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Can social prescribing support the COVID-19 pandemic?

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

This document looks at how social prescribing can be implemented within the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It finds that although there is limited evidence on how social prescribing can be best implemented within the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are an increasing array of anecdotal accounts that suggest the importance of maintaining community connectedness during this time.

Last updated on hub: 29 April 2020

How can pandemic spreads be contained in care homes?

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

A rapid review of evidence to examine how pandemic spreads, such as the coronavirus, can be contained in care homes. It considers: human resources, nursing activities and medication, and external visitors. The review, carried out on behalf of the Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service Team, found that the effectiveness of infection control measures is dependent upon a number of factors and a combination of strategies. The most significant factors were identified as: hand hygiene, environmental cleaning and decontamination and cleaning, avoiding staff rotation and allocating staff to one facility consistently, restricting visitors, and testing which creates rapid response to contain and prevent further spread.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers delivering homecare (domiciliary care) during sustained COVID-19 transmission in the UK

Public Health England

Guidance for those working in domiciliary care providing information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during sustained coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in the UK. It explains how PPE guidance applies to the homecare (domiciliary care) setting and is drawn from full infection prevention and control (IPC) and PPE guidance. The guidance is primarily for care workers and providers delivering care in visiting homecare, extra care housing and live-in homecare settings. [Published 27/04/202. Updated 7/10/2020]

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

Changes to local authority powers and duties resulting from the Coronavirus Act 2020

Local Government Association

A guide to the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and to new, modified or suspended local government powers and duties applicable to local authorities in England and Wales. It lists powers and duties and provides details of the relevant section of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

COVID-19: pre-employment vetting guidance health and social care providers

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

This guidance explains temporary changes to pre-employment vetting policy for health and social care roles during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, to make it quicker for employers to do this so that new or temporary staff and volunteers can be put in place at short notice.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

COVID-19: advice for informal (unpaid) carers and young carers during COVID-19 pandemic

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

Information providing advice and support for informal carers, young carers and family members in Northern Ireland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It pulls together already existing sources of information into one place and signposts carers to others who may be able to help. It includes health advice, supporting physical and emotional wellbeing, and sources of support to help carers in their caring role.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

COVID-19: guidance for 16-21+ jointly commissioned supported accommodation settings

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

Guidance for providers of jointly commissioned/funded supported accommodation projects for young people aged 16-21+ in Northern Ireland to support planning and preparation for widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance sets out key messages, and includes information on: what to do if someone develops symptoms of COVID-19, what to do if someone refuses to self-isolate, use of shared spaces, hygiene and infection control, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The guidance may be updated to reflect the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

Emergency Code of Practice: Coronavirus Act 2020 Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

The Coronavirus Act 2020 and temporary Regulations makes amendments to the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 and the supporting Regulations. The temporary provisions relax some of the requirements of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, to ensure that persons can still be deprived of liberty during the pandemic crisis when staff availability may be significantly reduced. This Code of Practice provides practical guidance on how the amendments operate. Emergency forms and a reporting template for Health and Social Care Trusts have also been created.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

Covid-19 and early intervention: evidence, challenges and risks relating to virtual and digital delivery

The Early Intervention Foundation

In response to the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on public services across the UK, this rapid review looks at evidence on the virtual and digital delivery of interventions for children and young people. It focuses on interventions in five areas of children's outcomes: mental health and wellbeing; substance misuse; crime, violence and antisocial behaviour; risky sexual behaviour and teen pregnancy; and child maltreatment. The review also highlights the challenges and risks associated with virtual and digital delivery, and provides the findings from a survey asking intervention developers and providers about their response to the coronavirus crisis. The programmes identified in the review covered a wide range of delivery models, from one to-one or group-based services to unguided self-help programmes, games and apps. Key messages from review include that virtual and digital interventions that are tailored to the individual and involve regular contact with a practitioner are more likely to be effective. The final chapter provides recommendations for developers, providers and commissioners about what the findings mean for how they support vulnerable children and young people during the pandemic and beyond.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020

Care fit for carers: ensuring the safety and welfare of NHS and social care workers during and after COVID-19

Institute for Public Policy Research

This report provides new evidence on the experience of the healthcare workforce during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to date. It draws on the results of an Institute for Public Policy Research//YouGov polling of health and care workers and the general public and a consultation with experts and professionals. The findings show that without further action by the UK government and NHS England, the country’s health care workforce will face significant health, mental health and welfare challenges. The report outlines five guarantees that it believes the UK government should give to support frontline healthcare staff now and into post-Covid-19 recovery These are: a safety guarantee - the provision of sufficient PPE and an expansion of priority testing; an accommodation guarantee- ; a mental health guarantee - with an expansion of priority access to therapy; a pay guarantee - ensuring that no health and care professional is paid less than the real living wage; and a care guarantee - keeping care workers in work by funding more childcare provision.

Last updated on hub: 27 April 2020