Coronavirus Summary of Published Guidance Documents

NB Information has been collated from published documents on NHSE/I and Government websites

Section Sub section Guidance Date Published Updated
Government and NHSE/I sites Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the
assessment and management of suspected UK cases – Information
on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management
of suspected UK cases.
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus?utm_source=10a41863-e84e-4679-9303-479a2ad6ee07&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate 10/1/20 23/3/20
Coronavirus guidance for clinicians and NHS managers https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/
Background COVID-19: background information – Information on COVID-19 including epidemiology, virology and clinical features https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-background-information 16/1/20 23/3/20
COVID-19: epidemiology, virology and clinical features https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-background-information/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-epidemiology-virology-and-clinical-features 23/3/20
Guidance for health professionals COVID-19: guidance for health professionals – Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus 10/1/20 23/3/20
COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of
possible cases – Information on case definitions, and the
initial assessment and investigation of possible cases of COVID-19
infection.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-initial-investigation-of-possible-cases 10/1/20 18/3/20
COVID-19: guidance for healthcare providers who have
diagnosed a case within their facility – Recommendations on
actions for healthcare staff who have diagnosed a case of COVID-19
within their facility who was not isolated from admission.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-healthcare-providers-who-have-diagnosed-a-case-within-their-facility 13/3/20 14/3/20
COVID-19: guidance for healthcare providers who have diagnosed a case within their facility – Recommendations on actions for healthcare staff who have diagnosed a case of COVID-19 within their facility who was not isolated from admission https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-healthcare-providers-who-have-diagnosed-a-case-within-their-facility 13/3/20 14/3/20
Standard operating procedure for Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Priority Assessment Service (version 3) https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/coronavirus-priority-assessment-service-sop-v3.pdf 6/3/20
Specific Trusts guidance IMPORTANT ADVICE TO KEEP YOU SAFE FROM CORONAVIRUS –
Letter
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/at-risk-patient-letter-march-2020.pdf Letter undated
CARING FOR PEOPLE AT HIGHEST RISK DURING COVID-19 INCIDENT – To: All NHS Medical Directors – All NHS Nursing Directors https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/2020-03-21-COVID-19-at-risk-Trust-letter_FINAL.pdf Letter dated 21/3/20
COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements – Accountable Officers of NHS and Foundation Trusts – Accountable
Officers of Clinical Commissioning Groups – Directors of Adult
Social Care
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/hmg-letter-hospital-discharge\-guidance-v3.pdf Letter dated 19/3/20
Virus transmission – Definition of ‘fomite’ –
Definition of ‘droplet’
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/secondary-care/about-covid-19/virus-transmission/

