Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too. This test is called the "antigen" or "swab" test.
There is another type of test (antibody test) that checks if you've already had the virus. This test is not widely available yet.
⇨ Ask for a test
As essential workers, personal assistants can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK by following the guidance on testing for essential workers.
⇨ Arrange a test for a PA
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible, how to get tested and the testing process.
⇨ See guidance
Guidance relating to visiting people in hospitals has been updated. PAs can accompany patients where appropriate and necessary to assist with the patient’s communication and/or to meet the patient’s health or social care needs.
⇨ Further information
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has created an e-learning programme in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic that is free to access, without logging in, for the entire UK health and care workforce, including those working in the NHS, the independent sector and social care. The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus.
⇨ Access e-learning.
- Digital skills:
Learn my way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world. It includes a range of subjects including internet skills to learn about video calling, online shopping and socialising online.
⇨ Find out more
Key worker letter - We can confirm the personal assistants are included in the Government’s list of key workers. We have been made aware that some personal assistants may be encountering difficulties as they do not have ID like NHS workers or people employed by care providers
You can download useful templates that can be used to support your PAs below:
- CCGs may want to personalise this and send to PHB holders to support their PAs.
⇨ Download template.
- Download template - this template has been developed for employers to personalise and use to support their PAs
- IE guidance for their PAs
This guidance has been written by IEs and shared with us. You can use this to develop your own guidance for your PAs bearing in mind any updated government guidance.
⇨ Download COVID-19 PA advice guidlines
- Advance care planning guidance and template
‘My COVID-19 Advance Care Plan’ has been developed by NHS England and NHS Improvement and is a way to capture and share the decisions you have made around the care and treatment you would like, if you develop severe COVID-19 symptoms.
⇨ Download the template and guidance.