Update Care Homes
Date sent: Tuesday 5 May 2020
All Clinical Directors
Dear Clinical Directors
Just as a Heads up for your information we are putting the following in the update this Friday
CARE HOMES AND CV19. Richard Vautrey of the GPC said that NHSE had backed away from contractual change and agreed with the BMA that most practices are working hard to do the right thing, and that's outlined in the NHSE guidance, not contractual change. There is no longer suggestions of bringing forward the DES requirements and instead there is a focus on working together, including with LMCs, on doing what we reasonably can to support both our patients and our colleagues in care homes at this critical time.
PRESS STATEMENT: "It’s encouraging to see NHSEI appear to be listening to our concerns and changing their approach to one that is much more in line with what practices are already doing to support their patients in care homes, and the staff who work in them.
“CCGs and local authorities must now work to support this, by enabling care homes to use virtual consultations to a greater extent. This should facilitate multidisciplinary working, not just with practices, but also community nursing teams and secondary care specialists.
“It goes without saying that where practices have additional costs as a result of their Covid-19 response efforts, this will need funding. We also need those CCGs that don't have local schemes in place to resource additional support for care homes to rapidly commission those.”
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