There is no return to yesterday
Social services have adapted rapidly to the disruption of COVID-19, says Tony Hunter. As we emerge from the crisis, we need to think about what lessons we should learn and how we can harness data to make better social care decisions.
The challenge of discharging post COVID-19 patients - an OT perspective
Councils need to focus on ensuring their services are in as good a shape as possible for the incoming wave of need. OT can play a significant part in this, says Nikki Thompson.
Pan-London partnership for PPE launched
A new pan-London partnership has been established to provide personal protective equipment or care homes and other frontline services.
Covid-19 care homes deaths 51% higher than estimated
The number of care home residents who have died from coronavirus is more than 50% higher than previously estimated, figures today have revealed.
Councils face £10bn funding 'black hole'
Councils could be forced to cut billions from social care services due to a £10bn 'coronavirus black hole,' Labour has warned today.
A ‘trusted national database of volunteers’ can support councils during COVID-19
RVS has provided a radical way to mobilise a volunteer army to help councils and the NHS provide support during the pandemic using the GoodSAM app. Rebecca Kennelly talks to Ann McGauran.
Government to ramp up PPE supply
The Government has announced that it is ramping up its efforts to procure and produce personal protective equipment (PPE).
ONS - COVID-19 death rates significantly higher for social care workers
Men and women working in social care both have significantly raised rates of death involving COVID-19, according to new analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Paying the price for Government’s mixed messages
In a 'killer blow' Jenrick has issued his caveat, says Heather Jameson. The Government will only pay for the ‘specific tasks’ it has handed down in relation to COVID-19. 'This is not just penny pinching, it is playing with people’s lives', she adds.
The new frontline of the COVID-19 battle
The new president of ADASS James Bullion calls on the Government and the NHS to protect social care at all costs - and says they need to support the coordination of integrated local approaches to testing, led by councils in partnership with the NHS.
Creating success from a crisis
When we are all heads down and dealing with the current coronavirus crisis, how do we make sure we learn from it and harness what really matters? Benjamin Taylor offers some ideas.
A system of finance that’s ready for extinction
Heather Jameson says the current system of local government finance ‘looks more and more like it was designed by dinosaurs and is due for extinction’.
Councils must urgently allocate funding to social care providers, report warns
Funding given to local authorities to deal with the coronavirus crisis must urgently get through to independent adult social care services, a new report has warned.
Crisis should spark social care reform - report
The Government has been urged to use the coronavirus crisis to undertake long-term social care reform.
IPPR calls for pay parity for care workers
Healthcare could face a staffing crisis after it was revealed on in five healthcare professionals are more likely to leave following the pandemic.
Safeguard the frontline: practise what you preach
Throughout this crisis, local government has done an extraordinary job, all with just a fraction of their costs covered, writes Heather Jameson. 'But Government must abide by its own mantra. Protect the NHS - and all frontline staff. Save Lives.'
Positives we can take from the COVID-19 pandemic
It’s taken a crisis for people to recognise the vital roles performed by street cleaners and social care staff, as well as supermarket workers and delivery drivers, writes Claire Kober.
Concern grows as carers face drastic PPE shortage
Carers on the hidden frontline are continuing to work without a guaranteed future supply of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), putting them at risk of dying.
Councils urged to help struggling care providers
Care minister Helen Whately has urged local authorities to use government funding to help any providers who are struggling.
Government under pressure over PPE 'scandal'
Central Government is coming under increasing pressure to resolve issues getting personal protection equipment (PPE) to workers on the frontline.