Covid-19 Mental Welfare Commission advice and information: updated 5 October

From the Mental Welfare Commission

The Mental Welfare Commission is being contacted for advice on mental health care and treatment related to this pandemic

In light of this we have produced this updated advice note (version 16) for practitioners who are using the Mental Health Act and Adults with Incapacity Act when caring for patients. We have also updated our information for people using services and their family/carers (version 4).

Please read these and share them with those who may find them helpful. Please also note that they are updated frequently as the situation develops. We will issue updates, but please also check our website for the latest version.

We hope you find this helpful and ask that you email us at enquiries@mwcscot.org.uk if you have any questions or comments.

You can find the Advice Note here.

You can find the information for people using services and their family/carers here.

With our staff now all working from home, please also see here for details of contacting the Commission at this time.

Community engagement

From Susan Austin, Community Engagement Officer, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Our website has a new section on Engaging Differently, to share tips, information and case study examples on how to meaningfully engage with communities at a distance. In addition to digital, we’re also interested in re-purposing and adapting existing tools and approaches. Here’s a link to the site:

Susan Austin

Community Engagement Officer
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Community Engagement
St Roque
Astley Ainslie Hospital
133 Grange Loan
Edinburgh
EH9 2HL
t: 0131 446 4322
m: 07929026574

New guidance on repurposing medicines during COVID-19

The Care Inspectorate and NHS Scotland have produced updated guidance for care homes and hospices on repurposing prescription medicines during the pandemic.

Our fortnightly report to the Scottish Parliament

Under the duties placed on us by the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act, we report to the Scottish Parliament fortnightly on our inspections activity. 

In order to robustly assess the arrangements put in place by care services to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our inspections place a particular focus on infection prevention and control, personal protective equipment and staffing in care settings.  This enables us to focus on these areas while also considering the overall quality of care and people’s wellbeing.  The reports we lay before Parliament are in addition to our normal process of publishing full inspection reports, which we will publish in due course. 

The report laid before the Scottish Parliament on 16 September is here. 

Restrictive practices and cyber-crime in today’s Care Inspectorate update

Supporting improvement in the use of restrictive practices

The Care Inspectorate aspires to people experiencing person-led, outcome-focused care that respects their rights, and reflects the Health and Social Care Standards and recommendations from the Independent Care Review. We work collaboratively with organisations and the care sector to share good practice and support and spread improvement and innovation around Scotland.

We are a member of the Scottish Network for Reduction of Restrictive Practices (SNRRP). The SNRRP recognises that the use of restrictive practices with vulnerable people presents a systemic challenge and needs cross-sector, whole-system collaboration. Its aim is to eliminate the misuse of restrictive practices in Scotland as far as possible and ensure that when used, it is done safely and in a culture of openness and transparency with respect for people’s human rights. 

We are also a member of the Scottish Physical Restraint Action Group (SPRAG).  This aspires to bring about more effective, empathic, loving ways of holding children, young people and the adults who care for them in the residential child care sector. The aim is to offer relationally rich environments, populated by adults equipped with the requisite skills, knowledge and ways of being with children. If you would like to join the SPRAG, please contact gordon.main@strath.ac.uk or sarah.deeley@strath.ac.uk.

Sign up for the CyberScotland bulletin

The Cyber Resilience COVID-19 Bulletin was set up to provide guidance relating to scams during the pandemic. The Scottish Government now plans to adapt the bulletin to cover a greater scope of cyber security and cyber resilience topics. The bulletin will continue to provide information about the latest threats, scams, news and updates.

The next CyberScotland Bulletin will be available on a new website from 1 October 2020. If you would like to receive these, you can subscribe to the CyberScotland mailing list.

Covid-19 Mental Welfare Commission Advice Note (updated 11 September)

From the Mental Welfare Commission

The Mental Welfare Commission is being contacted for advice on mental health care and treatment related to this pandemic.

In light of this we have produced this updated advice note (version 15) for practitioners who are using the Mental Health Act and Adults with Incapacity Act when caring for patients.

Please read this Advice Note and share it with colleagues who may find it helpful. Please also note that it will likely be updated frequently as the situation develops. We will issue updates, but please also check our website for the latest version.

We hope you find this helpful and ask that you email us at enquiries@mwcscot.org.uk if you have any questions or comments.

