Coronavirus Information Centre
A collection of resources and links for community nurses and allied health professionals.
Resources related to Covid-19 for community nurses and allied health professionals.
The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has published information for healthcare professionals on the three authorised vaccines:
Living with Covid-19 (Long Covid) and Beyond – community and primary care nursing resource
The QNI has just published a resource – commissioned by NHSE/I – for nurses working in community, care homes and primary care and also to the wider multi-disciplinary team to ensure access to the required clinical knowledge, care responses and skills when caring for people during their recovery and rehabilitation from the virus. Living with Covid-19 Community and Primary Care Nursing Resource
Covid age risk assessment
Re-deployment of Health Visitors and other specialists supporting children and families.
New guidance has been issued by Public Health England and the NHS about the need to support key services for vulnerable children and families during the winter. Letter R.E HVs and SNs 7th October 2020.
The effect of Covid-19 on the UK’s nursing and residential homes
A survey of the QNI’s Care Home Nurses Network was carried out by the QNI International Community Nursing Observatory (ICNO) to understand more about the impact of Covid-19 on the Care Home Nurse workforce. Read the report and the press release here.
QNI Rapid Training plans
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the redeployment of staff to work in the community, primary care and care home settings, the QNI has developed a set of rapid training plans to assist nurses making the transition into unfamiliar settings. We hope you will find them useful as a benchmark.
NHS 111 is seeking experienced nurses to work in the National Covid-19 Assessment service. Nurses will receive fast track inductions and training, work from home, complete telephone assessments and then direct patients appropriately. Registered nurses wishing to be considered for this service should contact firstname.lastname@example.org . Nurses in England should use the same email address for any queries about returning to work in the NHS.
After-care needs of inpatients recovering from COVID-19
- NHS: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
- UK Government advice:
- NHS Community Services Standard Operating Procedure www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-standard-operating-procedure-community-health-services/
- UK Government advice translated into 20 languages:
- Nursing and Midwifery Council: www.nmc.org.uk/news/coronavirus
- Skills for Health’s guidance and support for the public sector in response to COVID-19: www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/covid-19-coronavirus-info
- The RCN – COVID-19 (coronavirus) FAQs: www.rcn.org.uk/get-help/rcn-advice/covid-19
- RCN advice re hand hygiene and skin health
- NHS Volunteer Referral Form and FAQs
- Resuscitation Council: statement on Covid-19
- The NICE rapid guideline for symptom management in the community: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng163
- Beyond Words: a free pictorial resource “Beating the Virus”
- Update from NHS England and NHS Improvement: Published docs and resources_29 May 2020
- Advice about heatwaves and Covid-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england
Understanding the Nurse Deployment Process
- Skills for Care has produced a flowchart which shows the journey up until the point of a registered nurse being deployed. The flowchart shows what you need to do and what happens after you’ve filled in the NHS and Social Care Capacity Tracker, which is the first step. They’ve also updated their website to include information about what training a nurse should have prior to deployment and how to access it, and indemnity and insurance arrangements. Find out more.
Personal Protective Equipment
- Public Health England’s guidance on COVID-19 personal protective equipment: www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control/covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-ppe
- The National Supply Disruption line:
Tel: 0800 915 9964
Emergency ordering online: www.supplychain.nhs.uk/covid19/ordering
Looking after your mental well-being during Covid-19
- COVID-19 Psychological Wellbeing in Healthcare Workers
- Society of Occupational Medicine – advice for supporting people returning to work
- Advice from 4 Mental Health: Building your wellbeing and helping you cope
- RCN’s mindfulness based videos for nursing staff
- MIND advice to support mental wellbeing: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
- Blog from Mental Health UK, ‘Managing your mental health as a key worker during the coronavirus outbreak’
- A learning course about the psychological impact of the pandemic: www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-impact-of-covid-19
- NHS Employers guidance to wellbeing
Macmillan’s new Covid-19 resources
- A safe site on LearnZone (via enrolment key) with links to coronavirus guidance and resources
- Topics covered include: Emotional health and Wellbeing, Cancer and Covid19: including treatment info for nurses and AHP’s, End of Life Care and bereavement, Communication skills and difficult conversations, Resources you can use to support your patients, General and other resources.
