Health, social care organisations and coronavirus - what you need to know, ICO
We know that health organisations across the UK are working quickly, flexibly and under extraordinary pressure. The ICO can help by offering reassurance over data protection matters during the coronavirus pandemic.The UK's data protection laws do not prevent health organisations from providing the information that's needed; whether that's to protect people from coronavirus, or to provide the care that's needed to help patients. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Workplace testing guidance for employers, ICO
The ICO recognises the unprecedented challenges we are all facing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.We know you might need to share information quickly or adapt the way you work. Data protection will not stop you doing that.We have also produced specific advice for health and social care organisations during the coronavirus pandemic, along with guidance for employers conducting workplace testing. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Latest COVID19 guidance updates, NHS Employers
See the most recent updates to the COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Access resources to support staff with disabilities, NHS Employers
Following the recent announcement by NHS England and NHS Improvement to reinstate the Workforce Disability Equality Standard (WDES) reporting for 2020, we have pulled together a summary of key dates and resources to help you improve the experiences of disabled staff in the workplace. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Second phase of NHS response to COVID-19 for cancer services: Letter from Dame Cally Palmer and Professor Peter Johnson, NHS England
Local systems and Cancer Alliances were asked to identify ring-fenced diagnostic and surgical capacity for cancer, so that referrals, diagnostics and treatment can be brought back to pre-pandemic levels at the earliest opportunity to minimise potential harm, and to reduce the scale of the post-pandemic surge in demand. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus: Top tips, RCGP (updated 10th June 2020)
Key information for GPs during the COVID-19 outbreak. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Specialist issues with COVID-19, RCGP (updated 10th June 2020)
This section of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 resource hub provides information on dealing with specific patient groups throughout the COVID-19 period. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Clinical management, RCGP (updated 10th June 2020)
Essential information for GPs about COVID-19, from symptoms to diagnosis to protecting practice staff. This is part of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 resource hub. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 10th June 2020)
Update in this version (published 10th June) - updated global case numbers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings, PHE (updated 10th June 2020)
Update in this version (published 10th June) - updated flowcharts with additional guidance on clinical symptoms. Update in version published 8th June - removed action for individuals with negative test result from'Symptomatic worker flowchart'. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Department of Health and Social Care rolls out testing in all adult social care settings, including to people with a learning disability
This follows CQC data showing a significant increase in deaths of people with a learning disability, and that the impact of COVID-19 on this group is being felt at a younger age range than in the wider population. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Assessment and management of adults with asthma during the covid-19 pandemic, BMJ
Review states in those with symptoms of acute asthma, corticosteroids can and should be used if indicated and not withheld on the basis of suspected COVID-19 as a trigger. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Ethnicity and Outcomes of COVID-19 Patients in England
Study (n=72,358) found that compared to the overall population, individuals from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds were more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 at a younger age, to be admitted to hospital& intensive care, and less likely to survive. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Characteristics and outcomes of pregnant women admitted to hospital with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in UK: national population based cohort study
Study (n=427) found most pregnant women admitted to hospital with SARS-CoV-2 infection were in the late second or third trimester, supporting guidance for continued social distancing measures in later pregnancy. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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After-care needs of inpatients recovering from COVID-19, NHS England (updated 8th June 2020)
This guidance supports primary care and community health services to meet the immediate and longer-term care needs of patients discharged following an acute episode of COVID-19, by describing the typical expected health care needs of these patients, post-discharge. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Remote consultation and triaging, RCGP (updated 10th June 2020)
Part of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 Resource Hub, this provides advice on adapting to changing consultation formats, including best practice for online and telephone triage appointments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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GP wellbeing, RCGP (updated 10th June 2020)
This section of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 resource hub provides support for GPs during this challenging time, including wellbeing, resilience and mental health resources. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Local delivery: protecting social infrastructure
This report recommends that ministers must fund and empower local people to run vital community businesses and service hubs that can help neighbourhoods thrive beyond the immediate Covid-19 pandemic. It calls on central government to show consistency and political will in supporting grass roots community ventures – or risk hampering recovery by sapping the energy and enthusiasm of capable volunteers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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GP wellbeing, RCGP (updated 9th June 2020)
This section of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 resource hub provides support for GPs during this challenging time, including wellbeing, resilience and mental health resources. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Remote consultation and triaging, RCGP (updated 9th June 2020)
Part of RCGP Learning's COVID-19 Resource Hub, this provides advice on adapting to changing consultation formats, including best practice for online and telephone triage appointments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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BAME women and Covid-19: research evidence, Fawcett Society
This analysis from the Fawcett Society — together with the Women's Budget Group, Queen Mary University London and London School of Economics — reveals the pressure on BAME women during the coronavirus lockdown. Forty-three per cent of disabled or retired BAME women and 48 per cent of BAME men say that they had lost government support compared with 13 per cent of white women and 21 per cent of white men. More than half (51 per cent) of BAME women say they were not sure where to turn for help compared with one in five (19 per cent) of white women. This is despite the fact that BAME people have been found to be mo...
