Coronavirus Information Resources
ANS provide these links in good faith that they are a reliable resource for information relating to the current crisis.
As the spread of Covid-19 takes a grip across the nation we are all seeing an escalation in the tension and the uncertainty as to what our professional role in this pandemic will be. Some services are ‘carrying on as normal’, offering in-patient services to help free beds and capacity, other departments have been turned into outlying wards for the treatment of patients; other services have had their staff re-trained and up-skilled, ready to be re-deployed as assistants on the wards to help cover the duties of healthcare assistants and nursing staff, whilst others have been trained to offer support and assistance to intensive care and high dependency facilities. This is a testament to the flexibility and professionalism of our workforce that we are able to adapt and to help other disciplines and services to overcome this crisis.
The challenges that we face as individuals will vary from day to day and from region to region as the effects of the ‘lockdown’ and self-isolation will undoubtedly influence different areas at different times, as this pandemic passes through the country. The advice that is given to each department will also vary at a regional and local level and I encourage each person to adhere to their own local policies and procedures given out by their Trusts during this time.
Guidance as to some of the new roles and responsibilities that we may be expected to fulfil by our Trusts have been produced by ‘NHS England and NHS Improvement’
Deploying the healthcare science workforce to support the NHS clinical delivery plan for COVID-19
At this difficult time there will obviously be ambiguity and uncertainty, that will cause stress and anxiety to ourselves, our families and to our colleagues, particularly if we are placed in unfamiliar working environments to work within teams that we do not usually work alongside.
However, this is an opportunity for us to show what a capable and adaptable profession we are, we can demonstrate our understanding and compassion to our fellow healthcare professionals, and we can show that whatever the challenges are that we face, we are able to overcome them, to ensure the best continued care to the patients that we are looking after: in whatever capacity.
Self-isolation and social distancing can be a difficult setting to get used to, especially at a time when our usual professional routines have also become disrupted. As we have seen in the national media though, this can be a time when we can reach out to those that we have lost contact with by using different communication tools.
ANS already host Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. So, if you already use them, please let your fellow members know what you are up to; share with us your thoughts, concerns and triumphs, others will undoubtedly be feeling the same way too. Remember;
“It is OK to not feel OK.”
If you are not signed up to these platforms, maybe give it a go for the duration of the crisis, this will enable you to be part of our wider community, so that we can all share our collective experiences. If you find that you have got more time available to yourself think about finishing that case study you started, finish that audit that you always wanted to finish, share with others within ANS what you are doing to get these completed, they may have a bit more time to help now too…
But whatever you do Stay Safe.
In the coming weeks and months the NHS is going to face unprecedented challenges and pressures to meet the Covid-19 crisis which is going to have a huge impact upon our nation.
During these times we must rise to the challenges that come our way, to serve our Trusts and departments in order to meet the clinical needs of the patients and their families, that we care for; whilst at the same time meeting the personal challenges that will undoubtedly affect our personal, domestic, social and professional lives.
It is likely that many of us within our profession will be asked to be redeployed, to fulfil other roles and responsibilities, working in areas that we are unfamiliar with. This is a time where we can demonstrate that we are a dedicated and flexible workforce so that continued healthcare can be offered to patients at this difficult time.
This is also a time where it is important that we continue to maintain, not only our physical health but also our emotional resilience. We can do this by talking to our colleagues, sharing our experiences with those that we work alongside locally and also with our fellow professionals nationally – we can then all come together to offer the necessary support and compassion that will be required to see us through this demanding time.
Please do continue to take care of yourselves and others.
Peter Walsh, Chair, ANS.
The ANS Spring Scientific Meeting – Sunderland
Due to recent developments regarding the transmission and uncertainty of the Covid-19 virus, ANS and the organisers of the upcoming Spring Scientific meeting in Sunderland have made the difficult decision to postpone the upcoming event at the Stadium of Light.
ANS apologises for any inconvenience this may cause, however the health and safety of attendees will always be top priority. For those that have already registered, refunds can be claimed by contacting Wendy Farmer at EBS. email@example.com
Thank you as always for your co-operation and keep an eye out for details of the autumn scientific meeting in Swansea.
NHS Tariff Engagement
I am writing from the NHS England and NHS Improvement pricing team to inform you that this morning (Monday 4 November) we published the tariff engagement document Key areas of work for the 2020 national tariff. This document is the latest part of the engagement work we have been undertaking since the summer on the 2020 national tariff and sets out some of the most notable policy areas we are currently considering, with a particular focus on blended payments. The document also reflects updates to policies that were presented in the tariff engagement workshops and webinars in August and September 2019, primarily changes to the blended payment approaches for maternity and outpatients and moving to pilot an approach for adult critical care, rather than proposing to mandate it. We would very much appreciate your feedback on the proposals set out in the document via this online survey. The deadline for submitting the survey is the end of 18 November 2019. We apologise for the short notice. If you have already provided feedback following the workshops and webinars, please feel free to refer to your previous submissions in your responses. We will consider carefully all feedback, both from the survey and from the workshops, ahead of the statutory consultation on the 2020/21 National Tariff Payment System. We intend to launch the consultation following the 12 December general election. Further information on the tariff engagement process can be found on our website here. If you have any queries regarding the document and consultation please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting It Right First Time in the NHS
Is your department aware of the ‘new’ drive for NHS improvement? More details will appear on the IQIPS page of this site. In the meantime, please visit the NHS improvement website.
Applications for CSci Registrations Open
ANS are pleased to announce that registrations are open for The Science Council’s application process. Visit the Careers page for guidance notes and application forms.
CSci Newsletter – August 2019
Tariff Update – Ros Kandler
The draft tariff for 19/20 has finally been published and changes to it are now quite unlikely. The initial Neurophysiology tariff based on Trusts’ reference costs was unfavourable. However following discussion, NHSI and NHSE have accepted that these costs were inaccurate and agreed to maintain our previous prices. The delay in publication of the tariff was caused by stalling for the announcement of the ‘NHS billions’ and as you will see some of this extra funding has slightly improved our tariffs for next year so worth the wait!
There was an opportunity to apply for new OPCS codes this year. These are very hard to obtain but the following requests were made: MSLT, MWT, Actigraphy, Ambulatory EEG, EMG guided procedures (i.e. for Botox) and separate codes for each of the Evoked Potentials. We are still awaiting a final decision on these from the NHS Coding and Classifications Service but it looks as though at least some of the applications have been provisionally approved but this will be confirmed over the coming months.
NHSI and NHSE are keen to include Intracranial telemetry in the national tariff (at present it is excluded). Unfortunately reference costs are wildly out of line with the real cost of the procedures and so we have requested the investigation to remain excluded. I have asked some colleagues around the country to help establish a realistic national tariff by providing information on their locally negotiated prices as this could inform the process rather than relying on poor reference costs. So far no-one has provided me with any information. It is really in everyone’s interest to get this right to avoid the possibility of an unrealistically low tariff being imposed. Please could anyone performing this procedure get in touch with even the roughest of estimates (Rosalind.email@example.com).
There is no further movement on the possible unbundling of physiological measurement procedures.
- Ros Kandler
Chair, Expert Working Group Neurosciences Chapter
National Casemix Office