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National Care Forum infection, prevention and control (IPC) compliance assessment tool

National Care Forum

This compliance assessment is a simple tool which has been developed using the most recent information on infection prevention and control (IPC) from the CQC and others. It will help care providers know how well they are doing, identify areas in which they need to improve and bring the guidance together into one place. This completion of an assessment using this tool will also provide the evidence that they need to satisfy the CQC requirements and will help ensure services are prepared and in a strong position to manage any ‘second wave’ of COVID-19, or indeed, other yet unknown pressures. There are 8 sections to the tool covering the management of visitors, social distancing, admissions, PPE, testing, premises, staffing and policy. Each section contains a description of what is important to consider and examples of evidence that could be seen as good practice.

Last updated on hub: 28 September 2020

National Care Forum news

National Care Forum

The news section of the National Care Forum (NCF) website is a good source for news and examples of good practice happening in care homes in the UK as they cope with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For example, turning to letter writing and how to celebrate birthdays under current conditions.

Last updated on hub: 11 June 2020

National discussions on mandatory vaccination for long-term care staff in 24 countries

International Long-term Care Policy Network

Following the enormous impacts of Covid-19 among people who use long-term care, most countries have prioritised people who live and work in care homes for vaccinations. In some countries there is also a debate on whether it should be compulsory for people working in this sector (or particularly in care homes) to be vaccinated, or whether there are other measures that may be more acceptable and effective at increasing vaccination take-up and may not deter people from working in the sector. This post provides an overview of the situation in May 2021 in 24 countries. This review finds that most countries have stated that staff working in long-term care would be among the first groups to be prioritized for Covid-19 vaccinations but in many countries there have been practical difficulties in facilitating access to vaccination for this group which, added to some vaccine hesitancy, has resulted in lower vaccination rates for staff than ideal. Vaccines are mandatory for healthcare personnel in Italy. While many countries have debated whether to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for certain groups, including people working in long-term care, none of the 24 countries for which we have information have adopted this as a national policy, although there are some local/regional examples where this has become the practice or where providers require that their employees are vaccinated. There are a few examples of other vaccinations (such as flu) being made mandatory for staff working in long-term care and/or health care. Most countries do not have data systems that support monitoring of vaccination rates among staff working in the long-term care sector.

Last updated on hub: 16 June 2021

National food strategy: part one

National Food Strategy

Part one of the two-part National Food Strategy contains urgent recommendations to enable the food system to cope with the turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to prepare for the end of the EU exit transition period on 31 December 2020. The report and recommendations cover two main themes: making sure the most disadvantaged children do not get left behind, ensuring all children get the nutrition they need; and grasping the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to decide what kind of trading nation the UK want to be. The report calls on the Government to move quickly to shore up the diets of the most deprived children using existing, proven mechanisms, expanding eligibility for the Free School Meal scheme, extending the Holiday Activity and Food Programme, increasing the value of Healthy Start vouchers to £4.25 per week, and extending the work of the Food to the Vulnerable Ministerial Task Force for a further 12 months up until July 2021.

Last updated on hub: 04 August 2020

Navigating the new normal: accessing community and institutionalised care for dementia during COVID-19

Aging and Mental Health

Objectives: Little is known about how community services and institutional care settings have adapted to providing support since the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim was to explore how these care services have adapted during the pandemic in the UK and are providing care to people living with dementia (PLWD) and carers. Method: Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted in June and July 2020 with 16 purposefully sampled unpaid dementia carers. Participants were asked about their experiences of accessing care services since the lockdown, and whether they were beneficial, if accessed at all. Results: Three themes were identified: (1) Impacts of no activities; (2) Difficulties accessing care during the pandemic; (3) Remote vs. face-to-face support. Loss of access to previously enjoyed activities and having had to shield for many PLWD is suggested to have led to severe physical and cognitive deteriorations, advancing the dementia. Where remote support was available, this was helpful to some, but did not replace the benefits of face-to-face support. Where PLWD were residing in a care home, carers had very limited remote access. Conclusions: This is the first study to explore the impact on carers both from a community and institutionalised care angle. Few care services have adapted to providing remote support. With the vaccine taking time to be accessible to everyone, it is vital for organisations to work closely with carers and PLWD to adapt services to provide much needed support.

