Resources for Care Staff - Message from HFH

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you all are having a good week. Thank you for all the good work you do to support your Clients and community.

Sharing few resources that may be helpful for you.

  • The NHS and Social Care Life Assurance Scheme supports families of frontline care workers who contract COVID-19 during their work.

    The scheme is available to all employees of CQC registered homes and employees of non-CQC registered settings if their employer receives public funding.
    Payments from the scheme do not imply any liability for death on behalf of the employer. Equally, receiving a payment from the scheme does not prevent any subsequent legal action.
    Eligibility is assessed by the NHS Business Services Authority, who can also assist with the application process.

       To know more about the scheme click the link below.

  • Apply for your immigration health surcharge reimbursement

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is paid at the point of visa application for access to the NHS for most non-EEA nationals applying for temporary leave to enter or remain in the UK. The new reimbursement scheme covers staff such as cleaners, care workers, porters and their dependants who are outside the scope for the Health and Care Visa but work in health and social care.

You are eligible if:

  • you are a non-tier 2 visa holder who has paid the Immigration Health Surcharge;
  • you have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS); and
  • you have worked in health or social care role for at least an average of 16 hours per week since 31 March 2020


  • Homecare workers to be tested weekly for COVID-19

  • Care workers looking after people in their own homes will be offered weekly coronavirus tests from Monday 23 November, the Government announced today.
    Those working for CQC registered providers will receive weekly PCR tests to use at home, which will help identify more asymptomatic cases and protect care users most vulnerable to the virus.
    Regular testing will give workers peace of mind by picking up on any asymptomatic cases and providing even greater protection for those they care for.

HFH will write to you separately and in more details on what this means to you and what actions you will need to undertake in your daily roles and responsibilities.

Stay safe stay well.

Team HFH

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