Where to find information

Browse this section to find the information, guidance and resources you need to support your response to COVID-19.

BME communities

The NHS Confederation's BME Leadership Network has published a briefing which considers the evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on BME communities and health and care staff (23 April). 

Care homes

NHS England and NHS Improved has written to GP practices and primary care networks, chief executives of community health providers, regional directors of primary care and CCG accountable officers giving guidance on COVID-19 care home support (1 May).

Public Health England has published guidance on how to work safely in care homes which includes a video on putting on removing PPE in care homes (17 April).

Children and young people

The Association of Paediatric Palliative Medicine has produced clinical guidance for children and young people with palliative care needs in all care setting during COVID-19 (24 April). 

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published a letter to provide clarity on the use of the Clinical Frailty Scale and the use of do not CPR with younger patients, those with a stable long-term physical need, learning disability or autism. 

The Department for Education has published guidance for parents and carers on the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of COVID-19.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has detailed guidance on paediatric services, staffing and rotas and resources for families in all four nations. 

Public Health England has guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

The Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition has collated a wealth of resources.

Clinical commissioning

UPDATE: Public Health England and the Department for Health and Social Care have updated guidelines for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol (29 May). 

NHS England and NHS Improvement, together with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care, has written on the national flu immunisation programme 2020/21, giving guidance in the context of COVID-19 (14 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement has written to GP practices and primary care networks, chief executives of community health providers, regional directors of primary care and CCG accountable officers, giving guidance on COVID-19 care home support (1 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement has written a letter to NHS trusts and foundation trusts, CCGs, GP practices and primary care networks, community health services providers and NHS 11 providers on the second phase of NHS response to COVID-19 (29 April). 

The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance for people receiving direct payments, including local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support (21 April). Included is a Q&A developed in collaboration with a range of organisations. 

NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC), working with the PCN Network, has published guidance on how CCGs can support their primary care networks and practices in light of COVID-19.

NHSCC ran a webinar, Keeping focused, safe and legal – running your CCG during the COVID-19 crisis. It was run with Browne Jacobson LLP and the Good Governance Institute and you can watch a recording of it by entering your details on the Browne Jacobson website .

Community-based health and social care and ambulance services

NHS England and NHS Improvement has written to GP practices and primary care networks, chief executives of community health providers, regional directors of primary care and CCG accountable officers, giving guidance on COVID-19 care home support (1 May)

NHS England and NHS Improvement has written a letter to NHS trusts and foundation trusts, CCGs, GP practices and primary care networks, community health services providers and NHS 111 providers on the second phase of NHS response to COVID-19 (29 April). 

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published the first weekly COVID-19 community health, hospital discharge and social care update (21 April).

NHS England and NHS Improvement has a dedicated web section with guidance on community-based health and social care, and ambulance services, including letters sent to leaders.

Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site, is a dedicated website for reporting adverse reactions or side effects from medicines and adverse incidents involving medical equipment relating to COVID-19. The site makes it quicker and simpler to report for healthcare professionals, patients and carers. It has also updated guidance, which details the Yellow Card scheme (5 May). All reports to the Yellow Card scheme should be submitted electronically instead of on paper. 

CQC

CQC has published the first of a series of insight documents to highlight pressures related to COVID-19 on the sectors it regulates (20 May).

CQC, GCM and Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published a joint statement about death certification during COVID-19 (6 May). 

A letter to general practice (9 April) was sent on the way CQC is working during COVID-19. 

Updates from CQC, including the future of inspections and how to register new services as part of COVID-19 contingency plans, can be found on their website.

Critical care in adults

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published guidelines (31 March) to maximise the safety of patients who need critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Data

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has launched its Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site, a new dedicated website for reporting adverse reactions or side effects from medicines and adverse incidents involving medical equipment relating to COVID-19. The site makes it quicker and simpler to report for healthcare professionals, patients and carers. It has also updated guidance which details, the Yellow Card scheme (5 May). All reports to the Yellow Card scheme should be submitted electronically instead of on paper. 

Public Health England has produced a data dashboard that includes new cases and cases by upper tier local authority

Dentistry

NEW: NHS England has told dental practices in England that they can reopen from Monday 8 June if they have appropriate safety measures. Guidance was sent on how dentists should reopen safely (28 May).

NHS Employers has updated its information on medical and dentistry workforce issues (19 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement is issuing regular updates to general dental practices and community dental services. The most recent was sent on 15 April

NHS England and NHS Improvement has a dedicated web section for dental  teams

Disabilities

UPDATE: The Department of Health and Social Care has updated its guidance on health and social care staff who are caring for or treating people who lack mental capacity (29 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published a letter to provide clarity on the use of the Clinical Frailty Scale and the use of do not CPR with younger patients, those with a stable long-term physical need, learning disability or autism. It also recommends referring to guidance for frontline staff to support the management of patients with a learning disability, autism or both during COVID-19. This guidance is relevant to all clinical specialities. 