Last updated on hub: 10 May 2021

NetClean report: Covid-19 impact 2020: a report about child sexual abuse crime


The first part of this report looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected child sexual abuse (CSA) crime. Section two of the report looks at why businesses and organisations choose to address child sexual abuse material (CSAM) in corporate environments. Findings from a survey of 470 law enforcement officers from 39 countries who work on cases pertaining to CSA crime indicate that the fallout from the pandemic has clearly affected online CSA crime and has had an impact on offline CSA crime. The surveyed police officers reported that lockdowns, social restrictions and school closures led to both adults and children spending more time online, therefore increasing the risk of online CSA crime. Confinement to the home meant that children may have been isolated with their abuser. During school closures, children did not have access to mandatory reporters, which according to the respondents affected the number of reports of offline CSA crime. The results also suggest that online CSA activity and online reporting has increased; there has been a moderate increase in actual CSA investigations; and COVID-19 has had an effect on the capacity to investigate CSA crimes. In addition, to identify the drivers for addressing CSAM in corporate environments, interviews were conducted with sixteen employees from sixteen businesses and organisations, who work in the areas of: sustainability, ethics and compliance, it security, human resources and legal. The interviews revealed that the companies’ core drive is to act as ethical entities, and this was furthered by their statements that they consider the drive to protect and safeguard children the most crucial reason for installing software to identify CSAM on IT equipment. Other drivers for addressing CSAM in corporate environments ranged from sustainability and corporate social responsibility frameworks, policy compliance and risk assessments from a compliance perspective, to IT security risks, brand protection and human resources drivers.

Last updated on hub: 01 February 2021

New analysis finds the pandemic has significantly increased older people’s need for social care

Age UK

New Age UK analysis finds that the experience of living through the fear, enforced isolation and inactivity caused by the pandemic has sharply accelerated the care needs of significant numbers of older people.

Last updated on hub: 25 May 2021

New development: ‘Healing at a distance’ telemedicine and COVID-19

Public Money and Management

In extreme circumstances such as pandemics, the presence of patients in hospital emergency departments becomes untenable. Healthcare professionals and organizations worldwide are leaning on technology as a crucial ally to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. This article focuses on the positive impact of telemedicine for helping service provision, from enabling virtual triage to mitigating the negative psychological effects of social isolation. The authors discuss the challenges and opportunities to telemedicine practices. This article explains how telemedicine and other e-healthcare technologies can benefit people, medical staff and healthcare systems. One of the main challenges for telemedicine in many countries is the lack of regulations. The authors call on policy-makers to facilitate wider implementation of e-healthcare technologies, while considering issues of inclusiveness, privacy and data protection. The article informs managers about the use of new technologies. Examples are provided of e-healthcare technologies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, for example in terms of healthcare capacity and providing support to people affected by quarantine.

Last updated on hub: 15 July 2020

New development: Covid-19 and its publics – implications for strategic management and democracy

Public Money and Management

This article discusses the concept of ‘publics’ and provides a case example related to Covid-19 to show the importance of strategically managing with and for publics. Specifically, the publics of local governance in lockdown are identified from two focus groups with local leaders conducted in Lombardy, Italy. Identifying, designing and visualizing publics is a key democratic and strategic choice with implications on the public values enacted. Impact: Early results have shown that some individuals and organizations were affected disproportionately by the impacts of Covid-19, both for the better (for example higher profits for technology companies) and for the worse (for example higher mortality rates in BAME populations). By managing with and for publics, public managers and politicians could take more equitable decisions by visualizing trade-offs in public values and co-create better strategies by taking the perspective of those experiencing the effects of public decisions and public services.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2021

New development: managing the Covid-19 pandemic – from a hospital-centred model of care to a community co-production approach

Public Money and Management

Covid-19 is not only a crisis of intensive care but a social and humanitarian crisis. Until mass vaccination is undertaken, control of contagion will rely on responsible behaviour by citizens. Strategies for fighting Covid-19 in different regions of Italy have shown that an area-specific approach, not just hospital-focused, pays off. This article proposes a community co-production approach, in the light of discussions with politicians and key health decision-makers and actors. Preventing the spread of Covid-19 can mainly be achieved by social, not medical, means. Decision-makers should be aware that a strategy of relying only on the acute health system, placing a high burden on community-based public services, without any systematic attempt to co-ordinate or support the expansion of these services, is likely to fail. This article explains the benefits of a community co-production strategy.

Last updated on hub: 15 January 2021

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