COVID-19 resources

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In tough times, we need visions of hope

Department of Health and Social Care

SCIE's Chief Operating Officer Ewan King reflects on the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has seen an explosion of innovative forms of care, mutual aid, online support, and organisations finding the agility they never thought they had to bring care to people. He explains how a set of products developed by the Social Care Innovation Network and published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence explore how best to support and foster innovation. This requires a new commitment to coproduction, maximising wellbeing and sustainability and self-directed support to create an asset based area; a place where everyone looks first for what individuals, families and communities can, or could do, with the right support, rather than focusing exclusively on their needs.

Last updated on hub: 24 June 2020

COVID-19: visitors’ protocol. CPA Briefing for care providers

Care Provider Alliance

This protocol provides a set of principles and top tips for developing visiting policies in residential settings - to ensure people using care and support have the opportunity to safely receive visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, while minimising the risk of its introduction to, or spread within, the care setting. The protocol is primarily aimed at care settings which cater for older people, including people with dementia, such as residential and nursing homes. However, it will be of help for other care settings such as those supporting working age people with a range of vulnerabilities, including physical, sensory or learning disabilities. The protocol sets out the principles for considering how to allow visitors in care settings, recognising the importance of finding ways to ensure this is done in a risk-based, balanced way. It examines the types of visits that may be considered, the policies and procedures that are needed, visitor restrictions and ability to suspend visiting, effective communication, and learning as the situation develops. The protocol includes a set of rights and responsibilities for both care providers and visitors which put the welfare and wellbeing of residents / people receiving care at the heart of the approach to developing their visiting policies.

Last updated on hub: 24 June 2020

COVID-19 and Coronavirus evidence alerting. Rapid scan 1: effects on people in care/nursing homes (and other residential facilities) including approaches to protecting workers and residents

NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit

This rapid scan collates new and emerging evidence on implications for care homes and residential facilities and transferable lessons from previous pandemics and major incidents. It highlights key papers to inform decisions, policy and planning, and is intended to be pragmatic rather than exhaustive in its coverage. The resource summarises key messages and recurring themes emerging from the evidence – around PPE, reducing the spread, surge planning, staffing, communication, isolation and distancing, and technology – and signposts to expert commentary, key guidance, rapid reviews, lessons from previous pandemics, ongoing studies and other useful resources.

Last updated on hub: 24 June 2020

COVID-19:In conversation with Susie Finlayson and Sian Lockwood

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This podcast features SCIE’s Deputy Chief Executive, Ewan King, in conversation with Sian Lockwood, Chief Executive at Community Catalysts; and Susie Finlayson, Development Manager for Power.

Last updated on hub: 23 June 2020

Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers working in care homes during sustained COVID-19 transmission in England

Public Health England

This guidance provides advice for care workers working in care homes on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the period of sustained transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance is also relevant for those providing residential supported living. This resource, which has been designed to be accessible to both care workers and providers, has four sections containing: recommendations on the use of PPE for a range of relevant contexts; explanation concerning recommendations and frequently asked questions; specialist advice relating to care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism; and case scenarios designed to illustrate appropriate use of PPE in practice. It should be read in conjunction with the full infection prevention and control (IPC) and PPE government guidance. [Published 17 April 2020; Last updated 7 October 2020]

Last updated on hub: 23 June 2020

COVID-19: adult social care risk reduction framework: assessing and reducing the risk to your workforce

Department of Health and Social Care

A framework for how adult social care employers should assess and reduce risk to their workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. Employers have a duty of care to secure the health, safety and welfare of their workers and the people who use their services, as far as possible. The framework focuses specifically on how they can support workers with factors which may make them more vulnerable to infection or adverse outcomes from COVID-19 to make decisions about their risks in the workplace. Risk factors include age, sex or ethnicity, some underlying health conditions, and pregnancy. The framework covers: the risk assessment process; having conversations with workers who are identified as being at increased risk; measures that can be put in place, both across the workforce and for individuals; additional useful guidance and resources. This guidance should be used alongside PHE guidance on infection prevention and control and DHSC guidance on health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce. [Published 19 June 2020. Last updated 1 December 2020]

Last updated on hub: 23 June 2020

COVID-19: research studies on children and young people's views

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

This portal collates completed and ongoing studies on how children and young people are experiencing the impact of covid-19, and lockdown – from their education to staying at home with family, from the way they access health and support services to their emotional health and wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Leading through COVID-19: supporting health and care leaders in unprecedented times

King's Fund

These pages provide support to health and care leaders in a variety of settings, including the NHS, social care, public health or the voluntary and independent sector. The resource brings together brief guidance, blogs and videos on a range of topics relating to leadership in the context of a pandemic, including: decision-making in difficult circumstances, mental health and wellbeing, supporting teams and colleagues, adapting to complex situations and leading teams virtually.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Combating loneliness and reducing social isolation

Housing LIN

Arranged into six key topic areas below, these pages showcase relevant guidance and policy instruments, useful research findings and examples of services and innovative projects that offer practical solutions in combating loneliness and reducing social isolation. The topics covered may be especially relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. They include: ageing, assistive technology, care and support, dementia, health and wellbeing, and homes and communities.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting better in hospital

Learning Disability England

This easy read is about when people with Coronavirus might need to go to hospital. It sets out accessible guidance on what COVID-19 is; the symptoms; and what to expect if hospital care is needed, including what treatment may look like and interaction with hospital staff.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

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