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Mental health services and COVID-19: preparing for the rising tide

NHS Confederation

Examines the impact of COVID-19 on mental health and the long-term implications for mental health services. While during the peak of the crisis there was a 30-40 per cent reduction in mental health referrals, since the lift in lockdown restrictions providers anecdotally report that referrals are rising to above pre-COVID-19 levels. The report argues that in the next phase three drivers of additional demand will be at play: (1) demand from people who would have been referred to services had the pandemic not struck; (2) people requiring more support due to a deterioration of their mental health during the pandemic; and (3) new demand driven by people needing support due to the wider impacts of the pandemic, such as self-isolation and increases in substance abuse and domestic violence. The report indicates that there is a need to better understand expected demand and its impact in different areas and on different groups, including black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, and that funding levels should be adjusted to meet increased levels of demand. In addition, meeting the expected increase in demand for mental health services will require partnership working from across the health and care system, and beyond; supporting staff wellbeing; sustaining innovation, including financially supporting the increased use of digital approaches; and adopting a mental health in all policies approach, reflecting the fact that many of the determinants of mental health are outside of the NHS’s direct control.

Last updated on hub: 13 August 2020

Mental health support for young people: a reading list

House of Commons Library

This reading list provides links to relevant reports and research on supporting children and young people with mental health issues. It also includes links to sources of further information and advice. It complements the Commons Library briefing paper Support for children and young people’s mental health (CBP 7196) which provides information on government policies on children and young people’s mental health in England. It comprises three sections: policy documents and reports; Coronavirus; case studies, surveys and reviews.

Last updated on hub: 05 January 2021

Methodologies or protocols for, or experiences in, recruiting persons with disabilities onto national committees or working groups or consultative committees or policy development groups for effective co-design in disability services

HSE Library

This summary of evidence contains a comprehensive description of available research and key reference sources on effective co-design of disability services, by ensuring that persons with disabilities are recruited into national committees or working groups or consultative committees or policy development groups.

Last updated on hub: 26 October 2020

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: community responses

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Practice example about how the South Staffordshire personalisation and social inclusion (PSI) team and community navigator have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The PSI team manages eight community managed libraries and this practice example covers how the PSI team have had to adapt service delivery. Also covers some of the key challenges and learning points to date.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

Mid-year 2020-21 adult social care activity

NHS Digital

Local Authorities are part of the front line of organisations dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in England. This management information is not looking directly at the response to the crisis. Instead, it aims to give users some insight into the impact of the pandemic on the ongoing statutory duties of local authorities to provide assessments, support and funding for the appropriate level of social care needed by its adult population, and to safeguard its citizens from abuse or deprivations of liberty. Data was collected from local authorities on a voluntary basis, to a shorter timeline than usual and without much of the comprehensive data quality assurance usually in place for the equivalent annual data collections. Key facts include: coverage – 81% of local authorities in England provided data to this one-off, voluntary data collection; long term support – the number of clients in receipt of long term social care support at the end of March 2020 was lower than the previous year, and this decreased further in the first half of 2020-21; safeguarding activity – there appears to have been a slight increase of approximately 4% in the total number of safeguarding concerns raised to local authorities so far this year, compared to half the annual total from 2019-20, and a c.9% decrease in the enquiries that commenced in the period; DoLS applications – fewer applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) were received by local authorities in the first half of 2020-21 (a decrease of 3.3% compared to the first half of 2019-20, following many years of increasing volumes). The number of applications completed also fell, by 16.5%, compared to the first half of 2019-20.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

Misunderstandings about older people fuel corona virus complacency

Working with Older People

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore public assumptions underlying the apparent disregard for the lives of older people during the coronavirus outbreak. It attempts to dispel myths about quality of life among older people. Design/methodology/approach: This paper integrates the author’s personal experiences as a doctor with data collection, which involved general PubMed searches for articles relating to the public response to the effect of coronavirus on older people; beliefs about the lives of older people; and issues of happiness, contentedness and quality of life in older people. Findings: Some people have concluded that the lives of older people – which they believe to be of low quality – are worth risking to lessen the economic impact of coronavirus. This morbid calculation is based in part on the assumption that older people are less happy than younger people. In fact, the evidence shows that as people get older, they become significantly happier. Originality/value: This paper asks readers to explore their assumptions about ageing and reaffirms the importance of protecting older people in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 29 December 2020

Mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak: a review of international measures to support community-based care

International Long-term Care Policy Network

This report provides a brief overview of the policy responses and practice measures used internationally to respond to the impact of COVID-19 on the provision of community-based care. The data provided is largely collected from the country reports on the COVID-19 long-term care situation, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, South Korea, and the United States. Key findings include: community-based care faces unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to other parts of the long-term care continuum; several countries have taken steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections in community-based care including the closure of adult day centres and other service providers; continuity of care is of upmost importance – a disruption of care and support could have serious negative impacts on individual health and well-being due to increased risk of loneliness and social isolation; the dispersed nature of community based care suggests that direct governmental action and oversight may be more difficult to provide than for residential care settings such as care homes or nursing facilities; efforts to maintain continuity of care in community-based care include government financial support to home care workers; recruitment of volunteers and family members to act as paid carers; and the provision of remote psychological supports to home care workers; some countries have taken steps to move patients and home care workers to residential care settings; few countries are specifically reporting data on infections and deaths among users of home care – an exception to this is Australia; overall evidence of national measures to support community-based care is still lacking for most countries.

Last updated on hub: 04 November 2020

Mitigation of risks of COVID-19 in occupational settings with a focus on ethnic minority groups – consensus statement from PHE, HSE and FOM

Public Health England

Consensus statement from Public Health England (PHE), Health and Safety Executive (HSE ) and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) on the mitigation of risks of COVID-19 in occupational settings with a focus on ethnic minority groups.

Last updated on hub: 24 November 2020

Modern slavery risks for care-workers in England during COVID-19 pandemic

University of Nottingham

This briefing summarises findings of a research project to identify the key risk factors that may increase modern slavery risk in the care sector as a result of COVID-19. Researchers found serious potential modern slavery risks in the care sector: 1. pre-recruitment financial risk – increased recruitment activity and rise in use of migrant labour, with risk of work-visa debt; 2. post-recruitment financial risk – wages being withheld, especially with regard to sick pay and travel time; delays in payment through retrospective reconciliation, increasing reliance on “pay-per-minute”; 3. pre-recruitment operational risk – flexible employment practices in response to workforce availability, including waiving of full DBS checks, media perception of care homes discouraging potential staff, leading to labour shortages, reliance on unregulated temporary staffing agencies; 4. post-recruitment operational risk – decreasing quality of working conditions, pressure for staff to live ‘locked in’ on-site; audit limitations; isolation of home carers, increased risk for BAME staff, obscured signs of exploitation and unacknowledged home care workload increases. Some unprecedented positive impacts from COVID-19, however, have arisen, which have the potential to mitigate modern slavery risk - (1) increased interorganisational co-operation; (2) increased community-orientated care approach; (3) perceived increase in the societal value of social care.

Last updated on hub: 10 September 2020

Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2019/20: the Mental Health Act in the COVID-19 pandemic

Care Quality Commission

This annual report on CQC monitoring of the Mental Health Act (MHA) puts a specific focus on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on patients detained under the MHA, and on the services that care for and treat them. The findings indicate that: planning for individuals’ discharge from hospital continues to be essential and is particularly important during the pandemic period due to the increased burden on all services, including those in the community; some services showed exemplary practice in the co-production of care with patients, including infection control measures; in many services the physical environment requires modernisation and doing so would have the added positive impact of making infection control easier; some services continued to uphold restrictions on patients’ movement, activities and leave for longer than seemed necessary; many services invested in software to help detained patients to stay connected with their family and other sources of support during the pandemic; detained patients’ access to advocacy services was made more difficult during the pandemic, but such services played an even more crucial role where patients’ lives were more limited by infection control measures; there needs to be careful evaluation of using remote technology should aspects of them continue after the pandemic abates.

Last updated on hub: 03 December 2020