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17.9.20 – Social Care Workers Flu Immunisation Campaign

The flu vaccination campaign for health and social care workers has now launched. More resources can be downloaded here:

The key messages are:

  • All frontline social care workers should get the flu vaccine.
  • Social care workers can get the vaccine free of charge from GPs and community pharmacies now. (Local availability may vary).
  • Personal Assistants and other social care workers employed through Direct Payments are eligible for free vaccinations for the first time this year.
  • Social care workers don’t need ID or a voucher to be vaccinated – they just need to attend a vaccination clinic or book an appointment and self-declare as a social care worker.
  • DHSC has procured extra vaccine this year, so that 1.5m social care workers can get the vaccine.
  • DHSC and NHSEI have changed the pharmacy contract so that community pharmacists can vaccinate staff and residents in care homes at the same time.
  • Care providers should upload information on staff vaccination status to Skills for Care’s Adult Social Care Workforce dataset.

2.9.20 Launch of Kickstart Scheme

The government has launched its Kickstart scheme designed to create 6-month work placements for 16-24 year olds who are claiming Universal Credit. The UK government fully funds each placement for 25 hours a week, including associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. The government will also pay employers up to £1500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement

1.9.20 – Changes to Furlough Scheme

As of last 1.9.20 the government reduced its contribution to staff wages to 70% up to a cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers are expected to top-up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80%.

31.7.20 Job Retention Bonus

A policy paper has been published by HMRC detailing eligibility requirements and what employers need to do now to claim the bonus. Full guidance will be published at the end of September.

30.7.20 New £20m worth of grant for small and medium businesses

MHCLG has made available £20m in grants to help smaller businesses recover from COVID-19. Small and medium sized businesses in England can access grants between £1,000 – £5,000 for new equipment and technology and specialist advice.

14.7.20- Changes to Shielding Guidance

Anthony Collins Solicitors has published a short article detailing changes to the shielding guidance and what employers can do to prepare for 1 August.

14.7.20 – CPA Briefing on NHS Responders Programme

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) has produced a briefing on how adult social care can make referrals directly to into the NHS Volunteer Responder programme on behalf of the people the support.

CPA is working with DHSC to develop the programme further and are looking for feedback on the programme. Email [email protected] with your thoughts and experiences.

13.7.20 -Points-Based Immigration System

The government has excluded care workers from its fast track Health and Care visa (see annex d). Unfortunately, this means they are also excluded from an automatic exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge, despite previous promises. The Home Office has said they are working on a system for these care workers to be reimbursed later in the year but in the meantime, they will have to continue paying the surcharge.

9.7.20 – COVID-19 Dom Care staff Prevalence survey

The findings provide evidence that the prevalence of COVID-19 among domiciliary care workers who are currently working is in line with the general population (0.1% with a 95% confidence interval of 0.02%-0.40% compared with 0.09% (95% confidence interval 0.04% – 0.19%) in the general population) and not a higher prevalence as observed in studies of front line healthcare workers and care home staff.

8.7.20 – Chancellor’s Summer Financial Statement

Today saw the Chancellor unveil his financial statement. No extra financial support was announced for social care specifically but some of the more general measures may be useful. The statement was very much a plan for jobs. The BBC and Guardian have both done summaries of the wider policies announced.

Job Retention Bonus Scheme

The Chancellor confirmed today that the furlough scheme will finish at the end of October. In order to support businesses, a jobs retention bonus of £1,000 will be paid to employers for every furloughed member of staff who is still employed as of 31 January 2021. These workers must be earning over £520 a month. Further details about this scheme will be announced before the end of July.

Kickstart Scheme

Sunak also announced a ‘kickstart’ job creation scheme for young people. As part of the scheme the government will pay the wages of new employees, aged 16-24, for 6 months. Funding available for each 6 month job placements will cover 100% of the national minimum wage for 25 hours a week, including the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. Employers will be allowed to top this wage up. Those eligible need to be claiming Universal Credit and be ‘at risk of long-term unemployment’ (whatever that means).


The government will fund employers who provide trainees, aged 16-24, with work experience, at a rate of £1,000 per trainee.


Another announcement today was that apprenticeships will be supported by bonuses for companies. Firms will get a payment of £2,000 for each apprentice they take on under the age of 25. Companies taking on apprentices over the age of 25 will be given £1,500. This will only apply between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.

3.7.20 Young carers and young adult carers guidance

DHSC has released guidance for those under 25 years of age who provide care for someone who cannot cope without their support.

2.7.20 Top Tips for Tricky Times

When COVID-19 hit care homes there was very little guidance.

To fill the information vacuum some care home managers set up a WhatsApp group, with support from academics, clinicians and a commissioner. They pooled knowledge, responded to questions about accessing PPE, clinical issues, and offered much needed peer support and encouragement. This care home led group grew rapidly. A group of care home researchers from two NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) looked at the questions raised in this group and identified eight topics that might help address some of the questions.

