Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do, Cabinet Office (updated 6th July 2020)
Frequently asked questions on what you can and can't do during the coronavirus outbreak. Recent updates: 1. 6th July 2020: Guidance updated in line with new regulations coming into force on 4th July. 2. 24th June 2020: Addition of attachment:'Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do after 4th July'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The post-pandemic future for city centre office space, CEBM
VERDICT: Working from home has environmental and social benefits.Offices are still needed for innovation, collaboration, learning and networking though.Smaller, local offices could reduce commuting and promote more inclusive workplaces.This productivity opportunity would then provide economic benefits as well. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Death Data in England update 5th July, CEBM
COVID-19 death data in England as of 5th July 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The ethics of COVID-19 treatment studies: too many are open, too few are double-masked, CEBM
A WHO panel, convened during the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic, assessed the ethical implications of using medicines that have shown promising results in the laboratory and in animal models, but before they have been evaluated for safety and efficacy in humans. They concluded that researchers have a moral duty to evaluate unproven interventions (for treatment or prevention) in clinical trials that are of the best possible design in exceptional circumstances. Circumstances such as apply today. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Specific patient groups and settings, RCGP (updated 6th July 2020)
Information on dealing with specific patient groups throughout the COVID-19 period. Updates in this version: In Paediatrics and Child Health& Pregnancy and Sexual Health: update of'Postnatal Maternal and Infant Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A guide for general practice (Version 2)', published 3rd July 2020. In Care Homes: inclusion of a short module on the Medicines Re-use scheme - July 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus: Top 10 tips on what to do in primary care, RCGP (updated 3rd July 2020)
Key information for GPs during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, PHE (updated 6th July 2020)
Latest updates: 6th July 2020 Updated guidance with changes that apply from 6th July 2020. 3rd July 2020 Updated guidance on shielding and social distancing. 3rd July 2020 Easy-read guidance added. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus: Separated Families and Contact with Children in Care FAQs (UK), House of Commons Library
This Briefing Paper provides brief information in response to some key questions regarding the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on separated families, maintenance arrangements and access to children. It should be read as correct at the time of publication (1st July 2020). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Support for local leadership - peer offer on testing, contract tracing and outbreak management, LGA
In June 2020 local government and directors of public health were identified as critical in managing the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this document is to support council leaders, the chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, and chief executive officers by providing a checklist to establish if they are working in a way that would support planning for a local outbreak. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing data methodology, DHSC (updated 4th July 2020)
Information on the data sources and methodology used to provide the daily statistics on coronavirus testing. 4 July 2020 Updates have been made throughout the methodology note, including adding new sections to'methodology'and'positive cases'. 2 June 2020 First published. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Don't rely on temperature screening products for detection of coronavirus (COVID-19), MHRA
Warning that thermal cameras and other such “temperature screening” products, some of which make direct claims to screen for COVID-19, are not a reliable way to detect if people have the virus. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Neurological associations of COVID-19, The Lancet Neurology
This article summarises evidence to date for COVID-19, examines putative disease mechanisms, and suggests a framework for investigating patients with suspected COVID-19-associated neurological disease to support clinico-epidemiological, disease mechanism, and treatment studies (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Returning the NHS to an even keel, Royal College of Physicians
This briefing provides insight into the challenges facing medical specialties after the first wave of Covid-19. It captures several aspects of restarting activity and shows that half of specialties expect to be working at less than pre-Covid-19 activity for at least 12 months. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Strategic health authorities and regions: lessons from history,Nuffield Trust
This report looks at what lessons might be learned from previous experience (1996-2012) of such regional bodies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Regular coronavirus retesting rolled out for care home staff and residents, DHSC
Care home staff will be tested for coronavirus weekly and residents will be tested every month, as part of a new social care testing strategy. Repeat testing will initially be prioritised for those care homes primarily looking after the over 65s or those with dementia. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Publication of an interim clinical commissioning policy: Remdesivir for patients hospitalised with COVID-19 (adults and children of 12 years and older), MHRA
The scientific opinion given for remdesivir via the Early Access to Medicines Scheme has now lapsed, and an interim clinical commissioning policy has been put in place to define routine access to the drug in the treatment of COVID-19 across the UK. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Leading in isolation during COVID-19, King's Fund
A manager in an independent care home provides a view from the frontline and reflects on some of the challenges and key learnings from leading in isolation during the pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Gambling harm time for action
This report by the House of Lords Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry warns that more needs to be done to prevent gambling-related harm. The reports makes more than 50 recommendations to address the misery that a gambling addiction can visit on individuals and their families and friends. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Making parks count
This report makes the business case for parks, why they matter and why they are a'smart investment'. It argues that parks in England deliver more than £ 6.6 billion of health, climate change and environmental benefits each year, including £ 2.2 billion in avoided health costs alone, and that for every £ 1 spent on parks in England an estimated £ 7 in additional value for health and wellbeing and the environment is generated. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Evaluating social prescribing
This briefing provides a review of the research methods and approaches used to evaluate UK-based social prescribing interventions in recent years, to inform health care and social services professionals, as well as organisations delivering social prescribing interventions and those conducting evaluations of them. It aims to give an overview of how social prescribing has been evaluated, and what can be learnt from this. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Measuring poverty 2020
This report aims to provide a comprehensive account of poverty based on the Commission's measurement framework. It provides both a detailed overview of the extent and nature of poverty in the UK today and considers the impact on different areas such as family and relationships, education, health, finances and the labour market. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Briefing on individuals with NRPF who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness and destitution during the Covid-19 pandemic, Project 17
Many individuals are unable to access social housing or most welfare benefits due to their immigration status. This includes those with'no recourse to public funds'(NRPF), an immigration condition that restricts access to mainstream welfare support such as universal credit and local authority homelessness assistance. Without the safety net of social security, these individuals are at high risk of homelessness, destitution and exploitation, and are therefore particularly vulnerable to the effects of the pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The outlook for the public finances under the long shadow of COVID-19, IFS
This report outlines how the Covid-19 outbreak – and the public health response to it – will dramatically reduce economic activity in the second quarter of 2020. This in turn will depress tax receipts and add to government spending, increasing government borrowing and adding to government debt. This report sets out three scenarios for the ou tlook for growth over the next five years and describes what each of these might mean for government borrowing and government debt. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Children in lockdown: the consequences of the coronavirus for children living in poverty, The ChildhoodTrust
This report documents the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on disadvantaged and vulnerable children in London. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The mental health emergency: how has the coronavirus pandemic impacted our mental health?, MIND
Mind has announced five key tests for the UK government as part of its recovery plan for mental health: investing in community services; protecting those most at risk and addressing inequalities faced by people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities; reforming the Mental Health Act; providing a financial safety net through the benefits system; and supporting children and young people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 6th July 2020)
Latest update: 6th July 2020 - updated global case numbers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Environmental Weather Conditions and Influence on Transmission of SARS-CoV-2, CEBM
Weather conditions appear to influence transmission of SARS-CoV-2, although evidence is not sufficient nor consistent enough to allow causation to be definitely inferred. Available studies, of low to moderate quality, tend to report lower transmission at warmer temperatures, and higher transmission in colder temperatures typical of the winter season, along with exacerbating effects of humidity, high levels of pollution, and low wind speed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Pandemic ready? How post-Brexit negotiations could affect our ability to manage another coronavirus, NHS Confederation
Following the EU-UK statement on 15 June calling for new momentum in future relationship negotiations, the Brexit Health Alliance has published a briefing highlighting how the outcome of those negotiations could affect the UK's ability to manage another pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Covid-19: how is it impacting on prisoners' health?, Nuffield Trust
Following early concerns that prisons could see a rapid spread of Covid-19, the prison estate's own version of lockdown has led to most prisoners being in their cells for 23 hours a day. With the numbers affected by the virus in prison not as high as initially feared, Miranda Davies take a closer look at what life might be like in prisons while Covid-19 remains a threat – and what it might mean for access to health care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Chart of the week: Covid-19's impact on public finances and government borrowing, Nuffield Trust
John Appleby highlights the immense changes to government finances in recent months precipitated by the coronavirus, and considers what this might mean for health services in future. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Infection control e-learning course, SCIE
Infection prevention and control are essential to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This video-based course for care providers in care homes and home care will teach you about the spread of infection and what you can do to protect both yourself and the people you care for. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 3rd July 2020, ONS
Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 25th June to 28th June 2020 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Global pandemic: how do teenagers and families feel?, The Mental Elf
Dafni Katsampa reflects on a new piece of qualitative research led by a 15 year old researcher, which focuses on teenagers'experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and presents a set of recommendations for parents and families that cover mental wellbeing, the importance of routine, exercise and screen time. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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BOA Guidance update on Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs), British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)
In light of a new evidence review by Health Protection Scotland which is endorsed by the Government's New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), the BOA has issued a guidance update on Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs) and PPE. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Guidance on resumption of vascular surgery. Vascular Society
