Key resources

Please see below for a list of key resources, both from CIPFA and across the public sector, which may be helpful in your response to COVID-19.

General information





DHSC: More than half a billion pounds to help people return home from hospital, 21 August 2020

DHSC: Reintroduction of NHS continuing healthcare, 21 August 2020

DHSC: Hospital discharge service: policy and operating model, 21 August 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement: Elective letter, 20 August 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement: Implementing phase 3 of the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 7 August 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement: Third phase of the NHS response to COVID-19, 31 July 2020

DHSC: Local authority test and trace service support grant, 11 June 2020

DHSC: Local authorities across England receive funding to support new Test and Trace service, 11 June 2020

DHSC: New guarantee on death in service benefits for frontline health and care staff during pandemic, 27 April 2020

MHCLG: COVID-19: Letter from local government minister to councils setting out further details of additional funding, 20 April 2020

MHCLG: Government pledges extra 1.6 billion for councils, 18 April 2020

MHCLG: Councils given greater financial relief against cash flow pressures, 16 April 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement: HMT funding for the hospice sector to support the COVID-19 response, 16 April 2020

DHSC: NHS to benefit from 13.4 billion debt write-off, 2 April 2020

MHCLG: COVID-19: emergency funding for local government, 30 March 2020

CIPFA response: Government announces write-off of NHS debt, 2 April 2020

MHCLG & DHSC: £2.9 billion funding to strengthen care for the vulnerable, 19 March 2020

NHS Finance:

Implementing phase 3 of the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 18 September 2020 

Contracts and payment guidance October 2020 - March 2021, 15 September 2020

Changes to COVID-19 financial reporting and approval processes as we move into the second phase of the NHS response, 19 May 2020

Financial accounting and reporting updates, latest updates

NHS providers: COVID-19 considerations fro 2019/20 annual reports and accounts disclosures (plus disclosures for DHSC cash regime changes), 22 April 2020

Frequently asked questions on financial response to COVID-19, 15 April 2020

COVID-19 capital claim forms, 13 April 2020

Block payment guidance documents for April to July 2020, 13 April 2020

DHSC group accounting manual 2019 to 2020, 9 April 2020

HFMA: 2019/20 annual reports and accounts checklist, 9 April 2020

HMRC: COVID-19 pandemic: Advice for NHS bodies and government departments on submitting VAT21/VAT100 returns, 7 April 2020

MIAA: Governance in the context of COVID-19 (Trusts and FTs) and Governance in the context of COVID-19 (CCGs), April 2020

Reforms to the NHS cash and capital regimes for 2020/21 financial year, 2 April 2020

Reforms to the NHS cash regime effective from 1 April 2020

Guidance on NHS system capital envelopes for 2020/21, 2 April 2020

DHSC: IFRS 16 implementation guidance, 2 April 2020

DHSC: DHSC group accounting manual 2019 to 2020, 31 March 2020

DHSC: COVID-19: Ministerial direction on spend, 31 March 2020

Reducing burden and releasing capacity at NHS providers and commissioners, 28 March 2020

Revised arrangements for NHS contracting and payment, 26 March 2020

DHSC: The government's 2020-21 mandate to NHS England and NHS Improvement and 2020-21 financial directions to NHS England, 26 March 2020

DHSC: The government's revised 2019-20 accountability framework with NHS England and NHS Improvement and 2019-20 revised financial directions to NHS England, 25 March 2020

HFMA: COVID-19 financial governance considerations, 25 March 2020

Updated year-end accounts timetable letter, 25 March 2020

DHSC: The exercise of commissioning functions by the NHS commissioning board (Coronavirus) directions 2020, 23 March 2020

Updates to NHS accounts timetable and year-end arrangements - with provider annex, 23 March 2020

DHSC: COVID-19: Hospital discharge requirements

Next steps on NHS response to COVID-19

NHS Shared Business Services: COVID-19 - finance & accounting service update and FAQs

