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COVID-19: Can there be a new social contract? With Alex Fox and Sarah Pickup

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Join Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus - and Sarah Pickup, Deputy CEO at the Local Government Association.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

Q&A: COVID-19, dementia and care homes

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Alistair Burns and Rachel Thompson answer your questions about COVID-19, dementia and care homes.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

COVID-19 epidemic peer support and crisis intervention via social media

Community Mental Health Journal

This article describes a peer support project developed and carried out by a group of experienced mental health professionals, organized to offer peer psychological support from overseas to healthcare professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China. This pandemic extremely challenged the existing health care systems and caused severe mental distress to frontline healthcare workers. The authors describe the infrastructure of the team and a novel model of peer support and crisis intervention that utilized a popular social media application on smartphone. Such a model for intervention that can be used elsewhere in the face of current global pandemic, or future disaster response.

Last updated on hub: 14 June 2020

Community practice, social action, and the politics of pandemics

Journal of Community Practice

Editorial published in the Journal of Community Practice. Discusses the implications of the stay at home order during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic mainly from a United States perspective. Suggests that flailing global, national and local economies in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic have fueled recent protests against stay at home orders in Global North countries, like the United States, where these gaps are more pronounced and growing numbers of the citizenry feel disenfranchised and disconnected from the professional class and the larger society. Also suggests that in the United States and elsewhere, we are confronting a world shaped not only by the politics of pandemics but also by the politics of pandemonium. Addresses three key questions: Where is social work, community practice and social action in the midst of all of this? How engaged and prepared is the profession to respond to this charge of promoting systemic change? And, where do we go from here?

Last updated on hub: 14 June 2020

COVID-19: Financial pressures in adult social care: information provided to the Minister of State for Care

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This note provides a summary of financial information that was provided to the Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately, about the financial pressures facing independent adult social care providers due to COVID-19. The analysis, provided by LaingBuisson, covers all independent providers supporting both younger adults and older people whether in care homes, or supported living or receiving home care.

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Public Health England

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19, including children. It covers situations where a clinically vulnerable person is living at home, with or without additional support. and those living in long-term care facilities for older people or people with special needs. The guidance has been updated guidance in line with changes to the regulations which come into force on 1 June 2020 following a decrease in COVID-19 disease levels; and updated with guidance for young people to reflect that those who are shielding can now leave their homes. [Published 21 March 2020. Last updated 15 October 2020].

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

Lifting lockdown: how to approach a coronavirus exit strategy

Institute for Government

This report warns that the government’s five tests for starting to lift the coronavirus lockdown are not a good enough guide to the longer-term exit strategy. It argues that the government must set out new tests which explain how it will balance economic and health concerns against each other in lifting the restrictions. The paper also recommends providing enough capacity to test those who might be infected and trace anyone with whom they have come into contact; lifting restrictions first for those businesses that are best able to implement social distancing in the workplace and for those sectors where the longer-term harms from the shutdown are likely to be most severe; and introducing encouragement and incentives, such as tax incentives or reducing support for furloughed workers, to bring people and businesses out of lockdown.

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

Key messages from government guidance during the COVID-19 crisis which relate to the operation of direct payments, including where they are used to employ personal assistants

Local Government Association

Briefing note identifies the key messages from government guidance during the COVID-19 crisis which relate to the operation of direct payments, including where they are used to employ personal assistants, aimed at local authorities. The two guidance documents referred to are: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments and the Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities, both published by the Department of Health and Social Care. The briefing was published on 11 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

LGA/ADASS COVID-19 briefing note: financial aspects of direct payments and support for personal assistants

Local Government Association

Briefing and advice note that covers the key financial aspects of direct payments (DP) and support for personal assistants (PAs) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The briefing provides some headline messages for Councils to focus on that focus on finance-related issues in prioritising direct payment holders and personal assistants. The briefing also includes some good practice examples to consider and follow in relation to how local authorities are supporting people in receipt of direct payments. Examples include: mirroring the up-front payments made to other care providers, a 5-10 per cent contingency advance payment added to DP holder budgets – to cover PPE, testing of PAs, etc and pooling of self-employed PAs to deploy to support contingency arrangements. The briefing was published on 11 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

How listening to co-produced research could have saved lives – and still may

Bristol University Press

Peter Beresford, author of 'Social Policy First Hand', on why the govenrnment should be paying attention to user-led and co-produced research approaches during he COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020