other patients and others in the healthcare facility.
This training is intended for healthcare workers and public health professionals as it is focused on infection prevention and control.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was identified in 2019 in Wuhan, China. This is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
This course provides a general introduction to COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses and is intended for public health professionals, incident managers and personnel working for the United Nations, international organisations and NGOs.

Skills for Health - Free Coronavirus (COVID-19) Awareness Course

Skills for Health are providing a free online resource for those working in the public sector, particularly key workers, to learn about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), symptoms, infection prevention, investigation, guidance and support.

CQC Registration with CQC and changes to to statement of purpose during COVID-19

An update for providers of health and social care on the development of a COVID-19 registration framework.

COVID-19: Free-of-charge DBS applications and fast-track Barred List check service

Guidance from GOV.UK around free-of-charge applications and the new fast-track Barred List check service, in response to COVID-19.

In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Growth Platform have compiled a suite of resources and support for businesses and employers in Liverpool City Region who are affected.

Included in this first information bulletin is a breakdown of COVID-19 from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Our second information bulletin details a number of Food and Nutrition tips for those who are self-quarantining from the World Health Organisation.

This framework intends to provide support to ongoing response planning and decision-making to ensure that ample consideration is given to a series of ethical values and principles
when organising and delivering social care for adults.

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19. It is aimed at local commissioners, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Registered Providers who provide care for those in their own home.

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19. It is aimed at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), community health
services and providers of care and support delivered within supported living environments.

This guidance sets out key messages to support planning and preparation in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19. It is aimed at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care.

This is the second in a series of updates to share information on COVID-19 with chief executives of mental health trusts and other mental health service providers, including the independent and third sectors, as well as regional teams and local colleagues. 

This guidance has been produced by the national NHS England and NHS Improvement Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism and Specialised Commissioning COVID-19 Response Cell. 

A simple chart to help you when determining if your symptoms are a cold, flu or COVID-19.