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Health as the new wealth: the NHS’s role in economic and social recovery

NHS Confederation

This report looks beyond the immediate health response to COVID-19 to understand where and how the NHS is actively supporting the nation’s critical economic and social recovery. While the role of health in economic development has traditionally been peripheral at best, one consequence of COVID-19 is that it will likely form a more important and explicit part of national and local rebuilding. In many ways, health can be seen as the ‘new wealth’. The report outlines a five-point plan for every system to build on to maximise their local impact and influence and showcases innovative practice which is supporting lasting local change. The five-point plan identifies steps that the NHS can take in every local economy, which include: developing an anchor network across all health and care bodies within the system footprint; making an explicit commitment to fill existing health and care vacancies with local people; embedding health and care within national and local regeneration planning; proposing a Civic Restoration Strategy, focused on improving the vibrancy of communities; and convening industry leaders to source potential new local supply chains. The report also makes recommendations for national government and systems to support this work.

Last updated on hub: 30 September 2020

Health on the high street: embedding healthy living into urban regeneration after the pandemic: briefing paper

Social Market Foundation

This briefing is based on a roundtable event held in November 2020, under the Chatham House rule, which brought together experts from local and central government, planning, development, housing and the retail sector to discuss the future of town and city centres, and the extent to which urban regeneration can and should focus on improving public health. The shift towards online retail has accelerated as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic; a shift towards hybrid homeworking is also likely to see reduced demand for office space in town and city centres. The paper argues that e that unused retail and office space could be repurposed and replaced in a way that not only prevents urban degeneration, but also supports public health. Possibilities discussed at the roundtable event included: investment in active travel infrastructure to encourage walking and cycling, and the creation of “20 minute neighbourhoods” in which shops, places of work, leisure facilities and public services are within easy reach on foot or by bike; creating new parks and green spaces in town and city centres; creating “health hubs” and “public sector hubs” in urban centres in which services such as gyms and GP surgeries are in close proximity; replacing commercial real estate with “healthy housing”, including retirement housing designed to reduce loneliness and improve health outcomes for older generations. The report makes a number of policy recommendations, including: adopting a “Health in All Policies” approach with respect to spatial planning; updating the “town centre first” planning policy; providing a clearer framework for how Infrastructure levy funding can and should be used; granting local authorities new revenue-raising powers to support ongoing costs associated with parks and other health-enhancing infrastructure; ensuring local authority planning teams paying more attention to the “curation” of town and city centres.

Last updated on hub: 25 January 2021

Health-care workers’ knowledge and management skills of psychosocial and mental health needs and priorities of individuals with COVID-19

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify the knowledge and management skills of health-care workers regarding psychosocial and mental health priorities and needs of individuals with COVID-19. Design/methodology/approach: This is a cross-sectional descriptive study. The data collected conveniently from 101 health-care workers in Jordan directly managing care of individuals with COVID-19. Findings: Health-care workers have moderate-to-high level of knowledge and management skills of psychological distress related to COVID-19; means ranged from 50%–70% agreement and confidence. In general, health-care workers were able to identify mental and psychosocial health needs and priorities at a moderate level. Health-care workers knowledge had a positive and significant correlation with age (r = 0.24, p = 0.012) and years of experience (r = 0.28, p = 0.004), and a significant difference was found in their management between those who are trained on psychological first aids and those who are not (t = −3.11, p = 0.003). Practical implications: There is a need to train health-care workers to integrate psychosocial and mental health care to manage care psychological distress related to COVID-19. Originality/value: This study is emphasizing the need for mental health psychosocial support training and in integration. Health-care workers providing care to individuals with COVID-19 are not aware of mental health priorities and needs of their patients. This paper contributes to the body of knowledge adding more understanding about competencies of health-care workers providing care and their preparedness to manage care individuals with COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 19 November 2020

Hear us: the experiences of refugee and asylum-seeking women during the pandemic

Sisters Not Strangers

Findings of a survey of over 100 asylum-seeking women from England and Wales to hear how they are surviving during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was completed by women seeking and refused asylum, as well as those with leave to remain. The responses were supplemented by a survey of 24 staff and volunteers who have been supporting asylum-seeking women since the outbreak. The report reveals that three quarters of the women surveyed went hungry, including mothers who struggled to feed their children. A third of women were at high risk from coronavirus, reporting a serious health condition such as asthma, heart disease and diabetes; yet, self-isolation was impossible for the 21% of women who were forced to sleep in the same room as a non-family member. Frequent handwashing was a serious challenge for the 32% of women who struggled to afford soap and other hygiene products. Barriers to accessing NHS mental healthcare and a lack of IT equipment increased isolation, with a quarter of women saying that their mental health was “much worse than before”. The report argues that the pandemic is exposing deep structural inequalities along existing fault-lines of gender, race, citizenship and class, and calls for a grant of leave to remain to be given to all those with insecure immigration status, to ensure the safety of those seeking asylum, to protect public health, and to enable British society to rebuild more equally.

