Homecare workers to be tested weekly for COVID-19
The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that COVID-19 testing is to be made available to all homecare workers in England from Monday 23 November.
All registered homecare agencies will be contacted with details of how to apply for test kits for their homecare workers. Homecare agencies will be responsible for ordering and distributing test kits to all homecare workers for them to conduct at home on a weekly basis. Those working for CQC-registered providers will receive weekly PCR tests to administer at home, which will help identify more asymptomatic cases and protect care users who are more vulnerable to the virus.
Homecare worker testing should only be conducted on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (if the homecare worker is able to access a priority post box with Sunday collections).
The DHSC will be extending this service shortly to all homecare workers in adult social care, including unregistered organisations, live-in carers, and personal assistants.
For more information you can join webinars, which will be hosted every Tuesday and Thursday, starting the week of 23 November.
These live webinars will talk you through the end-to-end process for homecare worker testing and include a live Q&A with the homecare testing team, who will be happy to answer your questions.
Sign up for the webinars HERE
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