19.6.20 Steps to take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care + Bereavement resources

DHSC has issued new guidance for local authorities and social care providers about the steps to take when someone working in the sector dies due to COVID-19. It also contains information about bereavement resources for the social care workforce.

19.6.20 Risk Reduction Framework

DHSC has published a framework for how adult social care employers should assess and reduce risk to their workforce during COVID-19. It covers:

  • The risk assessment process
  • Having conversations with workers who are identified as being at increased risk
  • Measures you could put in place, both across the workforce and for individuals
  • Useful guidance and resources

19.6.20 Priority for COVID-19 Vaccination

Interim advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) states that social care and health workers should be prioritised when a COVID-19 vaccination becomes available.

19.6.20  – Care Friends App

Skills for Care have partnered with the employee referral app, Care Friends. The app launched on 16 June and aims to improve recruitment and retention for social care employees by using recommendations from the sector’s own workforce. According to the website:

  • Interview no-shows drop to 1 in 10
  • 90% of app-generated interviews are successful
  • workers hired are 20% more likely to reach three months in post.

15.6.20 Flexible Furlough Scheme

Anthony Collins Solicitors has released a new briefing on the new flexible arrangements of the furlough scheme. The briefing contains links to the key pieces of guidance as well as a short summary of what they mean.

29.5.20 – Changes to the Furlough Scheme

In today’s government briefing, the Chancellor announced that from August, employers will be asked to pay National Insurance and pension contributions for those on the Furlough scheme. From September, employers will be asked to pay 10%, rising to 20% in October before the scheme is closed in November. The scheme will close to new entrants on 30 June. It will be replaced by the flexible furlough.

A ‘flexible’ furlough has also been announced which will go live on 1 July and allow employers to bring back employees part-time. Employers would pay for the days worked, while the furlough scheme would pay the rest.

29.5.20 – Local Authority Discretionary Grants

The government has launched a new fund to support small and micro businesses that are not eligible for other grant schemes. You can a grant of £25,000, £10,000 or any amount under £10,000 with this scheme. See the website for full eligibility requirements.

28.5.20 Join Social Care Recruitment Platform

DHSC has launched a ‘Join Social Care‘ recruitment platform – it is designed to make it easier

28.5.20 Skills for Care Analysis of days lost to sickness

Skills for Care have produced data comparing March and April 2020 to before the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of days lost to sickness. They show that 2.3 million extra days were lost to sickness in March and April 2020.

28.5.20 Safe and Fair Recruitment COVID-19 Supplement

Skills for Care have produced a COVID-19 supplement to their safe and fair recruitment guide.

26.5.20 – SSP Rebate Scheme

The SSP rebate scheme went live today.

Updated 25.5.20 – Guidance on Working Safely

In the midst of the flurry of guidance issued, the government released guidance for employers, employees and self-employed people to understand how to work safely. It includes guidance on: offices and contact centres, vehicles, other people’s homes, and a number of other settings.

23.5.20 – Guidance on Travel

The government has issued a few different pieces of guidance on staying safe while travelling:

Updated 21.5.20 – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme)

The Furlough Scheme has now been extended until the end of October 2020. 80% of salaries up to £2,500 will continue to be paid with new flexibility introduced from August.

20.5.20 – Bounce Back and other loans

Applications to the government’s Bounce Back Loan scheme (updated 4.5.20) are now live. The scheme is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses affected by COVID-19 to access loans of up to £50,000.

There is also a separate Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (updated 1.5.20) for small and medium businesses to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £5m. You need to have a turnover of less than £45m to be eligible for this.

For larger businesses with more than £45m turnover, you can access the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (updated 20.5.20). Through this you can access loans for up to £25m or finance.

20.5.20 – Nurse Deployment Update

You may have identified a need for a nurse but might not be clear on how the whole process works. To make it easier to understand the full user journey, Skills for Care has produced a flowchart which shows the journey up until the point of a registered nurse being deployed. The flowchart helps you to see what you need to do and what happens after you’ve filled in the NHS and Social Care Capacity Tracker, which is the first step.

They’ve also updated their website to include information about what training a nurse should’ve done prior to deployment and how to access the training, and the indemnity and insurance arrangements you should have.

20.5.20 – Informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care

We previously circulated this as an attachment, but DHSC has now uploaded it to the .gov website. DHSC is asking employers to tell them about the deaths of all types of workers in the adult social care sector. The website details how to do this.

Updated 20.5.20 Key Workers

We now have it in writing that those who work in social care, including those providing administrative support, are counted as Key Workers in the government’s guidance.

