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NHS England and CQC deploy clinical staff to coronavirus frontline

NHS England and the CQC have deployed clinical staff to frontline practice to support the NHS response to coronavirus (Covid-19).

In NHS England’s letter to GP practices last week, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said that ‘clinically-qualified’ staff at NHS England and Improvement are ‘now being redeployed to frontline clinical practice’.

The CQC – which announced last week it was immediately suspending all routine inspections – also said that clinically-qualified CQC special advisors have ‘already returned to the frontline’.

In a letter to healthcare providers, CQC chief executive Ian Trenholm said: ‘Clinically qualified CQC special advisors have already returned to the frontline to help with the wider national response; we have offered the DHSC, Public Health England and NHS England our staff where they have relevant skills and a number have been seconded already; and we expect to be using our customer contact centre to start taking non-clinical COVID-19 calls from next week in support of 111.

‘In addition, we are asking our teams to stand ready to help any other part of the national effort whether that be in the public or private sector.’

He added: ‘We hope this reassures you of CQC’s commitment to offering the health and care system all the support possible to ensure that people – those who use services and those who work in them – are kept safe during this global health emergency.’

Mr Stevens said that ‘urgent’ work is also underway to deploy ‘clinical academics’ as well as medical and nursing students – with the scheme to be finalised ‘in the next week’.

He added: ‘All appropriate registered nurses, midwives and AHPs currently in non-patient facing roles will be asked to support direct clinical practice in the NHS in the next few weeks, following appropriate local induction and support.’

Health secretary Matt Hancock announced earlier this week that over 5,000 medical students and nearly 19,000 final-year nurses will graduate early to join the NHS coronavirus effort.

The GMC has also written to 5,000 recently-retired GPs asking them to come back to work.

Readers' comments (14)

  • So why are they developing/moving to a remote access toolkit for assessment then??

    Clearly if all hands to the pumps perhaps doing exactly that and inspections later is a better idea?

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  • Wonder if they'll all be using the same state of the art PPE kit we've been given ?

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  • Meanwhile remote inspections stress GPs out and distract them from the job at hand.

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  • clinically-qualified’ staff at NHS England and Improvement are ‘now being redeployed to frontline clinical practice’.-
    That will be all four of them then.

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  • The CQC would only relinquish it’s God-given right to persecute the GP workforce into oblivion when those sanctimonious fugitives from the frontline who work for that malignant organisation would finally realise that they are more part of the problem than the solution.
    How can they sleep at night, knowing that their sadistic sycophancy has helped to lay waste the profession that we are now so acutely in need of?
    Shame, deep shame on them.

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  • Gimmicks......all to make you believe the CQC and NHSE are together with you.

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  • I suspect the writing is now on the wall for the CQC. Apart from their gross errors of judgement over coronavirus it's becoming increasingly apparent that they are hideously expensive and produce very little overall benefit.
    When this is all over Primary Care should take a much harder nosed attitude towards NHS England. We have been supine for far too long.

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  • One of my non clinical roles is with NHSE. All my colleagues are frontline GPs the rest of the time. All support staff have suspended their normal roles to support doctors stepping up or restarting their clinical work. Some of these comments I find insulting. This is one time we all need to be thankful for the NHS in being able to mobilise and coordinate medical manpower to help cope with this emergency.

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  • Beware anyone who uses the expression "I find insulting".
    I wonder if the Inspectors from the Inspectorate ( expectorate ?) are working at or near the front line? I doubt it - more likely they are at home on full pay, thinking up checklists to prove how badly handled the crisis was, when they come crawling back into the daylight. I didn't feel insulted working with the CQC for 2 whole inspections - I felt ashamed.

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