Ethics

The General Medical Council has an ethical hub providing doctors with a collection of resources exploring how to apply GMC's guidance during COVID-19.

The Royal College of Physicians has published ethical guidance for frontline staff dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Finance

The Healthcare Financial Management Association has a weekly COVID-19 podcast to keep you abreast of the latest in NHS finance and help you find out what colleagues are doing when faced with similar challenges. 

The Healthcare Financial Management Association has published a briefing on financial governance considerations.

Governance

The Healthcare Financial Management Association has produced a briefing (31 March) on the key finance and governance changes that non-executive directors and lay members need to be aware of, as well as how they can support their organisations during the pandemic.

Government advice

Head to www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Hot sites (hot hubs)

GP-led 'hot hubs' are being set up around the country to diagnose and advise coronavirus patients who are not in hospital.

Dr Sian Stanley from Stort Valley and Villages PCN has created a series of videos on how the hot hub setup is working for patients and clinicians. This includes a video on the logistics of creating hot and cold sites. This video (below), sent to patients by text, on the patient journey and how they will be kept safe.

 

And this set of videos, for patients and doctors, on the use and application of home oxygen saturation monitors.

Infection prevention and control

The government has published guidance that lists travellers exempt from UK borders rules, which includes those responsible for human medicines, clinical trials and pharmacovigilance, quality assurance inspectors for human medicines and essential persons needed for clinical trials or studies. People travelling to attend pre-arranged treatment are also exempt (22 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published its infection prevention and control board assurance framework (4 May). 

Public Health England has updated its guidance for stepdown of infection control precautions and discharging COVID-19 patients (23 April). It includes clarification of testing capacity/strategy and repeat testing at 14 days. This guidance relates to those recovering or recovered from COVID-19 and remaining in hospital, or being discharged to their own homes or residential care. 

Legislation

CQC, GMC and Healthcare Improvement Scotland have published a joint statement about death certification during COVID-19 (6 May). 

NHS England and NHS Improvement published guidance (1 April) for medical practitioners on excess death provisions of the Coronavirus Act

The Coronavirus Bill become law as the Coronavirus Act 2020 on 25 March. Find out what the Act means for health in our member briefing

Mental health

NHS England and NHS Improvement has set up a support helpline and text service for NHS staff. 

The Mental Health Network, the Association of Mental Health Providers and the Centre for Mental Health have published a briefing on how statutory service commissioners and providers are working with their voluntary and community sector partners to respond to COVID-19. 

The Mental Health Foundation has extensive information on how to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. And the Centre for Mental Health has curated resources on managing mental health during the pandemic.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has wide-ranging guidance for clinicians.

Dr Nick Lake, director of psychology and psychological therapy at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has written about how to look after mental health and wellbeing in the midst of a global pandemic.

The government has also issued guidance for the public, while Public Health England has guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing.

NICE advice and guidelines

NICE is producing advice and clinical guidelines on COVID-19.

Nurses and midwives

NHS England and NHS Improvement, Health Education England, staff organisations and NHS Employers have produced student support guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Older people

The NHS Confederation has published ten tips for the care of older people during COVID-19. It is written by Adrian Hayter, NHS England and NHS Improvement's national clinical director for older people and integrated person-centred care. 

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set up a COVID-19 taskforce, which, among other things, will scrutinise market developments and pricing practices in relation to PPE as they emerge. The group is seeking evidence of this via an online form, which healthcare providers are being encouraged to fill in. 

Public Health England has published updated guidance on considerations for acute personal protective equipment shortages (3 May). 

Public Health England has published a simple guide on what to wear

Public Health England has published guidance on how to work safely in care homes which includes a video on putting on and removing PPE in care homes (27 April).

Public Health England has updated guidance on sessional use and reuse of PPE when there are severe shortages of supply (27 April).

Public Health England has updated its guidance on PPE (24 April). Statement on chest compression has been added. 

NHS England and NHS Improvement has a web section the contains all speciality guides for patient management

The NHS Confederation updated its briefing on the use and supply of PPE across a range of care settings (5 May). It includes the latest guidance on acute PPE shortages.   

Professor Keith Willett and Professor Yvonne Doyle highlighted an update to PPE guidance on the use of gowns, which gives approval for use of coveralls as an alternative option for non-surgical gowns (10 April).

