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MCR pathways lockdown survey: how to build back better: listening to the voices of our young people

MCR Pathways

Findings of a survey of 1,347 care-experienced and disadvantaged young people (aged 13 -18) from across Scotland, gaining insight into their experience of the COVID-19 lockdown, specifically in relation to mental wellbeing, home learning, and impact on career plans and future expectations. Key findings on the impacts of the lockdown include: impact on mental wellbeing – two thirds (66.8%) of young people are feeling low, more anxious and stressed since lockdown and 88.8% said their sleeping patterns have changed and over a quarter (26.5%) said they were experiencing significantly disrupted sleep; impact on education and return to school – since lockdown, 68.2% did not use any learning materials provided by the school while, significantly, over a quarter had caring duties that impacted on their capacity for home learning; impact on the future – 64.8% of young people say that COVID-19 has not changed their future plans for what they want to do when they leave school and 38.5% of leavers are feeling confident about their next steps. The report makes a number of recommendations, including ensuring education is provided on a full-time basis, schools offer a recovery curriculum, and disadvantaged young people are systematically and comprehensively consulted as a matter of course throughout the formation of all recovery and rebuild plans.

Last updated on hub: 04 August 2020

Measuring and mitigating child hunger in the UK

Social Market Foundation

Food insecurity, and particularly child hunger, has been a source of growing social and political concern for the best part of a decade. There are fears that COVID-19, and the economic shutdowns brought in its wake, will make it even worse. This report provides initial findings on the level of food insecurity in the UK, as well as the impact of the pandemic. It is based on a survey of 1,000 parents, the report finds that: levels of child food insecurity in the UK are high – one in four children, 3 million in total, have faced some form of food deprivation in the six months following lockdown; children in families hit worst by the pandemic have suffered most – very low food security is more common and rose significantly for children with parents working in hospitality and leisure, retail and construction, all sectors badly hit by economic shutdown; existing support schemes appear to have made a difference, but have not been adequate to address the problem – reported usage of food banks rose from 8% before the crisis to 11% since, but reported take-up of free school meals went down slightly from 22% to 20%. The study also modelled levels of very low child food security by local authority, producing a national ‘heatmap’. It finds that rates are highest in London, where just under one in five (19%) of children face very low food security, as well as in the South West. In fact, the top three local authorities for estimated child food insecurity are in the East of the capital: Redbridge (25.5%), Tower Hamlets (24.7%) and Newham (23.9%).

Last updated on hub: 10 December 2020

Medicine is a social science: COVID-19 and the tragedy of residential care facilities in high-income countries

Commentary published in BMJ Global Health, 5(8) 2020. Comments on the pandemic spread of COVID-19 in high-income countries that have witnessed an extraordinary high death toll of people living in residential care facilities. Provides insights from a social sciences and public health perspective about infections. Citation: Krones, T., Meyer, G., & Monteverde, S. (2020). Medicine is a social science: COVID-19 and the tragedy of residential care facilities in high-income countries. BMJ Global Health, 5(8), e003172.

Last updated on hub: 13 November 2020

Meeting the transitional care needs of older adults with COVID-19

Journal of Aging and Social Policy

Older adults with COVID-19 who survive hospitalizations and return to their homes confront substantial health challenges and an unpredictable future. While understanding of the unique needs of COVID-19 survivors is developing, components of the evidence-based Transitional Care Model provide a framework for taking a more immediate, holistic response to caring for these individuals as they moved back into the community. These components include: increasing screening, building trusting relationships, improving patient engagement, promoting collaboration across care teams, undertaking symptom management, increasing family caregiver care/education, coordinating health and social services, and improving care continuity. Evidence generated from rigorous testing of these components reveal the need for federal and state policy solutions to support the following: employment/redeployment of nurses, social workers, and community health workers; training and reimbursement of family caregivers; widespread access to research-based transitional care tools; and coordinated local efforts to address structural barriers to effective transitions. Immediate action on these policy options is necessary to more effectively address the complex issues facing these older adults and their family caregivers who are counting on our care system for essential support.

