COVID-19 resources

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How is COVID-19 changing the relationship between communities and public services?

Local Trust

This report summarises findings from an event held by the Local Trust and the New Local Government Network (NLGN) on the changing relationship between communities and public services during and beyond COVID-19. The session explored how community responses to COVID-19 might disrupt the current relationship between communities and public services and how they could begin to shape a different dynamic in which residents have more power and control over what happens in their area. The paper shows that in local pandemic responses, the partnership between public services and communities has become stronger; digital technology is bringing public services and communities closer together; sector lines have become blurred, with local businesses stepping up to help public services and fellow members of the community; and community activism presents a real opportunity for public services and communities to unlock community power.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Adult social care funding reform: developments since July 2019 (England)

House of Commons Library

This briefing paper provides a summary of recent developments since July 2019 concerning the reform of adult social care in England. It examines the Government’s current position to seek a cross-party consensus in order to bring forward proposals for reform of how people pay for adult social care; the delays to cross-party talks as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak; and the Government’s latest pledge to press ahead with the reform in light of the lessons from the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Briefing on individuals with NRPF who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness and destitution during the COVID-19 pandemic

Project 17

Considers the implications of the COVID-19 crisis for individuals who are unable to access social housing or most welfare benefits due to their ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) immigration status. Without the safety net of social security, these individuals are at high risk of homelessness, destitution and exploitation, and are therefore particularly vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic. The paper focuses in particular on education, social care, domestic abuse and health. It provides brief outlines of the issues with the current provision of services in each area and the impact that the lack of access to support has on families with NRPF. The paper sets out suggested questions to help local authorities and the government to reflect on their current practices, their responses to the pandemic and how they support individuals with NRPF status, and future plans.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Reimagining the future of health and social care: how to learn the lessons from the Covid-19 crisis for a next generation health and care system

Royal Society of Arts

This report considers how the lessons from the Covid-19 crisis can help inform and shape the transformation of the health and social care system in England. The pandemic has acted as a real-time experiment of the capacity of the health and care system, highlighting the need for: greater connection between health and social care systems, social care on an equal footing with health care, agile and adaptive leadership, clear public health messaging, greater professional autonomy, addressing health inequality, digital access and literacy, flexible access to resources, including local and community assets, and effective deployment of new technology and data insights to support efficient responses. The paper explores three feasible scenarios for change: pandemic NHS – all health and social care activities are pivoted to ensure that as and when another pandemic hits, the NHS can respond effectively and efficiently; system stasis – returning the health and social care system to normal is the critical activity; and care horizons – a greater period of reflection and review of what happened during the pandemic leads to far greater integration between health and social care. The report explores how to take the best elements from these very different scenarios and recommends both immediate actions to build on the successes in responding to the pandemic and a national process of deliberative engagement with embedded consent amongst professionals, people with lived experience and the public more widely as a foundation for a new health and care settlement for England.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

The Health Service and Social Care Workers (Scrutiny of Coronavirus-related Deaths) Directions 2020

Department of Health and Social Care

These directions ensure that NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts seek and prioritise the services of medical examiners to scrutinise the deaths of health service and adult social care staff from coronavirus. Examiners are required to consider whether there is reason to suspect that the death was a result of the person being exposed to coronavirus during the course of their NHS or social care work

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Coronavirus: the lockdown laws

House of Commons Library

This Commons Library briefing paper describes the law enforcing the UK's coronavirus lockdown, covering social distancing, self-isolation and shielding. It discusses police enforcement of the lockdown and legal commentary of the lockdown rules.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Delivering safe, face-to-face adult day care

Social Care Institute for Excellence

As the restrictions of COVID-19 lockdown are eased, this guide aims to support you, day care managers, social workers, commissioners and providers, to restart or continue activities.

Last updated on hub: 10 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult care homes visiting guidance

Scottish Government

This guidance sets out how care home visiting in Scotland may be re-introduced while minimising the risks to residents, staff and visitors. It takes a staged approach, where stage 1 – essential visits only - has been in operation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The guide sets out how relaxation of visiting restrictions will take place in three further stages, moving through outdoor visiting, indoor visiting by one designated person and eventually to a controlled programme of outdoor and indoor visiting. It explains what precautions will be taken to safeguard resident, visitor and staff safety. [First published July 2020; Last updated 20 October 2020]

Last updated on hub: 09 July 2020

COVID-19 social study

Nuffield Foundation

This project explores the psychological and social experiences of adults in the UK during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The study has five core aims: to understand the psychological and social impact of COVID-19; to map how the psychosocial impact evolves over time as social isolation measures increase and once measures are relaxed; to ascertain which groups are at greatest risk of adverse effects; to explore the interaction between psychosocial impact and adherence to healthy and protective behaviours; and to identify activities during isolation that could buffer against adverse effects. Findings from the project are published regularly to inform our understanding of the ways in which the pandemic is affecting peoples’ everyday lives, identify activities that could mitigate adverse effects of isolation, and support policy responses both during and after the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 09 July 2020

Covid-19: social care’s forgotten workers — they matter too

British Medical Association

Drawing on the lessons from COVID-19 pandemic, this article argues that the social care sector can no longer be seen as low skilled and deserving of low pay and needs to become a system in its own right—funded and valued in its own right, a “single system” redesigned around the care required by individuals. A system that people will all recognise, value, and be proud of, like the NHS.

Last updated on hub: 09 July 2020