Covid-19 NHS Volunteers
There has been a fantastic response to the call for volunteers to assist the NHS in anyway possible. If you know anyone who would like to assist and get involved, please direct them to the Good Sam App so that they may go via the correct channels as some roles may require a DBS check. Healthcare professionals can make referrals to the service via the NHS Volunteers Referrals Portal for extremely vulnerable patients they feel need support. Professional judgement should be used to determine if an individual would benefit from this support. Referrals should be made with the consent of the patient, using an nhs.net email address via the NHS Volunteer Responders referrers’ portal. Alternatively you can call 0808 196 3382 to make a referral.
Patients that are considered clinically extremely vulnerable can request support themselves via the government web portal or ring 0808 196 3646. This was closed on 1st August when shielding was paused, however, the page and basic details remain open in case shielding is re-activated.
There is further information in the NHS Volunteer Responders information for health professionals Version 1 (published 31 March 2020)
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) also have a very comprehensive webpage for community pharmacy volunteers guidance. This includes details on roles/tasks and the skills and the considerations required.
The Doctors Dispensing Association (DDA) also have some excellent resources including a home deliveries SOP. The DDA are funded wholly by subscription, therefore practices will need to join to be able to access their guidance, including all their SOP's.