Weekly Coronavirus testing for staff in supported living settings

Staff testing within supported living environments will help protect residents and staff, and is an important part of the national effort to tackle coronavirus. This leaflet covers regular staff testing through the National Testing Programme where staff have no symptoms present.

Staff will be asked to test themselves every 7 days.

If a staff member tests positive with a PCR test, they should not be tested using PCR for 90 days unless they develop new symptoms.

Anyone with new symptoms should self-isolate and book a test in via https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/testing-and-tracing-covid-19/testing-covid-19


  1. Receive Unique organisation number (UON) - share with staff to register (small organisations)

  2. Request test kits using UON

  3. Collect consent and data from staff. Download and populate the spreadsheet now via https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/organisation-testing-registration-record-of-users

  4. Receive kits and distribute to staff. Re order in three weeks’ time.

    • Store test kits in a safe place at room temperature (between 5 and 22 degrees Celsius)

  5. Plan your testing which can be scheduled over multiple days, taking into account various shift patterns and courier timings

  6. Bulk registration of staff – download bulk registration form before staff testing https://gov.uk/register-organisation-tests (for 8 staff and above)

  7. Once staff have completed testing, visit the Organisation Registration service at: https://gov.uk/register-organisation-tests

  8. You must book a courier collection in advance: Book collection for coronavirus test kits - GOV.UK (test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk)

    • (see PHA FAQ for more details)

  9. Regular communication with staff about this process and test results

  10. Continue to report to any symptomatic cases / positive results Health Protection Team at PHA Duty Room on 0300 555 0114


  1. Self-test https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-test-kit-instruction


    Video: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-taking-swab-samples


  2. Return your kit to workplace drop off area (as arranged by manager)

  • Share your specimen ID (barcode)  with manager for bulk registration via organisation



  1. Post using priority mail box www.royalmail.com/services-near-you (only to be used for 8 samples of less at a time)

  1. Test samples will be processed and results sent out to the email address and the mobile number provided when kit was registered.


  2. Self-isolate and notify your employer immediately if you receive a positive result.

If you have queries about orders, deliveries, extra or missing test kits, or missing results, you can phone the National Testing Programme Helpdesk on 119. (Open 7am – 11pm, 7 days per week).

The healpdesk is free to call from landlines and mobiles.

An FAQ relating to weekly testing in weekly testing in supported living settings is available here.

See here for a set of infographics inclduding:

  • a summary of testing in supported living
  • the contents of test kits
  • how to take a throat and nasal swab

If you need additional support, please email regulartesting@hscni.net.

Privacy information on COVID-19 testing can be found here.