COVID-19 resources

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Working within the Mental Capacity Act during the coronavirus pandemic

Care Quality Commission

Guidance for care providers on how to apply the Mental Capacity Act during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The resource considers the issues that should be considered when thinking about care and treatment that might involve restrictions because of Coronavirus; the cases where DoLS authorisations have already been granted; and the impacts of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Webinar recording: Getting commissioning right Exploring good commissioning during and beyond COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This webinar, recorded on 9 July 2020, focused on the impact COVID-19 has had on social care and commissioning over the last three months.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Domestic abuse: the shadow pandemic

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Nimal Jude, Practice Development Manager at the Social Care Institute for Excellence, shares some insights about the extent to which domestic abuse is increasing during lockdown. The blog suggests that anyone can be involved and that positive steps in prevention is vital. Also suggests that well-evidenced perpetrator programmes, such as the DRIVE programme that employ a whole systems approach and coordinated multi-agency response need to be put in place. [Published 27 May 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Five principles for the next phase of the Covid-19 response

National Voices

This document sets out the principles that should underpin and guide the necessary shift from the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic into ongoing management of the problem, ensuring that the medium and long term response is transparent, accountable, and consensual. As a point of principle and accountability, decision makers must put people and their rights at the centre, engage with those citizens most affected by both the virus and lockdown restrictions and understand how lives are lived by those who have ‘underlying conditions.’ The five principles, which are endorsed by many health and social care charities in England, are: actively engage with those most impacted by the change; make everyone matter, leave no-one behind; confront inequality head-on; recognise people, not categories, by strengthening personalised care; and value health, care and support equally.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

COVID-19 Insight: issue 2

Care Quality Commission

Highlights early findings from feedback from local stakeholders and analysis of local support plans around approaches to secure collaboration between providers, and examples of the positive impact of these efforts. The briefing examines the most important actions that health and social care providers can take collectively to manage the response to COVID-19; looks at how leaders have collaborated to plan and deliver services and support staff across providers to work together; considers the barriers to provider collaboration in responding to COVID-19. Examples of good practice are included.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

COVID-19: meeting the psychological needs of people with learning/intellectual disabilities, and their families and staff

British Psychological Society

Guidance to support health and social care professionals to meet the psychological needs of people with learning and intellectual disabilities, their families and carers. It explores the different psychological factors that may influence and impact the wellbeing of people with learning or intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis and highlights where psychologists can offer support and signposts professionals to helpful resources. Specifically, the guidance considers: the protective factors, the precipitating and maintaining factors, the psychological interventions/actions that may be available, and what may be important during the recovery/transformation phase.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Beyond the data: understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups

Public Health England

This report is a descriptive summary of stakeholder insights into the factors that may be influencing the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities and strategies for addressing inequalities. The review found that the highest age standardised diagnosis rates of COVID-19 per 100,000 population were in people of Black ethnic groups (486 in females and 649 in males) and the lowest were in people of White ethnic groups (220 in females and 224 in males). Death rates from COVID-19 were higher for Black and Asian ethnic groups when compared to White ethnic groups. This is the opposite of what is seen in previous years, when the all-cause mortality rates are lower in Asian and Black ethnic groups. The report also summarises the main themes emerging from engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, which are: longstanding inequalities were exacerbated by COVID-19; people of Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups may have an increased risk of exposure to and acquisition of COVID-19 and are more likely to be diagnosed; BAME groups may have an increased risk of complications and death from COVID-19 due to underlying conditions; racism and discrimination experienced by communities and more specifically by BAME key workers may be a root cause affecting health, and exposure risk and disease progression risk.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Support for people with a learning disability

House of Commons Library

Describes recent changes to policy and services for people with a learning disability in England. Over 1.2 million people in England have a learning disability. The Government and NHS England are working to reduce health inequalities for people with a learning disability and have established national programmes to improve treatment and outcomes. The briefing details these initiatives, looking specifically at health policies, employment, social security, education. The briefing also provides a summary of the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on people with learning disabilities in England.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Family in the age of COVID‐19

Family Process

Editorial. The coronavirus has had a profound effect on the world in a multitude of ways. By the time this appears (written in mid‐April 2020), we probably will have some better sense of its ultimate impact. This essay centres on only one meaning of its effects: How it has impacted family life. The editorial discussed both direct and indirect impacts on family life. The editorial suggests that reactions to COVID‐19 present a once in a lifetime international social experiment about family life, perhaps the most widespread social experiment of all time.

Last updated on hub: 20 June 2020

A role for lived experience mental health leadership in the age of Covid-19

Journal of Mental Health

Editorial. In 2020 an invisible assassin has swept across the world, creating chaos, confusion and uncertainty. Covid 19 has taken many people’s health, some people’s lives and the lives of loved ones. It has destroyed livelihoods and put the financial futures of billions at risk. At a time when there is a global mental health crisis, the lived experience community has answers that are highly appropriate to the trauma-induced situation we’re all facing. The editorial considers the role for lived experience mental health leadership in the age of Covid-19.

Last updated on hub: 20 June 2020

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