Resources for professionals working in care homes

Advice for using facemasks 

This advice from the World Health Organisation about putting on masks includes videos and posters that you might want to display around your workplace. 

Guidance on care home admissions

This government guidance advises on how to admit and care for residents safely, as well as advice on how to protect your staff. 

Information from Devon County Council 

The Devon County Council website details contact information for key local contacts and information about the local Provider Engagement Network for Care Homes. 

Good practice Guide to Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in Care Homes

This guide from the British Geriatric Society has been developed to help care home staff and other healthcare professionals who work with them to support residents through the pandemic.

Medicines information

  • This regularly updated Medicines Information is issued by the CQC for Adult Social Care providers and includes “Blister packs”, delegated tasks, controlled drugs and named patient drugs. 
  • Emergency guidance from the DHSC about reuse and repurposing of medications in Care Homes for the duration of the COVID pandemic.


Public Health England guidance on working safely in care homes (PPE advice)

This latest guidance (downloadable PDF) provides information on working safely in a care home setting. It includes PPE use recommendations for care home staff; frequently asked questions on the use of PPE in care homes; and examples to help identify the correct use of PPE when undertaking activities that require physical contact or activities that do not require physical contact but are carried out in close proximity to residents.


Guidance on Verification of an Expected (Adult) Death

This recorded presentation by Laura Marshall, Clinical Practice Facilitator at Hospiscare, explains the process of verifying an expected death in adult during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like access to this presentation video, please to request the password.