 The PCN Network and NHS Clinical Commissioners have distilled the key points and changes of note for primary care that were made to Public Health England's PPE guidance issued on 2 April.
 
Visit Public Health England's PPE hub for all its latest guidance on personal protective equipment. 

Pharmacy

NHS Employers has updated its information on the pharmacy workforce (12 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement, together with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care, has written on the national flu immunisation programme 2020/21, giving guidance in the context of COVID-19 (14 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement has a dedicated web section with updates to community pharmacy regarding the COVID-19 crisis

Prevention and control

Public Health England has published guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

Primary care

NEW: NHS England and NHS Improvement has published guidance on standard operating procedure (SOP) for general practice in the context of COVID-19 (29 May).

NEW: NHS England and NHS Improvement has published guidance on the principles of safe video consulting in general practice during COVID-19 (29 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement, together with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care, has written on the national flu immunisation programme 2020/21, giving guidance in the context of COVID-19 (14 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement has written to GP practices and primary care networks, chief executives of community health providers, regional directors of primary care and CCG accountable officers, giving guidance on COVID-19 care home support (1 May). 

NHS England and NHS Improvement has written to NHS trusts and foundation trusts, CCGs, GP practices and primary care networks, community health services providers and NHS 111 providers, on the second phase of NHS response to COVID-19 (29 April). 

Changes are being made to GP Connect and to the Summary Care Record to improve access that doctors, nurses and other authorised health and care professionals have to medical records and information (23 April).

The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance for people receiving direct payments, including local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support (21 April). Included is a Q&A developed in collaboration with a range of organisations. 

NHS England and NHS Improvement has updated guidance (30 April) on the safe deployment of existing staff and those joining the NHS to provide temporary support during COVID-19.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) sent a letter (9 April) to general practice on how CQC is working during COVID-19.  

NHS England and NHS Improvement published advise (3 April) regarding NHS volunteers relating COVID-19.  

NHS Digital has produced guidance on the shielded patients list (SLP) (last edited 30 April). 

NHS England and NHS Improvement has updated guidance (for general practice (6 April) in the context of COVID-19. 

Our PCN Network and NHS Clinical Commissioners have developed guidance on how CCGs can support primary care networks and their practices in light of COVID-19 (20 March). They have also distilled the key points of note for primary care on revised guidance on the supply and use of PPE, issued on 2 April. 

British Medical Association has produced a toolkit for GPs and GP practices to manage employment and contractual issues and service provision during COVID-19. 

The Royal College of General Practitioners has published guidance on workload prioritisation (10 April), to be used alongside the BMA's guidance on workload prioritisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement has a dedicated web section with guidance on primary care, including letters issued to leaders.  

For information on hot hubs, see above.

Public health

Public Health England has developed guidance for healthcare professionals.

Ramadan

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published guidance on Ramadan during COVID-19

NHS Employers has produced information on Ramadan and the implications of the COVID-19 crisis.The Northern Care Alliance has also shared its briefing for managers and staff on Ramadan this year, which starts on 23 April.

Real-time reflections

Senior leaders from across health and social care are sharing their reflections on the changes taking place as a result of COVID-19. The NHS Confederation will be capturing this, as well as members' examples of new ways of working and innovation, to help spread learning across the UK.

Leaders are also sharing their immediate reflections, with several taking to our blog, NHS Voices, to share their views. Head to the web section to find out more. If you are interested in sharing your reflections, please do get in touch with Joy Okunnu at Joy.okunnu@nhsconfed.org

The Healthcare Financial Management Association is also releasing regular podcasts from people across the NHS to understand their experiences of the pandemic and what they have learned so far. Visit the website and tune in to the latest episode.

Recovery strategy

The UK government published its COVID-19 recovery strategy, providing guidance on the reopening of workplaces following the Prime Minister’s statement on how lockdown will begin to be eased. Our member briefing summaries the key points from the plan with a direct impact on health and care (11 May).

The NHS Confederation published its member briefing on the second phase of the NHS response to COVID-19.

Reducing burden

Amanda Pritchard wrote to NHS provider and commissioning leaders (28 March) providing further guidance on freeing up management capacity and resources.

Reset

The NHS Confederation has launched a new campaign to contribute the public debate on what the health and care system should look like post-COVID-19.Known as NHS Reset, it aims to recognise the sacrifices and achievements of the COVID period, rebuild local systems and reset the way we plan, commission and deliver health and care.

Find out more about it and how you can get involved.

