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

Tiffany Barrett, Interim co-director, South West Medicines Information and Training, NHS England SouthPublished

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
  • 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.

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

Last updated: 18/11/2020

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 – Remote monitoring using pulse oximetry in care homes – webinar 9/2/21

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 (18/2/21)