Care Homes: Visits

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th December 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what methodology his Department plans to use to evaluate the success of trials to allow specific family and friends to visit care homes supported by testing.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We have begun a trial of testing visitors to care homes to support care home providers and families to work together to find the right balance between the benefits of visiting on wellbeing and quality of life, and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to social care staff and vulnerable residents.

We will be having regular calls with each of the care homes and providers involved in the pilot to understand how testing is working in practice including understanding the training needs of staff, any workforce implications and the experiences of staff, residents and loved ones throughout. If successful, care home testing will be rolled out in a phased way across the country.

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