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Coronavirus RCCP Statement


Registrant Guidance

The RCCP want to ensure that we provide you with the latest information and advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and also encourage all registered clinical physiologists to keep up to date with all information and guidance concerning the recent outbreak of COVID-19. 

The Government has produced specific COVID-19 guidance for healthcare professionals which you should be aware of to support any local employer guidance and there is also general guidance for the public.   The Departments of Health and Social Care, and other agencies including Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland are regularly updating their guidance for health and care professionals and information for the public.  Please remember to check regularly for any new statements issued, as well as being aware of updated guidance from your employer.

The Government published their Coronavirus action plan on 3rd March 2020 which sets out what the UK as a whole has done and plans to do to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  There has also be guidance produced pertinent to the 4 nations on COVID-19:
Guidance for England
Guidance for Wales
Guidance for Scotland
Guidance for Northern Ireland
 
The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) have guidance on data protection and coronavirus for public bodies and healthcare professionals.

The RCCP will continue to work closely with the all of our stakeholders including professional bodies, the NHS, Chief Scientific Officers, the Department for Health and Social Care and other statutory and non-statutory regulators to help meet the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic together.  These are unprecedented times and the RCCP is committed to playing its part in helping to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
A joint statement regarding workforce response to coronavirus from Professor Dame Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), NHS England and NHS Improvement; Dr Rob Orford, Chief Scientific Advisor (Health), Welsh Government; Professor Ian Young, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Health Northern Ireland; and Karen Stewart, Healthcare Science Officer, Scottish Government can downloaded here.  This statement recognises that all health and care professionals will need to be flexible in what they do and to utilise all the skills they have to support the broader multi-professional team, especially in areas such as critical care. They recognise also that this may entail working in unfamiliar circumstances or surroundings or working in clinical areas outside their usual practice for the benefit of patients, individuals and the population as a whole.

Project Nightingale Hospitals

The NHS is delivering care very differently than usual, clinical physiologists, one stream of healthcare scientists in the NHS have a vital role to play and we’re aware that many existing staff want to offer their time and expertise.
Health Education England (HEE) and the NSHCS have been working closely with the Chief Scientific Officer’s office in NHS England to identify how the transferrable skills of all healthcare scientists across the many specialties can be called upon so that they can be upskilled and redeployed against the virus.

You can offer your support at the Project Nightingale hospitals by checking out the NHS Professionals website.

 
 
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