Latest COVID-19 guidance updates


The following updates have been made to the COVID-19 guidance for workforce leaders in the past week:

Deployment of medical students - This page now includes a joint statement from UK Health Departments and guidance on deploying final year and non-final year medical students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Suspension of PSED reporting - The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has suspended Public Sector Equality Duty reporting obligations in England for 2020. However, the EHRC has stressed that where possible organisations are encouraged to meet these obligations if they are able to do so.

Death in service benefits - This briefing details a new scheme to provide benefits for eligible NHS and social care staff who perform vital frontline work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Clinical Excellence Awards - Local Clinical Excellence Awards (LCEA) have been halted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The award money will instead be distributed equally among eligible consultants as a one‐off, non‐consolidated payment in place of normal LCEA rounds.

Deploying midwifery students - This page now includes guidance, job descriptions and banding information for the potential paid placements.

Support for staff who are pregnant - This page includes the latest update on occupational health (OH) advice for employers and pregnant women. 

Updated apprenticeship guidance - A new page in the COVID-19 workforce guidance compiles all the recent changes and flexibilities to support employers, apprentices and training providers during the pandemic, to ensure apprentices can continue and complete their apprenticeships wherever possible.

COVID-19 and BME colleagues and communities - A new briefing from the NHS Confederation’s BME Leadership Network calls on the government to take more immediate action to protect black and minority ethnic (BME) communities and staff, who appear to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. 

Deploying returning doctors– This new page looks at the types of roles returning doctors and consultants could be used for, depending on their skills and competence. 
Bringing staff back – This section now contains a new page highlighting the types of roles returning doctors and consultants could be used for, depending on their skills and competence.
FAQs on tax – These FAQs now signpost to a range of HMRC guidance to support tax arrangements for NHS staff, returners and volunteers.
Training - This page includes new information from Health Education England about financial support for education and training, links to a selection of external resources and programmes compiled to supplement education and training programmes to support the COVID-19 effort.
Workforce supply and deployment – This page now includes links to guidance from NHS England and NHS Improvement on deploying staff from community services. 
Medical and dental workforce – A new FAQ has been added on maintaining high professional standards, which links to interim guidance on managing concerns about doctors and dentists in accordance with Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Overseas recruitment - This page has been updated to include a question on whether doctors who haven’t yet passed both PLAB 1 and 2 can join the General Medical Council’s register on a temporary basis.






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