20/3/20
COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/covid-19-discharge-guidance-hmg-format-v4-18.pdf 19/3/20
Case definitions: possible
case, as of 13 March 2020 – Patients who meet the following criteria (inpatient definition)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-initial-investigation-of-possible-cases/investigation-and-initial-clinical-management-of-possible-cases-of-wuhan-novel-coronavirus-wn-cov-infection#criteria 18/3/20
Specific Ambulance and First
responders
COVID-19: guidance for first responders – Advice for
first responders (as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act) and
others who may have close contact with symptomatic people with
potential COVID-19.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-interim-guidance-for-first-responders 5/2/20 27/2/20
COVID-19: guidance for Ambulance Trusts – This guidance
is for suspected cases of COVID-19 where an emergency ambulance
response is required
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-ambulance-trusts 21/2/20 13/3/20
Specific Primary care COVID-19: guidance for primary care – Advice for primary
care professionals dealing with patients with suspected COVID-19
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wn-cov-guidance-for-primary-care 21/1/20 19/3/20
Briefing: Primary care providers and the coronavirus
(COVID-19)
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/coronavirus-primary-care-briefing.pdf Letter dated 18/3/20
Guidance and updates for GPs: At-risk patients https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/guidance-and-updates-for-gps-at-risk-patients/ 22/3/20 23/3/20
Letter to GPs – management and shielding of patients who
are at the highest risk of severe morbidity and mortality from
coronavirus (COVID-19).
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/200321_COVID-19_CMO_MD_letter-to-GPs_FINAL_2.pdf 21 March 2020
COVID-19 Home Management Service (CHMS) https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/preparedness-letter-primary-care-10-march-2020.pdf 10/3/20
GP letter – caring for people at highest risk during
Covid-19 incident
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/200321_GP-letter_Annex-2_FINAL_2.pdf 21/3/20
Specific Community services COVID-19 Prioritisation within Community Health Services https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/COVID-19-prioritisation-within-community-health-services-19-March-2020-version-1.1.pdf 19/3/20
Specific Allied Health professionals Supporting allied health professionals and allied health
professional support workers during the COVID-19 epidemic in the
UK
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/letter-supporting-ahps-19-march-2020.pdf 19/3/20
Investigation Sampling
and diagnostics
COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of
possible cases
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-initial-investigation-of-possible-cases/investigation-and-initial-clinical-management-of-possible-cases-of-wuhan-novel-coronavirus-wn-cov-infection#preparing-for-an-assessment 18/3/20
COVID-19: guidance for sampling and for diagnostic
laboratories
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-guidance-for-clinical-diagnostic-laboratories 15/1/20 20/3/20
COVID-19: laboratory investigations and sample requirements
for diagnosis
COVID-19:
laboratory investigations and sample requirements for diagnosis
20/3/20
Priority of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing during periods of
significant demand – This guidance provides a priority order
of testing for periods when demand for diagnostic testing may
exceed local laboratory capacities and triaging of requests is
required
Priority
of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing during periods of significant
demand
20/3/20
COVID-19: how to arrange laboratory testing COVID-19:
how to arrange laboratory testing
20/3/20
Suspected COVID-19 cases COVID-19:
which samples should be taken (poster)
Undated
Suspected COVID-19 cases – Sampling and Packaging COVID-19:
sampling and packaging poster
Undated
COVID-19: packaging diagnostic samples containing Hazard
Group 3 (HG3) pathogens (video)
COVID-19:
packaging diagnostic samples containing Hazard Group 3 (HG3)
pathogens (video)
20/3/20
COVID-19: safe handling and processing for samples in
laboratories
COVID-19:
safe handling and processing for samples in laboratories
20/3/20
Specimen result contact form – Excel COVID-19:
Specimen Result Contact Form
Undated
Covid – 19 Screening Request form – E28 – PHE https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploa/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/868264/PHE_2019-COVID-19_Testing_Request_Form_E28.pdf No date
COVID-19: rapid tests for use in community pharmacies or at
home
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-rapid-tests-for-use-in-community-pharmacies-or-at-home/covid-19-rapid-tests-for-use-in-community-pharmacies-or-at-home 15/3/20
COVID-19: evaluation of commercially available diagnostic
products – Information on how Public Health England (PHE) is
evaluating the various commercially available COVID-19 diagnostics
products.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-evaluation-of-commercially-available-diagnostic-products 20/3/20
Infection prevention and
Control
COVID-19: infection prevention and control https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control 10/1/20 223/3/20
When to use a surgical

