Care home managers in England have been asked to continue to report staff deaths to the DHSC, in addition to the reporting processes required in health and safety law (RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19).
The DHSC reporting form asks whether COVID-19 is confirmed or suspected in relation to the death.
The request comes in letter from Michelle Dyson, DHSC director general for adult social care. This explains that there is no legal duty on employers to submit this information to DHSC and informing us does not infer liability.
Rather, that this process supports the independent medical examiner scrutiny process, which has been set up to examine the deaths of all health and care staff from COVID-19. It also ensures that condolence letters can be sent to families of the deceased, that providers of the Government’s NHS and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme 2020 can be informed, and that death reporting is accurate.
The letter also expresses thanks to care teams for their incredible professionalism and compassion throughout the pandemic.