Deployment of staff during the COVID-19 pandemic - RCPCH supports AoMRC statement

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges issued a statement on 27 March 2020 to support doctors who are working outside their normal scope of professional practice. This statement signposts to various guidance on the arrangements and processes of the redeployment of staff.

The Academy's statement reads:

In order to be able to provide the best care for patients and ensure effective working for staff, it is recognised that clinicians are going to need to be flexible in how they work and that this requires some planning. As the Academy, four CMOs and NHS England and GMC medical directors set out in their recent letter to doctors this may entail working in unfamiliar circumstances or surroundings, or working in clinical areas outside of their usual practice for the benefit of patients and the population as a whole.

Staff may also have to work outside their usual hierarchies with working practices and structures being skills and experience based, as opposed to seniority based. This can be extremely stressful and doctors may have concerns about both the professional practicalities and implications of working in such circumstances.

You can read the full statement here (PDF).

Russell Viner, President of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health responds:

There is no doubt that what’s ahead for us as paediatricians and child health workers will be incredibly difficult professionally, and on a human level. The speed at which the system has been shaped and redirected to plan for what is coming is incredible, but of course it is people who will bear the weight of the surge period. As paediatricians we will meet the challenge alongside colleagues, while also protecting and defending what we need to deliver for children and young people. We absolutely agree that clinicians and frontline workers need to be supported to the greatest extent possible in the coming period, including all measures to keep them safe and protected.