NHS England/NHS Improvement: Guidance to NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts and clinical commissioning groups on the Cabinet Office Procurement Policy Note PPN 02/20, 20 April 2020

DHSC: COVID-19 Personal protective equipment plan, 15 April 2020

Cabinet Office: Procurement Policy Note 03/20: Use of procurement cards, 6 April 2020

Cabinet Office: Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19, 6 April 2020

Cabinet Office: Procurement Policy Note 01/20: Responding to COVID-19, 18 March 2020

Other guidance:

HM Government: Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, 11 May 2020

DHSC: COVID-19: notification of data controllers to share information, 1 April 2020

Financial Reporting Council: Guidance for auditors and matters to consider where engagements are affected by coronavirus, COVID-19 bulletin, March 2020

HMRC: Pay no import duty and VAT on medical supplies, equipment and protective garments, 31 March 2020

Cabinet Office: Fraud control in emergency management COVID-19 UK Government guide, 26 March 2020

UK Parliament: Coronavirus Act 2020, 25 March 2020

Charities SORP Committee: Implications of COVID-19 control measures and charity financial reporting, 23 March 2020

NHS Counter Fraud Authority: Our work during the COVID-19 pandemic, 19 March 2020

Care Quality Commission: Coronavirus (COVID-19)information

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman: Coronavirus update

HM Government: COVID-19 guidance collection

Scottish Government: COVID-19 guidance collection

Welsh Government: COVID-19 guidance collection

Northern Ireland Executive: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Social Care

DHSC: Adult social care winter plan: letter from Minister for Care to local authorities, 18 September 2020

DHSC: Adult social care: our COVID-19 winter plan 2020 to 2021, 18 September 2020

DHSC: Social care sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce: report on first phase of COVID-19 pandemic, 18 September 2020

DHSC: More than £500 million for social care to reduce coronavirus transmission over winter, 17 September 2020

DHSC: COVID-19 infection rises: letter to care providers from Director of Adult Social Care Delivery, 11 September 2020

DHSC: Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), 26 August 2020

LGA/ADASS: Revised hospital discharge guidance - briefing for councils, 25 August 2020 

DHSC: COVID-19: Care home support package, 15 May 2020 

£600m adult social care infection control fund

NHS England/NHS Improvement: Letter - COVID-19 response: Identifying a clinical lead for all care homes, 12 May 2020

DHSC: Guidance for people receiving direct payments, 21 April 2020

DfE: Reducing burdens on educational and care settings, 20 April 2020

DfE: SEND risk assessment guidance, 19 April 2020

PHE: How to work safely in care homes, 17 April 2020

DfE: Financial support for education, early years and children's social care, 17 April 2020

DHSC: Adult social care action plan, 15 April 2020

LGA/ADASS: Temporary funding for adult social care providers during the COVID-19 crisis, 8 April 2020

DHSC: Guidance for children's social care services, 3 April 2020

DHSC: Admission and care of people in care homes, 2 April 2020

DHSC: Changes to Care Act 2014, 31 March 2020

PHE: Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, 30 March 2020

DHSC: Letter from SoS for Health & Social Care to the social care workforce, 28 March 2020

DHSC: Hospital discharge requirements, 19 March 2020

DHSC: Ethical framework for adult social care, 19 March 2020

DfE & PHE: Guidance on vulnerable children and young people, 18 March 2020

PHE: Guidance for residential care, supported living and home care, 13 March 2020

LGA, ADASS, CPA: Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: Guidance to commissioners, 13 March 2020

LGA: Children's services, education and schools

LGA: Adult social care and support

Local government

COVID-19 crisis management

Delivery Associates have created a crisis management tool and checklist to help public sector leaders manage their way through the current crisis. 

International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) is providing advice and support in understanding and reporting on the COVID-19 government interventions. Please see the IPSASB website for more information.

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