We regularly update the information and guidance on our Covid-19 web pages. Some of the information on these pages comes from the Care Inspectorate and some comes from other official bodies involved in pandemic response across social care. We encourage all care services to keep themselves up to date by revisiting these pages on a regular basis. We also encourage visiting other online sources of information and guidance such as the websites of Scottish Government, NHS Inform and Public Health Scotland.

Care Inspectorate guidance for services

Visit our Covid-19 FAQs page for more information.  

Our compendium guide

The Care Inspectorate has developed a compendium of guidance and information in relation to Covid-19.

The compendium focuses on the information that is most relevant to the operation and delivery of regulated care services and is intended primarily to support our staff in advising services. However, the range of information may also be directly useful to services. 

The compendium is regularly updated as guidance is developed and revised.

Archived Updates

You can find older updates on the Archived Updates page.

Open with Care update – one named visitor to visit during managed outbreaks in care homes (Added 16 September)

Yesterday the Scottish Government updated the "Open with Care guidance" to recommend that care homes, with support from their local health protection team, can now move to support one named visitor to visit during managed outbreaks in care homes. 

The Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart, has released a letter outlining this new advice.

Reminder of update to exception from self-isolation of Health and Social Care staff, in particular if the close contact is a household member (Added 10 September)

The Scottish Government has released updated guidance to reflect that a Health and Social Care member of staff will be required to have daily lateral flow testing for 10 days following their last exposure to Covid-19.

If the index case (contact) is a household member, the daily LFD testing will begin from the date the household contact develops symptoms or when a positive test (LFD or PCR) is returned if asymptomatic. 

The policy framework states Health and Social Care staff are eligible for exemption from self-isolation under the same conditions as the general population. As of the 9th August 2021 the conditions are as follows: Exemption from self-isolation applies even if there is ongoing exposure to the index case, e.g. a household member.

The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual Covid-19 addenda update (Added 9 September)

The National Infection Prevention and Control Manual Covid-19 addenda on physical distancing in Health and Social Care has been updated. 

A summary of the changes can be found here.

Update on isolation exemptions for health and social care staff (Added 2 September)

From 9 August people (including health and care workers) identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 were no longer required to automatically self-isolate if they are double vaccinated (within certain conditions).

You can find out more here.

Additionally this revised policy document sets out the conditions which will enable Health and Social Care staff who are Covid-19 close contacts to return to work if they do have to isolate.

ELC Covid-19 Update for August 2021 (Added 31 August 2021) 

The Scottish Government has published the Early Learning and Childcare Covid-19 Update for August 2021. 

Opening with care beyond Level 0 (Added 7 August 2021)

Scottish Government have issued two letters – one for care homes and one for care at home services - on opening up visiting now we are at Level 0. The letters outline expectations of services and include links to guidance that services should follow.

You can read the letter for care homes here.

You can read the letter for care at home services here. 

Updated Covid-19 guidance for all childcare providers (Added 4 August)

The Scottish Government has made some important changes to the guidance to support the continued safe operation of early learning and childcare, childminding and school-aged childcare settings.

Read the letter to providers here

Read the letter to local authorities here

You can find a checklist of mitigations at August 2021 here.

Links to guidance for each setting can be found at the links below:

Early learning and childcare Covid-19 update for July (Added 3 August)

The Scottish Government has shared their early learning and childcare Covid-19 July update. It contains lots of key information, important updates and useful links. Find out more here.

Restrictions to staff movement – update on the guidance (Added 9 July 2021)

The Scottish Government Adult Social Care Winter Plan for 20-21 recommended restricted staff movement across social care settings to limit transmission of Covid-19. With the range of protections now in place, care homes can exercise discretion to relax the restrictions on staff movement safely. As a result, Sustainability Funds available to support additional costs of restricting staff movement were withdrawn from 30 June 2021.

It remains the case that minimising staff movement across social care settings helps limit virus transmission, and continuity of staffing promotes better care quality and experience. These should be key considerations in workforce planning.

Health Protection Scotland Covid-19 information and guidance remains unchanged and up to date.

Annex B of the guidance will be updated shortly.  

Restrictions to staff movement – update on the guidance (Added 6 July 2021)

The Scottish Government Adult Social Care Winter Plan for 20-21 recommended restricted staff movement across social care settings to limit transmission of Covid-19.  With the range of protections now in place, care homes can exercise discretion to relax the restrictions on staff movement safely. As a result, Sustainability Funds available to support additional costs of restricting staff movement were withdrawn from 30 June 2021.

It remains the case that minimising staff movement across social care settings helps limit virus transmission, and continuity of staffing promotes better care quality and experience.  These should be key considerations in workforce planning.

Health Protection Scotland guidance remains unchanged and up to date:

HPS Website - Covid-19 - information and guidance for care home settings (scot.nhs.uk)

Annex B of the guidance will be updated shortly. 

ELC Covid-19 Update for June 2021 (Added 6 July 2021)

The Scottish Government has published the Early Learning and Childcare Covid-19 Update for June 2021. 

Implementing Open with Care: a joint statement on supporting visiting in care homes (Added 1 July 2021)

The Care Inspectorate, Scottish Care, the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland, and Social Work Scotland have issued a joint statement in support of the Scottish Government’s Open with Care guidance. This guidance and accompanying documents set out how care homes in Scotland should be opening up to visitors in a way that enables meaningful contact that makes a positive difference to the lives of residents and their loved ones.