  • Guidance (14.5.20) for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision
  • Information (updated 20.5.20) for parents and carers

15.5.20 – Wellbeing and Mental Health Support Package for Social Care Staff

The Samaritans confidential staff support line has been extended to social care workers. This is now live and ready to use. Similarly, a Bereavement and Trauma helpline, and free access to mental health apps Silvercloud, Sleepio and Daylight are also available. These must not be shared on social media to prevent the helplines being abused. See here for more details.

Updated 13.5.20 Guidance on safeguarding in faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis

SCIE have produced a quick guide for faith-based organisations and describes some of the potential main issues around safeguarding during the COVID-19 crisis that need to be thought through.

12.5.20 Guidance on Dementia in Care Homes and COVID-19

SCIE have produced guidance for supporting people with dementia in care homes during the crisis.

11.5.20 – Deaths of Social Care Workers

In response to the ONS report on the scale of deaths among social care workers, DHSC has produced this letter. It details a process to let DHSC know about the deaths of employees and volunteers.

7.5.20 – Automatic Visa Extensions

The Home Secretary has now extended the offer of free one-year visa extensions to all health and care staff within the professional groups listed on the website, where you can find more information:

30.4.20 – Food Offers for Social Care Staff

NHSX and CQC are working together to identify and disseminate priority food offers for social care staff. These include offers that are available to individual employees and for care providers. The link details for offers from the following:

  1. Food to care
  2. Iceland
  3. Morrisons
  4. Blue Light card for carers
  5. Discounts for carers
  6. Annex – how to sign up for an NHSMail account

16.4.20 Anthony Collins Solicitors Advice on Furlough Scheme

Anthony Collins has produced a new e-briefing on the Job Retention Scheme reflecting a Treasury Direction and a new version of the government’s furlough guidance.

FAQs on Personal Budgets

Skills for Care, with the input of TLAP, have created FAQs for Individual Employers and Personal Assistants.  

28.03.20 – Letter of Thanks

A Letter of Thanks to social care workforce from Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

26.3.20 Access to Supermarkets for social care staff

NCF has worked with the Care Provider Alliance to create an open letter to supermarkets to call on them to treat social care workers in the same way they are treating NHS staff. You can read the letter on the CPA website. Please share and show to your local supermarket chains.

Sick Pay and workforce availability: guidance for commissioners

Guidance for local authority commissioners on alleviating pressures on care providers, including in relation to sick pay, backfill payments, workforce availability, DBS checks and deployment across different care setting.

25.3.20 Free Parking for Social Care and NHS Staff

The government has announced that Social Workers and NHS staff will be able to use on-street parking and council-run car parks for free for the duration of the crisis. NHS Trusts are also suspending parking charges for NHS staff.

Anthony Collins’ Briefings

Anthony Collins have created a number of e-briefings which can be accessed on their website. These are updated regularly.

Previous briefings have included;

Convert your face to face training to online via National Care Forum Partners – Altura Learning

We know what a challenging and uncertain time it is for care providers during this COVID-19 pandemic.

From a training perspective, Skills for Care recommends that training is completed online for the foreseeable future. However, staff require more support and training than ever before around infection control, outbreak management and COVID-19.

Volunteers and new recruits are being called upon to support existing care teams, who will have little or no prior knowledge of working in the sector.

Altura Learning, as a Skills for Care Centre of Excellence, are in a position to support the sector with these challenges, so we’ve launched a special 6 month Care Industry Support Package to help where we can.

With this special package, you can access 10 pre selected accredited courses via the Bridge Learning Management System, whilst converting all your existing face to face training materials quickly and easily into online courses.

Your trainers can even use the system to arrange and deliver webinar training workshops to your staff.

It’s a package designed to facilitate ongoing, high quality learning for your whole team, all your volunteers and your new starters, any time, any place and on any device.

Take a look below at what we’re offering you:

Our Care Industry Support Package

  • 6 month condensed Altura Learning Membership package reducing the pressure to commit to full term costs and contracts
  • £11 per learner
  • Unlimited, ongoing access to ten courses selected in line with Skills for Care guidance that will help support you to train staff and volunteers through the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Convert your existing face-to-face training into online training quickly and easily using the Bridge course authoring tool
  • Deliver Webinar training sessions 
  • Quick and effective remote setup that’s free of charge, enabling you to onboard new teams in record time

To find out more about the offer and to sign up, please visit:

Care Workers’ Covid Grant Update

The Care Workers’ Charity has opened up their Covid-19 Emergency Fund to include more support roles in care settings. Due to more funding we can now support: Cooks/Kitchen roles, Housekeepers, Maintenance staff, Admin staff etc. Grants will be offered on a case by case basis and are available while funds last.

For applicants  who have had their income reduced due to self-isolating for 2 weeks or shielding for 12 weeks, they  may be entitled to a grant between £500 and £1000. More info here:        

 CWC is also offering grants of £2000 for funeral costs. This grant is available if a person working as a care worker or in a supporting role in a care setting passes away OR to help a care worker cover the funeral costs if a next of kin passes away. Find out more here: