COVID-19 resources on Infection control

Results 21 - 30 of 662

Order by    Date Title

COVID-19: actions for out-of-school settings

Department for Education

Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance explains the actions out-of-school settings should take to manage coronavirus (COVID-19) in their settings. This includes public health advice, endorsed by the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Last updated on hub: 01 March 2022

Out-of-school settings: COVID-19 guidance for parents and carers

Department for Education

This guidance is for parents and carers of children (those who were under the age of 18 on 31 August 2021) who attend: wraparound childcare – for example, breakfast and after-school clubs; holiday clubs; tuition; community activities. This guidance explains the steps parents can take to help manage coronavirus (COVID19) when using these settings for their children. It covers vaccinations, face coverings, tracing and self-isolation.

Last updated on hub: 01 March 2022

Guilt, tears, and burnout-Impact of UK care home restrictions on the mental well-being of staff, families, and residents

Journal of Advanced Nursing

Aims: The aim of this study was to explore the impact of the pandemic on the emotional and mental well-being of family carers, care home staff and residents, in light of changing restrictions, increased testing and vaccination rollout in the UK. Design: Longitudinal, qualitative semi-structured interview study. Methods: Remote semi-structured interviews were conducted with family carers of care home residents with dementia and care home staff from different care homes across the UK. Baseline and follow-up interviews were conducted in October/November 2020 and March 2021, respectively. Data were analysed using inductive thematic analysis involving members of the public with caring experiences. Results: In all, 42 family carers and care home staff participated at baseline, with 20 family carers and staff followed up. This study identified four themes: (1) Developing anger and frustration; (2) Impact on relationships; (3) Stress and burnout; and (4) Behavioural changes, and perceived impact on residents. The mental health of everyone involved, including family carers, care home staff and residents, has been negatively affected, and relationships between family carers and staff have been severely strained. There was a general lack of adequate mental health support, with little relief. Conclusions: The pandemic has had a detrimental impact on the lives of those surrounding care homes—from residents and staff to family carers. Consideration should be given on how to best support the mental health needs of all three groups, by providing adequate easily accessible mental health care for all. This should also focus on rebuilding the relationships between family carers and care home staff. Impact: This is the first paper to highlight the effects of the long-lasting and miscommunicated restrictions on residents, carers and care home staff, and highlight the urgent need for continued mental health support.

Last updated on hub: 22 February 2022

LTCcovid International living report on Covid-19 and long-term care

London School of Economics and Political Science

This live report has been compiled collaboratively by researchers on Long-Term Care all over the world. It aims to: provide an overview of long-term care systems around the world; assess how the people who use and provide long-term care have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; describe the measures adopted to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic in the long-term care sector; compile actions and reforms that countries are adopting to strengthen their care systems and be better prepared for future pandemics and shocks. This report does not seek to provide detailed or comprehensive information for each country, but instead aims to summarise key reports and articles and point the reader towards those. It builds on the country reports previously published in this website, as well as other more recent sources. It is being developed collaboratively, by answering a list of questions for as many countries as possible and updating as new information and research become available.

Last updated on hub: 16 February 2022

Revoking vaccination as a condition of deployment across all health and social care

Department of Health and Social Care

The aim of this consultation is to seek views on government’s intention to revoke provisions within the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (as inserted by the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 and the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) (No.2) Regulations 2022). These regulations place requirements on health and social care providers relating to the vaccination of workers against coronavirus (COVID-19) and, in the case of care homes, individuals entering the care home premises. While vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19, and all people working in health and social care settings have a professional duty to be vaccinated, the view of the government is that it is no longer proportionate to require vaccination as a condition of deployment through statute in health, care homes or other social care settings. The consultation seeks views on the intention to revoke the policy. This consultation closes on 16 February 2022.

Last updated on hub: 15 February 2022

Bearing a disproportionate burden: racial/ethnic disparities in experiences of U.S.-based social workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Social Work: A journal of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

While social workers have served as frontline workers responding to the needs of vulnerable populations during COVID-19 pandemic, little is known about how social work professionals themselves have been impacted. This article explored the impact of COVID-19 on social work professionals’ mental health, physical health, and access to personal protective equipment (PPE). This was a cross-sectional web-based survey of social workers practicing in the United States (N = 3,118); data on demographic and workplace characteristics, physical and mental health, and safety concerns were collected between June and August of 2020. Univariate statistics were used to characterize the sample. Ordinal logistic and multinomial regression were used to achieve the research aims. The majority of participants reported either moderate or severe concerns related to mental (55 percent) and physical (55 percent) health; 36 percent of respondents indicated concerns about PPE access. Respondents’ concerns differed by demographic (e.g., race, age) and workplace characteristics (e.g., setting, role, region). Social workers of color are experiencing COVID-19-related concerns of significantly greater severity relative to their White counterparts. Findings highlight an immediate need to deepen understanding of the factors that contribute to these trends and identify mechanisms to support the frontline social work workforce most impacted.

