In January, we launched a campaign for urgent action to address a missing part of the Coronavirus testing system – regular, weekly testing for Adult Day Support Workers.

We are pleased to say that the Department for Health and Social Care have now added Adult Day Support Workers to the list of those eligible for weekly tests and these should be rolled out soon.

Dr Spencer Pitfield OBE, Chief Executive of Paces, led the campaign. In a message to supports of the campaign and those who signed the petition, he said:

“Thank you for supporting our campaign to provide regular, weekly coronavirus testing for Adult Day Support Workers. 

I am pleased to say that our representations, and those of many others, have been heard and the Department of Health and Social Care is now rolling out weekly routine staff testing to all day care centres that are run by paid care staff and deemed critical to be open during lockdown by local authorities. 

The criteria says these services must be for adults over 18 and are provided within non-residential care settings that support the health and wellbeing of adults. 

This includes settings such as: 

  • purpose-built day centres
  • day centres attached to or part of a care home or supported living
  • other buildings in communities specifically used for regular adult day care 

Day Centres will soon be receiving more information from their local authorities – and I want to thank everyone from the Secretary of State to Local Authority Commissioning and Public Health Teams for ensuring we can continue to safely support the tens of thousands of vulnerable people who rely on Adult Day Support to allow them to live their lives to the full and achieve their potential.”