face mask or FFP3 respirator

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874411/When_to_use_face_mask_or_FFP3.pdf No publication date
COVID-19: personal protective equipment use for aerosol
generating procedures
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-use-for-aerosol-generating-procedures 10/1/20
Letter – Guidance on supply and use of personal
Protective equipment (PPE)
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/PPE-Letter-FINAL-20-March-2020-updated-on-22-March-2020.pdf 20/3/20
FAQs on using FFP 3 Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/faq-ffp3-20-march-2020.pdf 20/3/20
Healthcare providers who
have diagnosed a case within their facility
COVID-19: actions required when a case was not diagnosed on
admission
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-healthcare-providers-who-have-diagnosed-a-case-within-their-facility/covid-19-actions-required-when-a-case-was-not-diagnosed-on-admission 14/3/20
Disease
specific guidance
Cancer – To: cancer alliance https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/cancer-alliance-information-on-managing-cancer-referrals-19-march-2020.pdf 19/3/20
Diabetes – COVID-19: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme –
To: NHS DPP Providers/NHS E&I Regional Teams/STP Programme
Leads
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Adaptations-to-the-NHS-Diabetes-Prevention-Programme_19-March.pdf 19/3/29
Shielding and protecting
people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
(Published 21st March)
COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable
people – Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK,
including children, and protecting older people and vulnerable
people.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people 16/3/20 23/3/20
Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on
medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19 21/3/20
Dental care Updates and guidance for primary dental care – Regular
updates to primary dental care regarding the emerging COVID-19
situation.
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/preparedness-letters-for-dental-care/ 19/3/20 21/3/20
Dental practice https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/dental-practice/ 20/3/20
HR updates and guidance including
professionals standards
NHS staff hotel accommodation https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/hotel-accommodation-for-nhs-staff-20-march-2020.pdf 20/3/20
Letter – HR Colleagues https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/letter-hr-colleagues-20-march-2020.pdf 20/3/20
Supporting our most vulnerable people https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/annex-2-supporting-our-vulnerable-staff.pdf Not dated
Letter to HR colleagues https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/letter-to-hr-colleagues-19-march-2020.pdf 19/3/20
Covid-19 and professional standards activities (including
appraisal and revalidation)
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/letter-from-prof-powis-to-ros-and-mds-19-march-2020.pdf 19/3/20
Letters Letter – IMPORTANT AND URGENT –
NEXT STEPS ON NHS RESPONSE TO COVID-19 – To: Chief
executives of all NHS trusts and foundation trusts/CCG Accountable
Officers/GP practices and Primary Care Networks/Providers of community
health services
https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/20200317-NHS-COVID-letter-FINAL.pdf 17/3/20
Supporting Drs in the event of a Covid 19 Epidemic in the UK https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/supporting-doctors-covid-19-letter-11-march-2020.pdf Undated
Estates
and Facilities
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) standard operating procedure – Design note: COVID-19 ward for intubated patients https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/20200320-COVID-19-ESTATES-FACILTIES-V1.0.pdf 22/3/20
Guidance for non clinical settings Stay at home: guidance for households with possible
coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 24/3/20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Easy Read https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874281/COVID-19_easy_read.pdf 03/2020
Stay at Home guidance for households: current guidelines
illustrated
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874011/Stay_at_home_guidance_diagram.pdf Criteria and guidance applied
as of 17/03/2020:
COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings 19/3/20
COVID-19: guidance for education settings https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19 20/3/20
COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses – Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing
advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19 25/2/20 24/3/20
COVID-19: guidance for hostel or day centres for people
rough sleeping – Information on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
for hostel or day centre providers of services for people
experiencing rough sleeping.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-services-for-people-experiencing-rough-sleeping 16/3/20 19/3/20
COVID-19 guidance for mass gatherings – Guidance and
advice for those arranging or planning to attend events in the UK.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-mass-gatherings 16/3/20
COVID-19: prisons and other prescribed
places of detention guidance –
Information for prisons and other prescribed places of detention
on coronavirus (COVID-19).
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covd-19-prisons-and-other-prescribed-places-of-detention-guidance 16/3/20 19/3/20
COVID-19: guidance for residential care,
supported living and home care –
Residential care, supported living and home care in the event of a
coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance 13/3/20 19/3/20
Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on
medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19 21/3/20
Guidance for shipping and sea ports on coronavirus
(COVID-19)
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-shipping-and-sea-ports-guidance/guidance-for-shipping-and-sea-ports-on-coronavirus-covid-19 19/3/20
COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable
people – Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK,
including children, and protecting older people and vulnerable
people.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people 16/3/20 23/3/20
COVID-19: guidance for staff in the transport sector –
Guidance on COVID-19, including general precautions for staff and
guidance on the assessment and management of arrivals into the UK.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-staff-in-the-transport-sector 14/2/20 19/3/20
COVID-19: advice for the freight transport industry –
Guidance for the freight transport industry on international
travel following government advice for British nationals.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-freight-transport 17/3/20
Free School Meals COVID-19: free school meals guidance for schools https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools 19/3/20 20/3/20
Ethical framework for adult
social care
Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult
social care
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-ethical-framework-for-adult-social-care/responding-to-covid-19-the-ethical-framework-for-adult-social-care 19/3/20
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