COVID-19: public health

Information and guidance related to public health services, including mental health and isolation.


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Health inequalities

Public Health England (PHE) in collaboration with the LGA, Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH), and NHS England and NHS Improvement, have collated a suite of resources relating to health inequalitiesand COVID-19 to support place-based approaches to planning and responding to the pandemic, while mitigating against potential impacts on those with the poorest health outcomes.

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Health inequalities resources

COVID-19: understanding the impact on BAME communities

COVID-19 place based approach to reducing health inequalities overview 

COVID-19 Summary of Guidance and support for vulnerable groups

COVID-19 Suggestions for mitigating the impact on health inequalities at a local level

COVID-19 Health Equity Assessment Tool (HEAT) for local areas

COVID-19 Data tools to support local areas

COVID-19 Estimated population at risk by LA

GOV.UK – disparities in the risks and outcomes of COVID-19 (pdf, 2020)

Equality and Human Rights Commission – inquiry into the impact of coronavirus on ethnic minorities


LGA guidance and support

LGA briefing – NHS Test and Trace: Key Issues for Councils

LGA – Support for local leadership - peer offer on testing, contract tracing and outbreak management (pdf, July 2020)

LGA/ADPH  Public mental health and wellbeing and COVID-19

LGA/ADPH  Loneliness, social isolation and COVID-19: practical advice

LGA – COVID-19: social care staff wellbeing

LGA – Health and Wellbeing Board Chair touch base Debrief and moving into the next phase of COVID-19 (pdf, June 2020)

LGA – Health and Wellbeing Boards reset tool: to support HWB chairs move into the next stage of COVID-19

COVID-19 cases data from LG Inform

  • Local authority report showing the number and rates of COVID-19 hospital cases by authority, compared to others

  • England overview report showing the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths across England as a whole, and the top ten councils for number and rate of cases

  • Weekly deaths report providing a summary of Office for National Statistics (ONS) weekly deaths data

  • Care homes report focusing on deaths in care homes in particular

  • Vulnerable groups report providing estimates of local authority populations likely to be vulnerable to COVID-19

  • Area characteristics report comparing case rates across all local authorities to other factors at a local area level, such as deprivation.

Official Government information

GOV.UK – list of DHSC Regional Convenors (pdf, July 2020)

GOV.UK – guidance on staying alert and safe (social distancing) until 4 July, and after 4 July

GOV.UK – coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 29 May 2020

GOV.UK – test and trace strategy Q&A

GOV.UK – NHS test and trace: how it works

GOV.UK – NHS test and trace: workplace guidance

GOV.UK – SAGE response to coronavirus

GOV.UK – COVID-19: investigation and initial clinical management of possible cases

GOV.UK – coronavirus: antibody tests

GOV.UK – overview of scientific information on coronavirus

GOV.UK – coronavirus guidance for health professionals and other organisations 

GOV.UK – The Health Protection (coronavirus, restrictions) Regulations 2020

GOV.UK – how tests and testing kits for coronavirus work

GOV.UK – guidance for coronavirus testing for frontline workers who are self isolating

GOV.UK – Personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance during COVID-19

GOV.UK – contract tracing: letters to directors of public health

GOV.UK – FAQ regarding the track and trace service (pdf, May 2020)

GOV.UK – use of face masks in the community

GOV.UK – apply for coronavirus tests for a care home

GOV.UK – letter regarding further information on testing in care homes (pdf, 7 May 2020)

GOV.UK – whole home testing for care home staff and residents (pdf, May 2020)

GOV.UK – letter from Department of Health and Social Care regarding the roll out of whole care home testing (pdf, 13 May 2020)

GOV.UK – DfE explanatory note on SAGE modelling

GOV.UK – notification of data controllers to share information

GOV.UK – guidance on social distancing in workplace during coronavirus

GOV.UK – guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

GOV.UK – COVID-19: advice for smokers and vapers

GOV.UK – commission on Human Medicines advice on ibuprofen and coronavirus

GOV.UK – health, care, and volunteer workers parking pass and concessions

GOV.UK  guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

GOV.UK – guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing


Information from PHE

PHE dashboard with information on confirmed cases of coronavirus 

PHE blog: novel coronavirus - what you need to know (regularly updated) 

PHE blog: what is contact tracing? 

PHE blog: what is self-isolation and why is it important?

PHE – Now more than ever, Every Mind Matters: new campaign resources

PHE letter to Directors of Public Health on contract tracing (pdf, 24 April 2020)


    Information from the NHS

    NHS.UK – COVID-19 restoration of community health services for children and young people: second phase (pdf, 3 June 2020) 

    NHS.UK – coronavirus shielded patient list summary totals, England

    Future NHS Better Care Exchange: COVID-19 section (requires log-in)

    NHS.UK – expansion of eligibility for coronavirus testing (pdf, 18 May 2020)

    NHS.UK – advice to skilled and experienced nurses and midwives about how to return to work

    NHS.UK – Guidance on supply and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    NHS.UK – COVID-19 Discharge hub

    NHS.UK – COVID-19 Hospital Discharge Service Requirements (pdf, 19 March 2020)

    NHS.UK – COVID-19 prioritisation within community health services

    NHSE – FAQs on using FFP 3 Respiratory Protective Equipment, (pdf, 20 March 2020)

    Letter from chief executives of all NHS trusts and foundation trusts to local authority chief executives and directors of adult social care, (pdf, 20 March 2020)

    NHS.UK – National data opt-out compliance deadline extended

    NHS.UK – Data security and protection toolkit - deadline extended

    Letter to the health and care sector regarding the extension of the national data opt-out (pdf, 19 March 2020)

    NHSE – Prioritisation within community health services (pdf, 1 April 2020)

    NHS free parking search service


    Other useful information

    ADPH explainer – local outbreak plans (pdf, July 2020)

    The Health Foundation COVID-19 survey (pdf, June 2020)

    Chief Coroner guidance on COVID-19 (pdf, 26 March 2020)

    Association of Directors of Public Health – COVID-19: the ADPH approach

    CQC – next steps to support adult social care during the COVID-19 pandemic

    The LGA has worked with Government to develop a scheme that now suspends parking charges for health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers for on-street parking and open car parks (e.g. pay and display car parks) as they go about their critical work. 

    Public health register (UKPHR) – Response to COVID-19

    Sport England – 'Stay in, Work out' campaign

    Get Creative - 'Get Creative at Home'

    Sport England – £195 million package to help sport and physical activity through coronavirus

    The BSIF run a Quality Assurance scheme and can assist with questions around PPE offered, fake documentation and products

    The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare has produced advice for women seeking contraception, abortion and other SRH services during COVID-19

    Mental health 

    Campaign to End Loneliness – ideas to help older people stay connected during self-isolation

    Mind – coronavirus and mental wellbeing

    Mind – coronavirus mental health response fund

    World Health Organisation – Mental health and psychological resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Association of Mental Health providers and the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network have published a briefing about supporting mental health in communities during Covid-19