NHS Test and Trace COVID App – message to businesses

The NHS Test and Trace COVID App will be released for mass use on the 24th September.

The app is a vital part of the overall NHS Test and Trace service and the two biggest lessons learnt from the pilot’s are the incredible power of local networks and that giving businesses the opportunity to get ready and launch QR posters is key

Businesses and venues across England and Wales who will require QR code posters are being requested  to use the time between now and the launch date to get prepared.

Help is being requested:

1. To lead the way in helping relevant businesses and venues in your local community to start generating and displaying NHS QR posters, so visitors and customers can start checking in safely and securely to those settings from the 24th September. This is the main priority for the next two weeks and I attach some further information for your teams to support.

2. To use your communications channels to promote the app and drive awareness amongst your local communities when it is launched. Your advocacy really matters to us and your considerable networks will help us to reach as many people as possible.

The more people who use the app, the better it will work – and it will help us get ahead of the virus, preventing a second wave, further local lockdowns, and further disruption to the economy. You have all been incredible partners in NHS Test and Trace so far and on behalf of the entire NHS Test and Trace team, I’d like to express our sincere thanks for your commitment to playing your part and supporting us on our mission.

For the latest Covid-19 information and support please see:


Businesses urged to prepare for NHS COVID-19 app

Government explains how pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, cinemas and other venues across England and Wales are being urged to download QR codes to prepare for public rollout of new app.

  • The NHS COVID-19 app is currently being trialled and will launch on Thursday 24 September in England and Wales, including QR check-in at venues
  • QR codes will be an important way for NHS Test and Trace in England and NHS Test, Trace, Protect in Wales to contact multiple people if coronavirus outbreaks are identified in venues

Click here to read the full press release.

‘NHS Reset’ Reports – People and Communities, and the VCSE

Covid-19 has changed the NHS and social care, bringing about rapid changes and transformation. NHS Reset is an NHS Confederation campaign to help share what the health and care system should look like in the aftermath of the pandemic.  

Two reports have been published to consider how health and care systems can work better with Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) partners, and how a new relationship between the NHS, people and communities has developed. You can download the reports below.

Venues required by law to record contact details

The government have published information on premises and venues across England must have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.

  • businesses and other public settings where people meet socially including hospitality, close contact and leisure venues must record contact details of customers, visitors and staff on their premises to tackle the spread of coronavirus
  • details must be stored for 21 days and shared with NHS Test and Trace, if requested
  • fixed penalties for organisations that do not comply

Click here for the full press release.

Expert Guidance for charity chairs: staff restructuring and redundancies

Thomson Snell & Passmore have published guidance for charities on staff restructuring and redundancies during Covid.

According to Third Sector magazine, the sector is facing a 12.4 billion shortfall this year with 10 billion of that in the next 6 months, representing a 24% fall in income according to the Institute of Funding.

To read the full guidance, click here.

Why Hybrid Events are the future of charity fundraisers

Charity Digital published an article on the continued uncertainty over the repercussions of COVID-19 for 2021 and beyond, and how hybrid events offer a way forward.

When the COVID-19 pandemic first struck, the NCVO published worrying projections for the immediate impact of lockdowns and social distancing on the UK charity sector. Traditional routes of fundraising were stopped in their tracks, with devastating effects for many charities.

You can read the full article here.

NYA – Young People’s Lives Turned ‘Inside Out’

A new report on young people’s health in response to COVID-19:

The fall-out from the crisis on school exam results has created a crisis of confidence for many young people, uncertain of their future. Its impact is far-reaching and has compounded existing inequalities made worse by COVID-19.

A new report, ‘Inside Out’, published today, highlights a rise in mental health issues among young people and provides clear evidence on the disproportionate impact the pandemic has on young people’s health.

Click here to view the report.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Resuming regular grant-making: Looking ahead to the autumn

Régis Cochefert, Director of Grants and Programmes, reflects on the Foundation’s emergency grant-making as they prepare to reopen to applications, whilst retaining a commitment to quicker decisions, more flexibility and better responsiveness to applicants.

Funds to reopen in late October. ‘Explore and Test’ and ‘More and Better’ grants to be replaced with a single, more flexible funding route.

To read the full article, please click here.