CQC recognise the intense pressure on health and care providers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the increased risks to staff and people who use services, whether they have tested positive for COVID-19 infection or not.
Although they have paused routine inspections, the regulatory role and core purpose of keeping people safe has not changed – safety is still their priority. They have therefore developed an emergency support framework that they will follow during the pandemic. – Find out more
🔹 Coronavirus (COVID-19): health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce
Advice for those working in adult social care on managing your mental health and how employers can take care of the wellbeing of their staff during the coronavirus outbreak. – Find out more.
🔹 Coronavirus (COVID-19): adult social care action plan
How the government will support the adult social care sector in England throughout the Coronavirus outbreak. Published on 15 April 2020 – Download the Adult Social Care Plan
Digital Social Care has published lots of guidance and advice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on how technology can be used to support staff and the people they care for. They have also set up a new helpline to help providers access practical advice to troubleshoot a technical problem or give in-depth one-to-one support. The helpline is open Monday–Friday 9:00–17:00 and can be contacted either by telephone 0208 133 3430 or email.
🔹 COVID-19: Free-of-charge DBS applications and fast-track Barred List check service
🔹Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding – guidance for businesses
🔹Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance
Doctors of The World have shared COVID-19 guidance for patients produced in 21 languages: English, Albanian, Dari, French, Pashto, Portuguese, Bengali, Vietnamese, Kurdish Sorani is available at the moment, but more languages coming soon: Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Malayalam, Turkish, Farsi, Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali.
The guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information and was produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice.
🔹COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care
This new framework, published by the Department of Health and Social Care, offers guidance on ethical considerations for local authorities and adult social care professionals planning their response to COVID-19. It’s aimed at planners and strategic policy makers at local, regional and national level to support planning and organisation of adult social care in response to COVID-19 –
access the framework.
🔹 Social care provider resilience during COVID-19: guidance to commissioners
This guidance to local authority commissioners on social care provider resilience during COVID-19 is from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA). Social care providers might find this guidance useful as it picks up on points that we know are a concern.
🔹 Skills for Care COVID-19: new dedicated webpages
Skills for care have created a webpage to keep you updated with the latest information and guidance for the adult social care sector – access the page.
There is also a dedicated webpage for social workers – access the page. Both pages will be regularly updated with the latest information
🔹 SCIE Guidance for Social Care
Advice for councils and care providers as the government works to delay the spread of COVID-19 – see guidance for Social Care.
NICE is supporting the NHS and social care to respond quickly to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve brought together information that may help you – Find out more.
Free to access to all staff in the health and social care sector. Resources are continually being added including those for end of life care and staff wellbeing and resilience.
Offer support, advice and information when someone dies. They have lots of resources to help deal with grief and bereavement including coping with grieving in isolation, dealing with your own and other’s emotions and more practical advice around funerals and planning.
Skills for Care – 19 resources for providers
Skills for Care have identified the training that remains a priority during this period to ensure there is a skilled and competent workforce. This is not all the training that is usually undertaken. This approach is supported by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
🔹 Skills for Care – COVID-19 resources to support registered managers
Skills for Care have set up an advice line for registered managers and recorded a series of short webinars on a range of topics in response to the challenge of managing services during the pandemic. WhatsApp groups have been set up to support registered manager networks that can’t meet face to face at the moment, contact network chairs or Carol and Jez, Skills for Care Locality Managers to join Greater Manchester based networks and WhatsApp groups – Find out more.