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Variants of concern

Variants of concern


All viruses – including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 – evolve over time. When a virus replicates or makes copies of itself, it sometimes changes a little bit, which is normal for a virus. These changes are called “mutations”, or variants. Depending on where the changes are located in the virus’s genetic material, they […]




How to use this pack This resource pack has been developed to provide clear guidance for domiciliary care providers in London about the COVID-19 vaccine, and bring useful resources and information together in one place to help them maximise vaccine take-up by staff. Please note that information and process are continuing to develop, please continue […]

Why are domiciliary care workers a priority?


Domiciliary Care staff are at increased personal risk of catching COVID-19, and passing it on to vulnerable people. People who are supported by domiciliary care staff are often vulnerable if they catch COVID-19, and many have been very badly affected by it. Vaccines are only approved if they are safe and effective and are the […]

Vaccination - your questions answered

Who is receiving the vaccines


The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises UK health departments on immunisation and the priority groups. It has said that the first priorities of any COVID-19 vaccination programme should be preventing death from COVID-19 and protecting social care and health care staff. Domiciliary Care staff are at increased personal risk of catching COVID-19 […]

How were the vaccines approved

How were the vaccines approved

The NHS will offer a COVID-19 vaccination only when it has been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the official UK regulator, like all other medicines and devices. Vaccines go through three phases of clinical trials – in the third phase the Pfizer vaccine was given to 21,000 volunteers including older […]

The truth about the vaccines

The truth about the vaccines

You may have seen some false information about the vaccine on the internet, circulating on social media and sent to people using apps like WhatsApp and SnapChat. Below are some truths about the vaccine: The vaccine does not affect fertility. There is absolutely no evidence, and no theoretical reason, that any of the vaccines can […]

What are vaccines

What are vaccines


Vaccines are a medicine, but instead of treating patients with diseases, they: Massively reduce the chance that someone will catch a disease in the first place Reduce the harm caused by the disease for people who do still catch it, so that they do not get seriously unwell from it    

Health & Social Care staff

Domiciliary Care Vaccination Toolkit


Domiciliary Care staff play a crucially important role helping people, many of them vulnerable, live safely at home. If you’re a domiciliary care worker, you have an increased personal risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to vulnerable people you care for. The vaccine is one tool to help prevent COVID-19, together with all […]

IAPT Transformation online resources

The IAPT Transformation Programme began in Summer 2020, to learn from innovative IAPT practice across London (and beyond) and share that learning. Its aim is to describe how IAPT services work in integrated ways with other local partners, and successful ways of engaging with local communities, whilst maintaining fidelity to the IAPT model. The online […]

Five ways to Wellbeing and Islam

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have expanded our resources to meet the growing demand for mental health support across London. Londoners have told Good Thinking that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to their health – they want information and support that reflects how they live and what their values […]

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Cancer as a Long Term Condition: local training delivery packs

TCST has been working with a number of key organisation including HEE, Macmillan and Tower Hamlets Local Authority to produce these train the trainer slide packs. These packs have received extensive input from an extensive group of health professionals including GPs, GP nurse, Physiotherapist, and Psychologist. The content within these slides can be used and […]

Supporting European Londoners’ Mental Health and Wellbeing

Communications Toolkit – Dec 2020 About this toolkit This communications toolkit is designed for London partners, including health and care organisations, local authorities, and third sector bodies. This is a resource for you to adapt and to use locally when communicating to the general public, particularly European Londoners throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit and winter […]

Homeless health during COVID-19

We have been coordinating the London COVID-19 Homeless Health Response, as a multi-agency approach to managing the health needs and minimising the transmission of COVID-19 within the homeless population in London. Please see a range of resources, information and further contacts below. Frequently Asked Questions for hostels, and homeless hotels when dealing with COVID-19 (updated […]

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Cancer Inequalities Toolkit

The Transforming Cancer Services Team (TCST) has produced a toolkit to reduce inequalities in cancer care and outcomes in London and West Essex. The strategy underpins delivery of the three agreed London Cancer Priorities 2019/20: Early detection of cancers including through screening and education activities; Delivery of the Faster Diagnosis Standard; Access to personalised care […]

Cancer as a long-term condition

Cancer remains the leading cause of mortality in the UK and a top priority in London. The number of people affected is significant. In 2010, 186,600 Londoners were living with and beyond cancer. With the incidence of cancer rising to 1 in 2 people, this number is set to rise significantly. Patients with a recent […]

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Forums and Blog

Future NHS Collaboration Platform There are several useful forums to join in the ‘Future NHS Collaboration Platform’ website. Here you will find colleagues working across our health and social care systems around the country and locally, sharing best practice, asking questions and generating discussions around key topics relating to care homes. This is a really […]

Delivering and evaluating services

Capacity Tracker

Capacity Tracker is a secure online tool developed nationally as the single way for care providers to share up to date information on number of beds available for residents, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs, staffing levels (number of staff) and the number of residents with COVID-19 to help homes manage during the COVID-19 period. The […]

Creating supportive environments

End of life care

Advanced Care Planning and Coordinate my Care (CMC) Conversations around end of life are challenging, particularly in these difficult times. Residents may want to express their wishes in relation to what care they want if they become unwell. [ Click here for further information and guidance COVID-19\Care Home Resource Pack\Advance Care Planning and Coordinate my […]

Cross-sector working and leadership

Supporting Residents, Relatives and Staff

Supporting your residents with learning disabilities People with learning disabilities may be at greater risk of infection because of other health conditions or routines and/or behaviours. It is important that staff are aware of the risks to each person and reduce them as much as possible. For further guidance and resources, download the COVID 19 […]