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Taking extra care in lockdown: Ty Llwynderw Extra Care & Care and Cae’r Ysgol Independent Living bungalows, Maesteg

Housing LIN

This case study features Linc Cymru Housing Association’s development in Maesteg, Wales. It provides some context on why and how the scheme came about, reflects on its’ design and also captures how the scheme has coped under lockdown, successfully ensuring a Covid-free home to date. Flexing the design to respond to Coronavirus have in the main ensured that they functioned and adapted well for both the Maesteg and Tondu schemes. Operationally, staff were able to make changes so as to be able to use the building to best effect during the intense Covid-19 lockdown.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Cohorting, zoning and isolation practice: commissioning for resilient care home provision: a report to the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Task Force

Care England

Guidance on developing good practice in cohorting, zoning and isolation practice in care home settings as a means of ensuring the effective implementation of the Public Health England (PHE) national guidance and high standards of infection prevention and control. Various examples and documents already exist which exemplify notable practice and provide national guidance. This document brings some of this together to address particular questions for the Task Force. As well as providing advice to the Task Force, it might also act as a checklist for commissioners to assess what they have already done / might do. It is split as follows: context; some key principles to guide work in this area; describing good practice in cohorting – within existing provision, or in dedicated facilities; what this means for commissioners and how they work with care providers recognising the critical relationships between them; resource considerations; and practice examples and references.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Care home infection control top tips

North West Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

The purpose of this guide is to highlight some of the ways in which residential and nursing homes have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic in order to ensure that residents are safe, needs continue to be met and wellbeing is promoted, in what are very challenging and difficult circumstances. This guide has been compiled from desktop review of policy and best practice guidance, together with interviews with a selection of providers and commissioners from across the North West region. It aims to stimulate ideas on how providers and commissioners can develop and enhance services in the context of Covid-19, whilst simultaneously building future resilience into providers existing infection control plans. Topics covered include: the physical environment; staff; wellbeing; processes; and technology.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Next steps for funding mental healthcare in England: prevention

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Focusing on prevention, this paper considers the next steps for funding mental healthcare in England. It is the second in a series covering four areas that must be fully and sustainably resourced if there is to be the progress in the access to and quality of mental health services. These areas include infrastructure, prevention, people, and technology. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of community cohesion and drawing on community resources in the widest sense and the need to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent poor mental and physical health at the earliest opportunity. The paper makes a case for an increase in the funding available to local government and the NHS to enable: local authorities to prepare and respond to increasing levels of mental distress and co-morbid physical health problems in the population due to COVID-19 and as a result of lockdown, which has caused anxiety and loneliness, amongst other issues; mental health providers to prepare for an increase in demand for NHS mental health services (both planned and unplanned) as services deliver the ambitions of the LTP while also addressing a backlog of patients; local authorities and the NHS to prepare for an increase in demand for drug and alcohol use disorder services given the way in which the pandemic has exacerbated these illnesses, and the reduced availability of some services during the peak; and local authorities and the NHS to prepare for an increase in demand for mental health social care support, given the need to discharge patients safely into the community with a package of care in place and for the impact the pandemic is having on children and young people and their families.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Reducing parental conflict in the context of Covid-19: adapting to virtual and digital provision of support

The Early Intervention Foundation

This report focuses on how Covid-19 and the lockdown have impacted on issues relating to parental conflict, and how those seeking to reduce parental conflict can adapt to the current situation using virtual and digital methods. The report presents findings from an EIF survey, conducted in June and July, which 42 local authorities and 13 intervention developers and providers used to describe how Covid-19 has impacted upon their ability to support families. It also provides a summary of 12 virtual and digital interventions available to support interparental relationships, and offer practical guidance on how to assess the impact of such interventions and how to appropriately engage parents remotely. The report finds that the vast majority of local authorities and intervention developers and providers have adapted their provision to be available virtually or digitally; most of the pre-existing virtual and digital interventions targeting interparental relationships have yet to show robust evidence that they can improve outcomes for children; and there is an opportunity to generate stronger evidence about the effectiveness of virtual and digital interventions, although this is likely to need support. The report provides practical guidance on: evaluating virtual and digital interventions targeting the interparental relationship, covering planning an impact evaluation, and selecting and using appropriate outcome measures in a virtual and digital context; engaging parents remotely, including strategies for recruiting and retaining participants in virtual and digital RPC interventions, paying special attention to the importance of the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and participant.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Women and Equalities Committee sub-inquiry: Unequal impact? Coronavirus and BAME people

