We understand that healthcare practitioners are facing significant challenges at this time, whether working within or outside their normal scope of practice. We know that this pressured working environment can impact on a practitioner’s ability to perform well, put strain on working relationships and lead to physical and mental health problems. Where these circumstances give rise to performance concerns, we are available to help, whether by providing advice or support for resolution through our own services or by signposting to other means of support.
In this paper we are sharing some of our experience during the Covid-19 pandemic. The situation is continuously changing and we are seeing regional variation in requests for advice, but not in the issues that arise. We are also mindful, when providing advice, of additional guidance provided by the General Medical Council and NHS England about managing concerns at this time. Patient safety, fairness and proportionality remain key to this.