COVID-19 (Coronavirus Information)

See our Coronavirus toolbox of links for a list of websites offering advice which is continually being updated

UPDATED INFORMATION 30.03.20

IOCP Chief Executive’s Newsletter – 30th March 2020

 

UPDATED INFORMATION 27.03.20

Coronavirus: UK government unveils aid for self-employed

Self-employed workers can apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits to help them cope with the financial impact of coronavirus, the chancellor has announced.

The money – up to a maximum of £2,500 a month – will be paid in a single lump sum, but will not begin to arrive until the start of June at the earliest.

Rishi Sunak told the self-employed: “You have not been forgotten.”

Wage subsidies of 80% for salaried employees were announced last week.

 

UPDATED INFORMATION 26.03.20

 

 

Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19

Businesses will be given an additional 3 months to file accounts with Companies House to help companies avoid penalties as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.

See more information here

 

UPDATED INFORMATION 25.03.20

The UK Government has today launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp

 

The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow the British public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government.

The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.

The service will also allow the government to send messages to all opted-in users if required.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information.

Prof Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director, Public Health England, said:

This service will help us ensure the public has a trusted source for the right information about coronavirus, updated with the latest public health guidance and providing assurance that they are not misled by any of the false information circulating.

Matt Idema, Chief Operating Officer, WhatsApp, said:

At difficult times like these, people are using WhatsApp more than ever to connect with and support their friends, family and communities. We are pleased to be able to provide the UK Government with the communications tools to help them answer the public’s questions about the virus with reliable, timely health advice, in order to keep people safe.

 

UPDATED INFORMATION 24.03.20

 

IOCP Chief Executive Newsletter (supplement) Tuesday, 24th March 2020

 

UPDATED INFORMATION 20.03.20

IOCP Chief Executive’s Newsletter – 20th March 2020

 

Taken from the HCPC website

Registrants will understandably be concerned about how they can keep up to date with CPD or have time to submit profiles if chosen for audit at this time.

Individuals should comply with their CPD obligations, where time allows and if it is possible to do so.

In the current circumstances our Council has taken the decision to cancel the audit process for Physiotherapists as well as stop the audit process for other professions until further notice.

We will update this page with further details about what this means shortly.

 

UPDATED INFORMATION 18.03.20

HCPC policy position – COVID-19 response

Resuscitation Council UK Statement on COVID-19 in relation to CPR and resuscitation in healthcare settings

 

UPDATED INFORMATION 17.03.20

 

Note from the Insurers AJG

The situation is ever changing for us all and insurance advice changes with that. It’s daily at the moment. In terms of advice or guidance from our perspective at this time, then it is very much the same as the advice provided by the Institute in terms of asking people to follow official, governmental guidance in terms of next steps. Members should however take the appropriate precautions of self-isolation in line with showing any of the recognised symptoms. It is very unlikely that any claim for negligence would either be made, or be deemed valid, in respect of the spread of the virus. However, if any member wants to discuss any particular matter regarding Coronavirus then please get in touch with us directly by email or phone. As we enter unprecedented times in the health sector and the public in general following the impact of Coronavirus, Gallagher is planning ahead with little or no interruption expected to its service to members in respect of insurance. With this in mind and the likelihood that many of our workers may be home based in the very near future, any requests for further information or any quotations should be directed to the following email addresses and we will arrange a call back and quotation as soon as possible Please contact either nicholas_sharman@ajg.com or matt_overfield@ajg.com

 

Handwashing and Respiratory Hygiene

There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands more often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible; 3.Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;
  3. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  4. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  5. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

 

The above has been taken from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

 

UPDATED INFORMATION 16.03.20

IOCP Chief Executives Newsletter – 16th March 2020

 

 

CORONAVIRUS 

A statement from The Institute of Chiropodists of Podiatrists about the Coronavirus

 

Dear Colleagues,

The current situation with COVID-19 is presenting a challenge to all Healthcare Professionals, but in particular to ourselves given that many colleagues routinely deal with client groups with large numbers of individuals who fall firmly within the profiles of people defined as having a high risk should they contract COVID-19. The elderly, diabetics, people with concurrent debilitating health issues etc.

The media and internet in particular, are literally awash with items and ‘advice’ from a bewildering array of sources, some good and some perhaps less so. Our position as a responsible professional body is firmly that of ‘following the science’ which description has been coined by the UK chief medical officers, and which as healthcare professionals ourselves we absolutely believe is the correct way forward.

We are appending a list of sources that we believe to present the best advice from responsible professional organisations and which should aid you in making your own informed clinical judgements in individual patient contact situations.

As all of my fellow directors are active clinicians, as am I myself, we firmly understand your concerns and we will do our utmost to ensure that you receive the very best advice we are able to source. Our head office staff will be working ceaselessly to ensure that we continue to be able to do so, but I must beg you to ensure that communications with head office via phone and email are confined to matters of necessity, as this has dramatically increased their workload, as it has indeed of the board, in keeping on top of the situation.

Further communications will be issued on an as need basis and may I assure all of you of the sincere best wishes of the board, myself and our head office staff in this trying situation.

Warmest Regards, Martin Harvey FPodM PGC BSc, Chair of Executive.

 

 

What does the NHS have to say?

It’s worth the read as it will keep you up to date with the NHS and their latest information on the Coronavirus as this may affect practical work due to circumstances below.

Briefing note on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for the independent healthcare sector
The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and NHS staff while also ensuring the public can access services as normal.  The approach being taken by the NHS is to identify potential cases of COVID-19, isolate them and then contain the virus. This model is devised to protect GP practices, the ambulance service and our emergency departments. It is designed to keep staff and patients safe while facilities remain open.

What is the advice to patients and the public?
People should call NHS 111 now if they have been:
• to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if they do not have symptoms)
• to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
• to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
• in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus.

Anyone who meets the above criteria should not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Instead they should call NHS 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

How are people tested for COVID-19?
We test individuals when they meet the criteria for a possible case of COVID-19. Most cases will require a single nose and throat swab which will be sent for testing to PHE Colindale or other identified regional laboratories. Samples required are:
• either a combined nose and throat swab in one collection tube containing universal transport medium
• or a single swab used for throat then nose
• or individual nose and throat swabs in separate collection tubes.

What happens next:
So far, the focus of our work has been to identify individuals who either have the virus or have been in close contact with someone who is known to have it. That is then followed by supervised isolation and treatment if their symptoms are significant. The isolation to date has been in a High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) unit.

The HCID response is because this is a novel virus, meaning there is potentially a high consequence for society if it spreads within the community. Patients will be isolated for as long as their symptoms continue and until their viral load has diminished to a level where it’s safe for them to be discharged and carry no risk to anybody else.

COVID-19, for the vast majority of people, is like a bad winter cold or flu. Those with mild symptoms would not normally require hospitalisation, but at this stage while we are in the identify, isolate and contain model, we are taking steps to reduce the chance of spread to the community.

What should the Independent Healthcare Partners Network be aware of?
Make sure that you ask international patients about their recent travel history. Remember to check if they have been:
• to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if they do not have symptoms)
• to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)
• to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it’s mild)

If any of the above apply then do not transfer them to your facilities, and please instruct them to follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

For more information about the Coronavirus visit, nhs.uk