COVID-19 resources on infection control

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Guidance: Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund

Department of Health and Social Care

This document sets out the infection control measures that the infection control fund will support and aims to answer questions received from local government and care providers about the Fund. The main purpose of this fund is to support adult social care providers to reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission in and between care homes. A smaller percentage of the fund can be used to support domiciliary care providers and wider workforce resilience to deal with COVID-19 infections. Information on the distribution of grant allocations to local authorities and reporting requirements are included as annexes.

Last updated on hub: 10 June 2020

Guidelines for preventing respiratory illness in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

The findings of a rapid review of clinical practice guidelines to identify infection protection and control measures for preventing respiratory viruses (including coronavirus and influenza) in older adults aged 60 years and older in long-term care settings. The review found, that recommendations from current guidelines seem to support environmental measures for infection prevention and antiviral chemoprophylaxis for infection management as the most appropriate first-line response to viral respiratory illness in long-term care. The review notes that the findings should be treated with caution as it is unclear how many of these guidelines are based on the best available evidence due to their poor overall quality.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 2020

Helping adult day centres to ‘unlock lockdown’. Part 1: planning practically for re-opening

King's College London

This document covers some of the practicalities of re-opening adult day centres as COVID-19 control measures are eased. It draws on guidance related to the pandemic, on broader guidance relating to social care, and relevant advice and action points for regulated settings (such as early years day care and care homes), some of which is also relevant to adult day centres. There is strong evidence that attending a day centre brings quality of life and so, despite risks, enabling people to have the choice of going to a day centre is something worthwhile. The document covers: infection control; communications; supporting service users, carers, staff and volunteers, and centre managers and coordinators; final things that managers and coordinators are likely to want to consider doing before re-opening; practical scenario planning tool. Part 2 of these guidance prompts reflection on what has happened during lockdown, what else centre managers and coordinators may wish to think about, the process of moving forwards and any learning that will be helpful for the future. Individual sections can be completed according to the stage you are in.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Helping adult day centres to ‘unlock lockdown’. Part 2: reflecting about what has happened, our ‘journey’ during closure and the future of our service

King's College London

This tool prompts adult day centre managers and coordinators to reflect on what has happened during COVID-19 lockdown, the process of moving forwards and any learning that will be helpful for the future. There is strong evidence that day centres are valued by the people who attend and that they improve their quality of life. They help people to stay living at home and provide family members with help in their caring role. They play an important part in preventing loneliness and social isolation. They can also be part of the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The reflective points suggested in this tool may help mangers and coordinators think about the reasons for making this effort to restarting the recovery journey. Part 1 of this guidance covers some of the practicalities of re-opening, focusing on infection control, communications, supporting service users, carers, staff and volunteers, and planning.

Last updated on hub: 06 July 2020

Helping to prevent infection: a quick guide for managers and staff in care homes

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A quick guide for managers and staff in care homes about helping to prevent infection

Last updated on hub: 08 January 2018

Home care for patients with COVID-19 presenting with mild symptoms and management of their contacts: interim guidance

World Health Organization

This rapid advice is intended to guide public health and infection prevention and control professionals, health care managers and health care workers when addressing issues related to home care for patients with suspected COVID-19 who present with mild symptoms and when managing their contacts. The guidance is based on evidence about COVID-19 and the feasibility of implementing infection prevention and control measures at home.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Home learning during the Covid-19 lockdown: the impact of school closures on care experienced children

Adoption UK

This report examines the challenges of supporting vulnerable children’s learning during the COVID-19 lockdown and makes recommendations for the months ahead. To find out about the impact of school closures on care experienced children, a week-long survey was carried out in April for parents and carers of care-experienced children who would normally be in school. There were 674 responses, which form the basis for this report. The survey revealed that the lockdown has had significant impacts on families, both positive and negative. Some have reported severe challenges, including increases in challenging behaviour, violence and aggression, and concerns about the mental wellbeing of both children and adults in the household. However, some families have reaped positive benefits, enjoying spending more time with their children and having more conversations with them, with many reporting that their children seem calmer without the stress of school. The report argues that planning now for the re-opening of school settings is crucial. It recommends that Governments in all four nations of the UK provide additional funding and resources to help schools support children, include support with learning and with wellbeing. In addition, specific guidance should be given to schools about supporting care experienced children and those with special and additional learning needs during school closures.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 2020

Homeless and forgotten: surviving lockdown in temporary accommodation

Shelter England.

This research reveals the total number of people who spent lockdown in temporary accommodation, and shares the experiences of over 20 households who told us what it was like to be homeless in a pandemic. Temporary accommodation (TA) is the name given to the accommodation that is often offered to people who seek help from their council as they are homeless, eligible for help and owed ‘a rehousing duty’. The report starts by setting out new findings on the number of people who were living in temporary accommodation during lockdown. It then describes what it is like to live in temporary accommodation, before moving on to people’s experience of lockdown and the impact it had on them. It then sets out the changes needed to ensure that, as life gets back to normal, everybody has the right to a safe home. There were over a quarter of a million (253,620) homeless people living in temporary accommodation in England during the first national lockdown This works out as an estimated 1 in 222 people were homeless and living in temporary accommodation. Families, especially single parent households, are overrepresented among homeless people in temporary accommodation. During the lockdown, people in TA found it difficult to keep safe due to physical proximity; to meet lockdown rules and stay safe; and to meet basic needs. Almost all (20 out of 21) of the interviewees said that their or their partner’s mental health had been negatively affected by living in TA. Most people (20 out of 21) also reported that their or their partner’s physical health had also been negatively affected by living in the accommodation. Children experienced a negative impact on education and development; lack of safe space to play; impact on mental health and behaviour; impact on physical health.

Last updated on hub: 22 December 2020

How can pandemic spreads be contained in care homes?

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

A rapid review of evidence to examine how pandemic spreads, such as the coronavirus, can be contained in care homes. It considers: human resources, nursing activities and medication, and external visitors. The review, carried out on behalf of the Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service Team, found that the effectiveness of infection control measures is dependent upon a number of factors and a combination of strategies. The most significant factors were identified as: hand hygiene, environmental cleaning and decontamination and cleaning, avoiding staff rotation and allocating staff to one facility consistently, restricting visitors, and testing which creates rapid response to contain and prevent further spread.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

How care homes managed infection prevention and control during the coronavirus pandemic 2020

Care Quality Commission

Effective infection prevention and control (IPC) is essential to protect people from COVID-19. This report sets out the learning relating to IPC from CQC inspections across 440 care home in August and at the beginning of September 2020. Inspectors looked at assurance overall and across 8 questions: Are all types of visitors prevented from catching and spreading infection? Are shielding and social distancing rules complied with? Are people admitted into the service safely? Does the service use PPE effectively to safeguard staff and people using services? Is there adequate access and take up of testing for staff and people using services? Do the layout of premises, use of space and hygiene practice promote safety? Do staff training, practices and deployment show the service can prevent and/or manage outbreaks? Is the IPC policy up-to-date and implemented effectively to prevent and control infection? Across the 440 care homes, the inspectors found: a high level of assurance in the 8 questions; assurance in all 8 questions at 288 of the 440; the 2 areas with the most gaps in assurance were effective use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and having up-to-date policies.

Last updated on hub: 25 November 2020

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