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COVID-19 vaccination in care homes and for housbound patients - updated

COVID-19 vaccination in care homes and for housbound patients - updated

NHS England has updated the community COVID-19 vaccination standard operating procedure to include further advice about administering vaccines in care homes and for housebound patients. This article has been updated to reflect new guidance on 14 January.

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. Last updated: 12 January

RCGP and BMA update workload prioritisation guidance

RCGP and BMA update workload prioritisation guidance

The RCGP and BMA have updated their workload prioritisation guidance for GP practices during the pandemic.

NHS England to fund local banks of GPs to support practices

NHS England to fund local banks of GPs to support practices

NHS England is to provide local health systems with £120,000 each to set up new 'flexible pools' of locum and salaried GPs to support practices.

GP COVID-19 update, 8 January: Income protection, staff vaccinations, vacciantion ES, shielding

GP COVID-19 update, 8 January: Income protection, staff vaccinations, vacciantion ES, shielding

Medeconomics provides a round-up of the latest COVID-19 information for GP practices.

NHS England sets out steps to cut workload and protect practice income

NHS England sets out steps to cut workload and protect practice income

NHS England has set out income protection measures for GP practices for the rest of the financial year and confirmed work that can be suspended in order to free up staff to focus on the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Patient group direction for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine updated

Patient group direction for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine updated

The patient group direction (PGD) for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been updated to allow for administration of a sixth dose of the jab from the vial if this is possible.

Shielding reintroduced as England enters lockdown

Shielding reintroduced as England enters lockdown

Clinically extremely vulnerable patients have been advised to shield again as England enters its third lockdown on 5 January.

PCNs to be paid after each COVID-19 vaccine in update to enhanced service

PCNs to be paid after each COVID-19 vaccine in update to enhanced service

PCNs will now be paid after each dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is administered as second jabs are delayed to enable the NHS to vaccinate as many people in at risk groups as possible with a first dose.

GP COVID-19 update, 18 December: Weekly testing for staff, PPE and long COVID

GP COVID-19 update, 18 December: Weekly testing for staff, PPE and long COVID

Medeconomics provides a round-up of the latest COVID-19 information for GP practices.

How to make the most of your practice pharmacist

How to make the most of your practice pharmacist

Advice on training for clinical pharmacist, organising medication reviews and other roles pharmacists can play, including working with care homes and audit.

GP COVID-19 update, 11 December: Vaccination programme latest and health checks

GP COVID-19 update, 11 December: Vaccination programme latest and health checks

Medeconomics provides a round-up of the latest COVID-19 information. This week: vaccination programme latest information, health checks for patients with learning disabilities and workforce data.

GP sites to start COVID-19 vaccination from 14 December

GP sites to start COVID-19 vaccination from 14 December

Some designated GP practice sites will begin to administer COVID-19 vaccination to patients aged over 80 from 14 December, NHS England has confirmed.

COVID-19 vaccine enhanced service contract published

COVID-19 vaccine enhanced service contract published

NHS England has published the enhanced service under which GP practices will be delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme, alongside a letter setting out next steps for the initiative. Medeconomics summarises the key points.

GP COVID-19 update, 4 December: COVID vaccination programme key guidance

GP COVID-19 update, 4 December: COVID vaccination programme key guidance

Medeconomics provides a round-up of the latest COVID-19 information. This week: guidance on vaccination programme published and additional advice for flu campaign.

Shielding advice updated to reflect return to tiered system on 2 December

Shielding advice updated to reflect return to tiered system on 2 December

The government has updated its guidance for patients on the shielding list to reflect the return to the tiered system of local restrictions on 2 December and provide advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people over the Christmas period.

GP COVID-19 update, 30 November: COVID vaccination programme latest

GP COVID-19 update, 30 November: COVID vaccination programme latest

Medeconomics provides a round-up of the latest COVID-19 information. This week: detail on payment for the COVID-19 vaccination ES, IT for the vaccine programme and priority groups, plus update to shielding.

CQC annual checklist

CQC annual checklist

A checklist to help practices ensure the most important issues relating to CQC registration are kept up to date each year.

Flu vaccination for 50-64 year olds explained

Flu vaccination for 50-64 year olds explained

From 1 December practices will be expected to vaccinate patients over 50 against flu.

Annual calendar of practice management: Staff issues

Annual calendar of practice management: Staff issues

As part of your annual practice management calendar you should make sure staff appraisals and training are up to date.

Annual calendar of practice management: Risk assessments

Annual calendar of practice management: Risk assessments

It is good practice to repeat risk assessments at least annually. Below is a list of things that you will need to cover.

Annual calendar of practice management: Strategy and document updates

Annual calendar of practice management: Strategy and document updates

An overview of strategic management tasks, document updates and key meetings that should be undertaken each year.

Staff training requirements in general practice

Staff training requirements in general practice

What training should practices provide to GPs and their staff and how often is this needed?

GP COVID-19 update, 20 November: Flu jabs for over 50s, swab tests and pulse oximetry

GP COVID-19 update, 20 November: Flu jabs for over 50s, swab tests and pulse oximetry

Medeconomics provides a round-up of the latest COVID-19 guidance and information for GP practices.