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Guidance to prevent COVID-19 among care home residents and manage cases, incidents and outbreaks in residential care settings in Wales

Public Health Wales

This public health guidance is intended for local authorities, Local Health Boards and registered providers of care homes or supported living arrangements where people share communal facilities. The majority of this guidance can be applied across a range of settings including residential homes for adults and children and supported living facilities where 24 hour care is provided. The guidance can also be applied to other settings such as retirement housing where there are communal facilities and additional care provided as well as other communal facilities such as those for people recovering from substance use, those experiencing mental health problems, the homeless and those seeking asylum. The guidance covers: prevention – keeping your setting coronavirus free; admission or placement of residents; caring for residents, depending on their COVID-19 status; advice for staff; incidents and outbreaks; and supporting existing residents that may require medical care.

Last updated on hub: 19 January 2021

Guidance: Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

Department of Health and Social Care

This document sets out the infection control measures that the infection control fund will support and aims to answer questions received from local government and care providers about the Fund. The main purpose of this fund is to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission in and between care homes. A smaller percentage of the fund can be used to support domiciliary care providers and wider workforce resilience to deal with COVID-19 infections. Information on the distribution of grant allocations to local authorities and reporting requirements are included as annexes.

Last updated on hub: 10 June 2020

Guide for pandemic flu planning

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

A series of reports produced by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in 2018 to provide social care expertise to support the Department of Health as part of a wider Government programme to develop its pandemic influenza preparedness plans. The reports cover: a guide for pandemic flu planning for DASSs; information requirements to support DASSs and local partners to plan and reprioritise services in a future pan flu response; the communications and support infrastructure that DASS require to support them in communicating service reprioritisation in a future pan flu response; and recommendations on regulatory and process easements that DASSs require to manage the reprioritisation of needs and delivery of services in a future pan flu response. The ADASS has recommended that Directors of Adult Social Services refer to the guide in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Guide to remote court hearings

Transparency Project

This short guide explains what remote court hearings are and how they will work. It answers some common queries that users may have. It is aimed at parents involved in family court cases about their children – and anyone else involved in family court cases, regardless of whether or not they have a lawyer. The document address the following questions and concerns: what is a remote hearing; what is a hybrid hearing; what will happen at the remote hearing; how to join a remote hearing; whether there are costs to join; what devices, apps or software are needed; concerns about being able to work the technology; can I have someone with me during the remote hearing; needing to speak privately with the lawyer or supporter during the hearing; what if I want a face to face hearing; what if something goes wrong; what happens after the hearing; where can I find out more.

Last updated on hub: 16 June 2020

Guidelines for preventing respiratory illness in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

The findings of a rapid review of clinical practice guidelines to identify infection protection and control measures for preventing respiratory viruses (including coronavirus and influenza) in older adults aged 60 years and older in long-term care settings. The review found, that recommendations from current guidelines seem to support environmental measures for infection prevention and antiviral chemoprophylaxis for infection management as the most appropriate first-line response to viral respiratory illness in long-term care. The review notes that the findings should be treated with caution as it is unclear how many of these guidelines are based on the best available evidence due to their poor overall quality.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Guidelines for social workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This briefing provides some principles that social workers can follow to enable them to work in anti-oppressive ways while protecting their own health and that of service users so as to ensure that the coronavirus is not spread by them, especially to vulnerable people. The briefing also provides some pointers that social workers may wish to consider when doing home visits, agency visits or going anywhere else to deliver services to those requiring them. This briefing complements British Association of Social Workers England (BASW) document professional practice guidance: The role of social workers in a pandemic and its aftermath: learning from COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

Health and care system responses to the Covid-19 pandemic: how real time evaluation can help you improve outcomes for individuals, organisations, partnerships, localities and systems

Cordis Bright

A set of slides outlining approaches to real-time evaluation of the integrated care system and its responses to the pandemic. These approaches can be used to support systems and organisations make evidence-led decisions and support the sustainability of innovation as services collectively move into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The slides outline five system behaviours in response to the pandemic, many of which can manifest simultaneously: Revert, Status Quo, System improvements, Rapid adoption and Innovation and transformation. The benefits and advantages of real time evaluation include: it helps identify how systems have changed; provides an independent, objective perspective; assesses the scale and nature of impact (positive and negative, expected and unexpected); understands what has worked, what hasn’t, and what might in the future; explores how decisions were made under pressure; supports decision-making for ongoing investment decisions and future improvement programmes.

Last updated on hub: 25 June 2020

Health and Safety during COVID-19: position statement

British Association of Social Workers England

This statement was developed by the Social Workers Union and endorsed by BASW UK on 2 April 2020. Sets out what social workers should and should not do. Provides advice and guidance for social workers in community work with individuals and families, in ‘usual’ places of work and working from home. Also provides advice on access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and raising concerns.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Health and social care workers’ quality of working life and coping while working during the COVID-19 pandemic 7th May – 3rd July 2020: findings from a UK survey

Ulster University

Findings from a UK wide survey that measured aspects around quality of working life, wellbeing and coping of the health and social care workforce during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report reveals that overall, COVID-19 has amplified some of the strengths of the UK health and social care workforce. There are the considerable commonalities of human service work but also differences. These apply particularly to the location of work; being on the frontline means different things if a person is working on a hospital unit or in a care home, generally with people who are very ill or at some risk of death. Commonalities among the workforce are their stated altruistic concerns for service users and patients; the very reason why most people work in health and social care. The survey highlighted some differences between groups in terms of their coping mechanisms that may be of interest to HR and employers more generally. For example, while not all younger staff are keen on exercise, it showed that younger staff and men reported this was important to their wellbeing; and while IT proved so valuable in terms of communications and support, it is critical that all workers are IT literate and not further disadvantaged by limits of access or capability. The findings suggest that emotional and psychological support for staff was important in helping reduce the risks of negative work effects during the pandemic. For employers this means enabling this to be part of workplace culture since it is unlikely to manifest itself during a pandemic or crisis if not already existing. Other findings throw a light on the redeployment of staff, which one in ten of our respondents overall had experienced, and the importance of taking care of those who took on extra work when their colleagues were redeployed or on sick leave and the possible risk of burnout or exhaustion.

Last updated on hub: 24 November 2020

Health and social care workers’ quality of working life and coping while working during the Covid-19 pandemic: analysis of positive coping and work-related quality of life as resilience and protective factors impacting on wellbeing

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute

In early 2020, COVID-19 was designated as a pandemic. Despite our experience of pandemics (e.g., SARS), there is limited research about how health and social care staff cope with the challenges of caring for patients while potentially putting their own health at risk. The current study examined the impact of providing health and social care during COVID-19 on nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, social care workers and social workers. An online survey using validated scales and open-ended questions was used to collect data from the UK health and social care staff in May-July 2020. It received 3,290 responses, mostly from social care workers and social workers. A multiple regression analysis showed that individuals using positive coping strategies, particularly active coping, emotional support, relaxation and exercise, had higher wellbeing scores. Lower wellbeing scores were associated with disengagement and substance use as coping strategies. Better quality of working life was associated with active coping, emotional support, work family segmentation and relaxation. Participants using disengagement and family work segmentation had lower quality of working life. Positive coping strategies seem to be playing a significant role in health and social care workers’ wellbeing and quality of working life and interventions may be needed to support those who are struggling to cope.

Last updated on hub: 12 January 2021