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Keeping our Workforce Well: Supporting the VCSE Mental Health Sector

Dania Hanif

Published: June 30, 2020

Kathy Roberts, Chief Executive, Association of Mental Health Providers Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health and Trustee, The Association The coronavirus pandemic has put pressure on mental health across society, and it brings especial challenges for the health and care workforce. Significant attention has been paid to the emotional and psychological needs of…

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Guest Blog: Governance During Covid-19

Dania Hanif

Published: June 10, 2020

– Anna Barnes, Chair, Seaview I have been chair of Seaview, an open access health and well-being centre in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, since 2013 but involved with and supported the charity for over 35 years. On a usual day, we can work with up to 100 people. It feels like a very…

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Response to PHE BME Review

Dania Hanif

Published: June 5, 2020

The review into the disparities in risks and outcomes by Public Health England has officially stated what has been long known to many – vulnerable groups, those facing the severest of health inequalities, are being disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. These health inequalities are not a new phenomenon and have existed in society since before…

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Mental Health Response Fund

Dania Hanif

Published: April 16, 2020

Due to the high number of applications the Fund’s Governance Group has taken the decision to pause the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) to new applications from 5pm on Wednesday 13th May. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Any applications already received, or received before this date, will be assessed at the next…

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New Briefing on COVID-19 and Impact on VCSE Mental Health Sector

Dania Hanif

Published: April 15, 2020

The Association has published a new briefing paper on the impact of COVID-19 on the VCSE mental health provider sector. COVID-19 and the VCSE Mental Health Sector, is a live briefing document based on the experiences of our members and outlines the impact of the pandemic on their services and the people that they work…

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Supporting Mental Health in Communities During Covid-19: Bringing VCSE and Statutory Services Together

Dania Hanif

Published: April 3, 2020

The global coronavirus outbreak is putting the mental as well as physical health of people around the world under strain. For people with existing mental health difficulties, this may be especially pronounced, at a time when mental health services are stretched and coping with higher sickness absence due to the virus. Across the UK, voluntary…

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Guidance on Infection Prevention and Control

Dania Hanif

Published: April 2, 2020

This guidance outlines the infection prevention and control advice for health and social care providers involved in receiving, assessing and caring for patients who are a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19. It should be used in conjunction with local policies. On 2 April 2020, the main changes to previous guidance are: enhanced PPE recommendations for a wide…

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Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Dania Hanif

Published: April 2, 2020

This revised guidance concerns use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by health and social care workers, in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. It supersedes previous PPE guidance. This guidance relates solely to considerations of PPE, represents one section of infection prevention and control guidance for COVID-19 and should be used in conjunction with local policies. Read…

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LGA Briefing - Protecting Vulnerable People

Dania Hanif

Published: April 1, 2020

Many councils will already have made significant progress in developing systems to support and protect people who are vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 emergency, and this note is therefore intended to assist them by providing a point of cross-reference. Website Link

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IAPT Guide for Delivering Treatment Remotely

Dania Hanif

Published: April 1, 2020

This guidance is for IAPT providers and their clinical teams who are planning for the continued delivery of IAPT services via non face-to-face methods. It is intended to support the contingency planning already underway for a range of resource-constrained scenarios. It will be updated as required.

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Care Act Easements

Dania Hanif

Published: April 1, 2020

This guidance sets out how Local Authorities can use the new Care Act easements, created under the Coronavirus Act 2020, to ensure the best possible care for people in our society during this exceptional period. Read the new guidance for Local Authorities here.

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Letter to SoS Matt Hancock from the LGA and ADASS

Dania Hanif

Published: March 31, 2020

A joint letter from the Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to the Secretary of State regarding PPE provision for the adult social care sector was sent on 27 March.

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