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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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Adapting Service Delivery

Dania Hanif

Published: March 30, 2020

Information from SCVO on adapting services to digital and remote channels Key principles Start with user needs – spend time understanding what your service users need to do, and which digital channels they find easy to use. See this guide from Cast on the principles behind developing good digital services. Remember the need to protect privacy and support good…

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Letter from the SoS to the Social Care Workforce

Dania Hanif

Published: March 30, 2020

Letter from Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock to the social care workforce thanking them for their help on coronavirus so far.

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Guidance for the Public on Mental Health and Wellbeing

Dania Hanif

Published: March 30, 2020

This guide provides advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For wider guidance on how to protect yourself and others, and actions to take if you think you may have contracted the virus please see Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do Read the guidance here.

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Weekly Sector Announcements

Dania Hanif

Published: March 27, 2020

Sector Announcements for week ending 27 March Secretary of State letter to local authority commissioners of adult social care (PDF) – 19 March – Department of Health and Social Care Letter from SoS Matt Hancock to chief executives. £1.6bn of funding to go to local authorities to help respond to COVID-19 pressures across all services.…

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Guidance for the role and use of non-invasive respiratory support in adult patients with coronavirus

Dania Hanif

Published: March 27, 2020

This document should be used to guide clinicians on the appropriate use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), non-invasive ventilation (NIV, here referring to bilevel positive airway pressure, BiPAP) and high flow nasal oxygen (HFNO, such as OptiflowTM) in patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. Published evidence, clinical guidelines and personal communications with colleagues in…

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