COVID-19 resources for managers and leaders

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Re-thinking local

Local Government Association

This paper sets out a framework to support a recovery and rebuilding programme following the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights the need to address the inequalities the pandemic has exposed; to connect with people’s identities and sense of community; to harness the energy and dynamism which have been the hallmarks of the response to this crisis; and to rebuild the economy so that it benefits everyone. The document sets out a series of offers from local to central Government, alongside a set of asks. It argues that local leaders must be able to bring government departments and agencies together to deliver locally determined and accountable outcomes that go beyond the institutional boundaries, switching focus from process and bidding for grants to one of outcomes and rewards for achieving them. The paper calls on the Government to offer the broadest vision possible in its upcoming English Devolution White Paper and to present a localist spending review with place-based budgets, in tune with the needs of the local economy, communities and the environment. Specific asks on the Government include: to work with all parts of social care, particularly those with lived experience, on a way forward for the long-term future of care based on the lessons from the pandemic on the role and value of social care; to ensure that system-wide plans of integrated care systems and sustainability and transformation partnerships build on and knit together place-based plans and neighbourhood delivery; and to invest in preventative universal and early help services to ensure that children, young people and families receive the practical, emotional, educational and mental health support they need, as soon as they need it.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

Disparities in the impact of COVID-19 in Black and Minority Ethnic populations: review of the evidence and recommendations for action

Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies

A review of the evidence on the reasons why more people from black and ethnic minority (BME) backgrounds appear to be at greater risk of hospitalisation and deaths with COVID-19. The review suggests that the reasons are complex with interplay between socio-economic disadvantage in BME populations, high prevalence of chronic diseases and the impact of long-standing racial inequalities being key explanations. Specifically, people from disadvantaged backgrounds or deprived areas, and BME backgrounds are more likely to have shorter life expectancies as a result of their socioeconomic status; housing conditions, including overcrowding is also likely to have had an impact on vulnerability to COVID-19; ethnic minorities have been over-represented in key worker jobs with increased the risk of exposure, infection and death; racial inequalities has been a recurring theme with doctors and nurse surveys experiencing difficulty getting access to personal protection equipment; the adverse social and economic consequences of COVID-19 have been greater on ethnic minority groups. The report makes a number of recommendations to address the greater risk of adverse health outcomes in BME populations. These include recommendations with immediate impact on the course of the pandemic (to mitigate the differential risk of exposure, infection and transmission, and to inform local outbreak control strategies) and longer-term action to reduce health and employment inequalities.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

A minimum income standard for the United Kingdom in 2020

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This update of the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) presents new research in which parents identified what families with children need now to meet material needs and participate in society. It shows that in order to reach a minimum socially acceptable living standard in 2020, a single person needs to earn £19,200 a year, and a couple with two children each need to earn £18,700. The report considers how temporary increases in Universal Credit and tax credits in response to COVID-19 are helping low-income families. The results show the extent to which these increases, combined with a higher National Living Wage, can help these households move closer to a minimum, providing them with opportunities to build a better life. The report finds that for working families, the results are encouraging; for those out of work, they represent an improvement for some families, but even those who benefit must still live with well below what members of the public consider an acceptable minimum. It concludes by arguing that while the COVID-19 crisis has had damaging effects on the incomes and well-being of many households, it has also led the Government to introduce a system for helping people hit by low income at a more adequate level than previously. This demonstration of what more adequate support looks like sets an example for the future, creating a case for not returning to the previous levels.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

Your health and well-being

Social Care Wales

This health and wellbeing resource has been developed to support care workers to stay well and seek help and support when needed. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic means care workers are working regularly under pressure and in unfamiliar and rapidly changing circumstances. The resource provides a direct link to tools, websites and other useful resources to support mental and physical wellbeing; it also includes information about general support groups and services you can access. Topics covered include: maintaining physical wellbeing; good mental wellbeing; general support services and groups; financial wellbeing; advice for pregnant workers; support for managers; general resources; and blogs and articles.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

