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Lockdown’s side effect: mental health deterioration of people affected by dementia, with third ‘giving up’

Alzheimer's Society

Sets out findings from a survey of around 2,000 people affected by dementia revealing the devastating impact coronavirus has had on their mental health, with a third living with dementia reporting apathy or a sense of ‘giving up’. Nearly half of respondents said that lockdown has had a ‘negative impact’ on their mental health. Around half of unpaid carers also reported that loved ones with the condition have experienced stress, anxiety or depression.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Age-friendly Communities and COVID-19

Centre for Ageing Better

Brings together some examples and resources from Age-friendly Communities in response to COVID-19. In Age-friendly Communities residents, local groups, councils and businesses all work together to identify and make changes to ensure their place fosters the abilities of older people. This curated content is structured around key domains, covering: communication and information; community support and health services; respect and social inclusion; social participation; transportation; international resources.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in care homes: statistics to 8 July 2020

Department of Health and Social Care

Latest figures on coronavirus testing for social care staff, their household members and residents of care homes. As of 8 July, there had been an estimated 741,021 tests on workers in the UK in social care settings and their symptomatic household members for COVID-19 through Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) testing routes. There have been an estimated 352,946 tests on care home residents for COVID-19 through DHSC testing routes in the UK. An estimated 100,900 care home residents in England had been tested for COVID-19 through PHE testing routes.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Responding to Covid-19: some personal reflections

Adoption and Fostering

Person reflection. At the time of writing, many health professionals who are members of CoramBAAF are at the frontline of the fight with the virus and some medical advisers and health professionals working with looked after children have been redeployed from their substantive roles to work in other areas of health care provision. Considers how health service interventions and assessments that are critical components of adoption and fostering work can be carried out during the coronavirus pandemic. Covers how the response has changed during the beginning months of the crisis, the need for guidance and looking to the future.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

Somewhere over the rainbow ‐ third sector research in and beyond coronavirus

Voluntary Sector Review

The coronavirus pandemic has rapidly become a multifaceted global crisis, disrupting economies, livelihoods and ways of life, with significant ramifications for the third sector. This paper seeks to prompt a conversation about third sector research agendas, which might be animated in and beyond coronavirus, focusing primarily on the experience of the sector in the UK but including references globally. After a brief discussion of the acute three-dimensional crisis facing the sector, the paper raises questions for now and later at three interconnected levels: of practice, organisation and society. The paper concludes with a call for critically engaged curiosity about the role and fortunes of the third sector in a time of lockdown and its aftermath.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

Covid-19 adult social care provision: stories of promise

Think Local Act Personal

Information and examples of emerging practice during the Coronavirus pandemic. This collection charts the multitude of creative responses that have evolved to support people with adult care and support in communities across England as a result of the pandemic. Each example is collated under a different theme that relates to provider, council or community activity such as commissioning, asset-based approaches or digital solutions. Themes include: keeping people connected; digital innovation; information and advice; markets and commissioning; self-directed support; and workforce.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

Building a country that works for all children post COVID-19

The Association of Directors of Children's Services

This discussion paper looks at the impacts of Covid-19 on children and their families. Its purpose is three-fold: to put children, young people and their lived experiences of the pandemic front and centre in national recovery planning; to articulate what is needed to restore the public support services they rely on; and to capture the positives and gains made during a very complex national, and indeed, global emergency. The paper reveals that the directors of children’s services in England share concerns about increased exposure of children to ‘hidden harms’ such as domestic violence and the impact of social distancing on children and young people’s development and on their mental and emotional health and wellbeing. The vulnerability of specific cohorts, including care leavers, young carers, children and young people in conflict with the law and families with no recourse to public funds, has been heightened during this period. Covid-19 has disrupted professionals’ relationships with children and families and weakened the sustainability of both the voluntary and charitable sector and the early years and childcare sector. Both families and the workforce have shown great levels of resilience, flexibility and creativity. The paper calls for a rapid review of the response to the first phase of the pandemic to improve preparedness for future waves and spikes of infection, arguing that the experiences of practitioners and of children and families must be part of this process. It also suggests that the recovery phase offers the government an opportunity to further its ‘levelling up’ agenda, and the initiation of an ambitious, world leading health inequalities strategy, making wellbeing rather than straightforward economic performance the central goal of policy.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

Exposed, silenced, attacked: failures to protect health and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Amnesty International UK

This report makes concrete recommendations for what governments across the world need to do to comply with their human rights obligations and adequately protect the rights of health and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the context of their occupational health and safety, health and essential workers face shortages and difficulties accessing PPE in several countries; they also experience challenges around remuneration and compensation, high workloads and associated anxiety and stress; in several countries, instead of being supported, they are facing reprisals from the state and from their employers for speaking out about their working conditions or for criticising the authorities’ response; they are subjected to social stigma and acts of violence from members of society because of the jobs they perform. The report makes a comprehensive set of recommendations to ensure health and essential workers are adequately protected during the COVID-19 pandemic. It calls on governments to ensure that employers provide all health and essential workers with adequate PPE to protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, in line with international standards; recognise COVID-19 as an occupational disease; listen to and address essential workers’ safety concerns in an appropriate manner; investigate any attacks or acts of violence against health and essential workers; carry out comprehensive, effective and independent reviews regarding states’ and other actors’ preparedness for and responses to the pandemic, and provide effective and accessible remedies where there is evidence government agencies did not adequately protect human rights; and collect and publish data by occupation in order to ensure effective protection in the future.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

Workforce guidance for mental health, learning disabilities and autism, and specialised commissioning services during the coronavirus pandemic

NHS England

This document provides mental health, learning disabilities and autism, and specialised commissioning workforce guidance and considerations to ensure safety in the workplace is maintained during the COVID-19 outbreak. It is intended to support the local contingency planning for a range of resource-constrained scenarios and covers general principles; ways in which staff work; releasing time to care; training and CPD; and safer staffing models.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2020

Institute for Fiscal Studies

This report examines how living standards – most commonly measured by households’ incomes – were changing in the UK up to approximately the eve of the current COVID-19 crisis, using the latest official household income data covering years up to 2018–19. In particular, the report focuses on how this differed for different groups, and what this meant for poverty and inequality. It provides a comprehensive account of household income before the pandemic, including for groups who have subsequently had their economic lives disrupted. The report finds that the COVID-19 crisis hit at a time when income growth had already been extremely disappointing for some years, with the main culprit for the latest reduction in real income growth being a rise in inflation from 2016; overall relative poverty was 22% in 2018−19, and it has fluctuated little since the early 2000s – relative child poverty has increased by 3 percentage points, which represents the most sustained rise in relative child poverty since the early 1990s; absolute poverty was 20% in 2018−19 – virtually unchanged over the last two years; workers whose livelihoods look most at risk during the COVID-19 crisis already tended to have relatively low incomes, and were relatively likely to be in poverty, prior to the onset of the crisis; in 2018−19, only 12% of non-pensioners lived in households with no one in paid work, down by a third from 18% in 1994–95 – this progress is highly likely to be undermined by the COVID-19 pandemic; despite temporary increases in benefits announced in response to the pandemic, the benefits system in 2020 provides less support to out-of-work households than in 2011.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020