- If you do not already have a LearnZone account, you can create one at; https://learnzone.macmillan.org.uk/login/signup.php?ga=2.118657033.1631791940.1586166299-1936566431.1569233690 When you first access each set of resources, you will be asked for the enrolment key: For every set of resources, the key is covid19.
Advice for Care Homes
- NHSE/I standard operating procedure for running a medicines re-use scheme in a care home or hospice setting.
- Priority medicines for palliative and end of life care during a pandemic, developed by the Association of Palliative Medicine , Royal College of GPs, Hospice UK and the Association of Supportive and Palliative Care Pharmacy, working with NHS England and NHS Improvement.
- New support guidance for care home managers/staff produced by Covid Trauma Response Working Group
- UK Government advice for residential care, supported living and care homes: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance
- Resource links from the Care Provider Alliance: www.careprovideralliance.org.uk/business-continuity-infection-control-flu.html
- Resources from the British Geriatric Society:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US) advice:
- Video lessons for care homes to support staff to identify & manage deterioration: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrVQaAxyJE3cJ1fB9K2poc9pXn7b9WcQg
- AHSN Network – spotting the early soft signs of deterioration and sepsis https://www.ahsnnetwork.com/spotting-the-early-soft-signs-of-sepsis
- Care UK – useful information about coronavirus: www.careuk.com/care-homes/our-response-to-coronavirus
- QNI’s Care Home Nurses Forum on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/142108340504857
- QNI’s Transition to Community Nursing learning resource online: www.qni.org.uk/nursing-in-the-community/transition-community-nursing/care-home-nursing
- Skills for Care single point of contact for employing registered nurses in care homes: www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Learning-development/Regulated-professionals/Nursing/COVID-19-nurse-deployment.aspx
- Scottish Quality Safety Fellowship – video about COVID-19 and care homes: https://vimeo.com/402476650
Advice for General Practice Nurses
- Minimum Bridging Competencies for General Practice Nurses transitioning to Community Nursing, a new resource commissioned by NHS England and Improvement and developed by the QNI.
- General Practice Nurse Education Network: https://gpnen.org.uk/2020/03/23/covid-19-useful-information-for-health-professionals
- HEE’s ‘Information and Support for Nurses Working Within General Practice during Covid-19: ‘DOC-0160 Important Information & Support for Nurses during Covid 19
- Principles of safe video consulting during Covid-19 (NHSE)
Advice for Carers
Researchers at University of East Anglia have launched the “Supporting Someone with Breathlessness” website – a resource for informal carers of people with breathlessness that is evidence based, mapped to carers’ learning needs and preferences, and can be used by carers on their own, explored in peer- or clinician-led support groups, or in one-to-one sessions between clinicians and carers (and patients). It was developed for carers of patients with breathlessness due to COPD or cancer but, given the current pandemic, additionally includes guidance on how to support someone in the recovery phase of Covid-19.
Advice for Health Visitors
COVID-19 restoration of community health services for children and young people: second phase of NHS response
Health Visiting during Covid-19 – an iHV report
Psychological First Aid for Children or Young People
- Psychological First Aid (PFA) may be a useful tool for staff supporting children and young people in the children and young people secure estate. This is a guide to using it with this group. COVID-19 Psychological First Aid
Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care
- Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak
- The RSHE Mental Wellbeing teacher training module
Advice for Homeless Health Professionals
- COVID19 and changes to the Care Act 2014 – A briefing for homelessness providers and practitioners + short video of implications for practice
- Safeguarding Toolkit for adults experiencing homelessness and exclusion – to be used by any practitioner working across homelessness SafeguardingToolkit(DRAFT-PDF)
- QNI Homeless Health Network: www.qni.org.uk/nursing-in-the-community/homeless-health-programme/homeless-health-resources
- Groundswell’s Fortnightly Homelessness Briefing monitoring the impact of Covid-19 (21 April)
Advice for Occupational Health Nurses
The documents below relate to UK plc returning to the workplace; a guide for OH professionals advising patients and employers, and the last one is designed to help businesses ensure their workplace is safe for those who are returning to work.
Guides to support families and carers of people with learning disabilities (as well as managers of learning disability services)
- Jack plans ahead for Coronavirus – This is about deciding together (in advance) whether someone should go into hospital when they get ill with the virus, and what to think about they are ill (or dying) at home or in hospital.
- When someone dies from Coronavirus – This guide is about supporting people with learning disabilities when someone they love dies at this time of social isolation.