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Achieving residential care business success: moving beyond COVID-19


Coming from a range of backgrounds of working and investing in residential care provision, the panellists in this webinar offer practical ideas on how residential care businesses can move through the coronavirus crisis as well sharing their views on the future of the market. The webinar provides advice and guidance on a multitude of topics, including: new care home design and layout trends to boost enquiry conversions and infection control; the power technology is having on restoring consumer confidence when placing a loved one; and new staffing processes that are been implemented to boost compliance and minimise risk.

Last updated on hub: 13 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

Impact of Covid-19 research: UK findings

Family Fund

Sets out findings from a research study to understand how the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting families raising disabled or seriously ill children in the UK, and their immediate concerns and needs. The paper is based on the results of two waves of online surveys, as well as in-depth interviews with a sample of families – the sample for the second survey consists of 2,531 families raising 3,279 disabled or seriously ill children. Key findings include: half of families have lost income as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak and more than three quarters are experiencing increased household costs; many families are seeing any saving they had rapidly diminishing, with nearly three quarters of families now having no savings to fall back on; the situation around accessing essentials such as food and toiletries is improving, but many families are still going without; the availability of both informal and formal support for disabled or seriously ill children has hugely reduced, with limited signs of improvements since the lockdown began; the mental health and wellbeing of the majority of disabled or seriously ill children, as well as parent carers, is being negatively impacted, and showing signs of deteriorating as the lockdown continues; the biggest concerns for families are around educating and entertaining their disabled or seriously ill children at home and their children’s health and wellbeing. in turn, the priority items they require are things that can assist in educating and entertaining their children, as well as help meeting the cost of household essentials over the coming months.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) supplementary national violence against women guidance

Scottish Government

This supplementary guidance aims to ensure a sustainable, joined-up approach to safeguarding the needs of women, children and young people experiencing VAWG during COVID-19 is embedded at a local strategic level. The guide aims to ensure local decision-makers are aware of the suite of COVID-19 guidance that has been developed nationally and that may be relevant to supporting women, children and young people affected by VAWG, and to tackling perpetrators of that abuse; highlight risks to women, children and young people affected by VAWG in the short term (during periods of lockdown and other social restrictions), medium term (as restrictions are lifted and we move towards recovery), and long term (as partners transition to a ‘new normal’); and support local decision-makers to identify short-, medium- and long-terms actions to mitigate risks as a result of COVID-19 and begin to support early planning for the post-pandemic period in order to ensure recovery needs are recognised and addressed at a strategic level.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

How is COVID-19 changing the relationship between communities and public services?

Local Trust

This report summarises findings from an event held by the Local Trust and the New Local Government Network (NLGN) on the changing relationship between communities and public services during and beyond COVID-19. The session explored how community responses to COVID-19 might disrupt the current relationship between communities and public services and how they could begin to shape a different dynamic in which residents have more power and control over what happens in their area. The paper shows that in local pandemic responses, the partnership between public services and communities has become stronger; digital technology is bringing public services and communities closer together; sector lines have become blurred, with local businesses stepping up to help public services and fellow members of the community; and community activism presents a real opportunity for public services and communities to unlock community power.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Adult social care funding reform: developments since July 2019 (England)

House of Commons Library

This briefing paper provides a summary of recent developments since July 2019 concerning the reform of adult social care in England. It examines the Government’s current position to seek a cross-party consensus in order to bring forward proposals for reform of how people pay for adult social care; the delays to cross-party talks as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak; and the Government’s latest pledge to press ahead with the reform in light of the lessons from the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Briefing on individuals with NRPF who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness and destitution during the COVID-19 pandemic

Project 17

Considers the implications of the COVID-19 crisis for individuals who are unable to access social housing or most welfare benefits due to their ‘no recourse to public funds’ (NRPF) immigration status. Without the safety net of social security, these individuals are at high risk of homelessness, destitution and exploitation, and are therefore particularly vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic. The paper focuses in particular on education, social care, domestic abuse and health. It provides brief outlines of the issues with the current provision of services in each area and the impact that the lack of access to support has on families with NRPF. The paper sets out suggested questions to help local authorities and the government to reflect on their current practices, their responses to the pandemic and how they support individuals with NRPF status, and future plans.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Reimagining the future of health and social care: how to learn the lessons from the Covid-19 crisis for a next generation health and care system

Royal Society of Arts

This report considers how the lessons from the Covid-19 crisis can help inform and shape the transformation of the health and social care system in England. The pandemic has acted as a real-time experiment of the capacity of the health and care system, highlighting the need for: greater connection between health and social care systems, social care on an equal footing with health care, agile and adaptive leadership, clear public health messaging, greater professional autonomy, addressing health inequality, digital access and literacy, flexible access to resources, including local and community assets, and effective deployment of new technology and data insights to support efficient responses. The paper explores three feasible scenarios for change: pandemic NHS – all health and social care activities are pivoted to ensure that as and when another pandemic hits, the NHS can respond effectively and efficiently; system stasis – returning the health and social care system to normal is the critical activity; and care horizons – a greater period of reflection and review of what happened during the pandemic leads to far greater integration between health and social care. The report explores how to take the best elements from these very different scenarios and recommends both immediate actions to build on the successes in responding to the pandemic and a national process of deliberative engagement with embedded consent amongst professionals, people with lived experience and the public more widely as a foundation for a new health and care settlement for England.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

The Health Service and Social Care Workers (Scrutiny of Coronavirus-related Deaths) Directions 2020

Department of Health and Social Care

These directions ensure that NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts seek and prioritise the services of medical examiners to scrutinise the deaths of health service and adult social care staff from coronavirus. Examiners are required to consider whether there is reason to suspect that the death was a result of the person being exposed to coronavirus during the course of their NHS or social care work

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020

Coronavirus: the lockdown laws

House of Commons Library

This Commons Library briefing paper describes the law enforcing the UK's coronavirus lockdown, covering social distancing, self-isolation and shielding. It discusses police enforcement of the lockdown and legal commentary of the lockdown rules.

Last updated on hub: 13 July 2020