Last updated on hub: 10 February 2022

Responding to pandemics and other disease outbreaks in homeless populations: a review of the literature and content analysis

Health and Social Care in the Community

Considering the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we recognised a lack of synthesis amongst the available literature pertaining to the intersections of homelessness and pandemic response and planning. Therefore, the purpose of this review was to identify relevant peer-reviewed literature in this area to thematically produce evidence-based recommendations that would inform community planning and response amongst homeless populations. Although this review is inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, our intention was to produce relevant recommendations to for all current and future outbreaks and pandemics more generally. Our search criteria focused on pandemics and rapid-spread illnesses such as contagious respiratory diseases with contact spread and with an emphasis on individuals experiencing homelessness. Content analysis methods were followed to extract and thematically synthesise key information amongst the 223 articles that matched our search criteria between the years of 1984 and 2020. Two reviewers were assigned to the screening process and used Covidence and undertook two rounds of discussion to identify and finalise themes for extraction. This review illustrates that the current breadth of academic literature on homeless populations has thus far focused on tuberculosis (TB) rather than diseases that are more recent and closely related to COVID-19—such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or H1N1. Our thematic content analysis revealed six themes that offer tangible and scalable recommendations which include (1) education and outreach, (2) adapting structure of services, (3) screening and contract tracing, (4) transmission and prevention strategies, (5) shelter protocols and (6) treatment, adherence and vaccination. The breadth and depth of reviews such as these are dependent on the quantity and quality of the available literature. Therefore, the limited existing literature outside of tuberculosis specific to homelessness in this review illustrates a need for more academic research into the intersections of pandemics and homelessness—particularly for evaluations of response and planning. Nonetheless, this review offers timely considerations for pandemic response and planning amongst homeless populations during the current COVID-19 pandemic and can facilitate future research in this area.

Last updated on hub: 09 February 2022

COVID-19: information and guidance for care home settings (adults and older people)

Public Health Scotland

This guidance supports those working in care home settings and users of their services about COVID-19. It should be used for care homes for adults and older people, that is, all care homes registered with the Care Inspectorate, excluding those for children and young people. The guidance covers: measures to prevent transmission of COVID-19; providing care for residents during the pandemic; testing in the care home; management of symptomatic or test positive care home residents; admission of individuals to the care home; staff information; visiting arrangements for family and friends; death certification during the pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 07 February 2022

COVID-19: normalising access in long term residential care facilities (LTRCFs)

Health Protection Surveillance Centre

Residents in Long Term Residential Care Facilities (LTRCFs) have the right to receive visitors to support meaningful contact with family members if they wish to do so and also to participate in the life of the wider community. This document aims to support providers in fulfilling their responsibility by giving guidance to management, staff, residents and relatives to ensure that any restriction on those rights in the context of COVID-19, influenza or other infectious disease are proportionate to the risk at that time. The term LTRCFs encompasses all congregated care settings where people are intended to remain for extended periods including nursing homes, certain mental health facilities and community housing units for people with disabilities. Timely communication in a manner appropriate to the individual resident will include an overview of the proposed visiting arrangements and any updates or changes that may occur in accordance with Government policy, public health/infection control advice. This document replaces COVID-19: Normalising visiting in Long Term Residential Care Facilities (LTRCFs) V 1.3.

Last updated on hub: 07 February 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19): residential and secure childcare

Scottish Government

This guidance is for organisations and their staff working in residential children’s houses, residential schools, secure care and residential respite/short break services for children and young people. It supports the management of these services, taking account of local guidance and the public health guidance. The guide covers: staffing issues; public health measures; supporting children and young people; caring for a child or young person with possible or confirmed COVID-19; moving between care placements; residential respite/short break settings; Test and Protect in residential care; family visits and visits by professionals; summary of changes.

Last updated on hub: 01 February 2022

Order by    Date Title