COVID-19: Infection control in general practice

COVID-19: Infection control in general practice

Fionnuala O'Donnell highlights the infection control issues practices may need to consider as they plan for increasing numbers of patients attending the surgery.

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COVID-19: Dealing with practice staff concerns about returning to work

COVID-19: Dealing with practice staff concerns about returning to work

Employment law specialist Toyah Marshall explains new government guidance on making workplaces ‘COVID secure’ and rules around at-risk staff, plus offers a legal perspective on how to handle employees who may refuse to return to work.

COVID-19 guidance round-up: Week ending 22 May

COVID-19 guidance round-up: Week ending 22 May

Medeconomics summarises the latest coronavirus guidance changes for general practice. This week: learning disabilities health checks, routine work, domestic abuse, COVID-19 testing and support for key worker families.

NHS England outlines 'principles' of COVID-19 funding for practices

NHS England outlines 'principles' of COVID-19 funding for practices

Practices will be able to claim funding for any additional staff needed to deal with an increase in workload due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to cover staff absence as a result of COVID-19, NHS England has said.

How a 'super green' practice is supporting shielded patients

How a 'super green' practice is supporting shielded patients

GPs in Herefordshire have opened a 'super green' site to ensure high-risk patients can receive face-to-face medical care in a safe environment during the coronavirus pandemic.

NHS England says practices can be flexible on NHS 111 appointment slots

NHS England says practices can be flexible on NHS 111 appointment slots

GP practices do not have to make available the full amount of appointment slots required for NHS 111 referrals during the COVID-19 outbreak if they find only a small number are being used, NHS England has said.

Practice finance during the pandemic

Practice finance during the pandemic

Specialist accountant Laurence Slavin highlights the financial issues that practices should consider during the COVID-19 outbreak.

GP contract changes as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

GP contract changes as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

Medeconomics summarises the contractual changes that have been introduced in England as a result of the current pandemic.

Coronavirus checklist for practice managers - updated

Coronavirus checklist for practice managers - updated

Checklists for practice managers to ensure that practice is on top of key issues relating to the COVID-19 outbreak. Updated on 20 April to reflect latest guidance.

Supporting staff through the COVID-19 outbreak - updated

Supporting staff through the COVID-19 outbreak - updated

A range of information and resources are available to help NHS organisations to support their staff during this unprecedented time. Medeconomics highlights key points for GP practices.


Business continuity

Business continuity checklist

Business continuity checklist

Practices should ideally check and update their business continuity plan annually. This checklist can help ensure you've covered the key issues.

Business continuity: Risk assessments and impact analysis

Business continuity: Risk assessments and impact analysis

All practices should have a disaster recovery or business continuity plan. Medeconomics explains how to prioritise services and assess risks for inclusion in your plan and highlights useful resources.

Downloadable policy: Business continuity plan

Downloadable policy: Business continuity plan

This business continuity plan can be downloaded and adapted for use in your practice.

PCNs: Collaborating with other practices on policies and processes

PCNs: Collaborating with other practices on policies and processes

Advice on how practice managers within a primary care network could collaborate on practice policies and processes, including business continuity, data protection, safeguarding, complaints and IT systems.


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