COVID-19 resources on Infection control

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): care home support package

Department of Health and Social Care

Outlines the Government plan to prevent and control COVID-19 in all registered care homes. It uses evidence brought together by Public Health England and draws on the insights of care providers. It includes information on infection control, a comprehensive testing programme, additional funding to local authorities and £600 million allocated to support care providers through a new adult social care infection control fund. The guidance includes an annex on what care homes can do to restrict workforce movement and minimising workforce transmission. [Published 15/05/2020. Last updated 1 April 2021].

Last updated on hub: 18 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for hospital social work with adults during Covid-19

British Association of Social Workers England

This guidance provides a professional risk framework to prepare for face to face social work in hospitals with adult patients, families or carers during Covid-19. It focuses on planning for and managing risk during coronavirus (Covid-19), whether with adults who are Covid-19 positive, negative or infection status unknown. It includes advice on planning a face to face encounter with a hospital adult patient, family or carer, such as liaising with other agencies, evaluating level of risk, and talking patients, families and carers about risk precautions. Developed by the British Association of Social Workers, the guidance is based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Ethical decision-making in the face of Covid-19

International Federation of Social Workers

The coronavirus (COVID 19) crisis is challenging social workers as they continue to carry out their professional roles. In the context of a shortage of resources and a lack of safety equipment, social workers are having to make difficult decisions about in-person contacts with their clients. This document highlights ethical principles from the International Federation of Social Workers and provides a series of questions to guide social workers through resolving the dilemma of balancing public health directives and guidelines and ethical obligations to clients.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

COVID-19: staying at home and away from others (social distancing) guidance for young people

Public Health England

Guidance for young people on social distancing and what they can do to look after their wellbeing whilst staying at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes advice about keeping in contact with friends and family whilst at home and for young people who have divorced or separated parents.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Infection control e-learning course

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Video-based, easy-to-navigate, essential e-learning to help organisations prevent the spread of infection.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

Moving practice online: knowledge exchange for social service practitioners adapting to the covid -19 context

A summary of responses to a knowledge exchange held with social service practitioners in New Zealand on how they were adapting their practice to ensure physical distancing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Practitioners described many ways that their processes, practices and technologies were changing in order to continue their work. The document provides a brief overview paragraph summarising each area of practice adaptation and a list of ideas from practitioners. Four areas of practice adaptation are covered: engaging in direct practice - including managing potential risks related to heightened family stresses and the possibilities of family violence; managing service user pathways, including managing new referrals; ethical and cultural issue, such as balancing user needs with the need to reduce the spread of the virus; and staff issues relating to staff protections, work practices that reduce spread of the virus.

Last updated on hub: 07 May 2020

Preventing respiratory illness in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

This rapid overview of reviews identifies evidence from systematic reviews on infection protection and control measures for preventing respiratory illness (including coronavirus and influenza) in older adults aged 60 years and above living in long-term care. The results of the included systematic reviews suggest that high quality evidence supports treating residents with antiviral chemoprophylaxis with adamantine, as well as adamantine in combination with personal protective equipment. For the rest of the strategies, there was either no evidence of effectiveness (e.g., social isolation) or mixed evidence of effectiveness (e.g., rimantadine, zanamivir, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment). The mixed evidence on hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment does not imply these should not be used in outbreaks.

Last updated on hub: 06 May 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

Age-friendly health systems design to address COVID-19

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Advice to help limit the exposure of older adults to coronavirus (COVID-19) by reducing their need to present to the hospital, reducing hospitalisations and, if hospitalised or in post-acute or long-term care community, increase the rate of safe discharges. It provides advice for professionals working in the community, in emergency departments and hospitals, and in long-term care.

Last updated on hub: 05 May 2020

The need to include assisted living in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

The risk of complications and death from COVID-19 is markedly skewed toward older adults. In the United States and many other countries, nursing homes are not the only congregate setting that serves older adults with underlying chronic medical conditions. More so, they have been a shrinking component of the residential long-term care system, with some of the largest growth having been in assisted living. Assisted living communities are not the same as nursing homes. In fact, there are several distinct components of assisted living that make this a unique setting and one not to be ignored in relation to COVID-19 planning and response. This editorial summarises key differences between nursing homes and assisted living and their related implications for care during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last updated on hub: 05 May 2020

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