Guidance for adult care providers - Coronavirus

A Provider Hub has been set up to give guidance to providers. Contact the Provider Hub by email at or by telephone on 01604 361311.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Use of PPE

Emergency PPE supplies

We have established a civic PPE co-ordination team to assist in the provision of PPE for organisations providing essential community services such as care and support providers, schools, and district and borough councils.

Care home support

We have put together documents which provide an update on how we're managing and supporting our care home sector:

National guidance

Care Quality Commission resources

Safeguarding Adults policies

For policies and procedures, see the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board website.

Supporting clients

Provider briefings

Bitesize briefings to adult care providers:

Previous updates

Skills for Care guidance

Personal Assistants

Some personal assistants (PAs) are being challenged by schools as to whether they are a key worker. The Department of Health and Social Care have confirmed that PAs are included in this definition.

The Skills for Care website contains information for employers about a PA's role.

The position in Northamptonshire around easements

Currently our service providers are continuing to operate with existing support and have capacity to take on new work. This means as a Local Authority, we can continue with our duties under the Care Act whilst applying some flexibilities, such as around social distancing guidance.

We don't currently plan to apply easements to our Care Act duties allowed by the emergency legislation, the Coronavirus Act 2020. However, if in the future we do need to take these steps, we will inform you, and keep these changes to the minimum necessary and for the shortest time needed.