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:

Department of Health Appeal for pregnant women to get vaccinated & Dr Dale Spence Midwifery Officer offering reassurance for women about the vaccine view the video

HSC Infection Risk when using FFP3 Respirators with Valves or Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) during Surgical and Invasive Procedures

HSS(MD)71/2021 VACCINE SUPPLY FOR THE COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINATION PROGRAMME

HSS(MD) 70/2021 UNIVERSAL VACCINATION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 12-15 YEARS AGAINST COVID-19

HSS (MD) 69/2021 COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINE PROGRAMME FOR WINTER 2021/22

HSS(MD)68/2021 DEPLOYMENT OF THE PFIZER AND MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINES IN GENERAL PRACTICE – GOVERNANCE, HANDLING AND PREPARATION REQUIREMENTS

HSS(MD) 64/2021 SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2021/22

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

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: