Guidance for clinicians in Wales

This information complements the guidance that has been developed by RCPsych with NHSE/I.

The full extent of the impact of COVID-19 is impossible to accurately predict and the situation is anticipated to rapidly evolve. We will continue to update and add to these pages over the coming weeks. 

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Rapid guidelines and evidence reviews – the Welsh Government has said it expects NHS Wales and social care to take account of these rapid guidelines from NICE when planning and providing services during COVID-19.

The UK Government has issued guidance jointly with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health Wales (PHW), Public Health Agency (PHA) Northern Ireland, Health Protection Scotland (HPS), Public Health England and NHS England.

Key changes to the guidance include:

  • All health and social care staff within 2m of a suspected or confirmed coronavirus patient should wear an apron, gloves, fluid repellent surgical mask and eye protection
  • Some PPE (masks, visors and gowns) which are currently classed as “single use” will be classed as “sessional use” in some situations
  • The use of gowns will be extended, particularly when aerosol-generating procedures are taking place.

Whilst this guidance seeks to ensure a consistent and resilient UK wide approach, some differences in operational details and organisational responsibilities may apply in Northern Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.

Our information is consistent with that published across the UK College, You'll find that information here (opens in a new window).

Additionally, we'll update ministerial statements as they are received.

Responding to COVID-19

Resources applicable across the UK; including examination, events, CPD information and more

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