Guidance and information on Covid-19 and social care

Guidance and information for Integrated Retirement Community Operators on Covid-19 and social care

Information and guidance from ARCO's latest Social Care and Covid-19 Member Update, sent 12/08/2022:


Provider views sought to shape CQC State of Care report 

Each year, the CQC's State of Care report looks at the trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve. It is important the report reflects the experiences of the public, health and social care providers, and CQC partners.

To inform this year’s report, CQC will be inviting people working in health and social care to share their views through a short survey. The survey asks questions relating to staffing, demand, and the biggest issues impacting ability to deliver good care and/or improve.

CQC will be emailing all nominated individuals and registered managers today (Friday 12 August) with a link to the survey. Participation is voluntary and responses will be kept anonymous. The survey will close on 24 August.

If you would like to cascade the survey, the link to share is:

CQC are also currently seeking views on their approach to reviewing and assessing local authorities and integrated care systems. The deadline has been extended, and surveys will now be open until 17 August. Visit the CQC online participation platform for more information:

Guide on the revised guidance on the cap on care costs

Please find here a helpful briefing note relating to the revised operational guidance on the implementation of the cap on care costs including the deferral of Section 18.3 of the Care Act.

Adult social care in England, monthly statistics: August 2022

Statistics on a range of topics including infection control measures, vaccinations and Covid-19 testing in adult social care settings are now available here for August 2022. 


Information and guidance from ARCO's Social Care and Covid-19 Member Update, sent 05/08/2022:


Fair Cost of Care - Critical Data Required by 9th August

The CPA ran a series of workshops with providers and third parties supporting councils with their Fair Cost of Care submissions over the last three weeks after providers said they have concerns over the Fair Cost of Care data collected being unreflective of the future costs of provision. The CPA will be producing guidance for all Local Authorities to support their writing of their Market Sustainability Plans and Cost reports, which need to reflect the future of care provision, and a sustainable fair cost of care rate in the future.

The following survey has been created to collect the key information based on the points raised in the workshops. The survey focuses on the key areas raised in the workshops which could have the biggest impact on providers. 

Please only provide what data you can. You can access the survey as many times as you require. You may wish to do several submissions or ask colleagues to provide different information, so please feel free to share with others if they are better able to complete certain sections. Responses are required by the 9th August. 

Integrated Care Systems Explainer 

The CPA have developed a guide for adult social care providers on Integrated Care Systems and the opportunities they provide for partnership working between health and social care. ICSs are partnerships between health and care organisations, coming together to collectively plan and deliver health and care to meet the needs of their population.

This guide has been developed with input and support from NHS England and is designed to help adult social care providers understand ICS and, at the same time, help ICSs to have a better understanding of the value of the full participation and engagement from adult social care providers.


Find out more from ARCO: 

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK, ARCO has shared and provided advice on Covid-19 guidance through a variety of mediums, including update emails, regular online discussion and bulletins.

  • If you would like to receive the fortnightly Covid-19 update email that ARCO sends out, including all the latest information and guidance relevant for Integrated Retirement Communities, then please email Sam Dalton, Policy and External Affairs Manager, via
  • If you work for an ARCO member and would like to join our fortnightly calls to discuss the latest Covid-19 guidance and have your questions answered, then please email Sally Ireland, Barrister and Head of Regulation and Compliance, via