COVID-19 resources for managers and leaders

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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: research studies on children and young people's views

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

This portal collates completed and ongoing studies on how children and young people are experiencing the impact of covid-19, and lockdown – from their education to staying at home with family, from the way they access health and support services to their emotional health and wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Leading through COVID-19: supporting health and care leaders in unprecedented times

King's Fund

These pages provide support to health and care leaders in a variety of settings, including the NHS, social care, public health or the voluntary and independent sector. The resource brings together brief guidance, blogs and videos on a range of topics relating to leadership in the context of a pandemic, including: decision-making in difficult circumstances, mental health and wellbeing, supporting teams and colleagues, adapting to complex situations and leading teams virtually.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Combating loneliness and reducing social isolation

Housing LIN

Arranged into six key topic areas below, these pages showcase relevant guidance and policy instruments, useful research findings and examples of services and innovative projects that offer practical solutions in combating loneliness and reducing social isolation. The topics covered may be especially relevant in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. They include: ageing, assistive technology, care and support, dementia, health and wellbeing, and homes and communities.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Webinar recording: Getting commissioning right Exploring good commissioning during and beyond COVID-19

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This webinar, recorded on 9 July 2020, focused on the impact COVID-19 has had on social care and commissioning over the last three months.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Five principles for the next phase of the Covid-19 response

National Voices

This document sets out the principles that should underpin and guide the necessary shift from the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic into ongoing management of the problem, ensuring that the medium and long term response is transparent, accountable, and consensual. As a point of principle and accountability, decision makers must put people and their rights at the centre, engage with those citizens most affected by both the virus and lockdown restrictions and understand how lives are lived by those who have ‘underlying conditions.’ The five principles, which are endorsed by many health and social care charities in England, are: actively engage with those most impacted by the change; make everyone matter, leave no-one behind; confront inequality head-on; recognise people, not categories, by strengthening personalised care; and value health, care and support equally.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

COVID-19 Insight: issue 2

Care Quality Commission

Highlights early findings from feedback from local stakeholders and analysis of local support plans around approaches to secure collaboration between providers, and examples of the positive impact of these efforts. The briefing examines the most important actions that health and social care providers can take collectively to manage the response to COVID-19; looks at how leaders have collaborated to plan and deliver services and support staff across providers to work together; considers the barriers to provider collaboration in responding to COVID-19. Examples of good practice are included.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Beyond the data: understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups

Public Health England

This report is a descriptive summary of stakeholder insights into the factors that may be influencing the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities and strategies for addressing inequalities. The review found that the highest age standardised diagnosis rates of COVID-19 per 100,000 population were in people of Black ethnic groups (486 in females and 649 in males) and the lowest were in people of White ethnic groups (220 in females and 224 in males). Death rates from COVID-19 were higher for Black and Asian ethnic groups when compared to White ethnic groups. This is the opposite of what is seen in previous years, when the all-cause mortality rates are lower in Asian and Black ethnic groups. The report also summarises the main themes emerging from engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, which are: longstanding inequalities were exacerbated by COVID-19; people of Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups may have an increased risk of exposure to and acquisition of COVID-19 and are more likely to be diagnosed; BAME groups may have an increased risk of complications and death from COVID-19 due to underlying conditions; racism and discrimination experienced by communities and more specifically by BAME key workers may be a root cause affecting health, and exposure risk and disease progression risk.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Support for people with a learning disability

House of Commons Library

Describes recent changes to policy and services for people with a learning disability in England. Over 1.2 million people in England have a learning disability. The Government and NHS England are working to reduce health inequalities for people with a learning disability and have established national programmes to improve treatment and outcomes. The briefing details these initiatives, looking specifically at health policies, employment, social security, education. The briefing also provides a summary of the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on people with learning disabilities in England.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): personal protective equipment (PPE) plan

Department of Health and Social Care

Cross-government UK-wide plan to ensure that critical personal protective equipment (PPE) is delivered to those on the frontline responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). The plan incorporates three strands: 1) guidance – setting out who needs PPE and when, and who does not, based on UK clinical expertise and WHO standards; 2) distribution – making sure those who need PPE can get it and at the right time; and 3) future supply – taking action to secure enough PPE to see services through the crisis, working alongside the industry to boost future supply. [Published 10 April 2020. Last updated 15 April 2020]

Last updated on hub: 18 June 2020