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The impact of COVID-19 lockdown measures on the physical health of people living with severe mental illness

Rethink Mental Illness

This briefing looks at the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the physical health of people living with severe mental illness (SMI), based on the responses to a survey of 1,434 people. The briefing highlights key findings and outlines concerns about the implications of lockdown restrictions on people with severe mental illness, who already die on average 15 to 20 years earlier than the general population. Over half of respondents have been exercising less and eating less healthily during lockdown and said they were eating less healthily than usual. Respondents reported that they were smoking (16%) and drinking (23%) more than usual and a small proportion also said they were using more illicit drugs (3%) – these were likely used as coping strategies or to alleviate boredom. The paper recommends reinstating physical health checks for people with SMI and relevant system targets; co-producing targeted communications with people severe mental illness; gathering lessons from the implementation of the Community Mental Health Framework; addressing the needs of those with SMI in the government emerging obesity strategy linked to COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

CQC publishes data on deaths of people with a learning disability

Care Quality Commission

Data on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on people with a learning disability, some of whom may also be autistic, and how the number of deaths during this period compares to the number of deaths last year. This data shows that between 10 April and 15 May this year, 386 people with a learning disability, some of whom may also be autistic, died who were receiving care from services which provide support for people with a learning disability and/or autism. This is a 134% increase in the number of death notifications this year, compared to the same period last year. [Published 2 June 2020. Updated 5 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Emerging evidence on COVID-19’s impact on mental health and health inequalities

The Health Foundation

Considers how mental health is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and examines the drivers of worsening mental health during the crisis, including social isolation, job and financial losses, housing insecurity and quality, working in a front-line service, loss of coping mechanisms, and reduced access to mental health services. The article argues that the unequal impacts of the pandemic may lead to a widening of pre-existing health inequalities, as well as affecting people who have not previously experienced poor mental health.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

CQC publishes data on deaths in care settings broken down by ethnicity

Care Quality Commission

Data on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on different ethnic groups in care settings. This data – which includes death notifications in adult social care settings from 10 April -15 May 2020 (and the equivalent period in 2019) – indicates a disproportionate number of deaths among people from BME groups. The data shows that while the vast majority of all reported deaths from adult social care settings were White people the proportion of deaths in all adult social care services due to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 was higher for Black (49%) and Asian (42%) people compared to White people (41%) and people from mixed or multiple ethnic groups (41%).

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Impact on delivering children’s services during lockdown

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Dannie Adcock-Habib, a children’s services practitioner, talks about the pressures of lockdown and the long-term impact on children's wellbeing, including looking out for concerning signs of abuse and neglect; how to work with multiple agencies to meet different children and families’ needs and distributing resources for parents and carers; potential child protection issues that may emerge as we transition back to pre-lockdown life; how children are being supported to understand current issues in a child-friendly way; and next steps for delivering services virtually, such as group work programmes.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

How is COVID-19 affecting children and young people in BAME communities?

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Looks at the reasons why Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in the UK are overrepresented in cases of coronavirus and examines the deeper discussions and debates that are taking place on how the pandemic is affecting BAME communities. Despite the fact that younger people are a low risk group for the virus itself, BAME children and young people, specifically, are experiencing the pandemic differently from their peers—as a consequence of the disproportionate social, economic, and psychological impacts on their communities.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Verification of Expected Death with clinical remote support for a care worker during Covid-19 time of emergency [Consultation version]

Skills for Care

This infographic provides step by step guidance for adult social care providers and registered managers on the process of verifying an expected death with remote support. The Coronavirus Act 2020 and recent government guidance makes special arrangements for verifying an expected death with clinical remote support in a community setting, such as care homes, supported living accommodation or when a person receives care in their own home.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Coronavirus/COVID-19: advice for the adoption and fostering sector on how to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic and how CoramBAAF is adapting its working practices

CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy

This resource brings together guidance on a range of issues relating to COVID-19 pandemic, divided into the key areas of practice and including adoption, fostering, family placement, health and legal aspects.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online

Home Office

Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As a result of the measures introduced during the lockdown, children are likely to be spending more time online. Whilst there are benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, this guidance recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. It signposts to organisations, programmes, advice and resources covering: child sexual abuse; radicalising content; sexting (youth-produced sexual imagery); cyberbullying; age-inappropriate content and parental controls; apps to help children stay safe online; suicide content; and support for children. [Published 14 April 2020. Last updated 11 February 2021]

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): supporting residents in retirement housing and extra care housing who experience loneliness. An A-Z of examples

Housing LIN

This briefing highlights how the retirement, sheltered and extra care housing sectors are working closely with extremely vulnerable residents who experience loneliness during the COVID-19 lockdown. It sets out who is deemed extremely vulnerable and, in the light of Government guidance, has been on shielding – for these people, the period of isolation, alone or with one companion, has led to increasing stress, anxiety and loneliness. The briefing captures an A-Z of creative ways in which operators have organised activities to combat loneliness and foster greater connectedness amongst residents within schemes and/or the wider community, including acts of acts of kindness.

Last updated on hub: 02 July 2020

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