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Webinar: Provider collaboration at scale: what is it, what are the opportunities and how do we get there?

This webinar explores what we mean by provider collaboration at scale; and what the role of a provider collaborative is in helping to join up services across systems, between places.

Last updated on hub: 14 January 2021

Peter and friends talk about Covid-19 and having a learning disability and/or autism

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

This book explores what it means having a learning disability and/or autism during the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains stories from people in a variety of different situations, including workplaces, family homes, in supported living, people in hospital including patients or staff in general hospitals, Assessment and Treatment Units and Medium Secure Units. The book includes contributions from Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Ghana, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, South Africa and Wales by people with learning disabilities, their families and those supporting them during the pandemic. Chapters include: all about COVID and why we wrote the book; insights and experiences from people with learning disabilities; stories from parents and carers; individuals, teams and organisations supporting people with learning disabilities through the virus; mental health, technology and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing – coping with the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 13 January 2021

Wellbeing in the age of COVID-19: a study on subjective wellbeing, loneliness, worries, and behaviour in the first phase of the coronavirus pandemic

Happiness Research Institute

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of billions of people around the world. This report sets out the findings of an independent, longitudinal study to track changes in wellbeing and social behaviour during the early phase of the pandemic. Starting on April 13, 2020 3,211 people were surveyed up to six times during a three month period. The results are based on a total sample size of 12,000 observations from 97 countries. Key findings include: increases of COVID-19 cases are strongly linked with emotional wellbeing; loneliness had the most dramatic impact on wellbeing throughout the pandemic; cohabitation did not necessarily protect against loneliness; meditation, speaking with friends and family, and spending time outside were key activities that helped to reduce feelings of loneliness among our respondents; fears and worries associated with COVID-19 were particularly prevalent in the early phase of the pandemic, and then followed a U-shape over time; the more respondents informed themselves about the pandemic, the more concerned they were likely to be; certain behavioural changes seemed to buffer against negative effects of COVID-19 on subjective wellbeing. Using these insights, the final chapter offers a 6-item action plan containing day-to-day activities which people can do to boost their happiness during the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 13 January 2021

The impact of COVID19 on child criminal exploitation: interim research briefing

University of Nottingham

Through an analysis of primary interviews and a review of published sources this project aims to unpack the contours of risk related to the exploitation of young people in County Lines drug supply during the pandemic. The interviewees (N=13) were drawn from law enforcement, local authorities and a care-providing NGO, across a variety of geographic counties in England. Participants were asked to reflect on their personal experiences of working during the pandemic, its effect on the risk to service clients and observed impacts on activity related to the County Lines drug supply model. COVID-19 restrictions hamper the ability of frontline agencies to risk-assess child exploitation, and exacerbate the potential for County Lines related exploitation and harm to remain hidden. Ongoing concerns include: safeguarding capacity; evolving County Lines supply methods, including increased levels of cuckooing with young people remaining in traphouses for longer, greater use of local children involved in transporting drugs, perpetrators claiming to have COVID19 in order to avoid being stopped, questioned and arrested, and use of supermarket carparks to co-locate with customer shopping routines; and the implications for children and young people – heightened risk of exploitation due to greater social media and internet use; feelings of isolation, and greater substance misuse among children residing away from family members.

Last updated on hub: 13 January 2021

With 2020 Vision: lessons for health, care and well-being – social care

University of South Wales

This paper attempts to identify how social care has been affected operationally by the pandemic, the extent to which it has been perceived and presented as a key service, and the implications of Covid for the organisation and delivery of social care services in the future. All aspects of social care have been impacted and the attention of those involved in arranging and delivering care and support has had to switch to new and unprecedented challenges. The paper contends that it is disappointing that recognition of social care as an essential key service was not properly highlighted publicly until many weeks after the government’s response to the pandemic began. There is no greater example of how people receiving care and support have been affected by the response to Covid than the case of care homes. Why they were apparently not prioritised from the outset as an obvious high-risk setting remains a perplexing question. Furthermore, Staff working in all care settings have seen their caring roles affected by new risks for themselves and those in their care. The paper argues that the eventual assessment of Covid’s impact on social care must take account of how austerity has affected the strength and sustainability of the sector over the last decade or so and its resilience moving forward.

Last updated on hub: 13 January 2021

A new deal for prevention

Reform

This Reformer Thoughts brings together experts from the scientific research community and the health care sector to discuss the benefits of a preventative approach to public health and the obstacles that stand in the way of its realisation. Conversations around preventative health have come to the fore during the COVID-19 pandemic. A spotlight has been placed on health inequalities and discussions on tackling the social determinants of ill health driven forward. Contents include: prioritising prevention and patient care during the COVID-19 crisis; prevention research – creating a healthier population and reducing health inequalities; we cannot become the victims of our success on HIV testing; how can screening programmes support the prevention and elimination of disease; cancer care, inequalities and prevention; how a world leading deal is helping prevent thousands of deaths from Hepatitis C.

Last updated on hub: 13 January 2021

Policy briefing: the COVID-19 vaccination and unpaid carers (England only)

Carers UK

Unpaid carers are included in the priority lists for the COVID-19 vaccine in the same way that they are for the flu jab. This briefing sets out the position in more detail and explores recommendations for deployment of the vaccine to unpaid carers in detail.

Last updated on hub: 13 January 2021

Scotland’s wellbeing: the impact of COVID-19

Scottish Government

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our health, economy and society, with damaging impacts on the way of life and wellbeing of people in Scotland. This document aims to report on how COVID-19 has affected progress towards Scotland’s National Outcomes. It brings together a range of evidence sources, as well as analysis and insight, to show the impact of COVID-19 across the National Outcomes to date and its potential future impacts. Understanding the breadth of impacts should aid a range of organisations and individuals who are considering how to reset progress towards the national outcomes in light of the pandemic. The evidence presented in this report shows that the pandemic is likely to have significant and wide-ranging impacts, right across the National Outcomes. These impacts will be largely negative, but there are differences across the outcomes in terms of the direction of the changes, the depth and severity of impacts, the level of certainty over the effects and the timeframe over which they may occur. A key finding is that the impacts of the pandemic have been, and are likely to continue to be, borne unequally. Unequal outcomes between different groups existed pre-COVID, and the effects of the pandemic have only worsened this. The evidence to date suggests that health, economy, fair work and business and culture outcomes have been deeply negatively affected so far, and when the labour market impacts fully emerge, this is likely to also have a negative impact on the poverty outcome. Education and children outcomes are also likely to be 5 impacted negatively, but the evidence on the scale of the impact so far is limited and these impacts are likely to take longer to emerge

Last updated on hub: 12 January 2021

COVID-19: children, young people and families: December 2020 evidence summary

Scottish Government

This briefing is the fifth in a series of evidence summaries on the impact of COVID19 on the wellbeing of children and families in Scotland, drawing on wider UK and international research where appropriate. The emerging picture on the reopening of schools/childcare in Scotland appears to be a positive one for many children and families. There are some signs of recovery with indicative evidence of improvements in children’s emotional wellbeing, loneliness and peer and family relationships, particularly for younger age groups. However, emerging evidence on child mental wellbeing in Scotland shows that for some children, particularly for older children and young people, significant issues remain. A recurring theme is the need for more ‘recovery’ support e.g. in schools and childcare settings, particularly for child mental wellbeing. Whilst most Scottish evidence suggests a general level of satisfaction with the safe reopening of schools/childcare, there is a feeling from some young people that more could be done to enforce or increase safety measures in schools. Although social media is generally perceived by young people to be a positive means of keeping in touch with friends, there continues to be emerging evidence around increased levels of online bullying during the national lockdown. There continues to be evidence of the strain placed on parents by the pandemic and the impact that this can have on parenting and child wellbeing but there is also evidence of positive impacts of the pandemic on family relationships. In addition, the paper outlines a number of findings from Scotland and the UK about how different sub-groups of young people are experiencing the return to school/college/work, as well as new evidence on their experiences during the pandemic more generally.

Last updated on hub: 12 January 2021

Rapid response guidance note: vaccination and mental capacity (first update)

39 Essex Chambers

A general discussion examining to the legal position in relation to testing for COVID-19, especially as testing (a) starts to be more generally available; and (b) is increasingly been rolled out as mandatory in certain settings. It primarily relates to the position in England in relation to those aged 18 and above; specific advice should be sought in respect of Wales and those under 18.

Last updated on hub: 12 January 2021