Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses |
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England
This guidance is intended to assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff regarding COVID-19. It covers how to help prevent spread of respiratory infections including COVID-19; what to do if someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting; what advice to give to individuals who have travelled to specific areas; and advice for the certification of absence from work.
This report aims to set out the facts on: the scale of the NHS nursing workforce challenge; the challenges to the main entry routes to NHS nursing and more general workforce-related challenges that any future plans will need to address; and the progress made on the People Plan.
Nurses are critical to the delivery of health and social care services, working across hospitals, community services, care homes and primary care. In 2019, around 519,000 people in England were registered to practise as a nurse, while the NHS employed 320,000 nurses in hospital and community services, making up about a quarter of all NHS staff.
In January 2019, the NHS Long Term Plan acknowledged the need to increase staff numbers, noting that the biggest shortfalls were in nursing. The NHS set up the People Plan programme to decide how it would secure the workforce it needed to meet its future service commitments. This report defines workforce planning as the analysis and plans required to ensure that the NHS has the number and type of staff it needs, now and in the future.
This report sets out the facts on:
- the scale of the NHS nursing workforce challenge;
- the challenges to the main entry routes to NHS nursing and more general workforce-related challenges that any future plans will need to address; and
- the progress made on the People Plan.
Full report: The NHS Nursing Workforce
NHS Providers | March 2020 | NHSX tech plan for health and care on the day briefing
NHSX has published its tech plan for health and care, setting out its vision for how technology will support the ambitions of the long term plan.
The tech plan builds on the principles set out in the secretary of state’s statement on the future of health care, published in 2018 as well as the NHSX mission statement published last year. The aim of the tech plan is to describe how the deliverables in the long term plan will be achieved through digitisation. The long term plan committed every NHS provider to have achieved a core level of digitisation by 2024.
The tech plan defines this level of digitisation as:
• Decent hardware (e.g. replacement of old laptops)
• Adequate networks (powered by full fibre and 5G)
• Integrated systems that allow flexibility in managing clinical and operational workflows
The briefing is available from NHS Providers
Have your say on the Tech Plan for health and care (NHS Join the conversation)
Department of Health and Social Care | February 2020 | UK strategy for rare diseases: 2020 update to the implementation plan for England
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has updated its strategy for rare diseases. This year’s update on the strategy’s progress over the last year covers 5 main areas:
NICE |nd| Should a chronic condition, such as type 1 diabetes, prevent regular exercise?
In the latest episode of NICE’S podcast NICE Talks, the topic is whether a long term chronic condition such as type 1 diabetes should prevent regular exercise.
The hosts of the podcast speak with Chris Bright, a Welsh International Futsal player, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for 20 years; Professor Partha Kar a Consultant Endocrinologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and aNational Specialty Advisor, Diabetes, for NHS England; and chiropractor Peter Dixon, President of the Royal College of Chiropractors and NICE Fellow. They discuss the NICE recommendations on physical activity for those with type 1 diabetes, available from NICE.
Listen via Soundcloud
What the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and what it plans to do next.
This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done – and plans to do – to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, based on experience dealing with other infectious diseases and influenza pandemic preparedness work. The exact response to COVID-19 will be tailored to the nature, scale and location of the threat in the UK, as understanding of it develops.
The document sets out:
- what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
- how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- the actions taken so far in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- what we are planning to do next, depending on the course the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak takes
- the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future
Full detail: Coronavirus action plan | The Department of Health and Social Care
NICE | February 2020| Acute coronary syndromes
NICE is consulting on its draft guidance on Acute coronary syndromes, the consultation is open until 27 March 2020.
Full details from NICE