CQC interim guidance on DBS and recruitment checks

19 May 2020

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has provided interim advice following the temporary changes made by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to DBS applications and processes.

Warning on fake and unsuitable COVID-19 face masks

18 May 2020

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has warned that some manufacturers are selling medical face masks and other fake personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers using false certificates and that other A4-sized face shields, made in good faith by communities to help frontline workers, could be unsafe because they are too narrow.

Updated Government advice on face coverings

14 May 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced new advice on face coverings, suggesting the public should consider using them on public transport and in shops to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Updated guidance on medicines re-use schemes

13 May 2020

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has amended recommendations on managing medicines in care homes and hospices for patients at the end of life, in line with UK Government guidance on re-using medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 deaths — proof the virus is an occupational disease?

13 May 2020

New figures published by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) linking coronavirus deaths to people’s jobs, have prompted some experts to argue the data is proof that the coronavirus is an occupational disease while others have claimed the figures speak to Britain’s “social class divide”.

Verifying death in times of emergency

13 May 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued new emergency guidelines on verifying death in times of emergency, which says GPs can provide "remote clinical support" for death verification.