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.
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).
Information on how to manage sources of external staffing to help your organisation manage COVID-19
Learn more about the actions being taken due to COVID-19 to enable staff movement across the service.
Read key information about organisational preparedness plans including indemnity and litigation and DBS.
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.
Resources to help anyone developing or running a digital health product to conduct an evaluation | Public Health England
Digital health products can take different forms – for example, a service, campaign or other intervention. They might be provided through an app or website.
These resources can help with evaluations for all digital health products. They aim to help demonstrate what impact a product has and how the costs compare to the benefits. They can provide information about how to make services better, including what works and what doesn’t. They can also help demonstrate the value of a product to commissioners.
These resources will help you to evaluate digital health products or services. Follow them in order for an overview of the whole evaluation process.
Royal College of Psychiatrists | September 2019 | Choose Psychiatry: Guidance for medical schools
The Royal College of Psychiatrists has explored the factors that make an impact on medical students’ views and experiences of psychiatry while at medical school. They have now published guidance- Choose Psychiatry: Guidance for medical schools to provide medical schools with advice on how to enhance medical students’ experience of psychiatry.
The report identifies four key areas for action:
- Excellence in teaching
- Quality placements
- Leadership from psychiatrists in undergraduate education
- Enrichment activities (Source: RCP)
Read the full news release from the RCP
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This guidance sets out the requirements of the NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT). These revisions to the FFT guidance are effective from 1 April 2020 | NHS England
The NHS FFT is designed to be a quick and simple mechanism for patients and other people who use NHS services to give feedback, which can then be used to identify what is working well and to improve the quality of any aspect of patient experience.
This guidance is intended to support all provider organisations that are required through their NHS Standard Contracts (including independent sector providers, primary medical and primary dentistry contracts) to deliver the FFT. It is hoped commissioners will find it useful too.
The guidance replaces all previous implementation guidance for the patient focused FFT, including the guidance specifically relating to GPs and dentists, and the supplementary guidance and advice published in relation to information governance, sensitive situations and contracting with a commercial supplier of FFT services.