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Confinement of staff with residents in nursing homes: a solution against COVID-19?

The Coronarovirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) epidemic strongly affected accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (Ehpad) and was responsible for high mortality. During the March-May 2020 pandemic, 17 nursing homes in France organized periods of staff confinement with residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to reduce the risk of the SARS-CoV-2 virus entering their homes. establishments, in a context where visits to residents were prohibited. By means of a telephone survey of the directors of these nursing homes, this study observed that 16 nursing homes (94%) had no cases of Covid-19 among the residents, and that the mortality from Covid-19 was very low. compared to that recorded at national level by Public Health France (p <10 -4). In addition, the number of Covid-19 cases among the staff of these nursing homes was also lower than that recorded by Public Health France (p <10 -4 ). These establishments have experienced certain difficulties that the directors have managed to overcome and the investment of these teams has been widely appreciated by the families of the residents and through the press. Full citation: Joel Belmin, Nathavy Um Din, Sylvie Pariel, Carmelo Lafuente-Lafuente. Containment of nursing home staff with residents: a solution against Covid-19 ?. Geriatrics and Psychology Neuropsychiatry of Aging. 2020; 18 (3): 238-240. doi: 10.1684 / pnv.2020.0885.

Last updated on hub: 13 November 2020

Connecting services, transforming lives: the benefits of technology-enabled care services

Public Policy Projects

This report explores how technology-enabled care services (TECS) can be used for the benefit of patients, carers and the health and care sector, and makes recommendations about how the UK can be at the forefront of use of TECS, particularly in an era of Covid-19. Section 1 establishes the types of TECS, including telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, and assistive technologies. TECS operate at a range of levels, from reactively responding to users’ needs through to predictive technologies which can identify an incident before it occurs. Section 2 explores how TECS are currently used in the UK, including the citizens’ appetite for such technology. It also quantifies the market potential of TECS and the Government’s policy towards these interventions. Section 3 categorises TECS into five types of service provision: teleconsultation, teletriage, telemonitoring, reminder technology and assistive technologies, and explains how each can be used. Section 4 highlights the benefits of embracing TECS, including improved patient experiences, better health outcomes, improved staff/carer experiences and lower cost of care. Section 5 explores TECS in the devolved nations. Section 6 looks at TECS internationally. Section 7 considers TECS in the era of Covid-19, and how the rapid adoption of some TECS as a result of the pandemic should be embedded into routine service offerings in the future. Section 8 highlights the barriers to uptake of TECS in the UK. Section 9 sets out what needs to be done to achieve the potential of TECS and makes recommendations, including calling for Government support to enable all health and care providers to achieve a minimum technology standard.

Last updated on hub: 22 October 2020

Consequences for the child welfare system in Catalonia

Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care

How has confinement by COVID-19 affected the welfare system for children and adolescents? The aim of this article is to reflect on the consequences of the global pandemic on the child welfare system, analysing the main consequences on children, adolescents and educational teams. The context of analysis focuses on the author's experiences in the child welfare system in Catalonia (Spain) during the pandemic, through his work as a social educator and researcher. The purpose of this article resides, therefore, in the reflection and subsequent proposals with the aim of redefining the system and improving the care of supervised children and adolescents.

Last updated on hub: 27 November 2020

Contact tracing: an opportunity for social work to lead

Citation: Ross A. M. et al. (2020). Contact Tracing: An Opportunity for Social Work to Lead. Social work in public health, 35(7), 533-545. Since the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) first emerged in December 2019, there have been unprecedented efforts worldwide to contain and mitigate the rapid spread of the virus through evidence-based public health measures. As a component of pandemic response in the United States, efforts to develop, launch, and scale-up contact tracing initiatives are rapidly expanding, yet the presence of social work is noticeably absent. This paper identifies the specialized skill set necessary for high quality contact tracing in the COVID-19 era and explore its alignment with social work competencies and skills. Described are current examples of contact tracing efforts, and an argument for greater social work leadership, based on the profession’s ethics, competencies and person-in-environment orientation is offered. In light of the dire need for widespread high-quality contact tracing, social work is well-positioned to participate in interprofessional efforts to design, oversee and manage highly effective front-line contact tracing efforts.

Last updated on hub: 13 November 2020

Coordination in place: interim report


This interim report for the Coordination in place project brings together learnings from the first three months of research—covering the changes seen, some of the main challenges and the early signs of opportunities. The project worked in three areas, where the were signs that coordinated, place-based activity has had a positive impact on the community during the Covid-19 crisis. The study found that Covid-19 has accelerated the shift towards many of the ways of working and attitudes that place-based working had been aiming to address for years. In terms of how organisations work together we are seeing: faster collaboration; a stronger shared focus; more pooling of data and resources, and less bureaucracy; and the lowering of organisational boundaries. These are underpinned by some fundamental attitudinal changes, including: stronger levels of trust, demonstrable appreciation of the third sector and a relinquishing of power by local councils; a willingness to take risks and try new things; more honesty about what’s working and what’s not working in meeting needs; and a stronger awareness in the community of underlying societal issues, which have been exacerbated by this crisis. These changes were enabled by mechanisms that were quite unique to the crisis response. These mechanisms include: permission to focus on a single shared priority; the momentum driven by the immediacy of the problem and the need for urgent solutions; and the additional time and flexibility afforded to us by remote working. The report also explores what currently threatens those shifts the most, including: a breakdown of trust; a loss of momentum; skills and resource gaps; and difficulties in keeping up with changes in need and provision.

Last updated on hub: 25 January 2021

Cornavirus and the social care sector: the long view


LaingBuisson webinar considers the complex set of immediate challenges to those working in the social care sector during the coronavirus pandemic. This webinar provided a forum for an exchange of views based on the most up-to-the-minute information provided by some of the leading stakeholders from the social care sector. You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here: [Webinar recorded 16 April 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Carers UK

Carers UK hub of resources aimed at carers and those they care for during the Coronavirus pandemic. Includes links to: guidance, Frequently asked questions (FAQs), further support, protecting your mental wellbeing, A-Z of changes to benefits, assessments and support – COVID-19, protecting who you care for, making a plan working and caring, staying safe - FAQs, managing food and medication and keeping active and well.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

Government Digital Service

Main UK Government information hub for Coronavirus (COVID‑19) guidance and information includes: guidance and support, announcements, press conferences and speeches and statistics.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and adult support and protection: a quick guide

Scottish Social Services Council

This brief guide helps new or redeployed staff quickly understand the following areas: adult support and protection – what is it and who might need protection; harm – what are the signs to look for; and what to do - what workers should do if they identify a concern.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and health inequalities

Welsh Government

The objective of this paper is to understand current and future health inequalities around COVID-19 and suggest some potential mitigations for these inequalities. Based on data from the first few months, the report reveals that people in the most deprived fifth of the population in Wales are twice as likely to be admitted to hospital, to end up in ICU, and to die from COVID-19 as those from the least deprived fifth. Data from England and some limited data for Wales suggest there has been proportionally more hospital admissions and deaths in BAME groups. In addition, deprived groups may be more vulnerable to indirect COVID-19 harms due to additional pressures on the health and social care system; and they may be more vulnerable to harms from lockdown changing people’s way of life and affecting their mental health, as well as their physical health, and for some, increasing the risk of domestic violence or children being exposed to adverse childhood experiences and trauma. The main recommendation of this report is to try to protect the most deprived population from the direct effects of COVID19 in a potential second wave, and from the indirect effects of COVID-19 on the economy which will increase health inequalities in the longer term. We will know we have succeeded in this if the gradient in COVID-19 mortality is less steep in future than in the first peak and if we see a reduction in the gradient in all-cause mortality in 2022, given that it is unlikely that inequalities will reduce in the next two years. In the longer term we need to look at policies to increase health and financial resilience across the population.

Last updated on hub: 09 December 2020