COVID-19: CNO News

Professor Charlotte McArdle Chief Nursing Officer Department of Health


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.

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.

Contribute to the NMC consultation Building on ambitions for community and public health nursing which closes on 2 August 2021

Vaccination Protocol for Covid-19 Vaccine Astrazeneca

CNO open letter to all nursing and midwifery students who have made a huge contribution during this pandemic. “Your education is a top priority and the letter addresses NMC emergency standards, placements and my personal thanks to you all”.

NMC & UK CNOs Joint letter supporting nursing and midwifery professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic 
Access CEC e-learning programmes for COVID-19 Sessional Vaccinators

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

Covid-19: Regional Principles for Visiting in Care Settings in Northern Ireland updated

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: