Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for homecare workers: information for agencies

Sets out how homecare agencies in England can order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff.

Applies to England


A testing service for homecare workers in England (PDF version)

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NHS Test and Trace is making weekly COVID-19 testing available to all homecare workers in Care Quality Commission (CQC)-registered domiciliary care organisations.

All registered homecare agencies will be contacted with details of how to apply for test kits for their carers. Homecare agencies will be responsible for ordering and distributing tests to all homecare workers for them to conduct at home on a weekly basis.

Homecare worker testing should only be conducted on:

  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Saturdays
  • Sundays (if the homecare worker is able to access a priority post box with Sunday collections)

Regular testing for coronavirus is also now available to personal assistants supporting adults over 18 in England.


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Guidance for homecare workers

See also guidance for homecare workers in England on how to collect, complete and register test kits.

Published 14 May 2021
Last updated 1 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect changes that coronavirus test results can now be uploaded in bulk.

  2. NHS support number for Scotland has changed to 119.

  3. First published.