COVID-19 resources

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Stronger together? Intergenerational connection and Covid-19

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

Purpose: This paper aims to review how intergenerational connections and relationships have been affected to date by COVID-19. It provides lessons for the future. Design/methodology/approach: This paper is a review of policy and practice. Findings: Although there are some excellent examples of creative approaches such as online strategies to bring generations together in the face of social distancing, there remain barriers to building stronger communities. Many people of all ages remain lonely and isolated. Community projects are under-funded and will struggle to maintain connections beyond the immediate crisis. Inequalities and the digital divide have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Intergenerational relations are likely to be further strained by the economic impact. Originality/value: None of us have known anything like COVID-19 and its impact on all aspects of our lives. It will continue to affect generations to come, and we need to learn the lessons as we move forward.

Last updated on hub: 29 December 2020

Stuck at home in a cold home: the implications of Covid-19 for the fuel poor

People Place and Policy Online

Policies to address the impact of Covid-19 on low income energy consumers have rightly focussed on energy bills, particularly in the context of home confinement and increased energy consumption. In the longer term, however, we need policies to improve home energy standards. The evidence shows that higher standards reduce the risk of getting a respiratory illness, improve the health of those already with a respiratory illness, improve the ability of our immune systems to fight off illness and reduce the use of health services.

Last updated on hub: 06 August 2020

Studying social workers’ roles in natural disasters during a global pandemic: what can we learn?

Qualitative Social Work

The author reflects on the convergence of her roles as a qualitative researcher studying social workers’ roles during Hurricane Harvey, a student of public health, and a hospital social worker in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarities are drawn between the social work role following a natural disaster and a pandemic disaster along with observations regarding core differences. Practice and research recommendations are provided for social workers in the domains of therapeutic interactions, social justice, and public health. While therapeutic relationships have often been far more difficult to achieve during the pandemic than Hurricane Harvey, the assistance of technology and proper personal protective equipment has been helpful in filling communication gaps. Both types of disasters are universal in their reach, impacting people of all backgrounds; the social work role has been to address differences in access to resources, including health care and financial assistance. Finally, social workers play a significant role in public health during disasters through disseminating reliable information about safety, resources, and opportunities to assist others. The author recommends the expansion of social work in the public health space to provide more insight about communicating with vulnerable populations during disasters.

Last updated on hub: 17 March 2021

Submission to the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry into workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care

King's Fund

This submission provides an overview of the resilience of the NHS and social care workforce, including the impact of Covid-19. It also examines what is known about the causes of burnout in the NHS and social care workforce – and what can help reduce it; and the implications for national policy

Last updated on hub: 26 October 2020

Suffering, social work and the old masters

Qualitative Social Work

Working as an Australian hospital Social Worker during a major viral pandemic was always going to be an unpredictable and rapidly evolving experience. We knew the COVID-19 virus was coming, within weeks it had arrived, and Australian society transformed overnight. With so much rapid loss and change our sense of mastery over our lives was quickly lost. Health services and individuals alike battled to prepare, to understand, and to make meaning in a new world. It was an opportunity to seek meaning in literatures both professional and artistic.

Last updated on hub: 16 March 2021

Summary of guidance for visitors

Department of Health and Social Care

Summarises the government’s advice to support safe visiting: every care home resident will be able to nominate a single named visitor who will be able to enter the care home for regular visits; residents with the highest care needs will also be able to nominate an essential care giver; care homes can continue to offer visits to other friends or family members with arrangements such as outdoor visiting, substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. [Last updated 5 March 2021]

Last updated on hub: 08 March 2021

Summary of international policy measures to limit impact of COVID19 on people who rely on the Long-Term Care sector

London School of Economics and Political Science

This working paper provides a summary of measures to limit impact of COVID19 on people who rely on the Long-Term Care sector, compiled from contributions from members of the International Long-Term Care Policy Network. The list of measures is not exhaustive, it only contains examples of measures that have been reported or identified by contributors to the website so far.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020

Supervision and social care practice in the time of COVID-19

Research In Practice: Dartington

A suite of resources to support supervision in the context of COVID-19. The pandemic, and consequent need for social distancing, have required a reorganisation of every aspect of social care practice, including supervision. The resources are intended to strengthen the effectiveness of remote supervision, building resilience, working with people who are experiencing grief and loss, as well as thinking about social work in the context of a crisis.

Last updated on hub: 23 July 2020

Supply management: opportunities for a new landscape in children’s commissioning post crisis

Institute of Public Care

This paper considers how the commissioning of children's social care and the historic interfaces with independent providers can be transformed and redesigned to survive the aftermath of the COVID-19 challenges. Evidence from before the Coronavirus crisis indicated a need to re-examine how children’s services markets are commissioned – the dichotomy of severely financially challenged local authority children’s services budgets contrasting sharply with the apparently high profitability and returns of larger providers is a strategic dissonance. The additional impact of the pandemic will further stress councils' budgets. The paper argues that there is an opportunity to re-think the way in which the sector works together to meet the needs of children in care and to redesign the commercial interfaces to produce a more balanced and sustainable state – the twin forecasts of further increases in demand allied to funding constraints should be seen as the catalyst for these changes. The paper outlines what redesigning commissioning may entails and the actions needed with respect to supply and demand analysis and forecasting; strategy and policy; commissioner-provider relations; and commissioning partnerships. There is experience and evidence available as to how the challenge of redesigning commissioning children’s services can be addressed – and the paper includes three examples of innovative projects.

Last updated on hub: 29 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

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