Secondary care

NHS England and NHS Improvement, together with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care, has written on the national flu immunisation programme 2020/21, giving guidance in the context of COVID-19 (14 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published a clinical guide for the use of anaesthetic machines to provide continuous invasive ventilatory support for adult patients during COVID-19 (28 April). 

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published a clinical guide for the management of palliative care in hospital during COVID-19 (22 April). 

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published guidance on medical equipment donations loans (8 April).

NHS England and NHS Improvement has a dedicated web section with guidance on secondary care, including letters issued to leaders.

Shielding

UPDATED: Public Health England has updated guidance on shielding (31 May). 

Social care

The government has set out new guidance for informing the Department of Health and Social Care if an employee or volunteer in the adult social care sector has died (20 May).

The Welsh government has published its new test, trace and protect strategy, which includes increased testing for critical, a new system of home testing for the public and a new app to track symptoms in the general population (13 May).  

The National Care Association has published its care provider impact study, which surveyed more than 200 care providers. It reveals concerns that the issues between health, housing and social care cannot be solved without them being brought more closely together and without a real funding settlement for social care - and that now is the time to try and fix the problems (12 May).

The government published the adult social care action plan, setting out how the government will support the adult social care sector in England throughout the coronavirus outbreak (15 April).

Social prescribing link workers

The National Association of Link Workers has developed an information and resource hub for social prescribing link workers and managers.

Symptoms

The four chief medical officers from the nations have issued a statement to update the COVID-19 symptoms (18 May).

Testing

NEW: The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance on the assessment and procurement of COVID-19 tests (3 June)

The Department of Health and Social Care has updated guidance on getting tested for COVID-19 (24 April). This includes guidance for essential workers and employers about arranging a test and includes a link to the self-referral service. The update on 23 April included an updated list of essential workers. 

NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote (12 April) to NHS regional directors, EPPR regional leads and trust chief executives about testing of NHS staff and household members.

On 1 April, NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to NHS leaders regarding COVID-19 testing to support retention of NHS staff, asking "chief executives of trusts that host an NHS lab doing COVID-19 testing personally to ensure that your lab's capacity is fully used each and every day," removing the 15 per cent cap immediately. 

Test and trace

NEW: NHS test and trace service was launched today (28 May). The government has published guidance on how the test and trace strategy works and also guidance for the workplace (27 May).

Training

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has created an e-learning programme on the virus for the entire UK health and care workforce.

Vulnerable people

The Local Government Association has produced a report on protecting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is to assist councils in the work they are doing in this area. 

Volunteer responders

NHS England and NHS Improvement published advise (4 April) regarding NHS volunteers relating COVID-19.  

NHS England and NHS Improvement has published advise (4 April) regarding NHS volunteers relating to COVID-19. 

Workforce

NEW: NHS Employers has updated its workforce guidance on risk assessments for staff. Updates include additional context on COVID-19 and the staff groups more vulnerable to serious illness (and death), and how employers can support colleagues to speak up so they have a better understanding of areas of concern in the organisation (28 May).

New: NHS Employers has published an update from the NHS Staff Council on overtime guidance (29 May).

NHS Employers has updated its workforce guidance to include detail on the life assurance scheme and eligibility criteria (20 May). 

NHS Employers has updated its pages on risk assessments, supporting staff to work from home, financial wellbeing, the medical and dental workforce, and pharmacists (20 May).

NHS England and NHS Improvement has appointed 30 accredited occupational health and Employee Assistance Programme service provider organisations to a new national framework for supplementary OH services to enable employers to buy in additional services on an ad-hoc basis to supplement inhouse teams. 

The NHS Staff Council has issued advice to clarify the job descriptions and banding of students coming into workforce on paid placements during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

NHS England and NHS Improvement has produced guidance on deploying NHS staff into settings and roles which are unfamiliar to them. It includes training resources from Health Education England.  

NHS Employers has produced comprehensive guidance for NHS workforce leaders, covering issues including increasing workforce supply, bringing staff back, communicating with staff, partnership working, and health, safety and wellbeing.

NHS Wales Employers has produced guidance and FAQs for the NHS Wales workforce.

NHS Employers has a web section dedicated to COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders

Workforce wellbeing

NHS England and NHS Improvement has produced short ten- to 20-minute guides for staff to help develop new skills and discover new ways to improve experience at work. There are also quick reference notes and instruction on how to install on your smartphone. Visit the Supporting Our People web page.  

NHS Employers has compiled a regularly updated guide to discounts and priority shopping times available to NHS staff. 

NHS England and NHS Improvement has set up a support helpline and text service for NHS staff. 

Visit NHS Practitioner Health

NHS staff have been given free access to a number of apps to support their mental health and wellbeing. 

 
 

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