You can find the Advice Note here.

With our staff now all working from home, please also see here for details of contacting the Commission at this time.

Keep up-to-date with the progress of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

From the Scottish Government

Dear colleagues,

As you will be aware, the Deputy First Minister confirmed on 20 November 2019 that a Bill would be introduced in this Parliamentary session to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

The Scottish Government is committed to a revolution in children’s rights, and this Bill represents a significant step on the road to fully realising the rights of all children and young people in Scotland. By incorporating the UNCRC the Scottish Government will deliver a fundamental shift in the way children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in Scotland, ensuring that children’s rights are built into the fabric of decision-making in Scotland and that these rights can be enforced in the courts.

Please find attached a letter from John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, providing a more detailed update on the Bill. Further information about all of the measures provided for in the Bill can also be found on our UNCRC webpage here.

If you would like more information about what the Bill does or you would like to speak to the Bill Team you can get in touch by emailing UNCRCIncorporation@gov.scot.

Many thanks,

UNCRC Incorporation Bill Team

Download letter from John Swinney

UK Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance for the remobilisation of health and care services

The Scottish Government’s Chief Nursing Officer has issued a letter following the publication of UK-wide IPC guidance for the remobilisation of health and care services on Friday 21 August 2020.

The guidance has been issued jointly by Department of Health and Social Care, Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland, Public Health England and NHS England.

Tackling violence against women and girls during Covid-19

COSLA media release

New guidance for local authorities

Councils will get more support to deal with increased levels of domestic abuse and gender-based violence during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

New guidance developed in partnership with COSLA will help women and children continue to get the best support that they deserve.

The guidance signposts to local resources, and assists decision-makers in identifying women and children at risk as well as the short, medium and long term steps they can take to support their recovery and wellbeing.

The guidance is part of a range of measures introduced to tackle higher levels of abuse and violence, including a £1.5 million funding package for the women’s aid and rape crisis network. It will help to maximise the effective protection and provision of support for those experiencing gender-based violence, both during this immediate crisis period and in the longer term.

Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie said:

“I am both saddened and shocked that domestic abuse has increased during this lock down period. It is unacceptable that people are at risk from those they live with. While these times are difficult for all of us, there are unfortunately those who are more badly affected. Some women and children may feel very isolated now, and need our help more than ever.

“This guidance is underpinned by our existing Equally Safe strategy and will support the strong leadership already being demonstrated by local authorities and their key  community planning partners across Scotland.

“We want to continue to work with our partners and to share intelligence, shape the ongoing crisis response and plan for the long term.

“Together, the Scottish Government and COSLA are committed to tackling violence against women and girls wherever it exists and through whatever form it manifests. Our work in this area remains at the heart of the our joint response to Covid-19.”

Councillor Kelly Parry, COSLA’s Community Wellbeing Spokesperson, said:

“We know that this pandemic has heightened the risks to women and children living with domestic abuse and other forms of gender based violence globally. This supplementary guidance is informed by the expertise of a broad range of committed services and partner organisations in Local Authority areas across Scotland.

 “Covid-19 does not offer abusers an excuse for their choices and their behaviours. Working closely with colleagues across health services and with third sector specialist services, we will continue to robustly seek to provide support  to all victims of gender-based violence and to hold perpetrators of violence and abuse firmly to account.”

Background

Read the Scottish Government’s and COSLA’s joint guidance developed with Public Health Scotland and the Improvement Service.

Scotland’s 24hr Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline is available on 0800 027 1234.

Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline is available on 08088 01 03 02. Calls to this number are free. Or email support@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk or text 07537 410027.

Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women and Girls

A timely reminder from National Records of Scotland

The duty to document does not cease in a crisis, it becomes more essential

Below is a newsletter from ICA (International Council on Archives), which includes a link to https://www.ica.org/en/covid-19-the-duty-to-document-does-not-cease-in-a-crisis-it-becomes-more-essential for your information.

Andrea Wells
Public Records (Scotland) Act
Public Records Assistant
National Records of Scotland
Government Records Branch
West Register House
Charlotte Square
Edinburgh EH2 4DJ
+ 44 (0)131 535 1435
Andrea.Wells@nrscotland.gov.uk
www.nrscotland.gov.uk