Covid-19 Health workforce estimator

Covid-19 Health Workforce Estimator | World Health Organisation

This planning tool aims to help countries to visualise and estimate the health workforce necessary for acute and intensive care over the course of the pandemic, and to project the timing and severity of the peak of the outbreak.

The toolkit will assist countries in estimating the numbers of health workers needed based on projected numbers of moderate, severe and critical patients per day. This understanding of the potential workload from Covid-19 will also allow countries to anticipate and better address the mental health care needs of health workers.

Long-term health consequences of responses to Coronavirus

Recessions And Health: The Long-Term Health Consequences Of Responses To Coronavirus | Institute for Fiscal Studies

This briefing note outlines how worsening economic conditions and disruptions to NHS services could have important and far-reaching consequences for the health of the broader population. The coronavirus pandemic is putting the NHS under unprecedented strain and leading to cancelled operations and disruptions to non-coronavirus emergency care. The briefing concludes that this will disproportionately affect older individuals, and those from less affluent backgrounds, both in the short and the medium term.

Coronavirus: looking after people who lack mental capacity

Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity | Department of Health and Social Care

This emergency guidance is for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity during the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance ensures that decision makers are clear about the steps they need to take during this period. It focuses on new scenarios and potential ‘deprivations of liberty’ created by the outbreak.

During the outbreak, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the safeguards provided by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) still apply.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 provides protections for people who lack or may lack the relevant mental capacity to make decisions about different aspects of their life.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are an important part of this act and provide further safeguards for those who need to be deprived of their liberty in order to receive care or treatment in a care home or hospital, but do not have the capacity to consent to those arrangements.

Full detail at Department of Health and Social Care

NHS launches mental health hotline for staff tackling Covid-19

The NHS has launched a mental health hotline as part of a package of measures to support the NHS’s 1.4 million staff as they help people deal with the coronavirus | NHS England

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NHS staff will be able to call or text a free number staffed by thousands of specially trained volunteers, to receive support and advice for the pressures they face every day during the global health emergency. The volunteers will listen to NHS staff and give psychological support to those in need. Anyone who requires further help will be signposted to other services ranging from practical and financial assistance through to specialist bereavement and psychological support.

Full story at NHS England

Leeds jointly launches first cancer corona virus registry

University of Leeds | April 2020 | Leeds jointly launches first cancer corona virus registry

Cancer experts at three universities in the UK have launched a cancer corona virus registry; the monitoring scheme is a national project between oncologists at the universities of Birmingham, Oxford and Leeds. The project will pioneer the use of clinician-led reporting to track cancer patients and inform treatment pathways. It has been developed to ensure that high quality cancer care is being delivered across the country to safeguard patients.With the key objective being to identify and learn from every case of COVID-19 in cancer patients in the UK through comprehensive reporting.

The scheme will relay real-time daily updates back to individual cancer centres, providing valuable insights to inform key decision makers. Crucially, it will enable national monitoring of the impact of COVID-19 on cancer patients and cancer centres (Source: University of Leeds)

News release: Leeds jointly launches first cancer coronavirus registry

See also:

The UK Coronavirus cancer monitoring project: A COVID-19 Live Clinical Data Dissemination System for patients with cancer

You can follow on Twitter @UKCORONACANCER

Coronavirus: providing unpaid care

Information for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak | Department of Health and Social Care

Guidance for anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support. This may be because they have a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health condition or an addiction.

Full detail: Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family

University of Sheffield at the heart of national effort to manufacture medical ventilators

University of Sheffield | April 2020 | University of Sheffield AMRC and Nuclear AMRC at the heart of national effort to manufacture medical ventilators

Experts at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Nuclear AMRC are at the heart of a national effort to produce 10,000 medical ventilators as part of a consortium of leading industrial, technology and engineering businesses.

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AMRC and Nuclear AMRC play major role in Ventilator Challenge UK consortium to produce 10,000 medical ventilators in response to Covid-19 pandemic

  • Futuristic HoloLens headsets, programmed to enable skilled aerospace production line operatives to rapidly switch to the manufacture of ventilators, transferred from AMRC in Rotherham to AMRC Cymru
  • AMRC Cymru scaling up production of approved ventilator models by Oxford-based Penlon in collaboration with automotive giant Ford
  • AMRC’s Machining Group making critical ventilator components

Companies in the consortium have now received formal orders from the government in excess of 10,000 units. The consortium is focusing production on two existing ventilator designs which meet the high-level specification for a Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System developed by clinicians and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

Microsoft, who supplied the headsets, tasked Professor Rab Scott, Head of Digital at the AMRC, with coordinating their deployment across the country. The high-tech equipment – initially designed for use in gaming –- will be fitted with software provided by an AMRC partner, the US-based global augmented reality specialist PTC.

Rather than putting wearers of the headset in a fully computer-generated world, as virtual reality does, HoloLens allows users to place 3D digital models in the room alongside them. Users can walk around the objects they create and interact with them using gestures, gaze and voice.

Professor Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “The AMRC and the Nuclear AMRC have always been at the forefront of using innovation to respond to the most pressing challenges.

“We are incredibly proud of how our staff have risen to this challenge by supporting the design and manufacture of new ventilators and other vital medical equipment at this time of national emergency (Abridged version of the University of Sheffield’s press relase)

Full version available here:

University of Sheffield AMRC and Nuclear AMRC at the heart of national effort to manufacture medical ventilators

Managing mental health challenges faced by healthcare workers during covid-19 pandemic

BMJ |April 2020| Managing mental health challenges faced by healthcare workers during covid-19 pandemic

Neil Greenberg and colleagues set out measures that healthcare managers need to put in place to protect the mental health of healthcare staff having to make morally challenging decisions

Managing mental health challenges faced by healthcare workers during covid-19 pandemic

 

 

COVID-19 rapid guideline: rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders

NICE | April 2020 | COVID-19 rapid guideline: rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders

The guideline on rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders says that patients with COVID-19 should not suddenly stop taking their medication but should seek advice on which medicines to continue and which to temporarily stop.

COVID-19 rapid guideline: rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders: