COVID-19 resources

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The road to renewal: five priorities for health and care

King's Fund

This piece sets out five priorities to help guide the approach to renewal across health and care in the context of COVID-19. It argues that the pandemic is the biggest challenge the health and care system has faced in living memory and that there is now an imperative to build on the lessons from this experience to bring about positive change, well beyond this crisis. The five priorities set out in the piece provide a framework to help guide the approach to renewal across health and care. They include: a step change on inequalities and population health; lasting reform for social care, including dealing with the funding pressures, and ensuring long term investment and better pay, conditions and training for the social care workforce; putting the workforce centre stage; embedding and accelerating digital change in the wake of recent progress; and reshaping the relationship between communities and public services, including safeguarding the role of voluntary and community organisations as long-term partners in promoting health and wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Real time evaluation of Leeds Neighbourhood Networks: response to the COVID 19 pandemic

Centre for Ageing Better

This snapshot report evaluates the Leeds Neighbourhood Networks (LNNs) and how they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The networks support older people to remain living independently and to participate in their communities through a range of activities and services that are provided at a neighbourhood level. The report shows that following the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic in March 2020 the LNNs adapted their service offer rapidly to meet the needs of people living in their communities, focusing on the provision of food, medicine and other essential items, and ensuring people had access to social and emotional support. Some LNNs have taken on a ‘community hub’ role which has involved offering support to a broader section of the community, such as younger households and people experiencing financial hardship. Challenges and opportunities facing the LNNs during this period include: the intensification of their work; the tension between addressing needs of the whole community and the older people; an increase in the reach and visibility of the LNNs; there are some concerns about longer-term sustainability as the pandemic continues. The paper concludes by recommending the development of a clear vision about the role of the LNN in the citywide COVID 19 recovery process and understanding how LNNs can be supported to play a full and active role in the recovery process, including what resources and support may be needed.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Mental health and Covid-19: in our own words

Barnardo's UK

Explores children and young people’s experiences of lockdown and identifies what they will need to support their mental health and wellbeing coming out of this pandemic. The report draws on findings from an in-depth UK-wide survey of more than 100 children and young people supported by Barnardo’s and insights from nearly 150 children and young people, gathered through youth workers’ local networks. It examines the impact of COVID-19, mental health and inequalities, and what worked well during the lockdown, and explores the implications of the pandemic for children and young people in a number of settings and domains, including: spending time with family, keeping contact with friends, routine and structure, education and employment, sleep, exercise and diet, hobbies and leisure, and community-based services and support. The report identifies three priorities for UK decision makers: recognise the disproportionate impact the pandemic and lockdown has had on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing; learn from what children and young people tell us works; and support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing at the earliest possible stage. The report sets out a series of recommendations, calling for a greater involvement of children and young people in ‘recovery planning’ and provision of long term, sustainable funding for the redesign of local support for children, young people and families’ mental health and wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Public Health England

This guidance is intended for: people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well; and those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus. Also includes specific guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. [First published 12 March 2020. Last updated 20 September 2020]

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC): guidance

Public Health England

This guidance outlines the infection prevention and control advice for health and social care providers involved in receiving, assessing and caring for patients who are a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19. It should be used in conjunction with local policies. Includes links to a number of documents including COVID-19: infection prevention control guidance; explanation of the updates to infection prevention and control guidance; recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) for primary, outpatient, community and social care; best practice hand wash. First published 10 January 2020. [Last updated 20 October 2020].

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Infection prevention and control information

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Produced by the team employed by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and commissioned to provide infection prevention and control (IPC)services in North Yorkshire covering Health and Social Care settings. Offers bespoke training and consultancy services, as well as an variety of downloadable resources for care homes and home care.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Infection prevention and control

Skills for Care

Learning resources for ongoing learning and development in relation to safe and effective care, infection prevention and control. Includes webinar recordings about Coronavirus infection prevention and control in nursing homes (3 April 2020); infection prevention and control Q&A session (14 April 2020) and links to other relevant resources for induction and learning and development.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Infection control during COVID-19: advice for social care

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Advice and training for the social care sector about infection control during the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

COVID-19 - infection prevention and control in health and social care settings - an overview

Health Protection Scotland

To support health and social care staff involved in the COVID-19 response, Health Protection Scotland (part of Public Health Scotland), NHS National Services Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland have produced a short recorded webinar.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Webinar recording: Testing, capacity and COVID-19 – shedinar

National Mental Capacity Forum

National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF) look at the law, dilemmas and good practice in testing, focusing in particular on those with impaired decision-making capacity.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020