Specialty guides for patient management during the coronavirus pandemic

NHS Employers | March 2020 | Specialty guides for patient management during the coronavirus pandemic

These cover management of surgical, trauma and orthopaedic, critical care, acute diabetes, neuro trauma, non-CV, acute burns, cancer, emergency department, paediatric, & rheumatology patients, as well as anaesthesia service reorganisation and use of acute non-invasive ventilation.

Specialty guides for patient management during the coronavirus pandemic


Dentistry in England

National Audit Office | March 2020 | Dentistry in England

The National Audit Office has produced a memorandum on dentistry in England 

The memorandum covers:

  • commissioning of NHS dentistry services;
  • financial flows relating to NHS dentistry;
  • dentistry workforce; and
  • access to NHS dentists.

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Covid-19: diabetes clinicians set up social media account to help alleviate patients’ fears

BMJ (2020). Covid-19: diabetes clinicians set up social media account to help alleviate patients’ fears. 368.m1262  doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1262  

A news piece in the BMJ explains how a group of diabetes doctors and other clinicians has set up a social media account to help alleviate patients’ fears around covid-19 and provide them with “a secure base” of information. The Twitter account uses the handle @_diabetes101


BMJ Covid-19: diabetes clinicians set up social media account to help alleviate patients’ fears





Coronavirus e-learning programme

Health Education England | March 2020 | Coronavirus e-learning programme

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has produced an e-learning programme in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. 

Image source: e-lfh-org.uk

It includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus. Although the programme will initially included limited content, this will be added to by HEE in the coming days and weeks. The additional content will include new content and content curated from different sources such as existing HEE e-LfH sessions and other resources from organisations such as NHS England and NHS Improvement or the World Health Organization (WHO).

Courses in the Coronavirus programme currently include:

  • Essential Guidance from the NHS and Government
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Public Health England – Personal Protective Equipment
  • Critical Care Resources

Full details from HEE e-LfH

COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders

NHS Employers | March 2020 | COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders

NHS Employers along with various partners have collated the latest workforce advice into one central resource for workforce leaders in the NHS. COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders is designed to apply to all NHS organisations in England.

To help human resource directors and workforce leaders across the health system with plans to respond to COVID-19, the resources NHS Employers and others  have collated deal with the workforce issues that are likely to arise during the current pandemic. This guidance is intended as an additional resource to supplement local or organisational plans and to help leaders to deliver them.

Health and social care will come under significant pressure during the pandemic and will face very high demands for both admission of emergency cases for treatment, including critical care, and access to primary care services.

This guidance will help employers protect and support their workforce, use their workforce in the most effective way and enable them to recruit additional support as quickly as possible from returning staff, volunteers and students in training (Source: NHS Employers et al).

COVID-19 communicating with staff

Communicating with staff

Helpful information on how to communicate with your staff around COVID-19

Bringing staff back

Read the latest advice on bringing recently retired staff back into your workforce to help manage COVID-19.

COVID-19 sources of external staffing

Increasing workforce supply

Information on how to manage sources of external staffing to help your organisation manage COVID-19

COVID-19 collaborative working

Enabling staff movement

Learn more about the actions being taken due to COVID-19 to enable staff movement across the service.

COVID-19 DBS checks and registration


Read key information about organisational preparedness plans including indemnity and litigation and DBS.

COVID-19 training


Access HEE’s e-learning platform to complete statutory and mandatory training for individuals returning to practice or moving work areas.

COVID-19 partnership working and facilities time

Partnership working and facilities time

Read about the importance of partnership working during this time of pressure on the NHS.

COVID-19 health, safety and wellbeing

Health, safety and wellbeing

Access guidance for supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of your staff.

COVID-19: guidance for first responders

Public Health England | March 2020 |March 2020 | COVID-19: guidance for first responders

Public Health England  have published advice for first responders (as defined by the Civil Contingencies Act) and others who may have close contact with symptomatic people who may have COVID-19.

First responders include those, defined as professionals and members of voluntary organisations, who as part of their normal roles, provide immediate assistance to a symptomatic person until further medical assistance arrives.

Guidance for first responders and others in close contact with symptomatic people with potential COVID-19

Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

Cabinet Office, Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England | March 2020 | Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

The UK Government has launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp.

The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.


This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow the British public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government.

The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting (Source: Cabinet OfficeDepartment of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England)