During the different phases of the COVID-19, health and social care professionals have had to make many difficult and far reaching decisions. These decisions continue to challenge professionals every day and will do for the foreseeable future.
Whilst the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Public Health Act 1984 provide the legal framework around the control of the pandemic, this legislation often contrasts and conflicts with the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010. Health and social care professionals must comply with and balance all of this legislation.
In order to assist practitioners to make decisions lawfully and ethically, and to feel more confident in their decision-making, we have created a new intensive short course focusing on the impact of and lessons learnt from COVID-19, and the way forward.
During a practical Virtual Classroom, delegates will acquire a better understanding of the legal and ethical framework and consider how these emergency measures layer on top of existing legislation intended to safeguard and promote the safety and wellbeing of all children, young people and adults. Consideration will also be given to the need for good record keeping to enable practitioners to be better placed to defend the difficult decisions they are required to make.
The training session will cover:
- The Human Rights implications
- The legal and ethical framework
- Themes emerging from the pandemic including
- The disproportionate number of BAME population contracting and dying from coronavirus
- The delay/cancellation of diagnosis and treatment in relation to other diseases
- Rapid discharges from hospital to care homes/community
- Impact of lockdown upon community psychiatric care and support
- Failure/ shortfalls in testing, tracking and tracing
- Increase in domestic abuse & domestic homicide
- The impact of COVID-19 upon mental health for staff and general population
- Defendable decision making and the audit trial
Key Learning Points
- Identify the emergency powers and how they are currently affecting children, young people and adults
- Recognise the impact these emergency powers are having on Health and Social Care professionals
- Identify the current themes emerging and the lessons learnt from the pandemic
- Identify top tips for record keeping for defendable decision making
- Apply the knowledge gained to day to day practice and through the remaining phases of COVID-19
- Identify best practice in applying knowledge and skills to discharge your duty of care to meet your safeguarding responsibilities.
These sessions would be suitable for:
- Professionals working with Children
- Professionals working with Adults
- Professionals working in Mental Health
- Provider Organisations