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Covid-19 Primary Care Resources

What GPs need to know about Covid-19 and socially vulnerable groups


Our resources page on Covid-19 and socially vulnerable groups has a series of guides for you to explore, giving you a wealth of information to support your practice.

QCovid Risk Calculator

An up-to-date guide for GPs on the QCovid score, which uses factors like age, sex, ethnicity and existing medical conditions to predict risk of death or hospitalisation from Covid-19.

Domestic abuse

A go-to guide for GPs supporting patients who are escaping domestic abuse, including household isolation and seeking help.

Loneliness in older people during the pandemic

Sourced from Age UK, The Silver Line and JAMA, this page provides a list of resources to signpost for older people who are lonely and isolated.

When does anxiety about leaving the home become problematic for older adults?

This advice from a liaison psychiatrist specialising in older adults is for GPs who are concerned about anxiety in older adults.

How should I advise my elderly patient who has become anxious about leaving the house?

A simple guide for advising patients about leaving the house and social anxiety, sourced from a liaison psychiatrist specialising in older adults.

NHS Volunteer Responders

Here you’ll find information about NHS Volunteer Responders, who were mobilised to help support vulnerable individuals while self-isolating, and how to refer patients.

Vaccinating the severely mentally ill

This page contains advice and information for GPs about vaccinating people with severe mental illness, encouraging a flexible approach to defining SMI.

Learning disability: Easy-read guides for patients, face mask exemption cards, and resources for carers

This guide brings together accessible resources from different organisations specifically designed to support people with learning difficulties during the pandemic, which GPs can signpost.

Early intervention for children, young people and families struggling to cope with the impact of coronavirus

Drawing on information from PHE and Barnardo’s, this guide is aimed at GPs caring for vulnerable families during Covid. It details the government-funded initiative, the See Hear and Respond Service, and provides resources for GPs to signpost.

Wellbeing resources and support for students

This guide can support GPs to provide online, phone and email support for students attempting to navigate the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alcohol dependence – harm reduction in homeless populations

On this page, you’ll find simple guidance on determining baseline alcohol intake and brief advice on safe reduction, sourced from the Homeless Drug and Alcohol Service (HDAS) and Dr Dana Beale.

Opioid dependence – management in homeless populations

This information is sourced from the Homeless Drug and Alcohol Service (HDAS) and Dr Dana Beale, and offers guidance on symptomatic relief of opiate withdrawal.

How should I write a support letter for housing during the pandemic?

A page giving advice from a specialist GP in homeless healthcare on writing a letter for housing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Clinical Frailty Scale

This resource, from the NHS Specialised Clinical Frailty Network and NICE, outlines the importance of identifying and grading frailty using the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) during the Covid-19 outbreak.


A resource for GPs to advise homeless patients about venues that cohort Covid-positive and Covid-negative people safely.