COVID-19: CNO News

Professor Charlotte McArdle Chief Nursing Officer Department of Health

CHIEF NURSING OFFICER’S COVID-19 COMMUNICATION PLATFORM

Welcome to the digital Professional Communication Platform for Nursing & Midwifery across Northern Ireland.

As Chief Nursing Officer, I wanted to provide a digital space where I could share information with everyone working in nursing and midwifery including sharing news, stories and good practice.

The purpose of this platform is to host, in one place, web-links to information which is essential to keep you up-to-date during this COVID-19 response. This platform is designed to complement all the other updates you get, for example, from your employer, professional bodies, professional regulator, unions.

I want to reiterate my thanks to each and every Nurse, Midwife, Nursing Assistant, Maternity Support Worker, Nursing and Midwifery Student for your dedication, professionalism, positivity and courage. Your contribution is highly valued by us all, those serving at the highest level of government, your multidisciplinary colleagues and most importantly, the patients, families and the communities for whom you provide care and services.

Professor Charlotte McArdle & Mary Frances McManus were two of the six panelists involved in the launch of the Nurses for Health Equity report at WISH on the global stage, 22 June 2021. View the video Nurses at the forefront of change, challenging the status quo

Find out how the work of the Enhancing Clinical Care Framework and Care Homes Clinical Care Network is progressing and review the Framework coproduced to enable continuing safe, high quality and person centred clinical care within care homes.

Important COVID-19 updates:

NMC have published an updated version of its COVID-19 stakeholder information pack.  This includes updates on

  • The latest COVID-19 temporary register data
  • The outcome of the emergency rules consultation
  • Reflections on the pandemic one year on
  • The NMC’s response to CQC’s report on the use of DNACPR decisions during the pandemic.

HSS(MD)47/2021 – PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND HEAT: RISK OF HEAT STRESS

HSS (MD) 39/2021 – CHANGE OF DOSE INTERVAL BETWEEN COVID-19 VACCINES

HSS (MD) 38/2021VACCINATION PROTOCOL FOR COVID-19 VACCINE MODERNA

The HSS Letter (06-05-21) advises on updates regarding Version 1.0a Vaccination protocol for Covid-19 vaccine  BNT162b2 (Pfizer/Biontech) & Version 1.1  Vaccination Protocol for Covid-19 Vaccine Astrazeneca

The Green Book COVID-19 Vaccine for information on:

  • the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines
  • the dosage and schedule for the UK
  • recommendations for the use of the vaccine

Guidance to support Care Home visits and the use of Care Partners, it covers routes of transmission of COVID-19, donning, doffing and hand washing

COVID-19 Surge Capacity Microsite Launch Charlotte McArdle, CNO – Thanks Vaccination Teams

Infection Prevention Control Guidance for Adult COVID-19 vaccination clinics

CNO provides free access for those working across all sectors including Care Homes & Primary Care to training programmes delivered by the Clinical Education Centre

Below are links to important information and updates: