Adult social care providers have reported that COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on both the people they care for and their staff.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is working with Government agencies to target additional resource and support where it’s needed at this difficult time.
In the last two weeks, the CQC have been contacting care providers to book appointments at a national testing centre for any staff who are self-isolating with symptoms of coronavirus – and soon staff will also be able to use this service to order a kit to test at home.
This will give care staff more peace of mind about their own safety and that of their families and the people they care for – and means that those who test negative can return to work and help relieve the pressures services are facing.
Another area of concern has been tracking the number of deaths in care homes due to COVID-19.
The CQC are also working with the Office for National Statistics and Public Health England to look at how to provide a more detailed and timely picture of the impact of COVID-19 on adult social care. Providers will now be reporting whether the death was of a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
As well as giving a fuller picture of deaths in care settings, this will provide a regional view which allows an assessment of which areas are most impacted and may need additional support as a result. The data will be reported publicly going forward alongside hospital deaths.