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Spotlight on: recent NHS discharges into care homes

NHS Providers

This briefing sets out how national guidance around NHS discharges into care homes developed during the coronavirus pandemic in March and April 2020 and how NHS trusts implemented this guidance. It outlines why trusts refute the suggestion that they 'systematically' and 'knowingly' transferred known COVID-19 patients into care homes and looks at how the NHS has sought to support care homes and the social care sector during this period. It argues that any future public inquiry should consider whether the government gave sufficient priority in its considerations to the care sector and provided the right support at the right time during this crisis.

Last updated on hub: 26 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): provision of home care

Department of Health and Social Care

This document brings together all guidance related to coronavirus and home care in one place. It is intended for social care staff, registered providers, local authorities and commissioners who support and deliver care to people in their own homes in England. The guidance covers: personal protective equipment; shielding and care groups; hospital discharge and testing; government support for social care; and information collection and governance. It includes links to additional information and guidance. [Published 22 May 2020. Last updated 2 September 2020]

Last updated on hub: 26 May 2020

Adult social services during the Covid-19 pandemic: guidance

Welsh Government

Statutory guidance setting out the changes made to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 by the Coronavirus Act 2020 regarding the assessment of people's care and support needs and financial assessment. The guidance states that the modifications should only be used as a last resort, and that local authorities should comply with the unmodified 2014 Act requirements and related Codes of Practice for as long and as far as possible. The guidance is one of a range of measures help local authorities and care providers manage the growing pressures during the Coronavirus as more people need support because carers are unwell or unable to reach them, and as care workers are having to self-isolate or unable to work for other reasons.

Last updated on hub: 21 May 2020

Loneliness, social isolation and COVID-19: practical advice

Local Government Association

This briefing provides advice for Directors of Public Health and those leading the response to loneliness and social isolation issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The advice highlights the importance in intervening early to tackle loneliness and social isolation to prevent more costly health and care needs from developing, as well as helping community resilience and recovery. This can only be done at the local level through partnerships, with councils playing a role, as they own most of the assets where community action could or should take place, such as parks, libraries and schools. A table summarises the main risk factors of loneliness and social isolation, including those specific to COVID-19. It then briefly sets out councils’ role in working with partners and using community assets to address and help prevent loneliness and social isolation; looks at the steps councils were taking prior to the pandemic; and the changes that may be needed as a result of COVID-19 and opportunities to embed positive changes, such as greater awareness about the impact of personal behaviours on mental wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 21 May 2020

Public mental health and wellbeing and Covid-19

Local Government Association

This briefing provides advice for Directors of Public Health about the public mental health and wellbeing issues arising from the Covid-19 outbreak. Directors of Public Health are leading the local public mental health and wellbeing response. It includes a diagram which shows potential mental health impacts of COVID-19 across the life course. It highlights potential short term (for the duration of the epidemic), medium-term (2 year) and long-term impacts, which could result in increased demand on the NHS and local government. The briefing also outlines key principles of local responses, which include; whole system approaches, with agencies working together; interventions targeting the whole population, as well as those at risk; and building on existing programmes and initiatives that promote wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 21 May 2020

International examples of measures to support unpaid carers during the COVID-19 pandemic

International Long-term Care Policy Network

This document provides examples of policy and practice measures that have been adopted internationally to support unpaid carers caring for someone with long-term care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes information on types of guidance issued, virtual support to facilitate social contact, emergency support in case unpaid carers can no longer provide care, financial support, including additional support during the pandemic, and responsibilities given to healthcare providers to support unpaid carers. It highlights that support in the form of technological interventions, such as helplines, online carer groups and tele-health have been newly established and/or expanded; some countries are providing emergency support structures in case the family carer becomes unable to provide care, and only one country to date has increased support for family carers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Last updated on hub: 21 May 2020

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