COVID-19 resources

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Working safely during COVID-19

Scottish Social Services Council

This resource provide advice and guidance for social service workers as they deal with the consequences of the pandemic and may need to work differently, for instance providing care and support by phone or through technology rather than face to face visits. The guidance covers both working at home and working in the community and signposts to additional resources.

Last updated on hub: 18 September 2020

Working together on infection control and joint support

West London Alliance

As part of a wider joint approach, West London Alliance local authorities and North West London Health have established a joint response to care homes to support the significantly increased need for infection control advice and expertise to protect residents and staff. Local authority commissioners are the key interface with all care homes in NWL, liaising with them daily to understand their situation and their individual needs. Commissioners are providing support where they can, providing staff and PPE, and co-ordinating additional support. 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: 31 March 2021

Working with people in their own homes this winter

Department of Health and Social Care

Explains how home care and support workers, social workers, health professionals and families can work together to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection this winter. It covers infection prevention and control measures; testing; vaccination; and wellbeing. [Last updated 1 April 2021]

Last updated on hub: 25 January 2021

Working within the Mental Capacity Act during the coronavirus pandemic

Care Quality Commission

Guidance for care providers on how to apply the Mental Capacity Act during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The resource considers the issues that should be considered when thinking about care and treatment that might involve restrictions because of Coronavirus; the cases where DoLS authorisations have already been granted; and the impacts of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

World wide closed! Social worker field practice during the ‘lockdown’ period

Social Work Education (The International Journal)

The current health crisis we are experiencing because of Covid-19 pandemic has put social worker training facilities in a new, unexpected position. How can a practice-based training programme be organised during a ‘lockdown’ period? How can practical skills be acquired when contact field instructors, social services and target groups is limited?In order to face the professional challenges posed by the epidemic, to better understand the impact on professional training, and learn more about the innovations and good practices used to tackle the problems, the researchers organised focus group interviews with 15 field instructors and 15 students. The first results of the research provide evidence that, contrary to expectations, the world has not only narrowed but at the same time also expanded as a result of the restrictions. Although the outbreak of the COVID-19 has had a traumatic impact in many ways, the crisis had also positive consequences. With the intensive use of digital tools and forms of work, remote locations and target groups have become more accessible, special knowledge elements have been included in the training, and new opportunities for the development of personal skills have opened up in the education of social workers.

Last updated on hub: 12 November 2020

Worst hit: dementia during coronavirus

Alzheimer's Society

This report brings together evidence from a wide range of sources to shine a light on the impact of Covid-19 on people who have dementia and those who care for them. It evidences the disproportionate death toll on people with dementia; the surge in loneliness and isolation; and the current inability of the health and care services to cope with the consequences of the pandemic. The report reveals that the most direct and devastating impact of Covid-19 on people affected by dementia is the high death rate – between 1 March and 30 June there were 50,335 Covid-19 related deaths in England and Wales. Furthermore, the restrictions on social contact put in place to slow the spread of Covid-19 had an impact across the population, but were particularly detrimental for people with dementia – for many people with dementia living at home, social distancing guidelines combined with the reduction or cancellation of home care services meant they were left without vital social interaction and support; in residential settings, the cancellation of visits, group activities and communal dining added to the isolation that people experienced. Finally, the rerouting of resources for health and social care towards acute settings and the inability of services to operate as normal due to lockdown measures left people affected by dementia without vital support. The report calls for care (including specialist dementia care) to be universal and free at the point of use and makes specific recommendations to help mitigate against the effects of Covid-19 as winter approaches; and to provide tailored support for people affected by dementia, including recognising the key role that informal carers play in the lives of people living with dementia.

Last updated on hub: 01 October 2020

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Rapid survey report and recommendations on the social care sector 2020

This rapid report summarises the findings from our recent survey of people working in social care nationally on whether they would have a COVID-19 vaccine and why. Survey results were taken over the period 15th November 2020 to 30th November 2020. This is during the time that reports of successful trials for viable vaccines were first released but just shy of verification by the medicines regulator, the MHRA, of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine which was announced on 2nd December 2020. We asked respondents to comment on their confidence in taking a vaccine. We were particularly interested in the reasons behind any misgivings about taking a vaccine. The aim of this report is to assist health professionals and policy makers in providing specific and directed messaging about any potential vaccine which will directly address reported concerns. We identified the following themes from responses to our survey and concerns raised: side effects; efficacy; age and existing health conditions; and transparency and trust. The research has found that clear FAQs providing information on the vaccine, trust in messaging and roll out capability, as well as making it easy to physically access the vaccination site, are amongst key implications for improving uptake of the vaccine across the social care workforce.

Last updated on hub: 07 June 2021

Written statement: Covid-19 asymptomatic testing programme for care homes

Welsh Government

A statement by the Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales informing of the decision to enable statutory partners to determine whether testing should be weekly or fortnightly in care homes in their local areas using their professional judgement informed by the data and local intelligence. The statement recognises the importance of continuing to provide some flexibility regarding the frequency of testing, to respond to the incidence and transmission in the wider local communities.

Last updated on hub: 11 November 2020

You-COPE: disruptions experienced by young people aged 16-24 during first months of the COVID-19 lockdown

University College London (UCL)

This briefing presents results from the first 1,274 respondents to the You-COPE initial survey, which seeks to understand how young people aged 16-24 in the UK are being impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The briefing focuses on two aspects of ‘change’ as reported in the first wave of the survey: (a) changes to income, education/employment and living situation and (b) disruptions to access to health services. The analysis shows that 31% of people reported that their income had decreased during the lockdown, compared to less than one in ten whose income had increased; 78% of respondents reported their normal educational/employment activities had changed; and 24.4% of young people reported changes to their living situation. Respondents aged over 18, and those reporting previous mental health problems, were more likely to report changes in their living situation. Of those receiving ongoing healthcare, 41% reported that it had been disrupted – females and those with previous mental health problems were more likely to report disruptions to their care. Of those receiving mental health care, 58% reported disruption to these services.

Last updated on hub: 23 July 2020

You-COPE: mental health consequences experienced by young people aged 16-24 during first months of the COVID-19 lockdown

University College London (UCL)

This briefing presents results from the first 1,507 respondents to the You-COPE initial survey, which seeks to understand how young people aged 16-24 in the UK are being impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The briefing focuses on two particular aspects of ‘change’ as reported in the first wave of the survey: (a) relationships, social media and feelings of connection in relation to mental health and (b) expectations, wellbeing and mental health during the pandemic. The analysis shows that half of the participants reported higher levels of stress since lockdown. 94% of the participants expected changes in their lives to some extent once the current crisis is over – of these 6% expected a complete change in their lives. Almost one in two respondents without previous mental health problems reported high levels of depressive symptoms and one in three reported moderate to severe anxiety symptoms. One in two reported overeating in response to their mood during lockdown. Around half of the participants would ask for help if needed for a personal or an emotional problem from a partner, a friend or a parent; one in three would ask for help from a mental health professional and around one in three would not ask for help.

Last updated on hub: 23 July 2020

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