COVID-19 resources

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In tough times, we need visions of hope

Department of Health and Social Care

SCIE's Chief Operating Officer Ewan King reflects on the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has seen an explosion of innovative forms of care, mutual aid, online support, and organisations finding the agility they never thought they had to bring care to people. He explains how a set of products developed by the Social Care Innovation Network and published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence explore how best to support and foster innovation. This requires a new commitment to coproduction, maximising wellbeing and sustainability and self-directed support to create an asset based area; a place where everyone looks first for what individuals, families and communities can, or could do, with the right support, rather than focusing exclusively on their needs.

Last updated on hub: 24 June 2020

Infection control during COVID-19: advice for social care

Advice and training for the social care sector about infection control during the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Infection control e-learning course

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Video-based, easy-to-navigate, essential e-learning to help organisations prevent the spread of infection.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

Infection prevention and control

Skills for Care

Learning resources for ongoing learning and development in relation to safe and effective care, infection prevention and control. Includes webinar recordings about Coronavirus infection prevention and control in nursing homes (3 April 2020); infection prevention and control Q&A session (14 April 2020) and links to other relevant resources for induction and learning and development.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Infection prevention and control information

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Produced by the team employed by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and commissioned to provide infection prevention and control (IPC)services in North Yorkshire covering Health and Social Care settings. Offers bespoke training and consultancy services, as well as an variety of downloadable resources for care homes and home care.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Information and resources to guide you through Covid-19

Social Care Wales

Provide information, signposting and resources to those in the social care sector who may be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Wales. Includes: what you need to know, supporting staff and carers, supporting adults and older people, and supporting children and young people.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Innovation and inspiration: examples of how providers are responding to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) asked providers to send them examples of changes they have made responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes examples about adult social care organised under the headings:communications, well-being of people using services, infection control, information and guidance, safe staffing and supporting staff. You can also download the full spreadsheet of examples submitted.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

Inside out: young people’s health and wellbeing: a response to Covid-19

National Youth Agency

This report highlights a rise in mental health issues among young people and provides evidence on the significant impact the pandemic has on young people’s health. While at lower risk from infection by COVID-19, young people are put at much greater risk of other physical or mental health issues. The report reveals young people’s health has suffered with: a decline in vulnerable young people’s mental health almost three times the national average in response to COVID-19; over one million young people have been lost to youth services during COVID-19, many unknown to formal services and not accessing health services; the loss of wrap around support and access to age appropriate health services with the closure of some smaller clinical services, walk-in clinics and youth centres; the lack of group activities in schools and youth services, made worse by the closure of summer schemes, restrictions on leisure and outdoor activities, including local parks; the lack of clear guidance for young people from trusted sources can lead to risky behaviour, poor sexual health, abuse, trauma, bereavement, addiction and anxiety; the considerable strain this places on health services, already over-stretched, and an over reliance on online services for health advice and support. The report recommends that youth services must be classified as essential services working alongside health and education professionals; youth workers must be mobilised and access to services for young people supported; clear and ongoing public health messaging for young people and guidance designed with young people to reflect their specific needs.

Last updated on hub: 03 September 2020

Interim phase: area SEND


An operational note for Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Care Quality Commission inspectors carrying out interim visits to local areas regarding their special educational needs and disabilities arrangements from October 2020. From October, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be visiting local areas to find out about their arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The visits are designed to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SEND system and to support improvement. Inspectors will work collaboratively with local areas to identify what has worked well for children and young people with SEND and their families over recent months, what the challenges and lessons learned have been, and what the opportunities are for improvement for the future.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

International examples of measures to support unpaid carers during the COVID-19 pandemic

International Long-term Care Policy Network

This document provides examples of policy and practice measures that have been adopted internationally to support unpaid carers caring for someone with long-term care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes information on types of guidance issued, virtual support to facilitate social contact, emergency support in case unpaid carers can no longer provide care, financial support, including additional support during the pandemic, and responsibilities given to healthcare providers to support unpaid carers. It highlights that support in the form of technological interventions, such as helplines, online carer groups and tele-health have been newly established and/or expanded; some countries are providing emergency support structures in case the family carer becomes unable to provide care, and only one country to date has increased support for family carers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Last updated on hub: 21 May 2020