The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) are leading the UK government response to the coronavirus
Current government advice is for everyone to stay at home, except in specific situations.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
- one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
- any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
- travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home
For full guidance on staying at home visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Click here for the latest NHS Staff Council Statement on Covid-19
The HSIB are reviewing processes and approach to investigation to ensure they minimise the impact investigations have on Trusts at this time
For more information on the latest developments click here
In recognition of the current pressure on the NHS and maternity services in response to COVID-19, the NHS Resolution has announced a pause in reporting procedure for the maternity incentive scheme
For further information click here
The Department of Health and Social Care have also released the attached poster and below video highlighting the importance of hand-washing amongst other measures to combat the coronavirus. This information is to be shared amongst colleagues and women.
As the Government is currently advising people to stay at home for most of the day, which could result in not getting enough vitamin from sunshine exposure during the spring and summer. With this in mind, the Government is advising taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D. We therefore recommend that whilst the stay at home measures are in place, everyone follows this advice (including children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and older people). This advice is not about preventing coronavirus (COVID-19) or mitigating its effects. Vitamin D is needed to keep bones and muscles healthy.
For the latest government guidance on recommended PPE for healthcare workers by secondary care clinical settings context click here.
For the latest government guidance on recommended PPE for primary, outpatient community and social care click here.