Oxfordshire Primary and Community Care is working together to deliver a response the coronavirus challenge. We have put together a list of resources covering:
- COVID-19 Vaccination Training Information
- Oxfordshire Clarity TeamNet pages
- Daily Updates and information
- COVID-19 e-learning
- Looking after you and other colleagues
- Remote Consulting and Working From Home
- Cleaning for confidence: keeping NHS premises safe and clean for patients
Planning for the delivery of the COVID vaccine continues at pace. On Friday NHS England published details of how community pharmacy can support the vaccination programme. The guidance outlines how pharmacies can submit applications to be local vaccination centres as well as other ways to support the vaccination programme. NHS England are looking for site submissions by Sunday 6 December.
Community pharmacy will have an important role in a potential COVID-19 vaccination programme. Please join NHS England for our next webinar at 6pm on 2 December to find out more about the urgent preparations underway and how selected contractors will be able to provide a vaccination service from pharmacy-led designated sites. Sign up here.
Today NHS England have published the Enhanced Service Specification for Primary Care Networks who have received confirmation that they will be local vaccination centres, alongside a letter about the next steps. Many PCNs have come forward and we are very grateful for the support and commitment to making this happen in such a short space of time.
Working from Home: A Guide to Creating a Healthy and Productive Workspace
It covers important topics such as:
- The pros and cons of remote work for employers and their staff, the wider impact on society and the environment, and technological and cultural challenges that need to be addressed.
- Eye-opening statistics and surveys of work from home (WFH) employees: 68% felt more productive at home, 80% said WFH reduced their expenses, yet 57% also felt more stressed from working remotely.
- Understanding the biggest challenges faced by remote workers: dealing with stress, anxiety, and maintaining work-life balance at home.
- Practical tips and advice to set up a productive and healthy workspace at home including links to other useful resources.
Remote Assessment of Patients
Working From Home Tips
Below are some guides and useful links to help you if you are working from home, or are treating patients remotely.
- GMC guide to remote consultations
- Using video consultations – a two minute video on the successful deployment of video consultation in primary care
- Best webcam for video consults
- Video consultation tips for GPs – a 10 minute video with some tips for GPs
- How to use AccuRx – video tutorial
There have been an enormous amount of new resources added to Clarity TeamNet over the last few weeks. These pages include key information such as:
- Patient Care during coronavirus and what is CALM?
- Infection Control for CALM Clinics and General Practices
- Infection Control for Home Visiting and CALM Visiting Services
- End of Life care during COVID-19 pandemic
- CALM Services information for the North, City and South county regions
- Medication Management during COVID-19
- Staff Wellbeing page
All of this information can be accessed via the home page ‘Patient Care During Coronavirus’ within Clarity TeamNet: https://teamnet.clarity.co.uk/OXCCG/Topics/View/Details/e60274c3-d1ac-483f-8804-ab81012c005c. If you have any issues accessing this page please contact Hannah Tombs (email@example.com) at OCCG.
The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group have developed a specific daily bulletin to brief colleagues across the county. The information can be found here: https://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/staff-zone/primary-care-covid-19-information.htm
If you don’t already have log in details, creating an account is quick and simple using your NHS email address.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has worked with Future Learn to develop a new free to access online learning programme on COVID-19. On this course, you will learn the latest of what we know about COVID-19, presented by international experts. To access the course, please click here.
E-Learning for Healthcare have also produced a free e-learning module on COVID-19. To access this, please visit https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Catalogue/Index?HierarchyId=0_45016&programmeId=45016
This accelerated preceptorship guide for Health Education England, for use with newly qualified practitioners (NQPs) and Health Care Professionals (HCP’s) on the NMC Covid-19 temporary register in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The guidance is focused on how health and care organisations pan-London can support newly qualified practitioners (NQPs) and health care professionals (HCPs) on the Covid-19 temporary register.
Training for GPs
Below is a link for the RTT sessions being run for the doctors returning to frontline patient facing work to support Covid-19.
These are aimed at doctors (trainees and consultants) who have been out of training / clinical work for some time, and are served as refresher sessions / updates on practice.
General Practice Nurses
Information and support for Nurses working within General Practice during Covid-19 complied by Helen Irvine and Julia Taylor and for wider circulation
M&K Updates have made the following books available to access for free, which will be helpful for treating COVID-19;
- Ward Based Critical Care: A Guide for Health Professionals
- Respiratory Care: Assessment and Management
- Arterial Blood Gas Analysis: Making It Easy
Oxford University Press have released an ebook for free to help with the COVID-19 response.
A COVID-19 Simulation Community is now live on the Future NHS Collaboration Platform. The forum is to encourage the health and care workforce to share experiences and examples of education and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Access the community by logging in or registering. https://future.nhs.uk/system/login?nextURL=%2Fconnect%2Eti%2FCovid19simulation%2FgroupHome
The Pharmaceuticals Advisors Group (PAG) have released a document outlining the potential roles and responsibilities of pharmacy professionals in primary care during the COVID pandemic. This information is designed to assist managers and practitioners to make the best use of their resources and skill mix.
Our NHS people are doing extraordinary things in the face of an extraordinary challenge, and so need an extraordinary level of support.
This is why the NHS nationally and locally has developed a range of wellbeing support to care for and protect all of our NHS people, whether at the front line or in supporting services.
