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COVID 19: how to work safely in care homes

Public Health England

This guidance provides advice for care workers working in care homes on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the period of sustained transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance is also relevant for those providing residential supported living. This resource, which has been designed to be accessible to both care workers and providers, has four sections containing: recommendations on the use of PPE for a range of relevant contexts; explanation concerning recommendations and frequently asked questions; specialist advice relating to care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism; and case scenarios designed to illustrate appropriate use of PPE in practice. It should be read in conjunction with the full infection prevention and control (IPC) and PPE government guidance. [Published 17 April 2020; Last updated 15 June 2020]

Last updated on hub: 20 April 2020

COVID-19 and the VCSE mental health sector: briefing paper

Association of Mental Health Providers

This briefing paper outlines the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on services provided by the voluntary and community mental health sector and the people that they work with and for. Based on conversations with members of the Association of Mental Health Providers, the briefing highlights the challenges that are being faced by provider organisations and identifies nine priority areas that require urgent attention from Government. The priority areas: rising service demands; workforce; loss of access to care coordinators; infection control; commissioning and collaboration with statutory services; advocacy services; adapting service delivery; changes to legislation; and sustainability of the VCSE sector. It makes recommendations for action to enable the VCSE mental health sector to continue to support people with mental health needs, the local communities, and the NHS during and after the pandemic. These include the need to expand services to meet current need, the identification of new services to meet demand and a clear strategy for delivering services post COVID-19. ,

Last updated on hub: 20 April 2020

Supporting older people and people living with dementia during self-isolation

British Geriatrics Society

Guidance on meeting the needs of older people who are self-isolating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It includes information on meeting older people's psychological needs and promoting wellbeing, and advice for older people on remaining connected and staying active as much as possible during the pandemic. It also includes a specific section on the needs of people living with dementia and memory problems, particularly on how to help them to understand and follow Covid-19 advice.

Last updated on hub: 20 April 2020

A COVID-19 guide for carers and family supporting an adult with learning disabilities/autism

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide to help family members and carers supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and autistic adults through the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

Supporting people who are isolated or vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This quick guide shares information, resources and ideas that you can use and share with the people you support during the coronavirus crisis.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

A COVID-19 guide for care staff supporting an adult with learning disabilities/autism

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide to help care staff and personal assistants supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults through the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

A COVID-19 guide for social workers supporting an adult with learning disabilities/autism

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide to help social workers and occupational therapists supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities through the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection control for care providers

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Read this SCIE quick guide that sets out best practice for care providers to remain safe and prevent coronavirus from spreading.

Last updated on hub: 17 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care action plan

Department of Health and Social Care

Sets out the government's plan to support the adult social care sector in England throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The approach covers four areas: controlling the spread of infection in care settings; supporting the workforce; supporting independence, supporting people at the end of their lives, and responding to individual needs; and supporting local authorities and the providers of care. The action plan applies to all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care, including people’s own homes, residential care homes and nursing homes, and other community settings. It also applies to people with direct payments and personal budgets, and those who fund their own care. The plan applies to England only.

Last updated on hub: 16 April 2020

COVID-19: guidance for foster care and supported lodgings settings

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

This guidance sets out key messages to support care providers in planning and preparation to prevent the widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in foster care and supported lodgings. It is aimed at Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts, independent fostering providers, foster carers and their families, and providers of supported lodgings and host families. Key messages focus on Protecting and maintaining current placements; the importance of regular communication with foster carers and host families; and planning to ensuring there is as much capacity to provide foster care and Supported Lodging placements as possible. The guidance may be updated to reflect the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 15 April 2020