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The page is divided into three main sections:

  1. Updates for General Practice - our FAQs plus the most recent updates from the LMC and NHS.
  2. Resources and Documents - useful resources, divided into categories 
  3. Advice and Guidance - links to external sites which are regularly updated with new coronavirus guidance

1. Updates for General Practice:

Humberside LMCs FAQs Covid-19 - updated 29 July 2020

This is a list of FAQs based on queries submitted by practices with responses complied by the LMC team. Updated regularly.

Coronavirus - LMC Update 09 July 2020

This is our regular round up of new updates and guidance.

View previous editions of the update.  

Preparedness Update Letter for General Practice

Latest regular update from NHSE/I to general practice regarding COVID-19.  

NHS England and NHS Improvement - Covid-19 Primary Care bulletin

View the latest NHSE/I bulletin. 

Sign up for NHSE/I Covid-19 Primary Care bulletin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Resources and Documents:

Care Homes
LMC Summary of care home requests for Covid-19 Clinical Service model compared to care home specification for 2020/2021 PCN DES  - 03 June 2020 LMC document which provides our interpretation, commentary and references for the requests for primary care support under the Covid-19 Clinical Service Model and compares this to the care home specification PCN DES.  
Care homes testing matrix Government information on how to get the test for care home residents and staff. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clinical
Clinical guidance for healthcare professionals on maintaining immunisation programmes during COVID-19 - June 2020 NHS guidance on maintaining routine immunisation programmes during the pandemic. As well as protecting the individual, this will avoid outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases that could further increase the numbers of patients requiring health services. 
Priority Medicines for Palliative and End of Life Care during a Pandemic - 06 May 2020 Clinical guidance approved by NHSE for essential end of life medicines; sets out the first and second choices for these medicines. 

Notifiable diseases (weblinks):

Please note that COVID 19 is a notifiable disease and that there is a statutory requirement for GPs to report cases. See our FAQs for a summary. 
Clinical guidelines for the control of symptoms in the COVID-19 patient in a community setting - 02 April 2020 Guidance from HERPC (Hull and East Riding Prescribing Committee). Prepared by the palliative care team including input from geriatricians, Macmillian pharmacists and GPs. 
North Yorkshire and York CCGs Remote assessment of Covid-19 - 02 April 2020 Guidelines developed for the North Yorkshire area. Please note the document is not endorsed by NHSE or any other medical body. 
Warfarin - Safe Switching Guidance  Guidance for the safe switching of warfarin to direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) for patients with non-valvular AF and venous thromboembolism (DVT / PE) during the coronavirus pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death Certification
Support for the bereaved - gov.uk weblink Information to help bereaved families, friends or next of kin make important decisions when someone dies during the coronavirus pandemic. 
COVID-19: death certification and cremation during the coronavirus pandemic (weblink) Link to BMA guidance page on verification and certification of death and cremation for a temporary period during which emergency measures are in place to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.
Cremation Medical Certificate (weblink) The Cremation Medical Certificate (form 4) has been updated to provide for a medical practitioner completing the form on their computer or other device to embed an electronic signature. This will enable the form to be sent via another person’s email account, such as a medical administrator, without the form having to be first printed and signed.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): verification of death in times of emergency (weblink) Guidance has also been produced by the Government on Coronavirus (COVID-19): verification of death in times of emergency. This guidance is designed to clarify existing practice for the verification of death outside of hospitals and to provide a framework for safe verification of death in this coronavirus emergency period.
Guidance for Remote Verification of Expected Death (VoED) Out of Hospital - 12 May 2020 BMA/RCGP guidance for designed to provide remote support for people (such as care workers) who have not had training in verifying death so that the verification process can be completed by a clinician safely and speedily. Only to be used in an emergency situation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Abuse
Coronavirus: Safety Advice for Survivors (website link) Advice from Women's Aid on accessing help with domestic abuse in the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

 

 

 

Indemnity
Clinical negligence indemnity in response to Coronavirus - 04 April 2020 Joint letter from the Department for Health and Social Care, NHS Resolution, and NHS England and NHS Improvement: clinical negligence indemnity in response to Coronavirus.
Clinical Negligence Scheme for Coronavirus - weblink NHS Resolution information on the scheme to meet liabilities arising from the special healthcare arrangements being put in place in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Includes FAQs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Locum GPs
BMA Model Terms for Locum GP Contract for Temporary Employment (weblink) - April 2020 BMA practice/provider agreement: model terms of engagement for a GP providing temporary COVID-19 services. They can be used for the temporary engagement of a GP by a GP practice or other primary care provider for COVID-19 services and are recommended by the BMA as good practice.

