COVID-19 resources

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COVID-19: meeting the psychological needs of people with learning/intellectual disabilities, and their families and staff

British Psychological Society

Guidance to support health and social care professionals to meet the psychological needs of people with learning and intellectual disabilities, their families and carers. It explores the different psychological factors that may influence and impact the wellbeing of people with learning or intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis and highlights where psychologists can offer support and signposts professionals to helpful resources. Specifically, the guidance considers: the protective factors, the precipitating and maintaining factors, the psychological interventions/actions that may be available, and what may be important during the recovery/transformation phase.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Beyond the data: understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups

Public Health England

This report is a descriptive summary of stakeholder insights into the factors that may be influencing the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities and strategies for addressing inequalities. The review found that the highest age standardised diagnosis rates of COVID-19 per 100,000 population were in people of Black ethnic groups (486 in females and 649 in males) and the lowest were in people of White ethnic groups (220 in females and 224 in males). Death rates from COVID-19 were higher for Black and Asian ethnic groups when compared to White ethnic groups. This is the opposite of what is seen in previous years, when the all-cause mortality rates are lower in Asian and Black ethnic groups. The report also summarises the main themes emerging from engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, which are: longstanding inequalities were exacerbated by COVID-19; people of Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups may have an increased risk of exposure to and acquisition of COVID-19 and are more likely to be diagnosed; BAME groups may have an increased risk of complications and death from COVID-19 due to underlying conditions; racism and discrimination experienced by communities and more specifically by BAME key workers may be a root cause affecting health, and exposure risk and disease progression risk.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Support for people with a learning disability

House of Commons Library

Describes recent changes to policy and services for people with a learning disability in England. Over 1.2 million people in England have a learning disability. The Government and NHS England are working to reduce health inequalities for people with a learning disability and have established national programmes to improve treatment and outcomes. The briefing details these initiatives, looking specifically at health policies, employment, social security, education. The briefing also provides a summary of the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on people with learning disabilities in England.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): personal protective equipment (PPE) plan

Department of Health and Social Care

Cross-government UK-wide plan to ensure that critical personal protective equipment (PPE) is delivered to those on the frontline responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). The plan incorporates three strands: 1) guidance – setting out who needs PPE and when, and who does not, based on UK clinical expertise and WHO standards; 2) distribution – making sure those who need PPE can get it and at the right time; and 3) future supply – taking action to secure enough PPE to see services through the crisis, working alongside the industry to boost future supply. [Published 10 April 2020. Last updated 15 April 2020]

Last updated on hub: 18 June 2020

Commissioning during COVID-19 and beyond

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This guide focuses on what we can learn from commissioning during the COVID-19 crisis. It discusses how commissioners can work in true partnership with citizens, providers and the community to resolve issues.

Last updated on hub: 18 June 2020

COVID-19: the safe and legal use of restraint and seclusion in mental health and learning disability services during the Coronavirus period

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

This guidance sets out key messages in relation to restraint and seclusion in mental health and learning disability services in Northern Ireland during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidance covers the management of restrictive interventions in the COVID-19 outbreak period; seclusion in mental health and learning disability inpatient services; types of restraints; public health advice around social distancing, shielding and isolation, and associated legalities for mental health and learning disability services; blanket restrictions; and the use of Personal Protective Equipment. The core principle underpinning the guidance recommends that in making any decision regarding the use of restraint, seclusion or restrictive practices, the proposed intervention must always be the least restrictive option available, considered to be in the person’s best interests with the aim of preventing harm, and proportionate to the likelihood and seriousness of that harm. The guidance includes links to additional resources. Restraint and seclusion in other settings than mental health and learning disability services are not covered in this guidance.

Last updated on hub: 18 June 2020

Briefing on COVID-19 guidance for social care assessments and the ethical framework

Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE)

This briefing provides insight and recommendations on how to better respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of disabled people, people who live with long term conditions and unpaid carers in relation to social care assessment and the provision of care during COVID-19. It argues that taking a human rights based approach can help difficult decision-making when there are tensions between risks and rights or between demand and available resources, calling for greater detail on equalities and explicit reference to human rights law in both UK and Scottish government guidance relating to the pandemic and local plans. The briefing makes a number of recommendations, including: monitoring the use of powers to relax social care assessments and engaging with people who access services during the pandemic and lockdown; greater clarity when social care packages are being reduced and removed; that individualised support for unpaid carers is made available; that charges for people who use social care (including collection of arrears and debt for previous care charges) should be suspended; that actions should be taken to mitigate the risks of associated with remote social care assessments. The briefing finally recommends regular, ongoing contact with social work professionals and others capable of carrying out partial assessments, using the communication methods that work best for the individual.

Last updated on hub: 18 June 2020

Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants

Department of Health and Social Care

This document sets out key messages to support people in planning and receiving their care safely during the pandemic, including slowing the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and reducing the possibility of hospital admission or care breaking down. It is aimed at people of all ages ‒ children, young people and adults ‒ who receive support through their personal budgets or personal health budgets and take this as a direct payment. It is also relevant to family members, local authorities (LAs), clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), providers and people who are employed through a direct payment, including PAs (including those who are self-employed). Topics covered include: flexible use of direct payments during the pandemic; continuation of direct payments; personal protective equipment (PPE); employment of individuals; the coronavirus job retention scheme; statutory sick pay (SSP) for PAs with COVID-19 like symptoms; testing; monitoring requirements; self-funders; and keeping safe. [Last updated 11 September 2020]

Last updated on hub: 17 June 2020

Protecting and safeguarding older people: Covid-19 information pack

Older People's Commissioner for Wales

This pack provides a range of useful information and resources about keeping older people safe in Wales – including how to identify older people who may be at risk, and contact details for key organisations that can provide crucial help and support.

Last updated on hub: 17 June 2020

The mental health effects of the first two months of lockdown and social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK

Institute of Fiscal Studies

Mental health in the UK worsened substantially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic – by 8.1% on average and by much more for young adults and for women which are groups that already had lower levels of mental health before Covid-19. Hence inequalities in mental health have been increased by the pandemic. Even larger average effects are observed for measures of mental health that capture the number problems reported or the fraction of the population reporting any frequent or severe problems, which more than doubled for some groups such as young women. It is important to control for pre-existing recent trends in mental health when attempting to understand and isolate the effects of Covid-19.

Last updated on hub: 17 June 2020