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Managing theatre processes for planned surgery between COVID-19 surges, RCS
There is marked uncertainty amongst operating theatre team members as to which infection prevention and control precautions should be taken when treating screened patients in planned surgical pathways. This applies in particular to which personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear and whether or how long to wait for aerosols to be cleared from clinical areas by ventilation systems. Provides pragmatic recommendations based on currently available guidance, knowledge and opinion. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Emergency Department Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) during the Coronavirus Pandemic, RCEM
This document describes best infection prevention and control (IPC) in Emergency Departments. This document is for health and management professionals who work in emergency departments or have responsibility for running and regulating emergency departments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Adaptation of the BSG guidelines on the management of acute severe ulcerative colitis in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: a RAND appropriateness panel, BSG
Management of acute severe ulcerative colitis (ASUC) during the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic presents significant dilemmas. We aimed to provide COVID-19-specific guidance using current British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) guidelines as a reference point. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 Rapid Summary: Modelling the Pandemic, House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology
Many members of the public are puzzled and anxious about aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These short summaries of our regular meetings are a record of evidence heard from scientists with internationally recognised expertise about what is known and unknown about the developing science, and which we hope will be helpful to the public. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Carers Week 2020 research report: The rise in the number of unpaid carers during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, Carers UK
Based on polling conducted in May 2020, figures show that an estimated 4.5 million people in the UK have become unpaid carers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is on top of the 9.1 million unpaid carers who were already caring before the outbreak, bringing the total to 13.6 million. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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BAME women and Covid-19 Research evidence, Fawcett Society
This analysis from the Fawcett Society — together with the Women's Budget Group, Queen Mary University London and London School of Economics — reveals the pressure on BAME women during the coronavirus lockdown. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Minimising nosocomial infections in the NHS: Letter from Amanda Pritchard, Ruth May and Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England
This letter helps to clarify the steps which organisations should be taking to minimise nosocomial infections, protect staff and ensure the timely reporting and management of outbreaks and staff absence in the NHS. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Death Data in England Update 8th June, CEBM
Latest death data figures in England as of 8th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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No clinical benefit from use of hydroxychloroquine in hospitalised patients with COVID-19, University of Oxford
We have concluded that there is no beneficial effect of hydroxychloroquine in patients hospitalised with COVID-19. We have therefore decided to stop enrolling participants to the hydroxychloroquine arm of the RECOVERY Trial with immediate effect. We are now releasing the preliminary results as they have important implications for patient care and public health.'A total of 1542 patients were randomised to hydroxychloroquine and compared with 3132 patients randomised to usual care alone. There was no significant difference in the primary endpoint of 28-day mortality (25.7% hydroxychloroquine vs. 23.5% usual care; hazard rati...