This guidance document follows a special meeting of the National Joint Vascular Implementation Board to consider joint advice to the wider vascular community in the light of COVID-19 experience to date, and to suggest measures for the resumption of a more normal vascular service in the future. We acknowledge with the geographical variations, manpower constraints and hospital facilities, some of the proposed solutions will not be possible. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Risk assessments for at-risk staff groups: Letter from Prerana Issar, Dr Nikki Kanani and Amanda Pritchard, NHS England
As employers, we each have a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of our own staff. Completing risk assessments for at-risk members of staff is a vital component of this. All employers need to make significant progress in deploying risk assessments within the next two weeks and complete them – at least for all staff in at-risk groups – within four weeks. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 waste management standard operating procedure, NHS England
This document sets out the waste management approach for all healthcare facilities including primary care facilities and testing facilities in England and Wales during the COVID-19 outbreak. Updates to Version 1, published on 6 April 2020, are highlighted in yellow. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Guidance to NHS trusts, NHS Foundation trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the Cabinet Office procurement policy note, NHS England
Guidance to NHS trusts, NHS Foundation trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the Cabinet Office procurement policy note. Version 2, 3 July 2020, updated to reflect PPN04/20 – changes highlighted in yellow. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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The Mental Health Emergency. How has the coronavirus pandemic impacted our mental health? Mind
Mind has announced five key tests for the UK government as part of its recovery plan for mental health: investing in community services; protecting those most at risk and addressing inequalities faced by people from black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities; reforming the Mental Health Act; providing a financial safety net through the benefits system; and supporting children and young people. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Home delivery of medicines and appliances during the COVID-19 outbreak: service specifications and guidance, NHS England
A Community Pharmacy Home Delivery Service during the COVID-19 outbreak is being commissioned from community pharmacy (and a similar service from dispensing doctors) to ensure delivery of medicines to eligible patients who should not present in the pharmacy. The service is made up of two elements; an Essential Service and an Advanced Service. This guidance covers the Essential Service only and there is a separate service specification for the Advanced Service. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Staying alert and safe (social distancing), Cabinet Office (updated 3rd July 2020)
Latest updates: 1. 3rd July 2020: Updated to reflect changes that come in on 4th July. 2. 24th June 2020: New guidance added. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus cases in the UK: daily updated statistics, DHSC/PHE (updated 6th July 2020)
As of 5pm on 5th July, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 44,236 have died across all settings. As of 9am on 6th July, 285,768 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK (pillars 1& 2). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, PHE (updated 3rd July 2020)
Latest Updates 3 July 2020 Easy-read guidance added. 23 June 2020 Updated guidance. 5 June 2020 Updated guidance for young people to reflect that those who are shielding can now leave their homes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Ability to record EU settled status on ESR confirmed, NHS Employers
New fields to record EU pre and settled status are set to be released by Electronic Staff Record (ESR) on 31 July. The new functionality will include the ability to record EU Settlement status, using the following options: (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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NMC to reopen OSCE test centres this month, NHS Employers
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that from 20 July, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) test centres will reopen. The move will allow nursing and midwifery professionals trained outside the EEA to complete their tests in a socially distanced way, and tests can be booked at any of the three UK test centres from today (2 July). (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Pillar 1 NHS labs COVID-19 testing turnaround time data, NHS England
COVID-19 testing turnaround time in NHS pathology laboratories. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Young carers and young adult carers: providing care during coronavirus, DHSC
Guidance and information for people under the age of 25 who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Children In Lockdown: The Consequences of the Coronavirus Crisis for Children Living in Poverty
This report draws together emerging evidence from available studies to highlight some of the most pressing concerns that government and third sector organisations need to address to mitigate this crisis for children during covid 19 pandemic. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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RECOVERY POSITION: What next for the NHS?
Briefing offers snapshot view of the sector's position as trusts emerge from 1st peak& move towards'new normal'. It shares different approaches trusts have put in place to continue caring for non-COVID patients,& highlights work done to return to sustainable level of services. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 rapid guideline: rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders [NG167], NICE (updated 2nd July 2020)
Latest updates. 2 July 2020 We added a bullet point to recommendation 3.2 to highlight the possible risk of adrenal crisis for patients on long-term corticosteroids. 21 May 2020 We added a link from recommendation 3.2 to the advice in NICE's COVID-19 rapid guideline: children and young people who are immunocompromised on factors to take into account when considering temporarily stopping some drugs. We aligned recommendation 1.4 with current government advice on social distancing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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