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Emergency Code of Practice: Coronavirus Act 2020 Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

The Coronavirus Act 2020 and temporary Regulations makes amendments to the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 and the supporting Regulations. The temporary provisions relax some of the requirements of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, to ensure that persons can still be deprived of liberty during the pandemic crisis when staff availability may be significantly reduced. This Code of Practice provides practical guidance on how the amendments operate. Emergency forms and a reporting template for Health and Social Care Trusts have also been created.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

Emerging evidence on COVID-19’s impact on mental health and health inequalities

The Health Foundation

Considers how mental health is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and examines the drivers of worsening mental health during the crisis, including social isolation, job and financial losses, housing insecurity and quality, working in a front-line service, loss of coping mechanisms, and reduced access to mental health services. The article argues that the unequal impacts of the pandemic may lead to a widening of pre-existing health inequalities, as well as affecting people who have not previously experienced poor mental health.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

End of life care

Skills for Care

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, health and social care workers who may not be specialists in this area are now finding themselves caring for someone at the end of their life. This webinar – supported by Hospice UK and Dying Matters – explores advance care planning, care in the final days and care after death.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

End of life care: support during the COVID-19 pandemic

Skills for Care

During the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, more than ever, people working in health and social care who may not specialists in this area are finding themselves working with people who are dying, or whose condition is deteriorating rapidly. From adapting care to meet people’s changing needs to effectively managing their comfort, good services will prioritise a dignified death that draws on expertise available from within and outside of the service. This resource summarises key points to note and includes useful links to supporting resources for further information. It draws on two Skills for Care publications the 'Good and outstanding care guide and the updated 'End of life care - common core principles.'

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Ending the divide: Implications of COVID 19 for the Government's health and social care agenda

Policy Exchange

This paper explores the potential impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Government's future health and social care policy. It argues that the coronavirus proves the artificiality of the funding divide between the NHS and social care. It calls for the Government’s recent promises on social care - cross-party talks and a manifesto pledge that “nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it - to be strengthened.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

Essential training

Skills for Care

This webinar covers essential training and guidance, training for regulated professionals and funding available and how to access it. It identifies training that remains a priority to ensure there is a skilled and competent workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, and which is supported by the CQC. The webinar also highlights the funding available, and the endorsed training providers, to support adult social care providers with staff training needs during the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

ESSS Outline: Covid-19, social isolation and loneliness

This summary provides an overview of recent evidence relating to: Covid-19, social isolation and loneliness. A search for academic research and grey literature identified a range of literature discussing isolation and loneliness, including the mental and physical effects they have, particularly around older people. Literature also suggests interventions that can help mitigate the health and mental health impact of loneliness. However, it found the quality of evidence for the majority of interventions is generally weak. Searches identified material relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown in the UK, as well as studies from isolated, confined and extreme environments, and from other pandemics around the world.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Ethical decision-making in the face of Covid-19

International Federation of Social Workers

The coronavirus (COVID 19) crisis is challenging social workers as they continue to carry out their professional roles. In the context of a shortage of resources and a lack of safety equipment, social workers are having to make difficult decisions about in-person contacts with their clients. This document highlights ethical principles from the International Federation of Social Workers and provides a series of questions to guide social workers through resolving the dilemma of balancing public health directives and guidelines and ethical obligations to clients.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Evaluation of the CAMHS In-Reach to Schools Pilot Programme: pilot progress and the impact of Covid 19, supplementary paper to the interim report

Welsh Government

This paper supplements the evaluation of the CAMHS In-Reach to Schools pilot, a programme that aims to build capacity (including skills, knowledge and confidence) in schools to support pupils’ mental health and well-being and improve schools’ access to specialist liaison, consultancy and advice when needed. It presents the data gathered through the second round of qualitative case-study research with a sample of school clusters, services, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), school counselling, educational psychology and voluntary sector services, working with them, and interviews and discussions with CAMHS In-Reach Practitioners. The report aims to present the position for schools and services at the approximate midpoint of the pilot programme (early spring 2020) and provides a ‘snapshot’ of the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown upon schools, pupils and services in late April and May 2020. These latter findings are drawn from a small sample at a period in time, when schools were responding to a fast-moving and challenging situation. The report finds that there is a clear need, and strong support, for the pilot, and the impact of Covid-19 is expected to increase this need. The pilot programme allows schools to be better prepared than they would otherwise have been for the return of pupils and, to a lesser degree, staff. Nevertheless, they still want support from the pilots to help them prepare for schools increasing their operations, and the difficulties pupils and staff may experience when they return.

Last updated on hub: 30 July 2020

Evolution and impact of COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes: population analysis in 189 care homes in one geographic region


This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed. The lead researcher is Jennifer K Burton. Method: Analysis of testing, cases and deaths using linked care-home, testing and mortality data for 189 care-homes with 5843 beds in a large Scottish Health Board up to 15/06/20. Findings: 70 (37.0%) of care-homes experienced a COVID-19 outbreak.Interpretation: The large impact on excess deaths appears to be primarily a direct effect of COVID-19, with cases and deaths are concentrated in a minority of care homes. A key implication is that there is a large pool of susceptible residents if community COVID-19 incidence increases again. Shielding residents from potential sources of infection and rapid action into minimise outbreak size where infection is introduced will be critical in any wave 2.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020