 

 

 

 

Mental Capacity
Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity - gov.uk weblink Guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity. 

 

 

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Use of PPE when verifying a death - 30 June 2020 Guidance developed by the LMC following queries from practices.  
PPE portal: how to order emergency personal protective equipment - gov.uk weblink This explains how healthcare providers can order additional personal protective equipment (PPE) through the portal to top up their existing supplies for COVID-19 in an emergency.
Urgent PPE Supplies in Primary Care - 17 April 2020 This letter from NHSE outlines the process for accessing urgent PPE for Primary Care Services in the circumstance where you are expecting to run out of supplies within 72 hours.
Considerations for acute PPE shortages ​​​​​​(NHSE weblink)  This document aims to highlight the sessional use and reuse of PPE when there are severe shortages of supply.
Update on access to PPE and local PPE escalation process - 01 April 2020 An update from the Department of Health and Social Care on access to PPE. Includes guidance on when to contact the national supply disruption line and what information to have to hand when contacting them. Document includes a local Covid-19 PPE escalation process flowchart.
Updated Guidance - COVID-19 personal protective equipment  This revised guidance concerns use of PPE by health and social care workers, in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. It supersedes previous PPE guidance. 
Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient and community care by setting - 08 April 2020 One page chart showing what type of PPE should be used in primary care settings. Based on updated PPE guidance issued 02 April 2020. 
PHE You Tube Channel (weblink) Videos on correct use of PPE. See also useful videos from a consultant at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.  ​​​​​
PPE Suppliers - Practice Feedback- 30 April 2020 List of additional suppliers that have been utilised by practices locally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice Management

Reimbursement of revenue costs incurred relating to Covid-19: Allowable costs (April 2020)

Latest guidance states that NHSE/I will reimburse any additional revenue costs as part of the wider finance agreement on Covid-19. Current guidance defines valid additional revenue costs as being genuine, reasonable additional marginal costs. Such costs include: 

  • Evidenced increases in staffing costs compared to baseline
  • Increases in temporary staff cover due to sickness absence/caring responsibilities
  • Payments to bank staff and sub-contractor staff to cover sickness /caring responsibilities
  • Equipment needed including PPE and hand sanitiser
  • Decontamination and transport

This list of Covid-19-related expenses has been developed by the LMC as a guide for practices that we consider appropriate to seek reimbursement for from CCGs. 

Second Phase of General Practice Response to Covid-19 - 09 July 2020 NHSE letter to GPs and commissioners. Outlines updates to GP contracts and income protection arrangements. 
Risk assessments for at-risk staff groups - 24 June 2020 NHSEI letter to all NHS employers which details the requirement for all employers to complete a risk assessment for at-risk members of staff.
COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings - weblink Public Health England guidance which provides advice on the management of staff and patients or residents in health and social care settings according to exposures, symptoms and test results. Updated 31 May in light of new test and trace guidance.
GP Connect: CCAS and NHS111 telephone bookings - 15 April 2020  How practices can configure systems to enable Covid-19 Central Assessment Service and NHS111 to book appointments.  
Legal Issues re Covid and Contracts - 14 April Guidance from NW LMCs on new legal powers brought in due to the pandemic. 
PCNs: Template Contingency Plans - 15 April 2020 This template, prepared by one of our PCN’s has been shared for others to adapt and use. You may wish to adapt or use as a starting point for your own plan.
Staff Absence Tracker (weblink) NHS England and NHS Improvement have provided the Coronavirus Absence Tracker to assist in managing Covid 19 related staff absence.
Standard Operating Procedures for General Practice (weblink)  Links to the latest version of the Standard Operating Procedures for General Practice in the context of Coronavirus. You can also download a BMA summary of the standard operating procedures
Remote Access Solution (RAS) User Guide v2.2 - April 2020 Guidance from the NHS NYH team on how users can be authorised to have a RAS account, and how to set up and log in to the account. 
Remote consultations and home working ​​​​​​(weblink) This guidance from the BMA supports doctors in any healthcare setting to conduct remote consultations during the pandemic. 
Data Protection and Coronavirus (weblink) Data protection and coronavirus information hub published by the Information Commissioner's Office. 
RIDDOR reporting of Covid-19 (weblink) Link to HSE information on when reporting under RIDDOR is required for Covid-19.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schools
RCPCH - COVID-19 - talking to children and families about returning to school: guiding principles - weblink Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health guidance 
NHSE List of conditions which place people at higher risk - weblink Clinically extremely vulnerable children are to remain shielded and not to return to school. This is the list of conditions.  
COVID-19: implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings - weblink Department for Education guidance for schools to put in place
Advice for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, parents, carers, families and others who support them - 30 May 2020  Letter from Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families with advice and links to guidance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staffing and Volunteering
NHS Volunteer Responders slides - 09 April 2020 Slides from NHSE and the Royal Voluntary Service showing how to make referrals to the NHS volunteer responders. 
NHS Staff: Hotel Accommodation - 20 March 2020 This document from NHSE/I sets out how NHS staff can access hotel accommodation, paid for by the NHS, if they are affected by the 14 day household isolation rules.