Last updated on hub: 13 August 2020

Heart-warming stories that are spreading positivity during lockdown

Oomph! Wellness

Oomph! are keen to support care homes across the UK with stimulating, fresh and varied content to ensure that residents are engaged during this time when they might be feeling disconnected from their friends, families and the outside world.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Helping adult day centres to ‘unlock lockdown’. Part 1: planning practically for re-opening

King's College London

This document covers some of the practicalities of re-opening adult day centres as COVID-19 control measures are eased. It draws on guidance related to the pandemic, on broader guidance relating to social care, and relevant advice and action points for regulated settings (such as early years day care and care homes), some of which is also relevant to adult day centres. There is strong evidence that attending a day centre brings quality of life and so, despite risks, enabling people to have the choice of going to a day centre is something worthwhile. The document covers: infection control; communications; supporting service users, carers, staff and volunteers, and centre managers and coordinators; final things that managers and coordinators are likely to want to consider doing before re-opening; practical scenario planning tool. Part 2 of these guidance prompts reflection on what has happened during lockdown, what else centre managers and coordinators may wish to think about, the process of moving forwards and any learning that will be helpful for the future. Individual sections can be completed according to the stage you are in.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Helping adult day centres to ‘unlock lockdown’. Part 2: reflecting about what has happened, our ‘journey’ during closure and the future of our service

King's College London

This tool prompts adult day centre managers and coordinators to reflect on what has happened during COVID-19 lockdown, the process of moving forwards and any learning that will be helpful for the future. There is strong evidence that day centres are valued by the people who attend and that they improve their quality of life. They help people to stay living at home and provide family members with help in their caring role. They play an important part in preventing loneliness and social isolation. They can also be part of the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The reflective points suggested in this tool may help mangers and coordinators think about the reasons for making this effort to restarting the recovery journey. Part 1 of this guidance covers some of the practicalities of re-opening, focusing on infection control, communications, supporting service users, carers, staff and volunteers, and planning.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Helping couples in the shadow of COVID‐19

Family Process

The pandemic caused by the SARS‐CoV‐2 virus (coronavirus) and the associated illness, COVID‐19, has caused a level of worldwide upheaval unlike any most people now living have seen in their lifetimes. This crisis affects people in their most important, committed, and intimate relationships. Although this crisis has damaged the health and well‐being of individuals, crushed economies, and led to an extensive period of uncertainty about the future, there may also be positive outcomes in the motivation people have to protect their relationships. This paper focuses on strategies that therapists and relationship educators can use to help couples preserve and protect their relationships during such a time. This paper describes four foundations of safety that allow relationships to thrive: physical, emotional, commitment, and community. This paper then highlight three keys from our body of work that can help guide individuals and couples in protecting their relationships on a day‐to‐day and moment‐to‐moment basis: (1) decide, don’t slide; (2) make it safe to connect; (3) do your part.

Last updated on hub: 14 October 2020

Helping families stay connected: good practice examples

The Relatives & Residents Association

As visits to care homes are restricted to try and prevent the spread of Coronavirus, staying in touch with family and friends by other means becomes all the more important. Some care homes have risen to this challenge. The Relatives & Residents Association share some examples of care staff supporting older people in care to keep in touch with their families.

Last updated on hub: 27 May 2020

Helping out: taking an inclusive approach to engaging older volunteers

Centre for Ageing Better

This guide is designed as a practical tool to support organisations working with volunteers to engage over 50s and widen participation among different types of people. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an outpouring of community spirit and volunteering, which has been critical to the local response. Many older people have made significant contributions to their communities during lockdown, with 30% of people aged 50 to 70 volunteering informally and 87% saying they wanted to continue. However, others have been prevented from helping during this time and may now require support. The guide sets out five actions to support organisations to re-engage volunteers and widen participation among those aged 50 and over in future. They include: connect and listen; focus on what matters to people; play to people’s strengths; remove barriers; and be flexible.

Last updated on hub: 09 November 2020