COVID-19

Advice and guidance for GP practices to support you during the coronavirus pandemic. You can access our guidance tracker below, plus see advice on the following topics:

COVID-19 GP guidance tracker - live table

COVID-19 GP guidance tracker - live table

Our COVID-19 GP guidance tracker highlights guidance relevant to GP practices during the pandemic in an easy-to-search format. Last updated: 30 September 2021.

Infection control and risk assessments

Infection control policy - advice for GP practices

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

Infection control in general practice – walkthrough checklist

A checklist to help practices keep on top of their infection control processes and procedures.

Infection control audit template

Download a template for your annual infection control audit.

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

A checklist of issues practices could consider to help reduce workplace risk during the pandemic.

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.

Health and safety checklist

Practices are required to regularly review their health and safety processes and procedures. Our checklist below can help you do this.

Health and safety: Risk assessment downloadable template

The key document for health and safety is your risk assessment. This downloadable risk assessment template contains key questions and prompts to help you complete it.

Wokload and business continuity

How to manage COVID-19 vaccination alongside practice workload

Practice manager Fionnuala O’Donnell offers a list of suggestions on how practices can support the COVID-19 vaccination programme while still maintaining essential services

Working across a PCN to manage practice workload in the pandemic

Suggestions on practices can work collaboratively in their primary care network to address practice workload during the pandemic.

Business continuity checklist

Practices should ideally check and update their business continuity plan annually. This checklist can help ensure you've covered the key issues.

Business continuity: Risk assessments and impact analysis

All practices should have a disaster recovery or business continuity plan. This article explains how to prioritise services and assess risks for inclusion in your plan and highlights useful resources.

Conducting online patient consultations safely

From next year all practices in England will be expected to provide online consultations. The MDU's Dr Sharmala Pranklin offers practical advice on consulting with patients remotely.

More people added to shielding list - what practices need to know

Some 1.7m people have been added to the shielded patient list (SPL) following the introduction of a new risk prediction model called QCovid. Medeconomics explains what this means for practices.

COVID-19 vaccine programme

£120m extra COVID-19 funding for general practice until September

GP practices will be supported with an extra £120m over the next six months through an expansion of the COVID-19 support fund unveiled by NHS England.

Details of COVID-19 booster jab enhanced service

NHS England has ruled out administration of COVID-19 booster jabs at individual practice level in an enhanced service document for phase 3 of the vaccination.

JCVI priority list for COVID-19 vaccination

Details of priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

New advice on staffing vaccination sites as operating procedure updated

GP practices could face a financial challenge as the COVID-19 vaccine programme expands in the coming months because they will have to foot the bill for extra staff, the RCGP and BMA have warned.

HR issues

How fully-vaccinated practice staff can avoid self-isolation

GP practice staff in England who have been double vaccinated against COVID-19 will not have to self-isolate and can attend work after returning a negative PCR test in 'exceptional circumstances', the government has announced.

What should we do if a staff member refuses the COVID-19 vaccine?

Dr Peter Mackenzie and Ceylan Simsek from Medical Protection offer some guidance for practices on what to do if a member of the team has refused to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

How to get the best from locum GPs during the pandemic

Freelance GP Dr Priya Bhatnagar offers some advice for practices on how they can support their locum GPs to work effectively during the pandemic.

Supporting staff through the pandemic and beyond

A range of resources are available to help NHS organisations to support their staff during this unprecedented time, which are highlighted below.

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.

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.

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