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A Nordic approach to Covid-19 a year of learning

When reflecting on how the world has grappled with Covid-19, Sweden stands out as taking a different approach from the start, keeping its society and borders open. What exactly is the ‘Swedish Model’, how has it evolved over time and what role has local government played?

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members

Special Report on Covid-19 and its impact on structures of government one year on

As we pass the one year anniversary of the first reported Irish Covid-19 cases it is perhaps an appropriate time to reflect on the changes the pandemic has wrought on government systems in the last 12 months. In this first briefing, we will examine the Republic and in an upcoming briefing we will examine Northern…

Ireland
Members

Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland

An Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland was published in February 2021, chaired by Derek Feeley, Chief Executive of the Institute for Health Improvement. This briefing outlines the review’s main recommendations, how they will be financed and responses to the review. This briefing will be of interest to elected members and officers working…

Scotland
Members

Swift Read: Food Insecurity and Poverty

The pandemic has highlighted various faults in the UK’s food systems, from the quality of free school meals and their provision over holidays to soaring food bank numbers. This briefing outlines some of the most recent issues and policies regarding food and poverty in Scotland, where food insecurity is more prevalent than in the rest…

Scotland
Members & Followers

Health and social care sector staff experience in the Covid-19 pandemic

This briefing looks at data from the recent Everyone Matters Pulse Survey in Scotland. This survey rates staff experience from all 22 Health Boards and 30 Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland based on their responses to quantitative and qualitative questions. Key sources of worry for staff were identified and explored, giving public services…

Scotland
Members

Social prescribing physical activity in health planning

Social prescribing offers an opportunity to raise the profile of physical activity in the community and across service sectors, enable more people to access local activities, and for physical activity to be built into health planning. Covid-19 has underlined the importance of this for mental and physical health.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Children’s Mental Health in the UK and Ireland – recent reports

The need to promote the wellbeing of children and young people during the pandemic and tacking mental health problems has grown during the Covid-19 pandemic. This briefing looks at recent reports on the issue.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland
Members & Followers

Swift Read: How has Covid-19 impacted Scotland’s wellbeing?

This briefing summarises a report published by Scottish Government and COSLA detailing how Covid-19 has affected progress on delivering Scotland’s National Outcomes, including impacts on communities across the country and what this might mean for the future.

Scotland