It's important that we provide the public, our staff and volunteers, as well as the wider health and social care sector with up-to-date and accurate information about coronavirus.
There's a growing number of resources available online, but we need to ensure what we share is relevant and comes from reputable sources. To help you do this, we've pulled together a list of the latest information. Many of these resources include alternative formats, such as easy read or BSL.
The most important information you can share
Please continue to share the latest information about COVID-19 from the Government and the NHS in your communications.
- The latest updates: The Government website has information about how to protect yourself and others, steps communities should be taking, and updates on coronavirus cases in the UK.
- The latest medical advice: The NHS explains the symptoms of coronavirus, how to avoid catching and spreading it, and advice for people at high risk.
- Encouraging people to share their experience of COVID-19: Share this survey to help services understand how and where COVID-19 is affecting people.
- Campaign materials: Public Health England has a number of resources to promote COVID-19 public advice campaigns.
1. Public advice and information
To get the latest advice and information go to the government website.
You can also visit the Healthwatch England public site for more information. You are able to use this copy for your own sites and add local content and advice to help people near you.
A range of issue specific charities have produced advice around COVID-19 and certain health conditions. Visit the NHS website to see the full collection.
We've provided links to a number of other areas of care below.
If you're pregnant:
- Information for pregnant women (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
If you're deaf/hard of hearing:
- Information for deaf people or those hard of hearing (Sign Health)
If you're homeless:
- Support for people experiencing homelessness (Groundswell)
If you're a carer:
- Guidance for carers (Carers UK)
If you're a young person:
- Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health (Public Health England)
If you need support with end of life care:
- Understanding treatment and options in hospital and critical care (Royal College of Physicians)
If you have autism:
- Top tips written by autistic people about coronavirus (Ann's Autism Blog)
- Coping with coronavirus as an autistic person (Autistic.com)
2. Information for staff and volunteers
- Guidance on how to help other people safely (Government)
- Guidance on who is a key worker and educational provision (Government)
- Guidance for the charity sector (Government)
- Guidance for employees, employers and businesses (Government)
Employment: Coronavirus job retention scheme (Government)
Procurement policy note: Responding to COVID-19 (Government)
Changes to DBS ID checking guidelines (Government)
- New online service providing proof of coronavirus absence from work (NHS Digital)
- How to access financial support if you or your business is affected (Government)
Mental health support:
Managing your team remotely:
- Tips for managing a team remotely (The Hub Events)
- Implications of COVID-19: Control measures and charity financial reporting (Charities SORP Committee)
- Your organisation: Information on sick leave, AGMs/board meetings, contingency planning, and financial implications (NCVO)
- COVID-19 Business interruption loan scheme (British business bank)
3. Resources from the wider health and social care sector
- How should health and care systems change discharge arrangements? (Government)
- What can patients expect from their doctors? (General Medical Council)
- Supporting planning and organisation of adult social care (Government)
- Guidance for health professionals and non-clinical settings, such prisons and other places of detention (Government)
- Statement on the importance of advance care planning being based on the needs of the individual (Care Quality Commission, British Medical Association, Care Provider Alliance and Royal College of General Practitioners)
- Information governance advice for health and social care professionals (NHSX)
- Guidance for front line staff to support the management of patients with a learning disability, autism, or both (NHS England)
4. Information in alternative formats
- Easy read newsletter (NHS England)
- Information about rules to stay at home (Public Health England)
- Advice on staying home (Public Health England)
- Wash your hands more often (NHS)
- The handwashing rap video (Purple stars)
- Staying connected (Learning Disability England)
- 'Stay home, save lives' translated into various languages (Public Health England)