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COVID-19 restoration of community health services for children and young people: second phase of NHS response, NHS England
This guidance outlines the restoration of community health services for children and young people. This document supersedes the prioritisation guidance for community health services first published on 20 March and subsequently updated on 2 April. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Visiting healthcare inpatient settings during the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS England
This guidance provides advice on how NHS organisations may choose to facilitate visiting across healthcare inpatient settings (including mental health, learning disability and autism, children and maternity) and is subject to local discretion. This guidance supersedes and replaces the NHS'Visitor guidance'dated 8 April 2020. The national suspension on visiting imposed under that guidance is now lifted. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Estimated number of adults who are morbidly obese in England, PHE
This document shows the estimated number of adults who are morbidly obese in England by age, sex, ethnic group, and deprivation quintile. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms reported through NHS Pathways and 111 online
This data is based on potential COVID-19 symptoms reported by members of the public to NHS Pathways through NHS 111 or 999 and 111 online, and is not based on the outcomes of tests for coronavirus. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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False Negative Tests for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Challenges and Implication
This article discusses the challenges of diagnostic test accuracy in terms of specificity and sensitivity. A big concern has been test availability, but test accuracy may prove a larger long-term problem. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Innovation and inspiration: examples of how providers are responding to coronavirus (COVID-19), CQC
These examples of new procedures and ways of working, reflect how providers are responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). We recognise the enormity of challenges faced by health and care providers in responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). At very short notice, services developed new procedures and ways of working. They looked at how they work with others and how people they care for can stay in touch with family and friends. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Results from laboratory based tests for COVID-19 antibodies using capillary blood sample collection kits may not be reliable, MHRA
This medical device alert covers issues with both laboratory based tests for COVID-19 antibodies (unvalidated sample type) and capillary blood sample collection kits (unvalidated for home use) and is for information only. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Visiting healthcare inpatient settings during the COVID-19 pandemic
This guidance provides advice on how NHS organisations may choose to facilitate visiting across healthcare inpatient settings (including mental health, learning disability and autism, children and maternity) and is subject to local discretion. This guidance supersedes and replaces the NHS'Visitor guidance'dated 8 April 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk in the UK, DHSC/PHE (updated 9th June 2020)
As of 9am on 8th June, there have been 5,731,576 tests, with 138,183 tests on 7th June. 287,399 people have tested positive. As of 5pm on 7th June, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings, 40,597 have died. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: PHE assessment of laboratory tests and assays, PHE
This provides information, resources and guidance relating to the evaluation of COVID-19 tests. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings, PHE (updated 8th June 2020)
Update in this version (published 8th June) - removed action for individuals with negative test result from'Symptomatic worker flowchart'. Update in version published 6th June - updated flowcharts with information on self isolation for cases identified as contacts via the test and trace system. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Supporting the mental health of infants in care during the pandemic, NSPCC
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our team has been considering the experience of the infants with whom we work, and how to collaborate with caregivers and parents to support their wellbeing. The impact of COVID-19 and governmental restrictions is universal; for many, it has been accompanied by worry and discomfort in uncertainty. For families with young children in care, often facing high levels of stress and adversity already, these circumstances are especially challenging. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: Death Data in England Update 7th June, CEBM
Death data in England, updated 7th June 2020. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19 & clinical management of mental health issues , NIHR: Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre
Summary of the best available guidance about key COVID-19 questions that frontline mental health clinicians are facing every day. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Covid-19 has exposed the'stark inequalities' that exist in our society: The King's Fund responds to the PHE report on disparities of the risks and outcomes of Covid-19, Kings Fund
Response to the latest Public Health England report, Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19, by Sally Warren, Director of Policy at The King's Fund. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Supporting mental health during Covid-19: a brief guide, Centre for Mental Health
This resource is intended to be used in workplaces, communities, organisations and charities as a very brief guide to having a conversation about mental health. It provides links to sources of help and support as well as practical ideas and information for people who may need some support to maintain their wellbeing during these challenging times. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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COVID-19: background information, PHE (updated 8th June 2020)
Update in this version (published 8th June) - updated global case numbers. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Coronavirus (Covid-19) serology and viral detection testing: UK procurement overview, DHSC
This guidance aims to help developers of Covid-19 tests understand how their tests are assessed for procurement and use in the UK. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Covid-19 testing data: methodology note, DHSC
The DHSC publishes daily statistics on Covid-19 testing and provides daily updates to the Cabinet Office for use in the government's daily media briefings. These statistics cover: testing for Covid-19 – tests, people tested, and positive cases; and capacity to process tests – which is published weekly. This document sets out information on the data sources and methodology used to generate each of these headline measures. It will be updated with further detail on an ongoing basis. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19, PHE
This is a descriptive review of surveillance data on disparities in the risk and outcomes from Covid-19. The review looked at different factors, including: age and sex; where people live; deprivation; ethnicity; people's occupation; and care home residence. The review's findings are based on the latest surveillance data available to PHE and from links to wider health datasets. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
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