In May 2020, government introduced NHS Test and Trace in England to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 infection. As part of a strategy to limit onward transmission, this new service aims to create the necessary capacity to test people with symptoms, provide timely results and proactively trace others who may be affected. This has included launching a digital app on 24 September. Through the Department of Health & Social Care, NHS Test and Trace has appointed commercial partners to work alongside others, such as local government to deliver these testing and tracing services. To date, government has assigned £12 billion to the service.
Since the outset, NHS Test and Trace has faced public and media attention around its use of contact tracers and ability to meet rising demand for tests. This initial report will review government’s implementation of test and trace to date, including how it was set-up and what has been achieved.
More information about our work to report on government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.