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COVID-19 UPDATE BRIEFING DDLMC – 30.06.2020

NATIONAL UPDATES

New to Partnership Scheme. The long-awaited detail on the new to partnership incentive scheme has now been published . The scheme officially launches tomorrow, and you will note that the application form states ‘draft’. An operational version which can be submitted as an application will be placed on the site first thing tomorrow morning. At present, this applies to registered clinicians only. GPC are still working with NHSE to include Practice Managers in the scheme but complications with final pay controls meant they couldn’t be included at this stage.

LOCAL UPDATES

Service update. Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has provided an update on provides mental health, learning disabilities and substance misuse (drug and alcohol) services. (Attachment 1).

Universal Services for Carers in Derby. The CCG, City Council and Citizens Advice have developed a training and support package for Carers. (Attachment 2).

Derbyshire Voluntary Action – Supporting Mental Health. Get psychological first aid (PFA) training and help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19. (Attachment 3).

OTHER UPDATES

Tele-dermatology. Consultant Connect have produced a short guide for patients taking photos of skin conditions for tele-dermatology. (Attachment 4 and 5).

CRH MacMillan Newsletter. (Attachment 6).

Hot Weather. PHE have produced guidance on dealing with COVID-19 during the hotter summer months. (Attachment 7).

Clinical Waste SOP. The SOP for dealing with clinical waste has been updated. (Attachment 8).

General Practice Nurses. NHSE/I and HEE have produced a guide to retaining Practice Nurses. While it is based on a study in London, many of the findings are applicable here and it is worth a read. (Attachment 9).

Risk assessments for at-risk staff groups. Further to our update on Friday the CCG have asked us to share the following:

Firstly, thank you to those practices who have completed risk assessments for their staff during these challenging times. The national team have written to Chairs and CEOs around their concern that some staff are reporting that they have not been risk assessed. To this end, all employers are being asked 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.
Until organisations are seen to be fully compliant, the following questions will be incorporated in the next workforce survey (which currently asks for leavers and joiners information):

  • Number of staff risk-assessed and what percentage of practice workforce this covers
  • Number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff risk assessments completed, and percentage of total risk assessments completed of whole practice workforce
  • Percentage of staff risk-assessed by staff group (by practice)
  • Additional mitigation over and above the individual risk assessments in settings where infection rates are highest

The attached letter sets out further detail, incl. that around primary care organisations remaining legally responsible for securing appropriate occupational health (OH) assessments (including staff risk assessments) for their employees. It also references the Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s risk reduction framework outlining risk factors in light of available scientific evidence. NHS Employers issued updated guidance in May, signposting useful materials. The NHS England/Improvement website contains practical tools and case studies on deploying risk assessments in primary care.
If you have any further queries in relation to this matter, please contact
sim.sall@nhs.net

PUBLIC MESSAGES

Tourism. As lockdown eases and tourism begins to reopen around the UK, many patients will be wondering what they need to do to stay safe. The BMA have produced a simple guidance poster to help patients mitigate risks and stay safe on their holiday. They have also produced a summary about the specific challenges of tourism in the UK, which outlines basic principles for a responsible 'new normal' for the tourist industry.

AND FINALLY…

Thanks to Dave Hill at the CCG who pointed out that according to the Flat Earther’s website they have members around the globe.

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