COVID-19 resources for frontline care workers

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Providing person-centred support for residents living with dementia who need to be isolated in care homes during the COVID-19 crisis

Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester

This information sheet supports care homes catering for people living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic. The document covers a range of strategies to help a person living with dementia understand the COVID-19 situation; to create an inviting isolation space; to help occupy the person in an isolation space; to use the environment to encourage isolation; to meet people’s need for human contact; and to encourage a person to comply with infection control requirements. It brings together current best practice, setting out general advice only. Each resident should be assessed on an ongoing and individual basis to find the best response and the latest national sector guidance should be followed.

Last updated on hub: 24 June 2020

Personal protective equipment (PPE): resource for care workers working in care homes during sustained COVID-19 transmission in England

Public Health England

This guidance provides advice for care workers working in care homes on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the period of sustained transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The guidance is also relevant for those providing residential supported living. This resource, which has been designed to be accessible to both care workers and providers, has four sections containing: recommendations on the use of PPE for a range of relevant contexts; explanation concerning recommendations and frequently asked questions; specialist advice relating to care for people with learning disabilities and/or autism; and case scenarios designed to illustrate appropriate use of PPE in practice. It should be read in conjunction with the full infection prevention and control (IPC) and PPE government guidance. [Published 17 April 2020; Last updated 7 October 2020]

Last updated on hub: 23 June 2020

COVID-19: adult social care risk reduction framework: assessing and reducing the risk to your workforce

Department of Health and Social Care

A framework for how adult social care employers should assess and reduce risk to their workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. Employers have a duty of care to secure the health, safety and welfare of their workers and the people who use their services, as far as possible. The framework focuses specifically on how they can support workers with factors which may make them more vulnerable to infection or adverse outcomes from COVID-19 to make decisions about their risks in the workplace. Risk factors include age, sex or ethnicity, some underlying health conditions, and pregnancy. The framework covers: the risk assessment process; having conversations with workers who are identified as being at increased risk; measures that can be put in place, both across the workforce and for individuals; additional useful guidance and resources. This guidance should be used alongside PHE guidance on infection prevention and control and DHSC guidance on health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce. [Published 19 June 2020. Last updated 10 July 2020]

Last updated on hub: 23 June 2020

COVID-19: meeting the psychological needs of people with learning/intellectual disabilities, and their families and staff

British Psychological Society

Guidance to support health and social care professionals to meet the psychological needs of people with learning and intellectual disabilities, their families and carers. It explores the different psychological factors that may influence and impact the wellbeing of people with learning or intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 crisis and highlights where psychologists can offer support and signposts professionals to helpful resources. Specifically, the guidance considers: the protective factors, the precipitating and maintaining factors, the psychological interventions/actions that may be available, and what may be important during the recovery/transformation phase.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Protecting and safeguarding older people: Covid-19 information pack

Older People's Commissioner for Wales

This pack provides a range of useful information and resources about keeping older people safe in Wales – including how to identify older people who may be at risk, and contact details for key organisations that can provide crucial help and support.

Last updated on hub: 17 June 2020

Learning from staff experiences of Covid-19: let the light come streaming in

King's Fund

Draws the lessons from health and social care staff experiences of Covid-19. It argues that the past few months have taught us that staff must have autonomy and control, feel a greater sense of belonging and be supported in order to have a sense of competence, rather than simply being overwhelmed by excessive workload.

Last updated on hub: 17 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

Department of Health and Social Care

Brings together emergency guidance for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance ensures that decision makers are clear about the steps they need to take during this period. It focuses on new scenarios and potential ‘deprivations of liberty’ created by the outbreak. During the outbreak, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the safeguards provided by the deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) still apply. The MCA provides protection for people who lack or may lack the relevant mental capacity to make decisions about different aspects of their life. The DoLS are an important part of this act and provide further safeguards for those who need to be deprived of their liberty in order to receive care or treatment in a care home or hospital, but do not have the capacity to consent to those arrangements. [Published 9 April 2020. Last updated 15 October 2020]

Last updated on hub: 16 June 2020

Guidelines for social workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This briefing provides some principles that social workers can follow to enable them to work in anti-oppressive ways while protecting their own health and that of service users so as to ensure that the coronavirus is not spread by them, especially to vulnerable people. The briefing also provides some pointers that social workers may wish to consider when doing home visits, agency visits or going anywhere else to deliver services to those requiring them. This briefing complements British Association of Social Workers England (BASW) document professional practice guidance: The role of social workers in a pandemic and its aftermath: learning from COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

Surviving COVID-19: social work issues in a global pandemic (Child protection and welfare, and social care)

University of Stirling

This briefing provides advice for social workers working with children and families during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The briefing covers what is COVID-19 and its symptoms; what steps do World Health Organisation (WHO) and national and local health advisors advocate people follow in preparedness, mitigation and suppression strategies; how can social workers work with children and families during this pandemic; and how can social workers take care of themselves and others while performing their statutory duties. The briefing also covers how to uphold anti-oppressive practice, ethical behaviour and human rights, home visits and personal protection and protective equipment.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

Care homes and COVID-19: advice and best practice

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Guidance, resources and best practice advice for care homes and care staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

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