Policy, Guidance & Advice

Care Inspectorate guidance for services in response to COVID-19

Communication for people with sensory loss during the COVID-19 pandemic: advice for health & social care staff.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test and Protect: multi-sector guidance on collection of customer and visitor contact details – July 2020

COVID-19 Guidance on Information Governance including Intra-NHS Scotland Information Sharing Accord (19.062020) and Further update to the Privacy statement (23.06.2020).

COVID-19 Information Governance Advice

COVID-19 rehabilitation and recovery. The rehabilitation and recovery of those who have had coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as those who have been affected by lockdown is to be supported through a new rehabilitation framework.

COVID-19 Telecare Update. Produced by the Scottish Government TEC Programme, TEC in Housing and Digital Telecare for Scottish Local Government.

COVID-19 Updates – produced weekly from 30 March 2020. Previous TEC updates accessible here.

Digital Inclusion – Connecting Scotland update 18.08.2020 Additional funding to help more households get online.

Digital Mental Health Services
The Scottish Government has announced an additional £3.8 million in funding for mental health services in response to COVID-19.

Digital Telecare for Scottish Local Government COVID-19 Telecare Service Continuity Guidance

Domestic Abuse and Child Welfare: A Practice Guide for Social Workers – Domestic abuse during COVID-19 24 April 2020

Getting the right care in the right place People are being asked to continue following the public health guidance to get advice and help when they need medical care.

Guidance for antenatal and postnatal services in the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – information for healthcare professionals. Produced by the RCM and RCOG

Healthcare Improvement Scotland – supporting the Near Me roll out across primary care, obstetrics, community midwifery and mental health.

Health Protection Scotland COVID-19 Guidance​

Information Commissioner’s Office Blog: Community groups and COVID-19: what you need to know about data protection.

Information Commissioner’s Office Data protection and COVID-19 Hub Includes: Contact Tracing – protecting customer and visitor details

Information Governance COVID-19 IG Advice

Mental Health and Wellbeing Support – resources for staff on TURAS

Mental Welfare Commission COVID-19 Advice for people using services and their families / carers.

Microsoft Teams and new on TURAS

Near Me Full EQIA for Near Me (version 1, approved 26 August 2020)

Near Me Public Engagement executive summary

Near Me Public Engagement full report

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) educational and induction resources for all  health and social care staff deployed or redeployed to support services.

NHS Inform – COVID-19
Resources include: check your symptoms, government advice and advice when caring for others.

ORCHA (which works with the NHS to assess and build apps) Coronavirus: Apps to help self-management

Public Health Scotland weekly reports to provide a narrative around the statistics and data that are routinely published on COVID-19.

Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design: the framework for NHS Scotland 31.05.2020

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists – (COVID-19), pregnancy and women’s health

Scotland’s AI Strategy – seeking views about the role of AI in a post-COVID19 Scotland! Closing date 30.06.2020

Scotland’s Programme for Government Protecting Scotland, Renewing Scotland

Scottish Contact Tracing App development and BBC News article 10.09.2020 Scotland’s new tracing app: What you need to know about Protect Scotland

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Third Sector Information Hub – resources, guidance & links to info that could help support your charity, social enterprise, community group or voluntary organisation.

Scottish Government COVID-19 Advice – with links to regularly updated advice and Scotland’s route map. Includes 14.09.2020 update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: staying safe and protecting others

Scottish Government COVID-19 Information Governance Guidance – includes use of email

Scottish Government – extra support for charities. Properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme to help with pressures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Scottish Government,  Healthier Scotland – Clear Your Head. Tips to help look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Scottish Government – Initial Test and Protect data published Week 1. 10.06.2020

Scottish Government News update – Looking after each other during COVID-19 The Scotland Cares – Caring Communities campaign aims to support the work already underway that has seen thousands of people and communities look after each other, whilst making it clear how they can do it safely. Find out more at

Scottish Government – Updated advice for people who are shielding

Scottish Social Services Council COVID-19 Updated guidance and resources for registration, staff wellbeing, recruitment and more.

Scottish Social Services Council Workforce Guidance for Employers

Sector guidance for easing lockdown

SIGN Decision Support – COVID 19 assessment in primary care – predicting severe disease. SIGN is now embedding its evidence and guidance products into the national decision support system created by the Digital Health and Care Institute the Right Decision Service.  

Social Care Institute for Excellence COVID-19 Supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities.

Strengthened clinical oversight for care homes 17.05.2020

Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is to be opened out to everyone who is symptomatic over the age of five.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy have updated the remote consultation resources in response to COVID-19

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social services (Iriss) are providing support during COVID-19:
Responsive technical help – If you are having difficulty getting something on your computer, tablet or phone to work, Iriss is here to help and Publishing support – if you are working in social services and need help to publish content on your own website, or are looking to create something new, we can help.

Understanding impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities. A new expert group will work with the Scottish Government to provide a clearer picture of the impact on minority ethnic communities of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Update to COVID-19 Symptoms Statement from the four UK Chief Medical Officers

Young Scot
COVID-19 Resources include: FAQs, Interview with the First Minister and National Clinical Director, Jason Leitch and links to relevant resources.

11 May 2020 – Second Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

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