Introducing COVID-19 and acute disturbance
What a difference a week makes!
The NHS and health services around the world are engaged in a global effort to defeat COVID-19. As always, it is the most vulnerable amongst us who are at particular risk from this novel coronavirus. Those most vulnerable include our patients, some of whom may also present the additional challenge of being unable or unwilling to follow our lead on how best to stay safe themselves and to protect others. We have all seen the pictures from Lombardy, Italy. Nurses, doctors, cleaners, porters and countless others selflessly bringing their skills to alleviate suffering and saving lives. Also, we have been humbled by many thousands of retired NHS colleagues who have also volunteered, and now the request for a further 250 000 civilian volunteers, mobilising to join the UK fight.
We can, and we must join this global effort with our NHS colleagues to maintain the health and
safety of those with acute mental health problems. Given the speed of recent developments, many of us have not had the time for the level of planning that this situation deserves. That said, compassion, creativity, commitment and determination are available to us in any measure we choose to take them. Members of NAPICU, including front line practitioners and service users, have developed COVID-19 and acute disturbance guidance with the aim of assisting in possibly the mental health system’s most difficult of ethical choices.
This challenging time will pass and there will be time to reflect. It is what we do now to support our patients, our service and each other that will define how history judges us. Or more importantly, how we may in the future judge ourselves. I am confident that we can overcome any challenge that tests us over the coming weeks. As the situation develops, these guidelines will be continually revised and may substantially change as we learn more and adapt to the successes that we will achieve in providing services over the coming weeks. NAPICU hopes that these guidelines will help practitioners, service managers and others maintain quality services until these current difficulties are resolved.
I look forward to seeing you on the ward.
RMN and Consultant Nurse, Approved Clinician
*NB: This guidance will change as developments in the pandemic occur therefore only this link will give you the most up to date version of the guidance – (Revised 1100 BST 11th May 2020)
Practice issues and guidance on delivering and managing occupational therapy and activity-based intervention in PICUs in the context of Covid-19
This document provides some guidance for occupational therapists and the wider MDT based on delivering and managing occupational therapy and activity-based intervention in PICU in the context of Covid-19. This is a working document informed by occupational therapists’ experiences of good practice, and also communicates current challenges and practice issues which can be discussed/addressed locally. Such issues will continue to be explored through the NAPICU Occupational Therapy Network meetings or on our webpage (click here)
*NB: This guidance will change as developments in the pandemic occur therefore only this link will give you the most up to date version of the guidance – (June 2020)
COVID 19 Useful Links
Guidance for Clinicians
Royal College of Nursing – COVID-19 guidance
HSJ – Lessons learned from Italian hospitals
NICE – Rapid guideline: Critical care in adults
Advice for the Public
UK Government – Protecting vulnerable people
NHS – Advice for everyone
UK Government – What you need to do