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Guidance on COVID-19 PCR testing in care homes and the management of COVID-19 PCR test positive residents and staff

Health Protection Scotland

The focus of this guide is on the application of PCR testing in care homes, primarily but not exclusively, as part of outbreak investigation and management and on managing the consequences of finding PCR test positive residents and staff. It helps NHS Boards, care home providers and others to interpret and implement this extended testing policy; and to identify what is required to achieve the greatest potential reduction in the risk of transmission of the virus within all forms of residential care home settings for the elderly, in the shortest possible time. The advice is written from a clinical perspective and reflects a consensus on which health protection measures are likely to be the most effective in achieving the maximum reduction in the risk of infection, most quickly.

Last updated on hub: 26 October 2020

Care homes action plan: summary of progress

Welsh Government

This document summarises the progress that has been made – and is being made – against the high-level actions in the Care Homes Action Plan. The Plan sets out high-level actions under six themes to ensure the care home sector in Wales is well supported ahead of winter pressures, learning lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic. The six themes are: infection prevention and control; personal Protective Equipment (PPE); general and clinical support for care homes; residents’ wellbeing; social care workers’ wellbeing; and financial sustainability.

Last updated on hub: 26 October 2020

Submission to the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care

King's Fund

This submission provides an overview of the resilience of the NHS and social care workforce, including the impact of Covid-19. It also examines what is known about the causes of burnout in the NHS and social care workforce – and what can help reduce it; and the implications for national policy

Last updated on hub: 26 October 2020

Ethnic inequalities in Covid-19 are playing out again – how can we stop them?

Institute for Public Policy Research

This long read by IPPR and Runnymede Trust looks at how Covid-19 is set to continue to hit minority ethnic communities hardest as we enter the second wave. It proposes measures to help control the pandemic and mitigate immediate ethnic inequalities. including increasing access to treatment.

Last updated on hub: 26 October 2020

Abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic

British Journal of Psychiatry

This study explored patterns of abuse, self-harm and thoughts of suicide/self-harm in the UK during the first month of the COVID-19 pandemic using data from the COVID-19 Social Study (n=44 775), a non-probability sample weighted to population proportions. The reported frequency of abuse, self-harm and thoughts of suicide/self-harm was higher among women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups and people experiencing socioeconomic disadvantage, unemployment, disability, chronic physical illnesses, mental disorders and COVID-19 diagnosis. Psychiatric medications were the most common type of support being used, but fewer than half of those affected were accessing formal or informal support.

Last updated on hub: 25 October 2020

The scope of mental health research during the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath

British Journal of Psychiatry

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on population mental health are unknown. We need to understand the scale of any such impact in different sections of the population, who is most affected and how best to mitigate, prevent and treat any excess morbidity. We propose a coordinated and interdisciplinary mental health science response.

Last updated on hub: 25 October 2020

Webinar recording: Sharing voices in response to COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This webinar was chaired by Baroness Ilora Finlay and the technical host was Prof Wayne Martin. It was about sharing voices in response to COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 22 October 2020

Reducing the impact of Coronavirus on Poverty in Wales

A snapshot of the impact of Covid-19 on poverty in Wales up to the end of August. On the eve of the pandemic 700,000 people, nearly a quarter of the population, were already living in poverty. The pandemic has hit many of these families hard and swept others who were surviving just above the poverty threshold into poverty. The report draws on official data published by both the Welsh and UK Governments, alongside quantitative and qualitative data gathered from a range of stakeholders who are working with people in poverty. To complement this research a virtual roundtable was held with 14 people who have either been directly working on the front line in response to Covid-19 or who represent people and organisations undertaking such work. The report highlights some of the risk factors around work, social security and living costs that urgently need addressing to reduce the tightening grip of poverty. It identifies actions that the Welsh Government and Welsh local authorities should take immediately to help lift people out of poverty, rather than focusing on longer term solutions that should shape wider efforts to rebuild the economy and society.

Last updated on hub: 22 October 2020

A rapid, multi-agency response to enhance care provider staff wellbeing and resilience during and post-lockdown

Research In Practice: Dartington

Isle of Wight’s Principle Social Worker, Simon Homes, discusses the rapid, cross-island response he and a new multi-disciplinary team implemented during the early stages of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, to increase care and support staff wellbeing and resilience when working during the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 22 October 2020

Winter discharges: designated settings

Department of Health and Social Care

This letter sets out: an overview of the requirement for designated care settings for people discharged from hospital who have a COVID-19 positive status; and an instruction for local authorities to commence identifying and notifying the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of sufficient local designated accommodation and to work with CQC to assure their compliance with the infection prevention control (IPC) protocol. [First published 21 October 2020. Updated 13 November 2020, Added the letter 'Designated settings requirements: FAQs']

Last updated on hub: 22 October 2020

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