Sections on this page:

  • Resuming services
  • Information for schools
  • Health information on return to school
  • How to manage demand & capacity
  • Innovative service examples

(This page was first created on 15.05.20 and will be updated as information becomes available; last updated: 27.05.20.)

Resuming services

The NHS issued a letter on 29 April 2020 indicating some service resumption can begin (linked below).  Understandably, these focus on urgent acute treatments including cancer investigations and surgery and other urgent cases.  However, where capacity allows, other services may decide locally to re-start provided appropriate infection control/PPE can be maintained.  Where possible and appropriate, remote consultations are preferred but patients or professionals may decide a face-to-face appointment is preferable in the specific circumstances of the case. 

Second phase of NHS response to COVID-19 (PDF)

Operating framework for service resumption in hospital settings (some apply to community settings too)

Information for schools 

Schools’ advice available (note this only applies to England as schools in the other nations are not re-opening).  These include advice on CYP shielding, or who live with someone who is shielding: 

Government scientific overview on school re-opening

Commons summary on schools and COVID

Several other documents are available to guide schools on re-opening but do not identify any role for health services:

Actions for education & childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

SEND risk assessment 

Early Years guide 

Advice for Early Years Settings 

Primary school guide

Secondary school guide

COVID-19: implementing protective measures in education & childcare settings

Safe working guidance for schools and social care available

Advice for young people

Health information on return to school

COVID-19 - message from the |RCPCH President, 22 May

Pre-print version of paper referred to in link above (Susceptibility to & transmission of COVID-19 amongst children & adolescents compared with adults: a systematic review & meta-analysis)

RCPCH statement on schools re-opening, 22nd May 

BMA updated Statement on schools reopening, 20 May

Other science summaries:

School closure & management practices during coronavirus outbreaks including COVID-19

COVID-19 - research evidence summaries - transmission

What is the evidence for transmission of COVID-19 by children [or in schools]?

Evidence summary of potential for children to contribute to transmission of SARS-CoV-2

ONS data shows no difference in infection rates for 2-19 vs other age groups

How to manage demand & capacity

Guidance available:




Innovative service examples

RCPCH examples specific to COVID-19

Covering All Bases Directory of Innovative Practice Models

Categories: Workforce and Job Planning
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