COVID-19 resources

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Stuck at home in a cold home: the implications of Covid-19 for the fuel poor

People Place and Policy Online

Policies to address the impact of Covid-19 on low income energy consumers have rightly focussed on energy bills, particularly in the context of home confinement and increased energy consumption. In the longer term, however, we need policies to improve home energy standards. The evidence shows that higher standards reduce the risk of getting a respiratory illness, improve the health of those already with a respiratory illness, improve the ability of our immune systems to fight off illness and reduce the use of health services.

Last updated on hub: 06 August 2020

Submission to the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care

King's Fund

This submission provides an overview of the resilience of the NHS and social care workforce, including the impact of Covid-19. It also examines what is known about the causes of burnout in the NHS and social care workforce – and what can help reduce it; and the implications for national policy

Last updated on hub: 26 October 2020

Summary of international policy measures to limit impact of COVID19 on people who rely on the Long-Term Care sector

London School of Economics and Political Science

This working paper provides a summary of measures to limit impact of COVID19 on people who rely on the Long-Term Care sector, compiled from contributions from members of the International Long-Term Care Policy Network. The list of measures is not exhaustive, it only contains examples of measures that have been reported or identified by contributors to the website so far.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020

Supervision and social care practice in the time of COVID-19

Research In Practice: Dartington

A suite of resources to support supervision in the context of COVID-19. The pandemic, and consequent need for social distancing, have required a reorganisation of every aspect of social care practice, including supervision. The resources are intended to strengthen the effectiveness of remote supervision, building resilience, working with people who are experiencing grief and loss, as well as thinking about social work in the context of a crisis.

Last updated on hub: 23 July 2020

Supply management: opportunities for a new landscape in children’s commissioning post crisis

Institute of Public Care

This paper considers how the commissioning of children's social care and the historic interfaces with independent providers can be transformed and redesigned to survive the aftermath of the COVID-19 challenges. Evidence from before the Coronavirus crisis indicated a need to re-examine how children’s services markets are commissioned – the dichotomy of severely financially challenged local authority children’s services budgets contrasting sharply with the apparently high profitability and returns of larger providers is a strategic dissonance. The additional impact of the pandemic will further stress councils' budgets. The paper argues that there is an opportunity to re-think the way in which the sector works together to meet the needs of children in care and to redesign the commercial interfaces to produce a more balanced and sustainable state – the twin forecasts of further increases in demand allied to funding constraints should be seen as the catalyst for these changes. The paper outlines what redesigning commissioning may entails and the actions needed with respect to supply and demand analysis and forecasting; strategy and policy; commissioner-provider relations; and commissioning partnerships. There is experience and evidence available as to how the challenge of redesigning commissioning children’s services can be addressed – and the paper includes three examples of innovative projects.

Last updated on hub: 29 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

Support with death, dying and bereavement during COVID-19

Scottish Social Services Council

This guide brings together information to support social service workers in delivering compassionate, person-centred palliative and end of life care. They may experience death, dying and bereavement during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guide aims to help them understand and feel confident in their role; know and use the skills they have for facilitating conversations about death, dying and bereavement; and create a supportive network with colleagues.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Supporting ‘off-radar’ children and young people who are at risk of violence/abuse in their household: Part 1 (interim report)

Survivors’ Voices

This survivor-led report contains relevant possible actions to support children who are 'off-radar' (unknown to any statutory services) during and post pandemic 'lockdown' periods. It provides an initial collation and thematic analysis of the results of a survivor-led and rapid-response survey. This was targeted at people who had experience of being abused as children whilst unknown to safeguarding or support services, in order to capture the wisdom of lived experience regarding what practical actions may help reach this population. Actions and recommendations cover a range of topics and thematic areas, which are grouped into the settings to which they apply. These include: schools, nurseries, and childcare; other statutory services; youth organisations and other voluntary agencies and services that work with young people; government and national and international agencies; communities and families. The report suggests that the overwhelming consensus is that there is a need for a major awareness-raising and information campaign using TV/media and a variety of social and other media; and to develop ways to ensure children and young people can communicate with those who can help, including apps, a free phone helpline and web-based links.

Last updated on hub: 17 June 2020

Supporting a person with dementia following bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

A guide providing information to help those supporting people with dementia who have experienced a bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains suggestions that have been used in palliative care which have been drawn from research and from experience of talking to people with dementia about death and dying.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Supporting care home residents living with dementia during COVID-19: episode 7

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on how best to support care home residents living with dementia during COVID-19. Stories, tips, methods are shared and signposting for how best to support residents living with dementia at this difficult time. Video posted 2 June, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

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