General clinical management

Essential information for GPs about COVID-19, from symptoms to diagnosis to protecting practice staff.

Clinical assessment and symptom control

This is a brief summary of the evidence internationally on the presentation of COVID-19 and some suggestions as to how cases may need to be assessed within primary care.

Guidance from NHS London Clinical Networks on how Primary Care and Community Respiratory Teams can collaborate on respiratory care during COVID-19.

A comprehensive and free online resource that covers various aspects of COVID-19, including epidemiology, diagnosis, management and follow up. This resource is updated daily.

The latest guidance from NICE, providing recommendations for managing COVID‑19 symptoms for patients in the community, including at the end of life.

This short module advises members of the primary care team on the remote management of patients with respiratory problems in the community.

Key points for primary care professionals in managing patients with chronic respiratory conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Education England e-learning for healthcare (HEE e-lfh) coronavirus resources page.

The assessment of patients who are unwell with COVID or other causes presents a significant challenge for GPs and clinicians working in Primary Care. Dr Jonathan Leach RCGP Hon Sec and COVID lead, Dr Alison Tavare West of England AHSN , and Dr Simon Stockley, RCGP Lead for Acute Deterioration and Sepsis discuss the clinical assessment of patients with COVID-19, the role of oximetry and other physiology in that assessment.

This 10 minute module summarises current guidance for members of the primary care team in assessing COVID-19 patients and helping them to determine whether they need admission to hospital.

Guidance for the safe switching of warfarin to direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs)for patients with non-valvular AF and venous thromboembolism (DVT/PE) during the coronavirus pandemic.

This video discusses issues that are increasingly occurring with the management of patients with chronic diseases during this time of social distancing and limits on healthcare resources.

This guidance from NHS England sets out principles to support the remote monitoring, using pulse oximetry, of patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.

The use of steroid medication is one of the management options for a range of musculoskeletal conditions and in particular rheumatic conditions, and this guidance aims to assist decisions on the use of such medication during the pandemic.

    Documentation and coding

    The latest advice on coding for COVID-19. These codes only apply to England and Scotland for now. 

    This document is offered for GPs to consider or adapt to meet their needs and contains the Chronic Frailty Score and NEWS2 table to support patient assessment and communication with GP, Ambulance and Hospital Colleagues. The use of these tools remains optional.

    Public health and PPE

    Rapid guidelines from NICE on a range of topics that clinicians may deal with during COVID-19.

    A resource from Health Protection Scotland for management of patients presenting to primary care, including contact details for local Health Protection Teams in Scotland.

    A series of infographics offering advice on best practice for home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Including a list of necessary equipment and the process when inside the patient's home.

    Guidance from Public Health England on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for non-aerosol generating procedures (APGs).

      Patient information

      Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers visiting people’s homes to deliver care (domiciliary care) during sustained COVID-19 transmission in the UK.

      A visual guide to putting on PPE for home carers.

      A visual guide to taking off PPE for home carers.

      Mass vaccination

      Guidance from the RCGP on delivering mass vaccination programmes during COVID-19, including guidance on using non-traditional vaccination settings.

      We endeavour to keep all resources up to date through regular review to assess relevance and accuracy. To raise any issues please contact:

      e-learning@rcgp.org.uk 

      Last modified: Friday, 31 July 2020, 2:50 PM