Please find below information regarding the current Covid 19 emergency. We wish to advise all our members that we are engaging with the HSE on a continuous basis and that all information is subject to change as the situation progresses.
We advise all members to make themselves aware of this information and advise. Each heading includes links to the current information available in relation to each topic.
- COVID-19 HSE Clinical Guidance and Evidence website
Further information can be found on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre website hpsc.ie
HR Circular 016/2020: Addendum to HR Circular 12/2020 COVID 19 FAQs for Public Service Employers in relation to working arrangements and leave associated with COVID-19 (including updates on changes from the containment to delay phase) 13th March 2020
- PRSI A stamp retirees who wish to return to work and the ramifications to their supplementary pension.
- Process for filling national panels during the current crisis.
- Clarification re Childcare Arrangments for Healthcare Workers
Please find attached the much anticipated “HSE Guidance and Resources for Disability Services” documents.
These have all been approved by the NPHET subgroup for Vulnerable People (chaired by Jim Ryan), including Dr Margaret Fitzgerald (Public Health).
These guidance documents have been developed by the HSE in collaboration with service providers in the voluntary sector and have been approved by the NPHET subgroup for Vulnerable People.
We would also recommend that services access the National Public Health Guidance for COVID-19 on www.hpsc.ie for the most up to date information on infection prevention and control.
PNA fight against cancer. Q1 2020 report - (see below)
I hope this email finds you safe and well. We have one more update linked to COVID-19 and it relates to the disruption to planned clinics for Pink and Blue Power for PNA members. We have had to postpone 54 appointments. Up to now with the help of the PNA, the Pink and Blue Power programme has been a real success story with members up and down the country availing of the programme. Nearly 1,3000 members were invited nationwide. Of those that booked an appointment, 100% who’ve experienced the service rating it as excellent or very good in their score cards. This campaign has helped take away some of the fear around breast and prostate cancer, raised awareness and got your members talking. Attached is a report that has been compiled for you on the results and participation to date under the PNA banner. The results speak for themselves. See above report with full details.
The health system is already under severe pressure and we do not wish to add to the challenges already facing frontline staff or put our clients at risk by attending busy GP or consultant offices. Communication is paramount and we have been working around the clock managing appointment cancellations and referrals with the clinical team.
· GP appointments – all scheduled apts will be cancelled for the foreseeable future. Members who booked until 29th March have been notified. Most importantly, if anyone is concerned about symptoms, they will be asked to follow up with their own GP directly. Members with an appointment after this date will be contacted accordingly as the situation progresses.
· Referrals – Similarly Pink Power referrals to meet a specialist in Dublin and Cork have been postponed unless they are urgent. The consultants have gone through the case files individually and spoken to the patients on the phone. Blue Power referrals are similar.
We hope this new found world is short lived and we will recommence this campaign again proudly under the PNA banner when better times come. Contingency plans are already being worked on. In the meantime, I would be grateful if you could put a hold on promotion of Pink and Blue. Here is the message we have put on our site which you may wish to duplicate.
We are so grateful to all the psychiatric nurses reporting for duty. We understand that these are stressful times. On behalf of the team, I hope you and your family stay well, happy & safe over the coming weeks.
Head of Client Services
A COVID-19 HSE Clinical Guidance and Evidence repository is now available. Click here to access
This site provides a repository of clinical guidance and latest research evidence to equip the clinical community in Ireland to respond to Covid-19.
The site contains:
- HSE Interim Clinical Guidance to provide consistent advice to the clinical community in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is based on best available knowledge at the time of completion, written by clinical subject matter experts (SMEs) working with the HSE. These SMEs have both expertise and experience of treating patients for the specific health conditions covered by the guidance.
- Research evidence summaries prepared by the HSE National Library Evidence team and other stakeholders
- Facility to request additional published Covid19 evidence in relation to specific clinical questions.
- Links to point of care tools and educational resources
The content of the site is not meant to replace clinical judgment or specialist consultation, but rather strengthen clinical management of patients and provide up-to-date and relevant guidance. The guidance is iterative in nature and will be updated as the situation changes.
This guidance must be read in conjunction with the National HSE Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Guidance for Possible or Confirmed COVID-19
The repository is accessible from the Staff COVID-19 homepage.