Coronavirus update for professionals
We are aware that the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic may be causing people affected by MND concern. For the latest information visit our Coronavirus and MND hub. The hub includes an animation to provide practical guidance to people with MND, and answers to frequently asked questions provided by clinical experts. As COVID-19 is a new virus, facts and guidance are still emerging and changing - we will continue to update our information as we find out more.
For specific advice, contact our MND Connect Helpline. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0808 802 6262. Lines are available Monday to Friday between 9am - 5pm and 7pm - 10:30pm.
Due to a reduced number of staff working in our offices, printed publications or other physical resources may take longer to reach you. However, most of our information resources can be downloaded from our Publications and Resources section
Links from other organisations you may find helpful:
- NICE Rapid Guidelines – Guidance on topics including critical care in adults, managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community and much more.
- Guidance on infection control – Updated guidance on infection prevention and control for coronavirus from Public Health England.
- COVID End of Life Care Community Charter – A charter of principles to guide professionals to deliver the best possible palliative and end of life care to people affected by coronavirus.
- The Scottish Quality Safety Fellowship - Helpful resources for frontline NHS staff and care homes, to support difficult conversations with people and families, as well as provide information on stress coping and resilience for healthcare workers.
- Advance Care Planning – This is a joint statement from the British Medical Association (BMA), Care Provider Alliance (CPA), Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Royal College of General Practice (RCGP).
- Community health services, Standard Operating Procedure – This standard operating procedure clarifies the expected approach of community health services to the management of patients, both adults and children, in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Running a medicines re-use scheme in care homes and hospices – This standard operating procedure supports timely access to essential prescribed medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic for patients who are being cared for in a care home or hospice setting.
- Priority Medication for palliative and end of life care during a pandemic – This guidance sets out a small set of key medicines for palliative and end of life care that need to be managed nationally with local collaboration across all sector
- COVID-19 and Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care in Secondary Care – home page guidance from the UK Palliative Medicine Association on the role of specialist care at end of life.
Looking after your mental health
- Our Frontline – Round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health
- E-learning for healthcare – Health Education England – The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus.
- COVID Hub – e-learning resources from The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).