COVID-19 resources

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Infection control during COVID-19: advice for social care

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Advice and training for the social care sector about infection control during the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

COVID-19 - infection prevention and control in health and social care settings - an overview

Health Protection Scotland

To support health and social care staff involved in the COVID-19 response, Health Protection Scotland (part of Public Health Scotland), NHS National Services Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland have produced a short recorded webinar.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Provider Hubs - Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council has rapidly set up a ‘provider hub’ to support its near 800 social care providers. The Hub is jointly run by Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Care Providers Association to provide professional advice and support to all care organisations working in the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. The Hub is also the central point for collecting and providing key information and data for the adult social care board and supports the many direct payment holders who can contact directly to get advice about their direct payments and the flexibility the council can support them with.The full case study can be found in the Department for Health and Social Care action plan which is linked to this item and was published on 15 April 2020.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Webinar recording: Testing, capacity and COVID-19 – shedinar

National Mental Capacity Forum

National Mental Capacity Forum (NMCF) look at the law, dilemmas and good practice in testing, focusing in particular on those with impaired decision-making capacity.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Abandoned, forgotten and ignored: the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on disabled people: interim report

Inclusion London

This interim report explores the lived experiences of disabled people since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing on over three hundred responses to a survey. It reveals that the pandemic is impacting on deaf and disabled people across every area of life. Disabled people are experiencing increasing levels of psychological distress, social isolation, a lack of social care support, workplace discrimination, food poverty, and unequal access to health care. The report argues that the crisis has exposed and amplified the structural inequalities that for decades have excluded, discriminated against and marginalised deaf and disabled people. The failures, moreover, have reinforced the widespread perception that the voices of disabled people are being ignored and have led many to conclude that they have been forgotten and abandoned. Key findings include: over 60% of disabled people questioned said they had struggled to access food, medicine and necessities; over 35% of respondents talked about increasing levels of psychological distress; nearly half of the respondents talked about inaccessible information, confusing guidance and lack of advice; disabled people feel abandoned and neglected – despite being in high-risk groups, they reported being unable to obtain personal protective equipment, have had care packages cut, assessments delayed or have lost existing social care support; disabled people feel that their right to life is threatened and fear rationing of resources; over one in four respondents have had problems getting hold of personal protective equipment.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

The crisis of COVID-19 and UK women’s charities: survey responses and findings

Women's Resource Centre

Findings of a survey of women’s organisations to describe and explain their needs and the challenges they are facing amidst the coronavirus outbreak. The survey respondents represented 122 women’s VCOs from across the UK – 34 of the respondents represented Black and minoritised women led organisations. The report indicates that the coronavirus pandemic presents great challenges for the UK women’s sector in both the long-term and short term, with top priorities including: supporting service users; adapting to new ways of working and new systems; ensuring staff wellbeing; and ensuring organisational survival and sustainability. Whilst the top priorities for Black and minoritised women led organisations are aligned with those of the women’s sector generally; their needs and those of their services users against the four categories are significantly more pressing and urgent. The report contains a set of recommendation for UK Governments, funders and Women’s Resource Centre, including making an unrestricted emergency fund available to sustain the Black and minoritised women led organisations and making funding available for the short and long-term mental health impacts of the COVID-19 crisis upon women.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Lockdown’s side effect: mental health deterioration of people affected by dementia, with third ‘giving up’

Alzheimer's Society

Sets out findings from a survey of around 2,000 people affected by dementia revealing the devastating impact coronavirus has had on their mental health, with a third living with dementia reporting apathy or a sense of ‘giving up’. Nearly half of respondents said that lockdown has had a ‘negative impact’ on their mental health. Around half of unpaid carers also reported that loved ones with the condition have experienced stress, anxiety or depression.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Age-friendly Communities and COVID-19

Centre for Ageing Better

Brings together some examples and resources from Age-friendly Communities in response to COVID-19. In Age-friendly Communities residents, local groups, councils and businesses all work together to identify and make changes to ensure their place fosters the abilities of older people. This curated content is structured around key domains, covering: communication and information; community support and health services; respect and social inclusion; social participation; transportation; international resources.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in care homes: statistics to 8 July 2020

Department of Health and Social Care

Latest figures on coronavirus testing for social care staff, their household members and residents of care homes. As of 8 July, there had been an estimated 741,021 tests on workers in the UK in social care settings and their symptomatic household members for COVID-19 through Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) testing routes. There have been an estimated 352,946 tests on care home residents for COVID-19 through DHSC testing routes in the UK. An estimated 100,900 care home residents in England had been tested for COVID-19 through PHE testing routes.

Last updated on hub: 21 July 2020

Responding to Covid-19: some personal reflections

Adoption and Fostering

Person reflection. At the time of writing, many health professionals who are members of CoramBAAF are at the frontline of the fight with the virus and some medical advisers and health professionals working with looked after children have been redeployed from their substantive roles to work in other areas of health care provision. Considers how health service interventions and assessments that are critical components of adoption and fostering work can be carried out during the coronavirus pandemic. Covers how the response has changed during the beginning months of the crisis, the need for guidance and looking to the future.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

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