Published 16th February
NHS Test and Trace is making weekly COVID-19 testing available to personal assistants working in adult social care in England.
For testing purposes, a ‘personal assistant’ is someone who is directly employed by an individual (or self-employed) to provide care and support to enable them to live as independently as possible. This care could include support in the home, or to go out into the community.
Personal assistants will be eligible for testing if they provide care that requires them to come within 2 metres of an adult over the age of 18 who they support.
Personal assistants will be responsible for ordering test kits every 28 days – or an employer can order test kits for their personal assistant.