You can read the statement here.

Use of face coverings in social care settings (Added 24 June 2021)

The Chief Nursing Officer has issued a letter to care home providers and care at home providers with an update on the use of face mask guidance in social care settings.

The letter outlines new guidance that is now available on using face coverings in social care settings. This guidance can be accessed here.

New frontline workers: vaccination access (Added 21 June 2021)

The Scottish Government has issued a letter with information on the processes for scheduling
vaccinations of the frontline health and social care workforce. Specifically, those new to a
service since the commencement of the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme (those not already vaccinated as part of the JCVI priority group, or within their age range). 

You can access the letter here.

Larger delivery of LFD (NSS) testing kits in June for social care staff (Added 15 June 2021)

We have been informed by Scottish Government that in the coming months, the LFD testing kits services receive will come in smaller boxes; most likely boxes of seven kits. These testing kits will be approved for self-testing at home. Until this new stock is available, services will continue to use the Innova LFD kits of 25 tests. Your next delivery will be larger than usual. This is because stock is to be issued before the end of June in order to meet Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) requirements.

 

EU Settlement Scheme closes on 30 June – act now (Added 15 June 2021)

To stay in the UK, EU citizens who were living in the UK by 31 December 2020 must apply to the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme. This includes those EU citizens who may have been living here for many years. The deadline for applications is fast approaching, with the scheme closing on 30 June 2021. Even if someone has an EU permanent residence card or an EU residence certificate, they will still need to apply. If they do not apply, they may lose their right to live in the UK. Irish citizens and those with indefinite leave to remain do not need to apply.

A package of support is available for anyone who needs additional help. The Stay in Scotland toolkit includes information on the EU Settlement Scheme, details of the application process, and links to other resources. Full details can be found here.

Citizens Advice Scotland operates a free national helpline as part of its EU Citizen Support Service. Anyone can get information, advice and support for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme by calling the freephone helpline on 0800 916 9847. The service has qualified advisers who will help people apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. Citizens Advice Scotland has two solicitors who can help people with more complex immigration histories.

The legal charity, JustRight Scotland, has published a series of factsheets on EU citizens’ rights. These factsheets detail rights to vote and work, and access healthcare, education, housing and benefits in Scotland. 

This information may apply to you personally, your staff, or people you provide care to and their families. Please consider whether anyone you know is from the EU and if they are, please share these ‘Stay in Scotland’ resources with them.

Letter from the Minister on re-opening of building-based days services for adults (Added 8 June 2021)

Kevin Stewart, Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care has written to provide clarity for services on who has authority to sign off the risk assessments required for them to re-open. You can read the letter here.

ELC Covid-19 Update for May 2021 (Added 3 June 2021)

The Scottish Government has published the Early Learning and Childcare Covid-19 Update for May 2021. 

Materials for schools and childcare settings (Added 3 June 2021)

The Scottish Government has created new resources to encourage safe behaviors by families, and to help parents and carers to understand the steps that they can take to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.

These resources can be accessed at the following links:

Wetransfer 
Dropbox 
FTP 

These links lead to a number of resources that can be printed and displayed in settings or shared with families.

Most of these were shared recently, but the toolkit now contains translations of all PDF documents in the following: BSL, audio, easy read, Arabic, Gaelic, Chinese (Simplified), Urdu, Punjabi, Polish, Romanian.

Recording of LFD test results on the reporting portal (Added 3 June 2021)

There has been a small development with the NSS portal that should hopefully save you some time in recording your LFD tests results. From now on, when you are recording testing results on the NSS portal, you will no longer need to insert the serial numbers for LFD kits on the portal. However you should continue to insert the Lot Numbers.  

Further information

Information is available on the NHS Inform website. The key messages for Scotland are:   

  • As part of the Scotland-wide, coordinated response to coronavirus, NHS 24 provides the most up to date information and advice here.  
  • NHS 24 has also set up a dedicated helpline for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms but are seeking information. The helpline number is 0800 028 2816 and is available Monday to Friday, 0800 to 1000, Saturday and Sunday, 0900 to 1700. 
  • People who have travelled to an affected area and have symptoms of a cough, fever or difficulty breathing should stay at home and phone their GP (family doctor), or call NHS 24 on 111 if their GP surgery is closed.
  • People with general questions are advised to visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus in the first instance. This is the quickest and easiest way to get information and it also means that the 111 service is able to help those people with more immediate clinical need. NHSinform includes an interactive self-help guide where people can answer a few simple questions on line to assess whether they need to seek further help or advice by telephone.
  • There is a communications toolkit with information for health and care settings to download, share and print  – please be aware that this is updated as the situation develops so should be checked frequently. Please use the latest version in your setting and update if required. 

NHS 24 has active Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels that are the official social feeds for Coronavirus in Scotland. You can follow these from the links below. 

Health Protection Scotland has also produced information and guidance which should be useful and this is updated at regular intervals.

The Scottish Government summary of response arrangements for coronavirus in Scotland can be found here.   

Other guidance

NHS Inform has published guidance leaflets and posters in a variety of different languages and easy-read format. You can download these from their website here.