Consultations ending on VCOD and free PPE extension for health and care

26 October 2021

Following the Government’s decision that Covid-19 vaccination is required of people entering a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered adult care home unless exempt, the consultation on whether such vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) should be extended to other health and care settings for Covid-19 and flu came to an end on 22 October.

PPE should be a right for casual workers

17 September 2021

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) has offered its strong support to a recommendation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that would see workers in the gig economy gaining the same protection as employed workers.

BAE Engineers and NHS trust develop game-changing PPE

19 August 2021

BAE Systems’ submarine engineers, working with local company Lancastle and staff from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT), have developed pioneering personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff on Covid-19 wards.

Updated guidance on PPE and visiting in care homes

20 July 2021

The Government has issued updated personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance for all care workers working in care homes in England, visitors and essential care-givers within the care home setting to reflect that, from 19 July, most legal restrictions to control Covid-19 are being lifted.

Cap on visitors to care homes in England to be lifted on 19 July

13 July 2021

Health and Social Care Minister Sajid Javid has announced the details of Step Four for 19 July, which will involve the revoking of social distancing guidance everywhere in England apart from medical settings and ports of entry, and will bring an end to restrictions on visitors for care home residents in England.

Sajid Javid appointed as new Health and Social Care Secretary

29 June 2021

Sajid Javid has been appointed Health and Social Care Secretary following the resignation of his predecessor Matt Hancock, who stepped down after CCTV photographs were leaked of him kissing an aide inside the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) building on 6 May 2021.