COVID-19 resources

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Spotlight on: the impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health Trusts in the NHS

NHS Providers

This briefing sets out the immediate challenge of Covid-19 for mental health trusts, how the sector has responded and what is needed to navigate the next phase. It argues that NHS trusts providing mental health and learning disability services have been playing a key role, both to maintain services and to respond to the current environment presented by COVID-19 pressures. Key challenges are identified in the following areas: access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing; prioritisation and demand and capacity planning to meet the needs of people who have not sought help during lockdown: funding to meeting the extra demand for mental health services; and securing a sufficient workforce.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Coronavirus: how counties are stepping up to help the nation

County Councils Network

This document highlights some of the innovative work that been undertaken by county councils authorities during the coronavirus. It includes examples across six themes: protecting the NHS and adult social care; helping the vulnerable; making the best use of council staff and services; working with volunteers; and supporting the local economy.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Tide COVID-19 resources hub

Life Story Network CIC

Includes a range of information and activities for carers and former carers to connect, and keep well and informed. The hub is organised by these sections: activities for carers and people with dementia; Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) resources; care homes and social care; caring for yourself and wellbeing, grief and bereavement; health; national advice, support and helplines (UK, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) and UK legislation and guidance.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

Care homes strategy for infection prevention and control of COVID-19 based on clear delineation of risk zones

Bushproof

This strategy document is meant as a practical aid for care home managers to be able to implement effective infection control in their particular context. It is acknowledged that there will be a whole range of different types and set-ups of care home depending on the level of care required (e.g. nursing, care, sheltered housing), where each which will need a context-based response. However, the idea here is for managers to be able to use/adapt this document for their own context. The strategy is based on and incorporates current UK government guidance. The main sections of the guidance cover: delineation of zones, hand hygiene staff allocation and rotation in relation to zones, use of equipment, entrances and flow, isolation, communal living, residents with dementia and other challenging behaviours, staff clothes from home, showering and personal protective equipment (PPE). The strategy can be downloaded as a Word document from website link. The version date on this document is 30 June 2020.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

Innovation and inspiration: examples of how providers are responding to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) asked providers to send them examples of changes they have made responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes examples about adult social care organised under the headings:communications, well-being of people using services, infection control, information and guidance, safe staffing and supporting staff. You can also download the full spreadsheet of examples submitted.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

Difficult conversations during COVID-19: ESSS Outline

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

This summary considers the developing evidence on having difficult conversations during the COVID-19 pandemic. It gives specific consideration to conversations around end-of-life care and to talking to children about COVID-19. This summary reflects mostly on evidence published in the past months which are specifically addressing the unique health and social care needs of this time. It also covers the issues of advance care planning and person-centred conversations.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

Service response to domestic abuse during COVID-19: ESSS Outline

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

This evidence summary seeks to address the following question relating to domestic abuse: How are services currently responding to domestic abuse during COVID-19? The summary largely draws on the developing guidelines and recommendations that statutory and third sector organisations are producing with regards to domestic abuse and COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

Covid-19: stress, anxiety, and social care worker's mental health: ESSS Outline

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services

This evidence summary looks at recent evidence relating to Covid-19 and the mental health, stress and anxiety of social care workers. It draws largely on academic research and grey literature. The summary covers the themes of social care and mental health, causes and outcomes, the workplace, burnout, moral injury, friends and family and the longer-term impact. The review also considers some potential solutions including: peer support, Self-care, resilience, digital health and communication.

Last updated on hub: 05 June 2020

Living grief and bereavement: a booklet for anyone working with carers of people with dementia

This booklet aims to give professionals an understanding of the feelings of grief and bereavement that those caring for people with dementia can experience. It shows that carers can experience complex feelings of grief when the person they care for is still alive, and that these feelings can last long after the person dies. The booklet draws on the views of over 100 carers across the UK who participated in an online survey and focus groups. Carers views covered feelings of loss and grief, a loss of their own identity, their experiences of support, and advice for professional.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Grief and bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic: supporting yourself and others

Public Health Agency

A guide providing advice to help people to understand their experience of grief during the COVID-19 pandemic. It explains some of the emotions which people may experience after the death of a loved one and also offers some advice on what might be helpful. It includes advice for those supporting someone who is grieving. The advice is useful for all; the contacts are specific to Northern Ireland.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020