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Regular retesting rolled out for care home staff and residents

July 9, 2020, 7:59:12 PM

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Posted on: 3 July 2020

Regular retesting rolled out for care home staff and residents

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UK: Staff and residents in care homes for over 65s and those with dementia will receive regular coronavirus tests from next week as part of a new social care testing strategy.

Staff will be tested for coronavirus weekly, while residents will receive a test every 28 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus in social care. This is in addition to intensive testing in any care home facing an outbreak, or at increased risk of an outbreak.

The new testing strategy comes following the latest advice from SAGE and new evidence from the Vivaldi 1 study indicating a higher prevalence in care homes, and therefore a case for frequent testing in care homes and their staff.

The Vivaldi 1 study, which surveyed almost 9,000 care home managers and analyzed data from whole care home testing, identified the higher levels of the virus among care staff, particularly among temporary staff who work in multiple care settings. The study suggests that care home staff may be at increased risk of contracting the virus, which they may then pass on to others if they have no symptoms.

Over the following 4 weeks, retesting will have been rolled out to all care homes for over 65s and those with dementia who have registered to receive retesting. Repeat testing will be extended to include all care homes for working-age adults in August.

We will work with local directors of public health to deliver an initial round of asymptomatic whole-home testing for staff and residents at the extra care housing and supported living settings at most clinical risk. The operational details of rolling out this testing to this sector are being worked through and more details will be provided shortly.

In May, the government launched a Care Home Support Package, backed by the £600 million Infection Control Fund, to minimize risks in care homes by limiting the movement of staff.

David Pearson CBE, Chair of the Adult Social Care Support Taskforce has written to care, providers, this week outlining the importance of reducing movement between care homes, making the best use of the Infection Control Fund.

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Reunite Warwickshire communities with a new footbridge

August 13, 2020, 2:02:30 PM

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Posted on: 24 July 2020

Reunite Warwickshire communities with a new footbridge

Bridge lift. The 128 tonnes, the 35.4-metre concrete bridge being safely removed in April.

Two Warwickshire communities will soon be reunited thanks to a new footbridge over the busy A46 near Coventry.

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Funds for Grassroots Music venues

August 13, 2020, 10:49:37 AM

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Posted on: 25 July 2020

Funds for Grassroots Music venues

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The first portion fund of £1.57 billion culture recovery package will go towards saving music venues from insolvency.

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NHS nurse in England increase with 13,502 more than 2019

August 13, 2020, 9:35:59 AM

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Posted on: 23 July 2020

NHS nurse in England increase with 13,502 more than 2019

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The number of doctors in the NHS has also risen by 7,890, figures to the end of April 2020 show.

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Restaurateurs disqualified for abusing the tax regime

August 12, 2020, 8:13:51 PM

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Posted on: 23 July 2020

Restaurateurs disqualified for abusing the tax regime

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Two restaurateurs disqualified from managing companies after they caused their companies to abuse the tax regime.

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