COVID-19 resources

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Adult Social Care COVID-19 Taskforce: Self Directed Support (SDS) Advisory Group report

Department of Health and Social Care

This is the report of the Self Directed Support (SDS) Advisory Group, established to make recommendations to feed into the work of the Social Care Sector COVID -19 Support Taskforce. The Advisory Group looked specifically at what was needed to ensure that people who self direct their care and/or support (for themselves or a family member) are able to maintain their wellbeing, safety and independence during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report aligns its recommendations to seven ‘I’ statements, covering: 1. Rights – there needs to be specific guidance/ training on human rights in relation to Covid-19 with proactive safeguarding in place where needed; 2. Trust – implementation of existing Government guidance needs to be robustly monitored with statutory organisations being held to account if this doesn’t translate into people’s experiences; 3. Information – information needs to be available at a local level that is joined up across different agencies and developed with people who self-direct their support; 4. Practical Support – the offer of practical support should result from a coordinated effort and not be left to chance; 5. Connection – there needs to be coordinated and concerted activity to ensure people have opportunities for connection; 6. Balance – there needs to be coordinated and concerted activity to ensure people are contacted in a supportive way, on a regular basis should they wish, to check how they are doing; 7. Choice - where services are closed there should be alternatives offered or the ability to choose to use that element of PB/PHB in a different way.

Last updated on hub: 21 September 2020

Social Care Taskforce: Workforce Advisory Group: report and recommendations

Department of Health and Social Care

This is the report of the Workforce Advisory Group, established to make recommendations to feed into the work of the Social Care Sector COVID -19 Support Taskforce. Two consistent themes have run throughout the work of the Advisory Group: the low priority given to planning and resource allocation for the workforce who support individual employers; and the importance of coherent and timely guidance which meets the needs of the workforce and their employers in their respective environments. The recommendations have been grouped as “top priority”, “highly important” and “important”. The top priorities cover: pay and recognition of the workforce; maintain the safety and wellbeing of our workforce; fully-fund measures to minimise staff movement and self-isolation; supporting workers’ mental and physical health; and maximise uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination.

Last updated on hub: 21 September 2020

Public health and human rights: ‘valuable people at risk’

National Mental Capacity Forum

This webinar explores what it means to get the balance right between protecting public health and respecting the human rights of vulnerable people in the context of COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 21 September 2020

COVID-19 and the MCA 2005

Mental Capacity Law and Policy

This page includes resources relating to COVID-19 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It offers an overview of DHSC, NHS England and NHS Improvement, and CQC guidance. It also signposts to additional guidance from the Social Care Institute for Excellence, NICE and ADASS. The key message is that the MCA 2005 is not, itself, changed by the current circumstances. Nothing in the Coronavirus Act 2020 (for instance) changes the obligations imposed under it. However, the Act is having to be applied in a different context, which will require all those involved to think creatively about how to secure its core principles, as well as to be clear as to when a particular option is simply not available so that it does not fall for consideration as part of any best interests decision-making process.

Last updated on hub: 21 September 2020

Working from home

Scottish Social Services Council

A short guide to help social service workers get the most out of the experience of working from home during the current COVID-19 health crisis, while being mindful of their own wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Workforce support and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak

Scottish Social Services Council

Social service workers experience varying levels of stress and distress as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, which affects them in different ways – physically, emotionally, socially. This guide highlights principles and coping strategies which are based on good, reliable science and evidence that can help them manage the ongoing stress as effectively as possible; and summarises the best available knowledge in this area at the current time with associated relevant links should you wish more information.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Domestic abuse awareness raising tool

SafeLives

This online tool is a learning resource for professionals. It is an awareness-raising resource and serves as an introduction to domestic abuse and coercive control. The tool provides an overview of the main considerations when responding to domestic abuse and helps explore: the definition and prevalence of domestic abuse; the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018; general awareness and identification of domestic abuse, including coercive control; and safe responses and referral pathways. This learning resource reflects real experiences of women, children, men, LGBT people and the BME community. It also includes case studies that show tactics perpetrators use to manipulate victims and responders, as well as the impact of domestic abuse and coercive control on the whole family. It includes a section on Covid-19 and domestic abuse.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Support with death, dying and bereavement during COVID-19

Scottish Social Services Council

This guide brings together information to support social service workers in delivering compassionate, person-centred palliative and end of life care. They may experience death, dying and bereavement during the COVID-19 outbreak. The guide aims to help them understand and feel confident in their role; know and use the skills they have for facilitating conversations about death, dying and bereavement; and create a supportive network with colleagues.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Leading in a crisis

Scottish Social Services Council

This resource provides links to guidance and learning resources that will support those leading and supporting others in crisis situations.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Key measures for infection prevention and control: a guide for social care workers providing care in an individual’s home

Scottish Social Services Council

This guide highlights essential practical actions to support good infection control practice during COVID-19, particularly hand and cough hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE). It signposts some of the key measures care workers will need to protect themselves and others when providing care and support for people, including those with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The guide is for social care workers providing support and care to people living in their own homes; particularly care at home and housing support workers, referred to as ‘domiciliary care’ in the national guidance. It acknowledges that many of the people they support may be in the shielding category.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020