 

 

 

 

 

Test and Trace 
NHS Test and Trace - Information and Guidance - 27 May 2020

Documents detailing the new system:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testing for Key Workers and Household Members
See our COVID-19 - Key Worker Testing guidance page for the latest position for general practice staff and access to testing in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. 
Humber Antibody Testing Briefing Paper - 17 July 2020 Prepared by Humber region Directors of Public Health, this paper considers the two types of tests available for COVID-19 and how these results should be interpreted
Antibody testing - 24 June 2020 Link to our news item which gives the latest information regarding the situation with antibody testing for staff and patients locally.
Testing for Covid-19 - Briefing and Testing Priorities - 15 June 2020 Briefing published by Directors of Public Health Humber. This is local advice developed by the Humber Directors’ of Public Health based on the current evidence. 
Antibody Testing - Q&A - May 2020 Document circulated by NHSEI which answers questions on antibody testing. 
Clinical Interpretation of Test Results for Key Workers and Household Members - 01 May 2020 This guidance summarises the eligibility criteria for testing of key workers and recommendations to aid the interpretation of test results.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vulnerable/At Risk Patients and Shielding
Future of Shielding - 23 June 2020

Information on the changes to the shielded patients programme announced by the government on 22 June 2020:

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 (weblink) Guidance for the public from gov.uk. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women and Children's Health
Tonsillar examination in children and infection risk Infection control implications for asymptomatically infected children. Produced by RCPCH and the British Paediatric Allergy Immunity & Infection Group.
How to manage contraceptive provision without face to face consultations A resource to manage contraception through telephone consultation during the pandemic including extensions to coil and implant use. Published by Primary Care Women's Health Forum. 
Coronavirus and helping children with autism Webinars to signpost parents / carers of autistic children who are struggling with the changes brought about by the pandemic. Hosted by the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Advice and guidance:

 

 

NHS England and NHS Improvement: Coronavirus - Primary Care These pages have links to the up-to-date guidance healthcare professionals need to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Gov.UK: Guidance for Health Professionals Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases.
Public Health England: Coronavirus Resources   Advice for the public on how to protect themselves and others, and how to stop the spread of the virus. 
Advice for the Public Advice for the public on what to do if they have symptoms, how to stop it spreading, travel advice, and information on how the government is responding. 
Ask for a test to check if you have coronavirus  Online portal to ask for a test for people who have symptoms. Practice staff are recommended to use the CCG route for prioritsed testing - see our key worker testing page
BMA - Covid-19: Toolkit for GPs and GP Practices Comprehensive guidance for GPs, partners and practice managers to manage employment and contractual issues and service provision during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Royal College of General Practitioners - Covid-19 Guidance Resources from the RCGP include FAQS and a resource hub. 
Doctors of the World - Coronavirus Information Latest NHS guidelines translated into 60 languages, produced in partnership with the British Red Cross.  
HERPC (Hull and East Riding Prescribing Committee) Hull and East Riding Prescribing Committee addresses prescribing and medicines management issues across primary and secondary care.
Humber Local Resilience Forum The Humber Local Resilience Forum (Humber LRF) is a multi-agency partnership made of representatives from local public services, the emergency services, local authorities, the NHS, the Environment Agency and others.

  

Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 3058 views

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