Promoting partnership working in the NHS

Wider Group Key Comms - 19 March

The latest SPF Wider Group meeting was held virtually on 19 March. It focused almost exclusively on the coronavirus situation. Prof Keith Willett, Medical Director, Acute Care and Preparedness and National Strategic Incident Director for COVID-19 for the NHS, provided an overview of current planning and response in the NHS.  This included a clear explanation of how the virus works, spreads and affects people and why that requires the current actions and response (you can see a video of Keith’s simple and informative explanation here). He answered questions from SPF members, including around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Gavin Larner and Angie Walsh from DHSC also provided an overview of departmental planning around workforce issues, including on developing new HR guidance for the COVID-19 situation. Gavin confirmed publication of the NHS People Plan would be delayed until later this year, but work on NHS staff health and wellbeing will be ramped up in advance of the launch.

You can read key communications from the meeting here.