Care Homes: General advice on the management of older patients with COVID-19

In addition to the more clinical condition specific resources available for managing patients during the coronavirus pandemic, a number of professional organisations involved in working with older patients, have created resources to support their care, including –

Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) COVID-19 Care home resource

Published 28th May 2020

Our summary

  • As well as a resource to assess your own development needs before starting work in a care home, this resource also provides a series of case studies and a consultation and review tool in addition to an RPS case-based discussion tool

Primary Care Pharmacy Association (PCPA): PCPA COVID-19 Hub

Our summary

PCPA has set up a central point for peer to peer sharing of resources and information including –

  • Webinars e.g. Managing Covid-19 in care homes series, most recently 14/5/20
  • Guidance e.g. Clinical Management of COVID in Care Home residents. Dr Graham Stretch. May 2020
  • PCPA COVID-19 Primary Care Bulletin

Access to this part of the PCPA website is free to all healthcare professionals.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): see Associate Resource for Care Homes document attached below

Our summary

The NICE medicines implementation consultants have created a summary document of all the NICE guidance, implementation resources and shared learning resources that are most relevant to Care Homes and their residents into one document.  Examples of good practice have email links should other organisations wish to contact them.

British Geriatrics Society: Good Practice Guide – COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes for older people

Last updated: 2nd June 2020

Our summary

  • BGS has produced a summary of 15 key points to consider when providing services to care homes.
  • This guidance is both to help care home staff and also NHS staff who work with them to support residents through this pandemic

Academic Health Science Networks: Spotting serious illness and sepsis

8th Oct 2020

Our summary

  • The AHSN has produced a series of free videos and e-learning materials including an introduction to sepsis and serious illness
  • Links are also available to tools to help manage deterioration

Academic Health Science Network: Patient Safety Collaboratives

Most recent article – 7th September 2020

Our summary

A collation of webinars, assessment tools and guidance including

  • Using the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) to identify people whose condition may be deteriorating (24/5/20)
  • Primary Care in care homes during COVID-19 – webinar (21/5/20)
  • Helping break unwelcome news – a framework for communication (9/5/20)

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Administration update (3rd July 2020): updated dates of most recent versions of resources and some new information from NICE in red;