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Social workers must address intersecting vulnerabilities among noninstitutionalized, black, latinx, and older adults of color during the COVID-19 pandemic

Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Scant attention has been paid to intersecting vulnerabilities experienced by Black, Latinx, and older adults of color (BLOAC) that increase COVID-19 related risks. Structural inequities have resulted in disproportionate rates of chronic conditions and limited access to care. Media coverage, focused on COVID-19 mortality among institutionalized older adults (OA), has overlooked community-dwelling OA, leaving their unique risks unaddressed in research and intervention efforts. Key vulnerabilities impacting noninstitutionalized BLOAC exacerbating adverse health outcomes during COVID-19 are discussed, and recommendations are given for gerontological social work (GSW) education, training, and practice to meet the needs of BLOAC during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 28 January 2021

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Solace

Resources from trusted sources on resilience, remote working, mental health, and wellbeing. Providing practical advice, articles and guidance aimed at the network for public sector and local government professionals.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

Solving the COVID-19 crisis in post-acute and long-term care

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

This special article presents five keys to solving the COVID-19 crisis in post-acute and long-term care, related to policy, collaboration, individualization, leadership, and reorganization. Taking action during this crisis may prevent sinking back into the complacency and habits of our pre-COVID-19 lives. Suggests that the nursing home industry has been in need of overhaul for decades—a situation made all the more evident by COVID-19. The editorial is from the AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Last updated on hub: 21 August 2020

Somewhere over the rainbow ‐ third sector research in and beyond coronavirus

Voluntary Sector Review

The coronavirus pandemic has rapidly become a multifaceted global crisis, disrupting economies, livelihoods and ways of life, with significant ramifications for the third sector. This paper seeks to prompt a conversation about third sector research agendas, which might be animated in and beyond coronavirus, focusing primarily on the experience of the sector in the UK but including references globally. After a brief discussion of the acute three-dimensional crisis facing the sector, the paper raises questions for now and later at three interconnected levels: of practice, organisation and society. The paper concludes with a call for critically engaged curiosity about the role and fortunes of the third sector in a time of lockdown and its aftermath.

Last updated on hub: 20 July 2020

Special educational needs: support in England

House of Commons Library

The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced major reform of the system for identifying children and young people in England with special educational needs (SEN), assessing their needs and making provision for them. This briefing provides an overview of the system introduced in 2014, and also includes, in an annex, a brief history of the movement towards reform that took place in the years preceding the 2014 Act. Topics covered include: support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN); funding system; statistics – tribunals, children and young people with SEND; accountability – Ofsted and CQC inspections from May 2016; impact of the coronavirus pandemic; and reports on the effectiveness of support for children with SEN.

Last updated on hub: 25 November 2020

Special educational needs: support in England

House of Commons Library

This briefing provides an overview of the system introduced in 2014, and also includes, in an annex, a brief history of the movement towards reform that took place in the years preceding the 2014 Act. The 2014 reforms began to be implemented in September 2014, in a phased process to be completed by April 2018. Sections include: Inside: support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN); funding system; statistics – tribunals, children and young people with SEND; accountability – Ofsted and CQC inspections from May 2016; impact of the coronavirus pandemic; and reports on the effectiveness of support for children with SEN.

Last updated on hub: 19 April 2021

Spotlight on: recent NHS discharges into care homes

NHS Providers

This briefing sets out how national guidance around NHS discharges into care homes developed during the coronavirus pandemic in March and April 2020 and how NHS trusts implemented this guidance. It outlines why trusts refute the suggestion that they 'systematically' and 'knowingly' transferred known COVID-19 patients into care homes and looks at how the NHS has sought to support care homes and the social care sector during this period. It argues that any future public inquiry should consider whether the government gave sufficient priority in its considerations to the care sector and provided the right support at the right time during this crisis.

Last updated on hub: 26 May 2020

Spotlight on: the impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health Trusts in the NHS

NHS Providers

This briefing sets out the immediate challenge of Covid-19 for mental health trusts, how the sector has responded and what is needed to navigate the next phase. It argues that NHS trusts providing mental health and learning disability services have been playing a key role, both to maintain services and to respond to the current environment presented by COVID-19 pressures. Key challenges are identified in the following areas: access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing; prioritisation and demand and capacity planning to meet the needs of people who have not sought help during lockdown: funding to meeting the extra demand for mental health services; and securing a sufficient workforce.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Spotting the signs of economic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak For family, friends, neighbours and colleagues

Surviving Economic Abuse

Guide designed to help you notice signs that someone you care about may be experiencing economic abuse at this time, and to know what you can do to support them.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

Staff movement: a risk management framework: briefing for adult care home providers

Care Provider Alliance

This briefing outlines a risk management approach that care homes can use to manage restrictions on staff movements. The briefing relates to CQC registered care homes with or without nursing in England. The Government is introducing legislation that will require care home providers to restrict all but essential movement of staff between settings in order to reduce transmission of COVID-19 – with a particular focus on care home staff. At the same time, care homes are facing staff shortages due to sickness and the ongoing high vacancy rates. A risk management framework can enable care homes to have a discussion with other agencies, such as their regulator or commissioner, about care home staff movement. This framework can assist services to manage the situation and provide operational tools that – over time – can drive down the number of staff movements and hence reduce the transmission of the virus. Many providers have already been pursuing such actions without an overall structure to work within. The briefing highlights the key factors which will affect staff movement over the coming months and which need to be considered within the risk management framework; actions for initial assessment; and how care homes should work with notifiable agencies, including the Care Quality Commission, local authorities and CCG commissioners, to agree contingency arrangements in advance of situations arising.

Last updated on hub: 11 January 2021

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