Information and guidance

Page last updated: 3 August 2020

Please continue to visit the government’s official website and NHS England’s official website for the most up-to-date national guidance.

We will continue to update this page with a range of guidance and useful information to support CCGs on the following issues:

Guidance: The NHS Confederation has collated a list of information and guidance on a range of issues in one place.

Daily updates: The NHS Confederation is providing daily updates on coronavirus, including summaries of the government’s daily press conference and any significant announcements and activity affecting the health and care sector.

Legislation: The NHS Confederation has assessed the COVID-19 Bill.

NEW: NHS England and NHS Improvement have written to NHS leaders outlining the third phase of NHS response to COVID-19. (31 July)

UPDATED: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable. Following the relaxing of social distancing measures from 4 July, Public Health England published updated guidance for adults and young people who are extremely clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 (6 July). There is a further update to this guidance, published on 31 July.

Updated advice on patients who are shielded. NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to trust medical directors, chief nursing officers, GPs, CCG accountable officers and ICS and STP leads with an update to the guidance for people who are shielding (4 June).

Guidance on minimising nosocomial infections. NHS England and NHS Improvement have written a letter to healthcare providers to help to clarify the steps that should be taken to minimise nosocomial infections, protect staff and ensure the timely reporting and management of outbreaks and staff absence in the NHS. The letter includes an update on the test and trace system. (9 June)

Operating framework for urgent and planned services in hospital settings during COVID-19. NHS England and NHS Improvement has set out a series of measures to help local hospitals plan to increase routine operations and treatment, while keeping the necessary capacity and capability to treat future coronavirus patients. (14 May)

Letter to CCGs on care homes: NHS England and NHS Improvement has written to GP practices and primary care networks, chief executives of community health providers, regional directors of primary care and CCG accountable officers, giving guidance on COVID-19 care home support (1 May).

Letter to CCGs on the second phase of NHS response: NHS England and NHS Improvement has written a letter to NHS trusts and foundation trusts, CCGs, GP practices and primary care networks, community health services providers and NHS 11 providers on the second phase of NHS response to COVID-19 (29 April).

End of life care (including DNACPRs): Prof Stephen Powis and Ruth May have written to health leaders, including CCGs and primary care, to remind them of discussions staff should have with patients about their treatment preferences should they develop COVID-19 (7 April).

HR & OD: NHS Employers, part of the NHS Confederation, has developed COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders.

Releasing capacity: NHS England and NHS Improvement wrote to NHS leaders setting out how to reduce burden and release capacity at NHS providers and commissioners to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. (28 March)

Governance: The Good Governance Institute is producing daily briefings on maintaining effective governance in times of crisis, including how to conduct virtual NHS board meetings.

Lay members: The HFMA has produced a briefing for NEDs and lay members highlighting key finance and governance changes that they need to be aware of, as well as how they can support their organisations during the pandemic.

Procurement: The Cabinet Office has set out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during and after the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Finance: The HFMA has produced a briefing on financial governance in times of crisis and issues that finance teams will need to consider as new working arrangements are put in place.

Mental health: NHS England has produced guidance for managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages.

Mental health: NHS England and NHS Improvement has published updated legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic (19 May)

Communications: NHS Employers, part of the NHS Confederation, has developed COVID-19 guidance for NHS communicators.

E-Learning: HEE has a coronavirus e-learning programme which includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to coronavirus.

NHS discounts and priority shopping: NHS Employers has compiled this regularly updated guide to discounts and priority shopping times available to NHS staff.