A COVID-19 Social Care Taskforce Report has been published to increase resilience in the sector and help save lives this winter.
The report marks the completion of the work of the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce, which was set up in June to oversee the delivery of the Social Care Action Plan and the Care Home Support Plan.
The taskforce, which has been led by David Pearson, former President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) (pictured), was also asked to support the government’s work on community outbreaks and provide local advice and support on reducing risk infection in care homes and the wider social care sector.
The report sets out 52 recommendations based on learning from the first phase of the pandemic. They range from ‘quick wins’ to consideration of topics that will require a degree of more substantial change and/or additional resource.
It considers the provision of personal protective equipment, COVID-19 testing arrangements, the winter flu vaccination programme, infection prevention and control, and issues of funding, and examines a number of issues relating to the workforce and family carers, including how best to restrict the movement of people between care and health settings.
Among other themes, the taskforce reviewed the role of clinical support within the sector, the availability and application of insights from data, and implications of inspection and regulation.
Commenting on the report, Kathy Roberts, chair of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), said: “We have worked closely with the government, in good faith that these recommendations will be carried out in a timely way to make sure that social care providers are supported to manage many of the challenges they will face in the coming months.
“Now that the report is published, there is a real need for clarification of the next steps, and how the recommendations in the report will be prioritised, funded, and implemented.”