COVID-19 Resources and Guidance

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics and its members are collecting a library of resources and guidance on COVID-19 which we hope will be useful to clinical informaticians. Please see the resources below.

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 Information Governance 


UK Caldicott Guardian Council: COVID-19 Guidance

NHSX Information Governance Guidance

PRSB COVID-19 Guidance: 

The ICO has published a blog: Combatting COVID-19 through data: some considerations for privacy: ICO

This Opinion sets out the Commissioner’s current thinking regarding the joint initiative by Apple and Google to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and public health authorities (PHAs) reduce the spread of the virus: ICO

OpenSAFELY: factors associated with COVID-19-related hospital death in the linked electronic health records of 17 million adult NHS patients

University of Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine (CEBM): COVID-19 Section

NHS Digital Coronavirus/COVID-19 Evidence Update (1st April 2020): 

NHS Digital COVID-19: Prospective therapies – evidence / guidance (30th March 2020): 

JAMA Network COVID-19 Section

RCGP COVID-19 Evidence Summary Clinical Management (10th April) - This is a very long briefing but it has interesting questions and answers around how little is currently known about antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, how long they last, and to what extent these indicate immunity.  Also wide ranging discussion about NHS app and plans to use this with contact tracing.

The FutureNHS COVID Analytics website is building a growing repository of useful information, including work on local modelling so that others undertaking  local modelling works can compare outputs. Public Health England encourages people to use this site to post their modelling work and to use it as a unified source of COVID analytical resources.

This site requires you to register or login to the FutureNHS platform:

FutureNHS COVID Analytics Site

How to join FutureNHS: 

COVID-19 Data Analytics Workstream: 

Data and Analytics Support for COVID-19: 

National work is being undertaken to support capacity planning.  Please see below an output from the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital. 

University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's outputs on national capacity planning

Recommendations for Shielding precautions in Scotland:

Health Protection Scotland: COVID-19 - search criteria for highest risk patients for shielding

 COVID-19: Increased patient information for health and care professionals

English NHS GPs will be able to access records of patients registered at other practices during the coronavirus pandemic. Appointments will also be shared across practices, & NHS 111 staff will be able to book appointments with GPs via the GP Connect service.  HSJ

Additional information will be automatically added to the Summary Care Record of all patients in England (SCR AI). The information be made available more widely to health and care professionals. It will include significant medical history, medications, care plans, and immunisations. Digital Health

Matthew Gould and Geraint Lewis set out plans for digital contact tracing here: Digital contact tracing: protecting the NHS and saving lives

The Ada Lovelace Institute’s COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Review: Exit through the App Store? Is definitely worth a read here: Ada Lovelace Institute.

Page last updated 30/06/20