COVID-19 and social mobility: early years

The Sutton Trust

This report is part of a series of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, looking at the implications of the current crisis on early years provision, with a focus on young children and families from less advantaged backgrounds. The brief looks at how children, parents and providers have been impacted and explore how government can lessen the impact of the crisis both now and in the in the future to ensure all children and families, no matter their background, can access the benefits of high quality early education and care services. The evidence for this report comes from three sources: A YouGov survey of the parents of 2-4 years olds; two Early Years Alliance surveys of providers; and a case study of providers in Birmingham. The brief argues that COVID-19 pandemic has added severe pressure on an already complex and fragile system, impacting children, parents and providers, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. Vulnerable children and those with particular needs, including SEND, and those in families suffering financial stress during the pandemic, are most likely to be struggling, but many have dropped off the radar without regular attendance at their provider, despite the efforts of many providers to support such children remotely. Despite this, and crucial role early years provision plays in keeping keyworkers in work during lockdown, the sector has received too little public or political attention. The paper calls on the Government to implement a package of support for the early years sector, in line with the support offered to schools, and which recognises the importance of the early years on child development and long-term life chances.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population in Wales

Welsh Government

This article summarises findings from a range of analyses relating to the Black, Asian and minority ethnic group (BAME) population in Wales. It focuses on areas where the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and/or the subsequent preventative measures may disproportionately affect the BAME population. These include employment, including occupations at higher risk and critical key workers; housing, including overcrowded housing and homelessness; and relative poverty and deprivation. The analysis shows that the proportion of critical workers from a BAME background was slightly higher than the proportion of all in employment; people from a number of Black, Asian or Minority ethnic groups are more likely to live in overcrowded housing than White British people; of those households who applied to local authorities in 2018-19 for housing assistance because they were threatened with homelessness, 8 per cent were from a Black or Ethnic minority background; people who are living in households in Wales where the head of the household is from a non-white ethnic group are more likely to be in relative income poverty; people from a BAME background were markedly more likely to be living in deprived areas.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Care homes analysis

Department of Health and Social Care

This paper provides an assessment of evidence on care homes, including optimal approaches to testing, and the potential value of other protection approaches. It reveals that some local authorities (i.e. Liverpool, Oxfordshire) have suffered higher numbers of outbreaks than might have been expected given the number of care homes locally. Nursing home have consistently higher rates of reporting outbreaks than care homes. Both residential and nursing homes show an increase as home size increases. Examining the effectiveness of approaches to reducing rates of infection, the paper stresses that testing can only support reduction of infection rates if coupled with actions to reduce contacts with positive cases and infection control more generally. It acknowledges that despite the potential reduction in risk of the non-rotation of care workers, there may be multiple operational challenges to achieving this. Cohorting of residents to receive care from a small number of carers has the potential to reduce transmission through limiting contacts. If this can be implemented easily, without creating other risks, it has the potential to reduce risk of infection. As the picture is developing rapidly and, as new evidence or data emerges, some of the information in this paper may have been superseded.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Gloucestershire County Council: How one council swapped paperwork and panels for enhanced person-centered practice and peer support

Community Care Magazine

Explores how Gloucestershire's #Makethedifference approach is transforming lives and reinvigorating social work in the county. Based on a strengths-based model of practice, the project ensures people are contacted or seen on the day they get in touch with the council or shortly after; people are listened too intently so that practitioners understand and can identify, with the person, what will make the difference to enable them to live the lives they wish; practitioners work more collaboratively with each other, benefiting from greater peer support and less paperwork. The article also examines how since the outbreak of Covid 19 #Makethedifference and Gloucestershire’s wider adult social care services have been able to adapt and transition to significant levels of remote working.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Achieving residential care business success: moving beyond COVID-19


Coming from a range of backgrounds of working and investing in residential care provision, the panellists in this webinar offer practical ideas on how residential care businesses can move through the coronavirus crisis as well sharing their views on the future of the market. The webinar provides advice and guidance on a multitude of topics, including: new care home design and layout trends to boost enquiry conversions and infection control; the power technology is having on restoring consumer confidence when placing a loved one; and new staffing processes that are been implemented to boost compliance and minimise risk.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Mental Health Action Plan

Northern Ireland. Department of Health

This Mental Health Action Plan aims to improve people’s experience of mental health services in Northern Ireland and ensure the health and social care system work better to be able to improve people’s experience. The actions in this plan fall into three broad categories: immediate service developments, longer term strategic objectives and preparatory work for future strategic decisions. The first category aims to provide fixes to immediate problems and immediate service developments where there has been an identified immediate need. This includes, for example, consideration of alternative methods of working for the mental health workforce to respond to the immediate, and significant, workforce pressures. The longer-term strategic objectives aim to fulfil future strategic needs and includes, for example, a workforce review to consider how the mental health workforce should be structured. The third category relates to preparatory work for future strategic directions. This includes, for example, development of an action plan for the use of technology and creating better governance structures. The document also contains a COVID-19 Mental Health Response Plan as an annex, which outlines key areas of intervention during the pandemic to help and support the population as a whole.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020