Clinks

In this submission, Clinks provides the Women and Equalities Select Committee with additional evidence about the impact of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the criminal justice system. The briefing highlights the lack of transparency over the number of people in prison and under probation supervision from BAME communities who have tested positive for Covid-19; the impact of the heavily restricted regimes in prison on the mental health and wellbeing of BAME prisoners; and the lack of communication from the government and prison and probation services with BAME-led voluntary organisations delivering support to BAME people in the criminal justice system. The submission makes a number of recommendations including for the statistics on infections and deaths related to Covid-19 in prison to be broken down by ethnicity and published; for BAME-led organisations to be engaged in efforts to mitigate the disproportionate impact of Covid-19, and the impact of lockdown, on BAME people in the criminal justice system; and for clear action plans to be developed in the recovery planning process for prisons and probation of how the needs of BAME groups will be identified and met.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Guidance for the treatment and management of COVID‐19 among people with intellectual disabilities

Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities

The current COVID‐19 pandemic is a pressing world crisis and people with intellectual disabilities (IDs) are vulnerable due to disparity in healthcare provision and physical and mental health multimorbidity. While most people will develop mild symptoms upon contracting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus‐2 (SARS‐CoV‐2), some will develop serious complications. The aim of this study is to present guidelines for the care and treatment of people with IDs during the COVID‐19 pandemic for both community teams providing care to people with IDs and inpatient psychiatric settings. The guidelines cover specific issues associated with hospital passports, individual COVID‐19 care plans, the important role of families and carers, capacity to make decisions, issues associated with social distancing, ceiling of care/treatment escalation plans, mental health and challenging behavior, and caring for someone suspected of contracting or who has contracted SARS‐CoV‐2 within community or inpatient psychiatric settings. The authors have proposed that the included conditions recommended by Public Health England to categorize someone as high risk of severe illness due to COVID‐19 should also include mental health and challenging behavior. There are specific issues associated with providing care to people with IDs and appropriate action must be taken by care providers to ensure that disparity of healthcare is addressed during the COVID‐19 pandemic. The authors recognize that their guidance is focused upon healthcare delivery in England and invite others to augment their guidance for use in other jurisdictions.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

Statutory neglect and care in a pandemic

International Social Work

Much has been written about the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in care homes in Europe and North America, with claims that the high mortality rate has been worsened by the policy decisions taken by governments. This essay argues that the concept of statutory neglect is a useful framework for understanding situations where neglect results from law or policy rather than the lack of action by an individual caregiver.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on intercountry adoption and international commercial surrogacy

International Social Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented economic, health and social impacts as it has swept the globe. Intercountry adoption and international surrogacy are practices immediately affected, furthering vulnerabilities of children and vulnerable adults. This short report calls attention to heightened risks, raises awareness for practitioners in these fields and asserts the need for caution.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

COVID-19, prolonged grief disorder and the role of social work

International Social Work

The death rate that we are seeing from COVID-19 is unimaginable, with experts predicting the pandemic will ultimately claim hundreds of thousands of lives. The death toll has already far exceeded the total population of renown cities such as Miami, USA or Canberra, Australia. Behind each death listed as a statistic, there is a social network of family and friends who will be profoundly impacted by the loss. The usual funerals, rituals and customs that occur after a death are now the new casualty of the virus. Indisputably, restrictions are necessary to curb the spread; however, concerns are raised regarding how this will impede on the ‘normal’ grieving process. Undoubtedly, there will be a surge in persons developing bereavement complexities in future years, with a direct correlated link to COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 17 September 2020

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