Last updated on hub: 31 August 2020

Memory service assessments: a new way of working

NHS England

This document outlines best practice in delivering safe, person-centred care through a blended model of memory assessment and dementia diagnosis. The COVID-19 pandemic inevitably led to changes in the way Memory Assessment Services (MAS) operate. MAS have had to adapt to provide a safe service during the pandemic, embracing alternative approaches to assessing patients. This includes using telephone and video consultations and providing virtual occupational therapy and neuropsychological testing. This has occurred alongside changing thresholds for investigations like brain scans. Feedback from people living with dementia and their carers was sought on the topic of virtual assessment and digital diagnosis and is reflected throughout this report. The first version of this guidance was published in May 2020. Since then, practice has evolved significantly. This has included revising the terminology. Virtual assessment and digital diagnosis has been adopted and is now used to refer to assessment and diagnosis taking place by telephone or video call. The document covers: general principles; appointment modality; components of diagnostic pathway; managing waiting lists; inclusivity and accessibility; peri-diagnostic and post-diagnostic support; and advance care planning.

Last updated on hub: 04 January 2021

Mencap Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources


Mencap have created a hub of resources for people with a learning disability and families and also for support workers and healthcare professionals working with this group. The hub includes helpful advice and information and covers topics such as: going to hospital, keeping busy and activity ideas, changes to the Care Act, information from other organisations, information for support workers and healthcare professionals.

Last updated on hub: 08 June 2020

Mencap in Kirklees: provider responsiveness

Mencap in Kirklees

Practice example about how Mencap in Kirklees has responded during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue to provide day care services, domiciliary care and residential care for adults with learning disabilities. Also covers some of the challenges and learning points.

Last updated on hub: 16 July 2020

Mental capacity during COVID-19: advice for social care

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Coronavirus (COVID-19) quick guides and webinars about the Mental Capacity Act (MCA).

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020

Mental Health Action Plan

Northern Ireland. Department of Health

This Mental Health Action Plan aims to improve people’s experience of mental health services in Northern Ireland and ensure the health and social care system work better to be able to improve people’s experience. The actions in this plan fall into three broad categories: immediate service developments, longer term strategic objectives and preparatory work for future strategic decisions. The first category aims to provide fixes to immediate problems and immediate service developments where there has been an identified immediate need. This includes, for example, consideration of alternative methods of working for the mental health workforce to respond to the immediate, and significant, workforce pressures. The longer-term strategic objectives aim to fulfil future strategic needs and includes, for example, a workforce review to consider how the mental health workforce should be structured. The third category relates to preparatory work for future strategic directions. This includes, for example, development of an action plan for the use of technology and creating better governance structures. The document also contains a COVID-19 Mental Health Response Plan as an annex, which outlines key areas of intervention during the pandemic to help and support the population as a whole.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Mental health and Covid-19: in our own words

Barnardo's UK

Explores children and young people’s experiences of lockdown and identifies what they will need to support their mental health and wellbeing coming out of this pandemic. The report draws on findings from an in-depth UK-wide survey of more than 100 children and young people supported by Barnardo’s and insights from nearly 150 children and young people, gathered through youth workers’ local networks. It examines the impact of COVID-19, mental health and inequalities, and what worked well during the lockdown, and explores the implications of the pandemic for children and young people in a number of settings and domains, including: spending time with family, keeping contact with friends, routine and structure, education and employment, sleep, exercise and diet, hobbies and leisure, and community-based services and support. The report identifies three priorities for UK decision makers: recognise the disproportionate impact the pandemic and lockdown has had on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing; learn from what children and young people tell us works; and support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing at the earliest possible stage. The report sets out a series of recommendations, calling for a greater involvement of children and young people in ‘recovery planning’ and provision of long term, sustainable funding for the redesign of local support for children, young people and families’ mental health and wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 22 July 2020