I have compiled this list of resources as part of my work for Community Pharmacies.
Due to the urgency of the current situation, I am sharing this on social media in the hope that it will prove useful. If you have any additions/corrections please email info@carerightnow,.co.uk Thanks: Steve Turner
Please text / message (07931 919 330) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Steve if any links are broken.
A brief guide to key components of COVID19 Information Governance Business Continuity Plans:
- Ensure there are no inappropriate barriers to sharing patient information.
- Be extra vigilant for email and ‘phone fraud. Actions include:
- Checking ALL network passwords have been changed from default
- Reviewing all password security
- Checking and verifying identities carefully
- Ensure Delivery Drivers do not come into physical contact with the recipients.
- Be aware that in theory COVID19 can survive on paper surfaces for 24 hours (see document below).
- Security checks:
- Review in-premises security arrangements.
- Review the physical security of the premises.
- Check on use of shutters and other barriers to entry.
- Confirm the names of trades people to contact in case of broken windows and forced entry, and alarm systems.
RPS and GPhC Links
Information Governance and Data Protection
Information Commissioner’s six priorities:
1. Protecting our vulnerable citizens
We are responding to the immediate privacy and information rights risks, issues and opportunities presented by COVID-19 in order to support frontline workers and protect the public. We are identifying and taking action against those seeking to use or obtain personal data unlawfully or inappropriately during COVID-19 so that the public and businesses feel confident that the ICO is protecting them at this time when they may be especially vulnerable to financial or other loss
2. Supporting economic growth and digitalisation, including for small businesses
By providing access to clear information, support and practical tools for businesses they are able to grow and offer services safely when sharing personal data or developing AI technology, in ways which inspire public trust and confidence and comply with the law.
3. Shaping proportionate surveillance
We are maintaining a high level of awareness and insight of the medium term privacy and information rights impact of COVID-19, which include contact tracing, testing and other emerging surveillance issues.
4. Enabling good practice in AI
We are prepared and shaping the ongoing development and use of AI in response to COVID-19, to ensure privacy considerations are engineered into the use of AI across the digital economy, from consumer products to surveillance applications.
5. Enabling transparency
We are supporting organisations to be transparent about decisions taken that affect citizens, including how personal data is used, in order to improve public confidence about and civil participation in those decisions.
6. Maintaining business continuity: developing new ways of working in readiness for recovery
https://www.nhsx.nhs.uk/key-information-and-tools/information-governance-guidance (accessed 16.03.2020)
Government Information – Guidance and Support:
DHSC Coronavirus action plan pages:
letter from the Chief Pharmcaeutical Officer to community pharmacy teams Providing a general update, published on the 9th March 2020.
NHS England Coronavirus guidance for clinicians
NHS Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) standard operating procedure (pdf documents, you may need to cut and paste the link):
Main page link: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/coronavirus-standard-operating-procedures-for-primary-care-settings/
GPhC How we will continue to regulate in light of novel coronavirus (Covid-19)
PSNC COVID19 information:
NHS 111 page:
World Health Organisation
Clinical Information – some links:
CLINICAL GUIDES/GENERAL INFO
COVID One Pager by Nick Mark, MD
UpToDate COVID19 (no paywall)
Above information thanks to Stuart Maddock, Non-medical Prescribing Leads Group (England)
Author: Steve Turner
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