COVID-19

Advice and guidance for GP practices to support you during the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 weekly guidance updates

COVID-19 GP guidance tracker - live table

COVID-19 GP guidance tracker - live table

The Medeconomics COVID-19 GP guidance tracker highlights guidance relevant to GP practices during the pandemic in an easy-to-search format.

COVID-19 guidance update: Week ending 7 August

COVID-19 guidance update: Week ending 7 August

Medeconomics summarises the latest news, guidance changes and useful resources for general practice. This week: COVID-19 support fund, flu vaccination and third-phase NHS response.

COVID-19 news and guidance update: Week ending 31 July

COVID-19 news and guidance update: Week ending 31 July

Medeconomics summarises the latest news, guidance changes and useful resources for general practice. This week: rule change on self isolation for health professionals, plus drive to cut bureaucracy.

Latest articles

Risk assessments for staff vulnerable to COVID-19

Risk assessments for staff vulnerable to COVID-19

Advice on how practices can approach risk assessments for staff at greater risk from COVID-19, including BAME employees, which highlights useful resources and key guidance. This article also provides a downloadable template to carry out individual assessments.

Reducing workplace risk for all staff during COVID-19: A checklist

Reducing workplace risk for all staff during COVID-19: A checklist

Medeconomics provides a checklist of issues practices could consider to help reduce workplace risk during the pandemic.

COVID-19: Infection control in general practice - UPDATED

COVID-19: Infection control in general practice - UPDATED

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

Infection control checklists

Infection control checklists

Good infection control is important to minimise the spread of infection and to protect patients and staff. Medeconomics provides a list of the key issues you need to cover.

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.

Data sharing in the pandemic - what practices need to know

Data sharing in the pandemic - what practices need to know

More healthcare professionals will have access to patient data as a result of changes to GP Connect and the summary care record during the COVID-19 outbreak. Medeconomics explains what this means for practices.

Advice for GP practices on the CQC emergency support framework

Advice for GP practices on the CQC emergency support framework

Under the CQC’s emergency support framework, some practices will be asked to have hour-long supportive phone calls with the regulator. Medeconomics explains the process and offers some tips on how practices could prepare for this.

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.

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.

GP contract changes as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak (April-June 2020)

GP contract changes as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak (April-June 2020)

Medeconomics summarises the contractual changes that have been introduced in England between April and June 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top tips for supporting staff working from home

Top tips for supporting staff working from home

Practice manager Fionnuala O'Donnell offers some advice for practices now many staff are working at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, including a checklist of advice to provide your team.

Advice on reviewing your practice processes post-COVID

Advice on reviewing your practice processes post-COVID

General practice has rapidly embraced new technology as a result of the pandemic. But which innovations will benefit your practice going forwards? Medeconomics provides a list of key issues to consider if practices want to review they way they work.

How practices can access additional funding for COVID-19

How practices can access additional funding for COVID-19

The government has finally signed off the COVID-19 support fund for general practice, which will allow practices to claim for additional expenses incurred during the pandemic. Medeconomics explains how it works.

Flu clinics in 2020: Issues for practices to consider

Flu clinics in 2020: Issues for practices to consider

A checklist of issues that practices will need to consider as they plan their flu clinics against a backdrop of COVID-19.

Guidance summary: How practices can run flu clinics during the pandemic

Guidance summary: How practices can run flu clinics during the pandemic

Delivering a flu campaign that the government says will be the 'biggest in history' in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic will pose serious challenges. Guidance published by the RCGP offers advice on how key hurdles can be overcome.

COVID-19 news and guidance update: Week ending 24 July

COVID-19 news and guidance update: Week ending 24 July

Medeconomics summarises the latest news, guidance changes and useful resources for general practice. This week: flu programme expansion, guidance on mass vaccination campaigns and face coverings in practices

How barcoding could help practices deliver 'the biggest flu programme in history'

How barcoding could help practices deliver 'the biggest flu programme in history'

Barcode technology in flu clinics could help GP practices reduce admin time and overcome social distancing challenges ahead of the ‘biggest flu vaccination programme in history'. Bromley GP Dr Mark Essop speaks to Medeconomics about how it works.

Details of QOF changes for 2020/21 in light of COVID-19

Details of QOF changes for 2020/21 in light of COVID-19

The BMA has confirmed that the number QOF points available for the flu and cervical screening indicators will double this year as part of changes introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 guidance round-up: Week ending 17 July

COVID-19 guidance round-up: Week ending 17 July

Medeconomics summarises the latest guidance changes and useful resources for general practice. This week: PPE portal, risk assessments and remote consultations.

GP contract update for second phase of COVID-19 response

GP contract update for second phase of COVID-19 response

GP practices have been told to re-start health checks and other suspended services as NHS England set out sweeping plans for the second-phase GP response to COVID-19.

NHS England plans to expand flu campaign and pare back QOF for 2020/21

NHS England plans to expand flu campaign and pare back QOF for 2020/21

GP practices have been told to 'gear up for a major expansion of the winter flu programme' as part of plans that will see a dramatic reduction in QOF work this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

General Practice Insights: The future of the patient consultation after COVID-19

General Practice Insights: The future of the patient consultation after COVID-19

Welcome to the first of our General Practice Insights reports on key issues for the future of general practice, this time focusing on digital access to services and remote consulting.

How our practice is supporting staff wellbeing during the pandemic

How our practice is supporting staff wellbeing during the pandemic

Dr Vasu Siva explains the steps her practice has taken to support staff to look after their wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How we set up our social prescribing service and its role during the pandemic

How we set up our social prescribing service and its role during the pandemic

Sapphire McCalla explains how a social prescribing service is supporting patients and staff from nine practices in Birmingham and how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way they work.


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