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COVID-19 Insight: focus on adult social care

Care Quality Commission

This Insight document highlights COVID-19 related pressures facing adult social care. It reviews data on outbreaks, deaths, and the availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and looks at the impact of COVID-19 on staff wellbeing and the financial viability of adult social care services. It also outlines future areas of focus for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), including infection control both within and between services, how local systems are engaging social care organisations in the management of COVID-19, and how the care for people from different vulnerable groups is being managed through the COVID-19 crisis. The document draws on information gathered from staff and people receiving care, data collection from domiciliary care services, and conversations with providers. It is the first in a series of Insight documents on key issues affecting health and care during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 21 May 2020

Loneliness in the lockdown

Wales Centre for Public Policy

Loneliness and social isolation have a significant impact on public health and wellbeing. Social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) simultaneously increases the risk of loneliness and social isolation and rules out many existing approaches to tackling them. This note examines possible approaches to tackling loneliness during the lockdown. It provides an overview of approaches to strengthening social contact, including those enabled by digital technologies; highlights lessons from previous approaches that have reduced loneliness and social isolation among groups who have long felt socially distanced, such as carers, those with physical mobility restrictions and those with mental ill-health; and suggests ways that public services in Wales and elsewhere can adapt these strategies to support communities through the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 20 May 2020

Covid-19 and the nation's mental health. Forecasting needs and risks in the UK: May 2020

Centre for Mental Health

This briefing uses evidence from existing research about the likely impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health of the UK population and the groups which face the highest risks to their mental health as a result of the crisis. It uses evidence from previous epidemics internationally and from the aftermath of the 2008 banking crisis to develop estimates. The analysis indicates that approximately half a million more people will experience a mental health difficulty over the next year. Those whose mental health will be put at risk as a result of the virus and the lockdown include people who have been bereaved, those who have received intensive hospital treatment for the virus, and staff working in health and care services. People facing violence and abuse, people with long-term health conditions, people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and people with existing mental health difficulties face an especially high risk to their mental health. The paper makes four recommendations for action to protect the nations mental health, which include: for the Government and Public Health England to provide advice to organisations on trauma-informed approaches to help people who use and work in them following the lockdown and for the NHS to develop a proactive and tailored offer of mental health support to those affected by Covid-19.

Last updated on hub: 19 May 2020

COVID-19: management of exposed staff and patients in health and social care settings

Public Health England

Guidance on the management of staff and patients who have been exposed to COVID-19. It covers staff exposures to COVID-19, staff return to work criteria, and patient exposures to COVID-19. It is accompanied by flow charts describing return to work of staff following a SARS-CoV-2 test. The guidance has been written primarily for an English health professional audience. [Published 2/04/2020. Last updated 22/05/2020].

Last updated on hub: 19 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): care home support package

Department of Health and Social Care

Outlines the Government plan to prevent and control COVID-19 in all registered care homes. It uses evidence brought together by Public Health England and draws on the insights of care providers. It includes information on infection control, a comprehensive testing programme, additional funding to local authorities and £600 million allocated to support care providers through a new adult social care infection control fund. The guidance includes an annex on what care homes can do to restrict workforce movement and minimising workforce transmission. [Published 15/05/2020. Last updated 9 July 2020].

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

Care leavers' well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic: key messages for leaving care workers

Coram Voice

An insight paper highlighting some of the ways that local authorities and staff are supporting care leavers during the Covid-19 pandemic. It also outlines tips for Personal Advisers and Leaving Care Services that are supporting care leavers. The paper highlights the importance of young people being able to get in touch with their workers easily.

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

Distance recruitment tips: virtual interviewing

Skills for Care

Advice on distance recruitment and carrying out virtual interviews.

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

Social connection in the COVID-19 crisis: initial report from the COVID-19 Inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration

British Future

This report from the APPG Inquiry on Social Integration presents findings from Part One of the Inquiry to better understand the issues experienced under the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Inquiry examined who is at risk of social isolation; the barriers and challenges in reaching and supporting socially isolated groups; and identified examples best practice in relation to social connectedness. The findings show that many different people are at risk of social isolation in the COVID-19 crisis, and that people experience social isolation differently. Whist the crisis resulted in people feeling a greater sense of belonging in their local community, it is not clear if this will last. The report also shows that digital exclusion is a particular risk of social isolation, so there is need to use non-digital forms of communication in initiatives to reduce isolation. The crisis has also seen an increase in volunteering, including 'mutual aid' volunteering, which bridges the gap between formal and informal volunteering. The report concludes with short-term and long-term recommendations for action during and after the pandemic. These include an expansion of 'Digital champion' schemes, where volunteers support those who lack digital skills and confidence. When the current crisis period ends, the APPG urges a long-term commitment from the Government, educational institutions, employers and civil society to reduce digital exclusion.

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages

NHS England

Guidance for care providers and their teams who are planning for how best to manage their capacity across inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It aims to support existing contingency planning for a range of resource-constrained scenarios. It outlines some principles that should be followed when responding to the pressures of COVID-19 in the mental health/learning disability and autism system and what should be considered in order to maximise capacity across services when needed. It also includes additional considerations specific to services for people with a learning disability and/or autism. The guidance will be relevant for a range of professionals, including commissioners, providers, social workers, local authorities, experts by experience and others who may be involved in pathways of care.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic

NHS England

This document provides advice on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the use of the Mental Health Act and supporting systems to safeguard the legal rights of people receiving mental health, learning disabilities and specialised commissioned mental health services. It covers key issues in relation to: the Mental Health Act 1983; the Mental Capacity Act 2005; the Care Act 2014 and restraint and restrictive practice. It also includes specific considerations for specialised mental health services, learning disability and autism services, and for mental health and the criminal justice system. The guidance is for commissioners, providers, social workers, local authorities, experts by experience, clinical experts, independent chairs for Care and Education and Treatment Reviews, and others who may be involved in pathways of care. The document will be regularly updated to reflect the rapidly changing context. This is the second version of the guidance updated on 19 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020