As a leading health organisation aimed at improving patient care and preventing disease worldwide, the RCP is committed to supporting the global response to COVID-19 and its members who are at the centre of the NHS response.
What we are doing
Emergency preparedness at UK government and NHS England level is being shared with our president Professor Andrew Goddard and our chief officers, so that we are in the best position to advise physicians as the situation changes. We are also supporting our members through the development and dissemination of guidance, developing educational materials and representing feedback from our members. A coronavirus Facebook Live is also available below, where he responds to the issues being raised with us by members.
Latest developments and guidance
- On 18 May the RCP published the results of our third membership tracking survey. The results highlighted ongoing issues with access to PPE, slow progress on access to testing and testing turnaround time. It also highlighted that 48% of respondents said they were either concerned or very concerned about their health. For those from BAME backgrounds, this rose to 76%. The results of the survey were covered in the Guardian, Times, Daily Mail, Telegraph, ITV and Sun.
- We have called on the government to create a new deal for international NHS and social care staff that recognises their vital role in the frontline response to COVID-19 and the important part they will continue to play in the future.
- The RCP has published a letter outlining how clinical academic trainees should be supported to return to research work, while ensuring the NHS remains adequately equipped to respond to the pandemic.
- The RCP’s trainees committee has written about how to achieve a ‘new normal’ for physician training in the time of COVID-19.
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Latest government advice on COVID-19
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response
- COVID-19 list of guidance from gov.uk
- Public Health Wales information
- Updates for Northern Ireland from Department of Health NI
- Scottish Government coronavirus update
- COVID-19 infection prevention and control
- Shielding and protecting extremely clinically vulnerable people
- Testing for frontline workers
- PPE Plan
- Update on symptoms from CMO
- Action plan for adult social care
- PHE review into factors impacting health outcomes from COVID-19
- Home Office statement on visa extensions for frontline staff
- Letter from Home Secretary on visa extensions for NHS staff & care workers
For doctors and other healthcare professionals
- Joint statement on COVID-19 and vitamin D
- Peer support – new RCP/RCPsych guidance on values, principles and practice
- Second phase of NHS response - letter from Sir Simon Stevens & Amanda Pritchard
- NHS roadmap to bring back routine operations
- How do NHS employees get a COVID-19 test?
- Enhanced care - guidance on service development in hospitals
- Management of COVID surge
- Ethical guidance for frontline staff
- Bereavement and trauma support
- Resources for clinicians considering a return to the NHS
- Wellbeing support for NHS staff
- Appraisal and Revalidation FAQs
- Guidance for remote SACT (Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy) consent
- Communicating with patients through the PPE barrier
- Speaking up and effective communication
- Supporting compassionate visiting arrangements
- Occupational skin disease
- Use of ultrasound
- Searching registers of attorneys and deputies
- Guidance on excess death provisions
- UpToDate: COVID-19: Open Access Clinical Content
- NHS secondary care
- Identifying if you have the correct PPE and what to do if you don't
- What to do if there is inadequate PPE
- Fit testing face masks
- How to carry out effective staff risk assessments
- Managing tracheostomised patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness
- Safety alert for patients with diabetes
- Use of nasogastric tube insertion as an aerosol generating procedure
- MHRA safety alert on high-flow oxygen systems in hospitals
- CPR in acute hospital settings
- CPR in non-acute hospital settings
- Resuscitation Council UK statement on PHE PPE guidance
- CPR, personal protective equipment and COVID-19
- Yellow card reporting for adverse incidents
- Prone positioning conscious patients
- MHRA safety alert on modfications to haemofiltration systems
- Considerations regarding donation of ventilators & other equipment
- Use of mobile devices by patients in hospitals
- Domestic abuse during COVID-19
- Updated RCP advice on Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19
- Acute use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- NHS Steroid Emergency Card launch
- Letter from NHS England to NHS regional directors on staff testing
- Redploying your secondary care workforce safely
- Deploying healthcare science workforce
COVID-19 guidance on education
- Health Education England: Pandemic and major infectious diseases management plan and procedure
- Trainee progression in August 2020 and beyond - letter to medical royal colleges
- RCP journal content
- HEE Coronavirus elearning programme
- Statement on early registration for final year medical students
- Chief medical officers’ joint statement on supporting doctors
- Letter from chief medical officers & National Medical Director – clinical trials
For the public
- NHS overview of COVID-19
- Statement on the need for public to continue to seek medical help for serious non-COVID conditions
- Statement from the RCP’s Patient and Carer Network in support of healthcare professionals during COVID-19 pandemic
- Guide for people with severe mental illness on how to protect physical health
For specialty-specific guidance, visit our dedicated section.