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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

Personalisation and pandemic: an unforeseen collision course?

Disability and Society

The outbreak of a pandemic provokes fear and risk of ill health for all individuals, however, these events pose even more of a threat to people with disability who often have poorer health outcomes because of underlying conditions, have difficulties in accessing health and other services, and typically fare worse once they are in the healthcare system. The growth of personalisation schemes in disability internationally is now exacerbating those risks and could lead to high morbidity and mortality if swift action is not taken.

Last updated on hub: 14 August 2020

Person-centred care during the COVID-19 pandemic: what matters to you

Scottish Social Services Council

A brief guide for social service workers supporting people at home or in a care home, to be used alongside local policies and procedures. It provides a summary of what being person-centred can mean in practice, tips on how to strengthen the relationship with those you support through good conversations and how this rights-based approach is supported by the Health and Social Care Standards and the SSSC’s Codes of Practice. There are links to further resources should you wish to follow these up.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Perspectives from the front line: the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BME communities

NHS Confederation

This report distils the findings of a research study into the underlying factors affecting the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. It is based on interviews with BME NHS leaders, clinicians, community organisations and service users, and a survey of over 100 members of the NHS Confederation’s BME Leadership Network. Topics covered include: inequalities and health; institutional racism; racial discrimination on the front line; communication; and the Black Lives Matter movement. Overwhelmingly, participants point to long-standing inequalities and institutional racism as root causes. Interviewees were united in the view that despite the wealth of data collected by the national bodies and numerous reviews on the relationship between health, inequalities and BME communities, the NHS and government had not taken sufficient action to address the underlying issues. To redress this, it will be crucial to treat long-term structural health inequities and institutional racism as critical factors when planning services and emergency responses. To break down barriers to accessing healthcare, the government should take immediate steps to review the potential for hostile environment policies to be a vehicle for promoting institutional racism. BME health and care professionals were reported to be more likely to take on high-risk roles, including working on COVID-19 wards, due to fear that contracts may not be renewed or shifts reduced – this was compounded by a bullying culture which meant that BME employees were less likely to raise concerns or share their experiences. The report argues that the health service should look to adopt a new model of leadership that welcomes and values innovators with roots in BME communities and a track record of anti-racism. Integrated care systems should lead the development of governance and human resources functions that facilitate diverse leadership in line with commitments in the NHS People Plan.

Last updated on hub: 04 January 2021

Peter and friends talk about Covid-19 and having a learning disability and/or autism

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

This book explores what it means having a learning disability and/or autism during the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains stories from people in a variety of different situations, including workplaces, family homes, in supported living, people in hospital including patients or staff in general hospitals, Assessment and Treatment Units and Medium Secure Units. The book includes contributions from Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Ghana, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, South Africa and Wales by people with learning disabilities, their families and those supporting them during the pandemic. Chapters include: all about COVID and why we wrote the book; insights and experiences from people with learning disabilities; stories from parents and carers; individuals, teams and organisations supporting people with learning disabilities through the virus; mental health, technology and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing – coping with the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 13 January 2021

Pilot point prevalence survey of COVID-19 among domiciliary care staff in England

Public Health England

This pilot study provides the first estimate of the extent of COVID-19 infections among domiciliary care workers in England. A prospective descriptive survey of a sample of workers from domiciliary care providers was carried out in June 2020, using a sampling frame of all care providers in England registered with CQC. The findings provide evidence that the prevalence of COVID-19 among domiciliary care workers is in line with the general population as opposed to a higher prevalence as observed in studies of front-line healthcare workers and care home staff. It should be noted that this study took place post the peak of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result its findings are not directly comparable to those emerging from care home and healthcare worker studies.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

Policy briefing: the COVID-19 vaccination and unpaid carers (England only)

Carers UK

Unpaid carers are included in the priority lists for the COVID-19 vaccine in the same way that they are for the flu jab. This briefing sets out the position in more detail and explores recommendations for deployment of the vaccine to unpaid carers in detail.

Last updated on hub: 13 January 2021

Pooling together: how community hubs have responded to the COVID-19 emergency

Carnegie UK Trust

Case studies illustrating how communities and public services responded to the Covid-19 crisis, focusing on the role played by community hubs. These were an important, instant emergency response. They were a collaboration between volunteers and the public sector, reached into communities, and built positive relationships between service providers and citizens. Some of the key findings from the descriptive studies include: the community hubs were new structures but based on existing relationships and values; they were flexible and responsive; a key strength of the hubs was the partnerships between the local authorities, the voluntary sector and communities; the value of volunteering and volunteers became apparent – the hubs have become the foundation of increased volunteering, with an enhanced volunteer scheme and database in Lancaster and Renfrewshire, respectively; the hubs have facilitated an approach where the public sector brings its skills and resources into play alongside supporting the community to do what it does well, such as connecting and reaching out to people who don’t readily access public services, like libraries or health improvement.

Last updated on hub: 04 January 2021

Post-Covid policy: child poverty, social security and housing

The Children's Society

This briefing sets out recommendations in relation to poverty, social security and housing for the Covid-19 recovery phase. The coronavirus crisis has been extremely damaging for children, at all stages of their life. The social security system, the housing system and crisis support delivered at a local level have a key role in supporting children and families to recover from the crisis, which may take years. While the government has acted quickly to establish measures to support people financially during this crisis, children and families have been noticeably absent from this support package. Gaps in the social security system and cuts to crisis support have meant that some families have been left without any financial support or form of safety net. The paper sets out detailed short-term and long-term asks for the government including ensuring the adequacy and accessibility of the benefits system; ensuring that children and homeless families are not placed in accommodation that is harmful to their health and wellbeing, including converted office blocks and housing of multiple occupancy with shared facilities; and providing crisis support and improved and sustained funding for voluntary sector organisations, especially second-tier welfare advice sector.

Last updated on hub: 29 July 2020

Postive and challenging stories from care homes: episode 1

My Home Life England

'Conversations with Care Homes' is a series by My Home Life England (MHLE). This episode focuses on sharing some of the positive stories heard from care homes across the country, whilst also acknowledging the huge challenges that many are facing at the current time. This includes an example of huge generosity from care homes in Liverpool, coming together to help another care home that was facing an outbreak of COVID-19. Another example is about how technology is keeping residents connected to their loved ones and communities, before ending with joyous news of a 100th birthday. Video posted 11 April, 2020.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

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