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Coronavirus: adult social care key issues and sources

House of Commons Library

An overview of key issues facing the adult social care sector during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including links to some of the key official guidance for the sector. Section one of this briefing provides a high-level overview of policy in relation to adult social care since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, including the development of key UK Government guidance. The second section provides more detailed information on some key issues that have been raised during the course of the outbreak, including: statistics on deaths in care homes; funding for adult social care, including the financial pressures on social care providers; testing for care home staff and residents; the discharging of patients from hospital into care homes; rules relating to visiting care homes for friends and family of residents; and the supply of PPE to the adult social care sector.

Last updated on hub: 12 October 2020

Coronavirus: health and social care key issues and sources

House of Commons Library

This Commons Library briefing paper provides an overview of key issues facing the NHS and social care services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, and links to official UK and international guidance and data. It includes information on the Government's additional funding commitments for health and social care providers and some of the key workforce measures to support the health and care sectors. It also lists other reliable sources of information in the health and social care sector, including comment from organisations representing patients, staff and service providers. First published on 7 April 2020, this briefing paper was last updated on 30 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020

Coronavirus: how counties are stepping up to help the nation

County Councils Network

This document highlights some of the innovative work that been undertaken by county councils authorities during the coronavirus. It includes examples across six themes: protecting the NHS and adult social care; helping the vulnerable; making the best use of council staff and services; working with volunteers; and supporting the local economy.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Coronavirus: impact on young people with mental health needs

YoungMinds

The findings from a survey into the mental health impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus on young people with mental health needs. The survey found that the coronavirus and the public health measures designed to prevent its spread are affecting many young people with a history of mental health problems. The findings cover: the impact of the pandemic on young people's mental health, the impact on young people's ability access to support, and the coping strategies young people use. A total of 2,111 young people participated in the survey, which was carried out between 20 March 2020 (the day that schools closed to most children) and 25 March 2020 (when there had been a further tightening of restrictions). The findings suggest there is likely to be an increased level of need among young people who were already accessing mental health services and those who are experiencing anxiety for the first time as a result of the pandemic. It highlights the role families, carers and teachers can play and makes recommendations for Government.

Last updated on hub: 01 April 2020

Coronavirus: impact on young people with mental health needs. Survey 3: autumn 2020 – return to school

YoungMinds

Findings of a survey with 2,011 young people with a history of mental health problems, investigating the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The findings show that many young people with mental health problems are struggling to cope as they return to secondary school, after months of living through the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has put a huge strain on many young people who were already struggling with their mental health, because of traumatic experiences, social isolation, a loss of routine and a breakdown in formal and informal support. The survey highlighted positives for mental health in the initial return to school, such as seeing friends, having a routine, and seeing their teachers. However, many said that the rapid return to academic pressure, after six months away, was having a negative impact. The findings show: 69% of respondents described their mental health as poor now that they are back at school – this has risen from 58% who described their mental health as poor before returning to school; 40% of respondents said that there was no school counsellor available to support students in their school; only 27% had had a one-to-one conversation with a teacher or another member of staff in which they were asked about their wellbeing, by the time they completed the survey; almost a quarter of respondents (23%) said that there was less mental health support in their school than before the pandemic, while only 9% agreed that there was more mental health support.

Last updated on hub: 27 October 2020

Coronavirus: impact on young people with mental health needs: survey 2, summer 2020

YoungMinds

Outlines the findings of a survey with young people investigating the mental health impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of 2,036 young people with a history of mental health needs took part in the survey between Friday 6th June and Monday 5th July, a period in which the Government announced measures to ease restrictions, including the target for schools to reopen to all students in the Autumn term. The results reveal that 4 in 5 respondents agreed that the coronavirus pandemic had made their mental health worse – this was often related to increased feelings of anxiety, isolation, a loss of coping mechanisms or a loss of motivation. Among more than 1,000 respondents who were accessing mental health support in the three months leading up the crisis nearly 1 in 3 said they were no longer able to access support but still needed it. About 1 in 10 respondents said that their mental health had improved during the crisis – this was often because they felt it was beneficial to be away from the pressures of their normal life (e.g. bullying or academic pressure at school). The report calls on the Government to commit to a recovery plan for children and young people’s mental health, including ring-fenced funding for mental health in schools, colleges and universities; a transition period for schools, colleges and universities in which allowances are made for the effects of trauma or emotional distress; and a long-term cross government strategy on young people’s mental health.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Coronavirus: information for councils

Local Government Association

Information hub provides useful information for councils on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On these pages, you will find guidance and resources from the LGA and our key partners, as well as the latest official Government information relevant to local government.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Coronavirus: information for people affected by dementia

Alzheimer's Society

Advice and information for people who are living with dementia and their carers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes advice for carers who live with a person with dementia, information on how best to support someone living alone and tips for supporting for someone living with dementia from a distance. The guide also includes activity ideas, including online and digital activities; and links to additional resources.

Last updated on hub: 26 March 2020

Coronavirus: local authorities' adult social care duties (the Care Act easements)

House of Commons Library

A briefing paper providing an overview of changes to local authority duties around the provision of adult social care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. It outlines measures under the Coronavirus Act 2020, which involve a relaxation of local authority duties under the Care Act 2014 around the provision of care and support; and government guidance for local authorities in implementing these changes. This briefing covers England only.

Last updated on hub: 15 April 2020

Coronavirus: overseas health and social care workforce

House of Commons Library

This briefing paper considers the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the overseas health and social care workforce and discusses the measures used to increase numbers of overseas staff during the pandemic. Specifically, the briefing examines the measures to boost numbers of overseas health care staff during the pandemic (nurses and midwives, doctors and medical support workers); immigration measures for health and social care staff; overseas health and social care workforce statistics (nationality of NHS staff in England, regional variation, NHS recruitment by nationality, nationality of social care workers and deaths from COVID-19); and the implications for international recruitment (NHS Workforce Plan, implications for social care, ethical recruitment, and recruitment from developing countries following COVID-19). The data shows that in 2018/19 around 84 per cent of the adult social care workforce were British, whilst 8 per cent had an EU nationality and 9 per cent had a non-EU nationality. Reflecting on the implications for social care, the briefing notes that despite being faced with more severe workforce shortages than the NHS, the social care sector does not have an equivalent workforce plan and there is no central support to increase international recruitment.

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2020