COVID-19 resources

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Managing bereavement

Skills for Care

This COVID-19 response webinar focuses on bereavement and the staff experience of losing a colleague or a person they are caring for. Bereavement is the experience of losing someone important to us and is characterised by grief, which is the process and the range of emotions we go through as we gradually adjust to the loss. Claire Henry and colleagues from Skills for Care discuss what bereavement in the workplace setting means and how to support staff at this time including support to help move forward.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages

NHS England

Guidance for care providers and their teams who are planning for how best to manage their capacity across inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It aims to support existing contingency planning for a range of resource-constrained scenarios. It outlines some principles that should be followed when responding to the pressures of COVID-19 in the mental health/learning disability and autism system and what should be considered in order to maximise capacity across services when needed. It also includes additional considerations specific to services for people with a learning disability and/or autism. The guidance will be relevant for a range of professionals, including commissioners, providers, social workers, local authorities, experts by experience and others who may be involved in pathways of care.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Managing coronavirus risk and liability in health and social care


LaingBuisson in partnership with DAC Beachcroft and Marsh held a conversation about managing coronavirus risk and liability in health and social care. This webinar focused on current insurance considerations, mitigating actions care providers should be taking, regulatory implications and Human Rights Act consideration. You can download the slide deck that goes with the webinar here: [Webinar recorded 20 May 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Managing through COVID-19: the experiences of children’s social care in 15 English local authorities

King's College London

This study examines the arrangements put in place in children’s social care services during the period of the COVID-19 lockdown and considers what their impact and legacy might be. A modified Delphi methodology was adopted, gathering expert opinion from 15 representatives of English local authorities to through a series of iterative questionnaires, with a goal of coming to a group consensus. Findings cover a whole range of issues, including home and office working; referrals; working with families in a pandemic; foster care; care leavers and unaccompanied young people seeking asylum; residential homes; multi-agency working; recruitment; planning for the end of lockdown; and lessons for the future. The study found that the local authorities have responded to three interrelated imperatives: to keep social workers safe while promoting their health and wellbeing, to work with extremely vulnerable families and to use technology to undertake work with these families who may be technology poor. All authorities were conscious that soon they could be facing additional challenges as they dealt not only with the practicalities of social distancing and technology, but the increased number of referrals that they expected once other services returned to ‘more business as usual’ operations. There was concern about those families who had been exposed to the risks arising within their homes such as domestic abuse, coercive control, alcohol and substance misuse, with consequences for their mental and physical health. COVID-19 has also offered opportunities, leading children’s social care services to think afresh about how things work and speed up changes that would have taken years to introduce. Previous notions of how to conduct an assessment, engage in direct practice and offer student placements are amongst the many activities that have been tested and reshaped, at least temporarily. Similarly, virtual visits to families were reported to be effective in certain circumstances and be less intrusive for some families, although establishing face-to-face contact in the home will continue to be necessary.

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2020

Managing through COVID-19: the experiences of children’s social care in 15 English local authorities: briefing paper

King's College London

Summarises the finding of a study examining the arrangements put in place in children’s social care services in 15 local authorities during the period of the COVID-19 lockdown. Findings cover: the social work workforce; referrals to children’s social care; work with families; foster care; care leavers; unaccompanied young people seeking asylum; residential homes; multi-agency working; cross-authority work; students and placements; recruitment; support for local authorities through COVID-19; planning for the end of lockdown; and lessons for the future. Lessons include: the use of technology in contacting parents should be approached with caution, taking account of the family’s ability to access it and their confidence in working in this way, and the service’s capacity to provide support in doing so; a proportion of meetings and other interactions will continue to be conducted virtually but these should be monitored to determine what it is effective and efficient to do and in what particular circumstances; the potential of technology to improve social workers’ engagement with young people has been established, but it is important to recognise that it will not work for everyone and there will be those who do not wish to use it in some circumstances; it will be important to build on positive developments that have emerged such as those in relation to multi-agency working.

Last updated on hub: 07 July 2020

Maximising mobility in older people when isolated with COVID-19

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

A rapid review focusing on how to maximise mobility in older people who are isolated at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The review has four key messages: there is some evidence that doing movement and exercise can reduce elements of frailty; a mixture of resistance, strength and balancing exercises seem most effective for older people; adding a social element to exercise may improve adherence and motivation and may also minimise risk of depression and anxiety; there may also be a role for technology to support exercise programs via e.g. internet, video games, media broadcasts or phone calls.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

MCA and the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This quick guide looks at what protections the MCA gives people, both during the COVID-19 crisis and in more typical times.

Last updated on hub: 31 March 2020

MCR pathways lockdown survey: how to build back better: listening to the voices of our young people

MCR Pathways

Findings of a survey of 1,347 care-experienced and disadvantaged young people (aged 13 -18) from across Scotland, gaining insight into their experience of the COVID-19 lockdown, specifically in relation to mental wellbeing, home learning, and impact on career plans and future expectations. Key findings on the impacts of the lockdown include: impact on mental wellbeing – two thirds (66.8%) of young people are feeling low, more anxious and stressed since lockdown and 88.8% said their sleeping patterns have changed and over a quarter (26.5%) said they were experiencing significantly disrupted sleep; impact on education and return to school – since lockdown, 68.2% did not use any learning materials provided by the school while, significantly, over a quarter had caring duties that impacted on their capacity for home learning; impact on the future – 64.8% of young people say that COVID-19 has not changed their future plans for what they want to do when they leave school and 38.5% of leavers are feeling confident about their next steps. The report makes a number of recommendations, including ensuring education is provided on a full-time basis, schools offer a recovery curriculum, and disadvantaged young people are systematically and comprehensively consulted as a matter of course throughout the formation of all recovery and rebuild plans.

Last updated on hub: 04 August 2020

Mencap Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources


Mencap have created a hub of resources for people with a learning disability and families and also for support workers and healthcare professionals working with this group. The hub includes helpful advice and information and covers topics such as: going to hospital, keeping busy and activity ideas, changes to the Care Act, information from other organisations, information for support workers and healthcare professionals.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Mencap in Kirklees: provider responsiveness

Mencap in Kirklees

Practice example about how Mencap in Kirklees has responded during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to provide day care services, domiciliary care and residential care for adults with learning disabilities. Also covers some of the challenges and learning points.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020