Adult social care and COVID-19 The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on people receiving and providing social care. We explore the scale of the impact and the policy response in England so far.

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Our two briefings explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the social care sector and assess the policy measures undertaken to respond. Both demonstrate that lessons must be learnt as the pandemic continues to unfold.


Adult social care and COVID-19: Assessing the policy response in England so far

July 2020

Our analysis of the national government policy response during the first phase of the pandemic.


Adult social care and COVID-19: Assessing the impact on social care users and staff in England so far

July 2020

Our analysis on the scale of the impact of COVID-19 on social care in England during the first phase...

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What has been the impact of COVID-19 on care homes and the social care workforce?

High death rates sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrate the stark impact of the virus on...


Care homes have seen the biggest increase in deaths since the start of the outbreak

Deaths in care homes from all causes are starting to stabilise but remain 159% higher than at the...


Do all care home residents face an equal risk of dying from COVID-19?

Care homes have been on the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak, but why have some areas of the...

Press releases

Press release

New analysis lays bare government’s failure to protect social care from COVID-19

30 July 2020

New Health Foundation analysis reveals the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on...

Press release

Staffing issues in care homes have contributed to COVID-19 infections amongst residents

3 July 2020

Health Foundation response to ONS data on deaths involving COVID-19 in the care sector, and the...

Press release

Care homes in London and the North worse hit by COVID-19 than other areas of England

26 May 2020

New Health Foundation analysis shows extent of regional variations in care home deaths.

Press release

Care home deaths from COVID-19 over 50% higher than previously estimated

15 May 2020

Previous figures have significantly underestimated the extent of COVID-19-related deaths among...

Press release

Press release

Care homes remain on the front line in the fight against coronavirus

5 May 2020

Health Foundation response to weekly ONS mortality data for England and Wales.

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