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.
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
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.
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
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).
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.