So, from 10th April, all our NHS Colleagues will have access to a range of support (#OurNHSPeople Wellbeing Support) through one point of contact:
- a free wellbeing support helpline 0300 131 7000, available from 7.00 am – 11.00 pm seven days a week, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice – including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help
- a 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline – simply text FRONTLINE to 85258
- online peer to peer, team and personal resilience support, including through Silver Cloud, and free mindfulness apps including Unmind, Headspace Sleepio and Daylight
Other resources include
- Red Whale emotional and psychological survival guide
- Oxfordshire Mind have developed a range of useful resources for people who are self-isolating or social distancing
A free psychological first aid training course is now available for all NHS staff and volunteers who dealt with the public during the pandemic.
For Primary Care Staff, both Clinical and Non Clinical
The #LookingAfterYouToo individual coaching support offer for primary care staff is available for you, if you would like to talk to a highly trained and experienced coach to process your experiences and develop practical coping strategies during Covid-19.
Active Oxfordshire have created a webpage to help people stay active at home during this time, pulling together the most useful free resources that are available.
In this resource they have
- Tried to make it as clear and easy as possible for people to find what would be useful for them
- Pulled out trusted resources – including the wide range of NHS resources that are available in digital and printable formats that may be suitable to signpost to patients/clients
- Highlighted resources for adults, older adults, children, and adults with long-term conditions
Take a look at the wide ranging list of elearning resources on COVID-19. compiled by the HEE Knowledge Management team.
The RCGP has created a COVID-19 CPD Hub to support GPs in understanding and managing the coronavirus pandemic, with topics including diagnosis, ethics and keeping your practice safe. This hub will be updated daily with the latest developments and guidance.
HEE e-Learning for Healthcare have developed a Coronavirus elearning programme which is free for all health and social care staff. The courses in the Coronavirus programme include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Resources for Staff Working in Primary Care and Community Setting, Resources for Staff being Up-Skilled or Redeployed (Nurses and AHPs), End of Life Care COVID-19, Resources for Return to Work Healthcare Staff and Staff Wellbeing and Resilience during Covid-19. More are being added all the time – see the complete list.
BMJ Learning is providing free access to its most relevant CPD online courses to update and refresh clinical knowledge for those supporting healthcare systems. BMJ Learning Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) includes nfection control and basic personal protective equipment as well as some for those returning to practice, and on wellbeing and self care during periods of increased stress.
eIntegirty have made their Coronavirus e-Learning Programme available free of charge. This programme brings together quality-assured content from Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare, NHS England and NHS Improvement, and the World Health Organization. The programme is suitable for those who are returning to the workforce to help during the current crisis.
MIMS have published a free learning plan which covers key recent prescribing developments in primary care, for GPs and nurses returning to practice during the coronavirus pandemic. As well as advice on COVID-19, the plan provides information on latest NICE guidance and recent changes to prescribing recommendations and clinical practice in key topic areas.
StudyPRN have made available a FREE COVID-19 Pandemic CPD resource, consisting of 10 ‘best of five’ style questions assessing your current knowledge of the condition. You will receive 1 hour of CPD on successful completion of this resource.
Trish Greenhalgh and others have published a Practice Note in BMJ to help those in general practice manage remote (telephone or video) COVID-19 consultations. In particular see the 1 page graphic on the last page.
(Ref Covid-19: a remote assessment in primary care. BMJ 2020;368:m1182 doi: 10.1136/bmj.m1182)
Lecturio have published an online lecture giving a brief background around the science of coronavirus.
Guidelines and evidence:
- NHS England Primary Care resources including the updates and guidance for general practice.
- Gov.uk guidance for health professionals
- NICE have developed a series of rapid guidelines and evidence reviews on Covid-19.
- CEBM have published a series of rapid reviews.
And here are our News stories around remote consultation.
- Remote consultations and digital triage 30 July, 2020
- Remote Total Triage Model in General Practice 21 July, 2020
- Remote consultation 3 July, 2020
The most up to date list can be found here
This e-learning programme was developed in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (Midlands).
The programme outlines the fundamentals of cleaning and infection prevention and control to everyone within the NHS family, with the aim of stopping the spread of Coronavirus and other infections. The public-facing element of the campaign also aims to give confidence to patients and service users that NHS services remain safe to access during the pandemic and beyond.
Why is cleaning for confidence important?
· Keeping NHS premises safe and clean for our patients is a commitment that we all share, and it is something that has never been more important than right now.
· Every single person within the NHS family has a part to play in maintaining that commitment to keeping people safe.
· A clean workplace is our first and best defence in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.
About the Cleaning for Confidence programme
The Cleaning for Confidence e-learning programme was developed to build upon staff knowledge of the good cleaning practices, that can help to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other infections where they work, both in clinical and non-clinical settings.
The e-learning session takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and a certificate can be generated on completion of the e-learning.
Everyone who completes the Cleaning for Confidence programme will become a cleaning champion, having demonstrated their commitment to keeping colleagues, patients and their families safe each and every day.
How to access the e-learning
To learn more about the e-learning, visit the Cleaning for Confidence programme page.
You can also visit the NHS England and NHS Improvement website to find a comprehensive communication toolkit that makes it easy to adopt the cleaning for confidence campaign within your organisation.