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The COVID-19 pandemic, financial inequality and mental health

Mental Health Foundation

This briefing looks at the links between financial inequality, employment and mental health; and reviews what official figures say about the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. It draws on evidence from the “Coronavirus: Mental Health in the Pandemic” research, a UK-wide, long-term study of how the pandemic is affecting people’s mental health, highlighting people’s emotional responses to the pandemic, the key social drivers of distress, coping mechanisms and suicidal thoughts. The research is led by the Mental Health Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, Swansea University, the University of Strathclyde and Queen’s University Belfast. The study shows that the burden of mental distress is borne disproportionately by those with less economic security. The report concludes with recommendations to UK central and national governments to protect vulnerable people’s economic security and support them in dealing with the resulting stress.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19): informing DHSC of the death of a worker in social care

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance explains how local authorities and social care providers can tell the Department of Health and Social Care about the death of an employee or volunteer in social care. There is no legal duty on employers to submit this information, but it can help to make sure the appropriate steps can be taken following the death of a care worker.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

Straddling the divide: digital exclusion during COVID-19 and beyond

International Longevity Centre - UK

This commentary discusses how COVID-19 risks widening inequalities caused by digital exclusion, but can also act as a catalyst to accelerate digital inclusion efforts. It reports that around 11.9 million people in the UK currently lack the digital skills they need for everyday life, meaning a significant proportion of people self-isolating may be stuck in their homes with limited options to avoid social isolation, get essentials and stay safe. It also highlights how many innovators in business and local government have been working to support those digitally excluded during the COVID-19 pandemic. The commentary recommends that the Government set up a nationally coordinated volunteer service to teach digital skills to those most at risk of digital exclusion during the lockdown.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

The practical steps local authorities are taking to support local social care providers

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This summary sets out some of the measures that local authorities have put in place to support care home and home care providers, ensure their stability and safeguard care and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. It focuses on the financial support and practical support being offered to social care providers.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 2020

ADASS rapid survey: how are local authorities supporting local social care providers to respond to Covid-19?

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

The results of a rapid survey of Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) members to gather data about the measures local authorities have put in place to support local social care providers during the COVID-19 outbreak. It found that 95% of responding local authorities are using a variety of payments in advance to support care providers. Of those local authorities that have taken action to address the temporary cost pressures facing providers, 97% have provided financial support to providers. The survey was carried out between 28th April to 1 May 2020 and received from 89% of local authorities with responsibility for Adult Social Care in England.

Last updated on hub: 29 May 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

Strengthening the health system response to COVID-19: preventing and managing the COVID-19 pandemic across long-term care services in the WHO European Region (May 29, 2020)

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

This technical guidance identifies ten policy objectives to prevent and manage COVID-19 infections in long-term care services. It includes proposed actions and examples from across Europe and aims to help decision-makers, policy-makers and national or regional health authorities as they seek ways to prevent and manage the COVID-19 pandemic in long-term care services. The focus is on older people above the age of 65 years who use long-term care services in their homes, day centres or residential homes and nursing homes. The 10 policy objectives cover: Prioritizing the maintenance of LTC services; Mobilizing additional funds; Implementing prevention and control standards; Implementing safety measures that recognise the mutual benefits of the safety of people receiving and providing LTC services; Prioritizing testing, tracing and monitoring the spread of COVID-19; Securing staff and resources; Scaling up support for family caregivers; Coordinate between services; Secure access to dignified palliative care services; and Prioritize the well-being of people receiving and providing LTC services.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020

Safeguarding adults with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This quick guide aims to support care providers and staff to safeguard people with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020

Helping families stay connected: good practice examples

The Relatives & Residents Association

As visits to care homes are restricted to try and prevent the spread of Coronavirus, staying in touch with family and friends by other means becomes all the more important. Some care homes have risen to this challenge. The Relatives & Residents Association share some examples of care staff supporting older people in care to keep in touch with their families.

Last updated on hub: 27 May 2020

Coronavirus briefing: guidance for social workers

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

A summary of guidance for social workers and social work practitioners who are working with children and families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The briefing brings together key guidance from all four UK nations to answer some frequently asked questions. Areas covered include: the social work workforce, including ensuring there are sufficient social workers to support children and families; how the coronavirus is affecting the child protection system; and the impact on direct work with children and families. [Published 22 May 2020. Updated 1 July 2020]

Last updated on hub: 27 May 2020