COVID-19 insights and experiences

Blogs published to support the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. Edited and published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Head-shot of the author, Andy Forster, Programme Manager at TimeBank, the volunteering charity Has the COVID-19 pandemic inspired you to think about volunteering? (03 June 2020)
By Andy Forster, Programme Manager at TimeBank, the volunteering charity

Head-shot of the author, Professor Maureen Baker CBE, Chair, Professional Record Standards Body Using standards to make care safer and more personalised (29 May 2020)
By Professor Maureen Baker CBE, Chair, Professional Record Standards Body

Head-shot of the author, Michaela Gray, SCIE's Corporate Governance and HR Officer Tips on being kind at work during the lockdown (21 May 2020)
By Michaela Gray, SCIE's Corporate Governance and HR Officer

Head-shot of the author, Katie Wrench, social worker and art psychotherapist Running a local authority therapeutic social work team during COVID-19 (19 May 2020)
By Katie Wrench, social worker and art psychotherapist

Head-shot of the author, Janet Sillett, Head of Briefings, Local Government Information Unit / LGIU Powerful stories: Can they be the catalyst for reform? (19 May 2020)
By Janet Sillett, Head of Briefings, Local Government Information Unit / LGIU

Head-shot of the author, Kanisha and Jordan, Young Advisors at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust Life during lockdown for young people in Doncaster (12 May 2020)
By Kanisha and Jordan, Young Advisors at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust

Head-shot of the author, James Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Doncaster Children's Services Trust Children's services: What crises have taught us (11 May 2020)
By James Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Doncaster Children's Services Trust

Head-shot of the author, Aaron Foulds, Asthma UK volunteer Ready to shield since January. COVID-19 and asthma (06 May 2020)
By Aaron Foulds, Asthma UK volunteer

Head-shot of the author, Alex Khaldi, Consultant and Interim at Think.Do.Consulting From care markets to care systems (05 May 2020)
By Alex Khaldi, Consultant and Interim at Think.Do.Consulting

Head-shot of the author, Sarah Mitchell, Manager, Bridge House care home, West Yorkshire Care home manager: News from the frontline (04 May 2020)
By Sarah Mitchell, Manager, Bridge House care home, West Yorkshire

In recognition of how COVID-19 is affecting the death rituals for people in Northern Ireland (27 April 2020)
By Dr Denise Turner (London Metropolitan University) and Dr Amanda M L Taylor-Beswick (Queens University Belfast)

COVID-19 and older people with combined sight and hearing loss - working with older people, 70-years plus (23 April 2020)
By Bernard Quinn, Director, Hi-VisUK

The analogue generation is isolating but they don't have to be lonely (20 April 2020)
By Harriet Gridley, KOMP

Walking through the COVID-19 landscape (16 April 2020)
By Lorraine Currie, MCA and DoLS Manager at Shropshire Council and carer

Leadership in a time of pandemic (15 April 2020)
By Kim Carey, Director of Adult Services, London Borough of Bromley

Social Care and COVID-19: Kathryn Smith (09 April 2020)
By Kathryn Smith, Chief Operating Officer at Alzheimers Society and incoming SCIE Chief Executive

At times of crisis, heroes emerge (06 April 2020)
By Steve Palmer, SCIE Communications Manager and parent carer

The power of stories in our Covid-19 world (05 April 2020)
By Ryan Wise, Practice Development Manager, SCIE

How to support people with long-term health conditions living in their own homes self-isolating (01 April 2020)
By John Evans OBE, disability rights, equalities and diversity consultant and trainer and former SCIE trustee

Sharing lives and self-isolating (29 March 2020)
By Alex Fox OBE, Chief Executive of Shared Lives Plus and Trustee at the Social Care Institute for Excellence

COVID-19: using digital technology in relationship-based practice to bridge the gap in social distancing (26 March 2020)
By Dr Godfred Boahen, Policy and Research Officer, British Association of Social Workers

What is worrying social care providers and their staff (24 March 2020)
By Melanie Weatherley MBE, Chair, Lincolnshire Care Association

Covid-19 and adult social workers (24 March 2020)
By Rob Mitchell, Principal Social Worker at Bradford Council and Elaine James, Service Manager for commissioning for learning disabilities at Bradford council

Covid-19: An older person caring for a younger family member (22 March 2020)
By Dame Philippa Russell, Vice-President, Carers UK - and carer for her son Simon

What should I do if all my PAs suddenly had to self-isolate? (22 March 2020)
By Ossie Stuart, SCIE trustee & equality and diversity consultant