Supporting IHPN members in tackling coronavirus

With the coronavirus pandemic placing unprecedented pressure on the healthcare system, we hope these pages will support independent healthcare providers by collating the national guidance on coronavirus that we are aware of in one place.

IHPN has now set up a dedicated inbox for coronavirus related queries – please email [email protected] and a member of our team will either respond to your query directly or forward it on to somebody who can assist. We will respond promptly to your request, usually within a couple of hours. This mailbox is monitored from 8am-6pm from Monday to Fridays and 9am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Latest NHS and government advice (last updated 9.4.20)

The content of the sites referenced below is updated on a regular basis, please check for the latest version. This resource page will also be updated and changed as appropriate, if you find an error please provide details.

Latest Official Government Guidance:

UK Government: Department of Health and Social Care and Ministry of Health

For the public:

For healthcare professionals:

UK Government: Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Public Health Wales

Northern Ireland Department of Health

Scottish Government

NHS England and NHS Improvement

All guidance:

Secondary Care specialty guides:

Guidance on Supply and Use of PPE:

Department of Health guidance on access to PPE

Staff Toolkit:

Training Material: NHSE e-learning for health – free modules on Coronavirus

Key worker letter for independent sector staff

Exercises to keep you healthy when home working

Mental wellbeing advice:

Clinical professioanl/Regulatory Guidance and Information:

General Medical Council

Coronavirus information and advice:

GMC Statement:

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Latest News:

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Information and advice:

NMC statement:

Healthcare Professions Council

General Pharmaceutical Council


British Medical Association

Medical Protection Society

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

British Society of Gastroenterology

British Society for Rheumatology


British Geriatrics Society

British Association of Dermatologists

Latest Royal College Guidance:

Royal College of Nursing:

Royal College of Surgeons

Good Practice for Surgeons and Surgical Teams

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Royal College of Radiologists

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Royal College of Physicians

Royal College of Pathologists

Royal College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and Intensive Care Society

“Faculty of Pain Management response to concern over safety of injected steroids for pain procedures” 

Royal college of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Infection in Pregnancy – Information for healthcare professionals 

Resuscitation Council UK

Healthcare Regulators and other NHS guidance



Health Education England

NHS Resolution


Information Governance guidance:

Healthcare Providers’ Networks Resources:

NHS Providers

Care England

CIPD Advice for UK-employers:

Miscellaneous resources

Indemnity provisions for staff working in independent sector facilities – COVID19

Webinar presentation – Chinese doctors’ experience of dealing with coronavirus

RNOH Protocols for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use During the COVID 19 Epidemic

RTT measurement and COVID-19

Mandatory PPE Training for Independent Sector Providers