Please find below some helpful information and resources for those working in Primary care in Cornwall during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Lead GPN virtual meeting via Microsoft teams Thursday at 1pm- please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the joining details. Please note this is now not every week- the Training Hub team can advise you of the next dates.
- Gov.uk Guidance for Health and social care
- Gov.uk- Whats App group for the latest information Text Hi to +44 7860 064422
- Gov.Uk interim Guidance for Primary care
- PHE Cases PHE dashboard
- NHSE https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/
- Personal protective equipment PPE
- Use of face Masks PHE_11606_When_to_use_face_mask_or_FFP3_02
- Doffing this is for aerosol generating hence the gown rather than apron I will update if I can find the original.
RCGP BMA NHSE Guidance on prioritisation routine work during Covid
Example of Practice Nurse workload prioritisation (from local GP practice)
Please see the attached documents that have been compiled to help provide support to staff, patients and carers to assist with skin care and dressing changes during the restrictions due to Covid -19. We have been given dispensation to use these whilst in draft form. CFT TV team.
dressing changes -self care march 2020 version 4 (3) (2) This version has been uploaded in PDF as original in publisher, some of the pages are not quite right, will upload better version when available. Paul can email you the publisher version.
Revalidation deadlines from Paul Vaughan NHSE
From this month (March) we are extending the revalidation period for current registered nurses. This means they will each have an additional three months from their current revalidation application date to complete their application. This is as flexible as we can be under our current legislation, so we are seeking further flexibility from the government for the future. We will give an update on this soon.
Coronavirus Isolation Note – Fit Note Policy Team
Last week the Chancellor announced during his budget speech that a new online service was to be developed to provide evidence for employed people advised to self-isolate through Coronavirus.
This morning, the new Coronavirus Isolation Note Service went live and full details can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/online-isolation-notes-launched-providing-proof-of-coronavirus-absence-from-work
What is an isolation note?
- This new temporary system will enable people who are advised to self-isolate to obtain an isolation note via NHS 111 online or the NHS website. This can then be used as evidence for absence from work, to avoid patients visiting their GP practice unnecessarily.
What is an isolation note used for?
- It is for employees who need evidence to cover a period of absence due to coronavirus. Employees can self-certify for 7 days, but beyond that, if they have been advised to self-isolate or share a household with someone who is symptomatic and self-isolating, they may be asked by their employer to provide evidence. The isolation note is evidence to be given to an employer.
When will the isolation note be available?
- This new service will be available from Friday 20 March.
The link provided outlines more detail about the service and how it operates. Please feel free to circulate the link within your organisations.
Disease specific advice
Some podcasts and online resources that you might find interesting
By Dr Russ Harris, author of ‘The Happiness Trap’ animated by Darko Tomic. Access via this link on YouTube.
Finding Your Campfire
A series of 3 linked webinars for newly remote teams by Julian Stodd
All you need to register (free) is here.
Podcast conversations that ‘unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart’ from Brené Brown. Listen or download here.
Facebook live chat on asthma
Friday 27 March 7-8pm with Heather Henry and Peter Marks (community pharmacist) talking about keeping safe and well with asthma. Here’s the link for more information.
Beating the Virus
A picture story from @uk_beyondwords that helps you have conversations with people with learning disabilities about the virus, talk about their fears and reassure them. Free to download and share here.