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Pilot point prevalence survey of COVID-19 among domiciliary care staff in England

Public Health England

This pilot study provides the first estimate of the extent of COVID-19 infections among domiciliary care workers in England. A prospective descriptive survey of a sample of workers from domiciliary care providers was carried out in June 2020, using a sampling frame of all care providers in England registered with CQC. The findings provide evidence that the prevalence of COVID-19 among domiciliary care workers is in line with the general population as opposed to a higher prevalence as observed in studies of front-line healthcare workers and care home staff. It should be noted that this study took place post the peak of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result its findings are not directly comparable to those emerging from care home and healthcare worker studies.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: community responses

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Practice example about how the South Staffordshire personalisation and social inclusion (PSI) team and community navigator have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PSI team manages eight community managed libraries and this practice example covers how the PSI team have had to adapt service delivery. Also covers some of the key challenges and learning points to date.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

Best interests decisions: A COVID-19 quick guide

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This quick guide aims to help people across social care and health settings to apply its provisions about making best interests decisions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 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

Princess Homecare: collaborative working and maintaining quality

Princess Homecare

Practice example about how Princess Homecare, a small domiciliary care agency in Wiltshire has coped during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the support provided by the Council and how they have kept a log of actions and activities taken due to COVID-19 Also covers some of the key challenges and learning points to date.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust: information and advice hub

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

Practice example about how North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust set up a coordinated staff psychology support hub at the end of March to ensure internal coordination of support for staff, patients and carers in terms of information, toolkits, advice, risk assessment and onward support where needed. Also covers some of the key challenges and learning points to date.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

New development: ‘Healing at a distance’ telemedicine and COVID-19

Public Money and Management

In extreme circumstances such as pandemics, the presence of patients in hospital emergency departments becomes untenable. Healthcare professionals and organizations worldwide are leaning on technology as a crucial ally to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. This article focuses on the positive impact of telemedicine for helping service provision, from enabling virtual triage to mitigating the negative psychological effects of social isolation. The authors discuss the challenges and opportunities to telemedicine practices. This article explains how telemedicine and other e-healthcare technologies can benefit people, medical staff and healthcare systems. One of the main challenges for telemedicine in many countries is the lack of regulations. The authors call on policy-makers to facilitate wider implementation of e-healthcare technologies, while considering issues of inclusiveness, privacy and data protection. The article informs managers about the use of new technologies. Examples are provided of e-healthcare technologies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, for example in terms of healthcare capacity and providing support to people affected by quarantine.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

Commissioning and COVID-19: Legal and policy context

A summary of law and areas of policy (in England) relevant to social care commissioning. This includes specific changes or considerations during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

Challenges and solutions: commissioning social care during COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE addresses the commissioning challenges faced by the social care sector during the pandemic and describes what solutions organisations have responded with.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

Risk factors for COVID-19 versus non-COVID-19 related in-hospital and community deaths by Local Authority District in Great Britain

medRxiv

This article is a preprint and has not been peer-reviewed. The lead researcher is Samuel Paul Leighton. Objectives: To undertake a preliminary hypothesis-generating analysis exploring putative risk factors for coronavirus diseae 2019 (COVID-19) population-adjusted deaths, compared with non-COVID-19 related deaths, at a local authority district (LAD) level in hospital, care homes and at home. Results: Significant risk factors for LAD COVID-19 death in comparison to non-COVID-19 related death were air pollution and proportion of the population who were female. Significant protective factors were higher air temperature and proportion of the population who were ex-smokers. Scottish local authorities and local authorities with a higher proportion of individuals of BAME origin are potential risk factors for COVID-19 related deaths in care homes and in hospitals, respectively.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020