COVID-19 resources

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COVID-19: essential training

Skills for Care

The impact of COVID-19 has created an extremely challenging time for the social care workforce. This resource highlights the training that remains a priority during this period to ensure there is a skilled and competent workforce. The essential training, which does not comprise all the training that is usually undertaken, is available as three individual packages of learning: rapid induction programme (aimed at new staff), refresher training (aimed at existing staff) and a volunteer programme. This approach is supported by the Care Quality Commission. A list of endorsed learning providers have received grant funding to support care providers with the cost of this essential training during this period. The page signposts to relevant information and guidance, including training content and to contact details of endorsed learning providers.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care

Department of Health and Social Care

Government guidance on ethical considerations for local authorities and adult social care professionals planning their response to COVID-19. The guidance provides a framework to ensure that consideration is given to a series of ethical values and principles when organising and delivering social care for adults. It recognises that due to increasing demand it might become necessary to make challenging decisions on how to redirect resources where they are most needed. The framework covers the following values and principles and best practice when applying them: Respect, Reasonableness, Minimising harm, Inclusiveness, Accountability, Flexibility, Proportionality, and Community. The guidance is aimed at planners and strategic policy makers and will also support professionals and others in the health and social care workforce who are developing policies and responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance may be updated and subsequent guidance issued to support its application.

Last updated on hub: 19 March 2020

COVID-19: expectations and effects on children online

SWGfL

This report looks at the expectations and effects that COVID-19 has had towards children online. In the face of the restrictions imposed by governments during the pandemic, and to maintain some form of normality, people turned to technology and the Internet for work, socialising, entertainment and learning. This digital migration has had an impact on children too – the increased use of online platforms comes with associated increased risks for children’s safety, eloquently highlighted by many experts and agencies. The report emphasises that the early evidence indicates that whilst many children have access to technology and connectivity, this is not universal and the ‘digital divide’ will have an impact; in terms of child sexual abuse content online, there has been an increase of individuals searching for child sexual abuse content, alongside an increase in access to adult content online; children have reported greater anxiety associated with the pandemic and restrictions; parents are anxious that their children’s education will be impacted. The paper concludes by arguing that policymakers will need to consider and accommodate the impacts of COVID-19 on children for many years to come.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

COVID-19: Financial pressures in adult social care: information provided to the Minister of State for Care

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

This note provides a summary of financial information that was provided to the Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately, about the financial pressures facing independent adult social care providers due to COVID-19. The analysis, provided by LaingBuisson, covers all independent providers supporting both younger adults and older people whether in care homes, or supported living or receiving home care.

Last updated on hub: 12 June 2020

COVID-19: good council practice

Local Government Association

The Local Government Association are publishing case studies that will be of help to local authorities as they navigate this changed environment, while showcasing some of the important work being carried out by the sector. The case studies are broader than social care but touch on many areas of interest to the care sector such as supporting vulnerable residents.

Last updated on hub: 09 June 2020

COVID-19: Government procurement and supply of Personal Protective Equipment. Forty-second report of session 2019–21

House of Commons

Findings of an enquiry into the Government procurement during the COVID-19 pandemic and the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). The shortages of personal protective equipment at the front-line in the first wave of the pandemic was one of the biggest concerns in March and April 2020. As well as NHS front line workers there were others front-line workers who required high grade PPE – particularly in social care settings, which were mainly private businesses. The evidence suggests that stocks ran perilously low; single use items were reused; some was not fit for purpose and staff were in fear that they would run out. Government faced significant challenges in having to work at pace, using emergency procurement procedures, in a competitive international market. However, its failure to be transparent about decisions, publish contracts in a timely manner or maintain proper records of key decisions left it open to accusations of poor value for money, conflicts of interest and preferential treatment of some suppliers, and undermines public trust in government procurement and the use of taxpayers’ money. The Government’s decision to prioritise hospitals meant social care providers did not receive anywhere near enough to meet their needs, leaving them exposed. Many workers at the front line in health and social care were put in the appalling situation of having to care for people with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 without sufficient PPE to protect themselves from infection. The report calls on the Department of Health and Social Care to develop a better understanding of the needs of both NHS organisations and, crucially, allied health and social care sectors.

Last updated on hub: 10 February 2021

COVID-19: guidance for 16-21+ jointly commissioned supported accommodation settings

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

Guidance for providers of jointly commissioned/funded supported accommodation projects for young people aged 16-21+ in Northern Ireland to support planning and preparation for widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This guidance sets out key messages, and includes information on: what to do if someone develops symptoms of COVID-19, what to do if someone refuses to self-isolate, use of shared spaces, hygiene and infection control, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The guidance may be updated to reflect the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping

Public Health England

Information on coronavirus (COVID-19) for commissioners and providers of hostel services for people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping. The guidance covers: hostels with individual self-contained rooms with en-suite facilities that have shared kitchens; and hostels without individual self-contained rooms and that have communal facilities. This guidance does not cover night shelters. [Published 16 March 2020; Last updated 14 December 2020]

Last updated on hub: 07 September 2020

COVID-19: guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

Department of Health and Social Care

This guidance outlines COVID-19 advice for commissioners and service providers involved in assisting people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol or both. People who misuse or are dependent on drugs and alcohol may be at increased risk of becoming infected, and infecting others, with COVID-19. They may also be more vulnerable to poor health outcomes due to underlying physical and mental health conditions, as well as mental health issues associated with lockdown. The document sets out practice guidance on wide range of aspects, covering: symptoms; protection against infection; considerations for people using drugs or alcohol; children and families; mental health; access to opioid substitution treatment (OST); needle and syringe programmes (NSPs); drug detoxification; alcohol harm reduction and detoxification; non-medical support; those not in drug and alcohol treatment; what else commissioners and providers of drug and alcohol treatment services can do; and cleaning and waste. The guide also signposts to additional sources of information and advice. [Published 15 April 2020. Last updated 6 January 2021]

Last updated on hub: 23 July 2020

COVID-19: guidance for foster care and supported lodgings settings

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

This guidance sets out key messages to support care providers in planning and preparation to prevent the widespread transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in foster care and supported lodgings. It is aimed at Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts, independent fostering providers, foster carers and their families, and providers of supported lodgings and host families. Key messages focus on Protecting and maintaining current placements; the importance of regular communication with foster carers and host families; and planning to ensuring there is as much capacity to provide foster care and Supported Lodging placements as possible. The guidance may be updated to reflect the changing situation.

Last updated on hub: 15 April 2020

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