1. Introduction

Unfortunately, some workers in the adult social care sector have lost their lives as a result of contracting COVID-19. In such an event, the Department of Health and Social Care is asking employers to tell it about the deaths of all types of workers in the adult social care sector, regardless of role or employer, and including volunteers.

Employers include (but is not  limited to):

  • privately run care providers;
  • local authorities;
  • charities.

2. Reporting Process

As much information as possible should be provided email the following details about the person who has died to asccovidinform@dhsc.gov.uk. This includes:

  • name;
  • job role;
  • employer;
  • local authority/ies in which they worked;
  • date of death;
  • if COVID-19 was confirmed or suspected.

2.1 Agency staff

The agency should report the worker’s death unless it is agreed by both parties that it is more appropriate for the care provider, where they worked most recently, to do so.

2.2 Volunteers

The deaths of volunteers working in adult social care should also be reported in this way.

3. Differences with other Reporting Processes

3.1 NHS and Social Care Life Assurance Scheme

The government’s  NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020 is a separate process. The life assurance scheme will be administered by the NHS Business Services Authority.

3.2 RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19 is a separate process required in health and safety law. All providers of adult social care who are employers must report COVID-19 workplace deaths that meet the criteria published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in its guidance on RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19.

4. Queries

Any queries about informing  DHSC of a worker’s death should be emailed to asccovidinform@dhsc.gov.uk.