Care provider COVID-19 testing

Testing arrangements

Full up-to-date information on the testing arrangements, how they can be accessed and how essential workers can self-refer can be found on GOV.UK. Older people care homes can request testing for residents and staff through this government portal. All types of care homes are now able to register for retesting.

You can also view Community Testing guidance regarding testing residents before admission to a care home.

There is a testing matrix detailing testing available for care homes in England.

If you need assistance with how to administer nasal and throat swabs for residents, please refer to this video tutorial:

Weekend testing in care homes

The Director of Public Health, Shannon Kitayo has written a letter to care homes to consider spreading care home testing more evenly throughout the week by testing on weekends where possible to increase overall testing capacity.

Read Shannon Kitayo's letter to care home managers.

Testing for home support care workers

DHSC announced regular testing for home support care workers on 20 November 20. Read the guidance. In addition to this guidance DHSC will be running webinars for providers every Tuesday and Thursday. Register for the webinar.

Antibody testing

The antibody testing offer has now ended, however a new at-home antibody testing service is now available to all staff in the adult social care sector in England. This service has been designed to support surveillance studies that will help us understand COVID-19 and how it has spread.

Antibody testing is already being provided through the NHS for staff in adult social care. The new at-home antibody test provides an additional route to access an antibody test, giving greater flexibility and choice. Staff should only take one version of the test.

To sign up for an at-home antibody test, staff will need to register on the GOV.UK portal