Updated 22 March 2021
Here are some links to resources for professionals during the COVID-19 outbreak. This page will be updated regularly and updates to this page will be sent via email.
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‘Every action counts’ – supporting excellence in infection prevention and control behaviours
Compliance with IPC measures will be critical in healthcare settings as restrictions ease and more people become vaccinated. To support trusts, NHS England and NHS Improvement has led a project to better understand the complex drivers of behaviours that influence how people act and what support can be offered to improve compliance.
Guided by behavioural science, research was undertaken to gather insight from frontline staff, patients, professional bodies, and clinical and IPC experts to understand what factors influence compliance and co-design interventions and solutions.
The ‘Every action counts’ products suite was developed to address the key themes of the research. The suite includes an implementation toolkit supported by communication and operational resources to strengthen IPC leadership and culture, staff and patient engagement, training, and operational management.
Every Action Counts Toolkit and resources
A video which is suitable for staff facing channels is available here https://youtu.be/0nZG_oOHp7M
Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic mediated changing trends in nuclear medicine education and training: time to change and scintillate (4 March 2021)
Gopinath Gnanasegaran, Diana Paez, Mike Sathekge, Francesco Giammarile, Stefano Fanti, Arturo Chiti, Henry Bom, Sobhan Vinjamuri, Thomas NB Pascual & Jamshed Bomanji
Public Health England guidance: Good infection prevention practice – using ultrasound gel
Professor Oudkerk discusses his recent BJR commentary on the vascular nature of COVID-19.
Strategies in place to beat the next stage of the Coronavirus
A paper by Dr M J Sangwaiya and Dr S Redla
Immunopathogenesis of COVID-19
On-demand webinar recorded on 1 May 2020
Professor Peter Openshaw
Extra thoracic manifestations of COVID-19
On-demand webinar recorded on 1 May 2020
Dr Mary Roddie
Thoracic Imaging: COVID-imaging challenges and insights
On-demand webinar recorded on 1 May 2020
Professor Simon Padley and Professor Sujal Desai
COVID-19: The impact on radiology practice
On-demand webinar, recorded on Friday 3 April 2020
This virtual event offers the latest information and reflections on COVID-19, presented by Consultant Radiologists Dr Sri Redla, Dr Mary Roddie, Dr Nick Screaton and Dr Nick Woznitza, Consultant Radiographer. Also, Consultant Chest Physician Dr Muhammed Anwar.
How do NHS employees get a test for COVID-19?
Guidance for patients with unexpected findings suggestive of coronavirus infection on imaging
Guidance from Addenbrookes hospital for patients who have unexpected findings suggestive of coronavirus. May be used as template, please note local telephone numbers have been removed - please insert relevant local contact details.
Podcast from PonderMed: Dr Sam Hare on COVID-19
Dr Sam Hare, Consultant Radiologist from the Royal Free hospital discusses CXR vs CT for COVID-19 and a pertinent discussion about the crucial role of the radiographer and PPE.
BMJ article: Managing high clinical suspicion COVID-19 inpatients with negative RT-PCR: a pragmatic and limited role for thoracic CT
Incidental evidence of possible COVID-19 in CT patients
Public Health England patient information self isolation advice
Position statement: Accumulating radioactive waste that you cannot transfer because of COVID-19
This COVID-19 RPS explains when you can accumulate radioactive waste above the limits in your permit and for longer than your permit allows because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
Position statement: Exceeding permit limits because of COVID-19 when radioactive substances are used in medicine
This COVID-19 RPS explains when you can exceed the numerical limits in your permit for the radioactive material kept and used on site and the radioactive waste accumulated and disposed of because of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVID-19 Advice Sheets
If you have not had the chance to watch Dr Mary Roddie's webinar, Epidemiology of COVID-19 and grading of CXR changes, we have created two handy COVID-19 advice sheets with specific cases and examples from the presentation. The first advice sheet shows COVID-19: CXR examples. The second advice sheet shows examples using gradings according to The British Society of Thoracic Imaging (BSTI) reporting templates for use in COVID-19: CXR reporting.
COVID-19 journal articles
Journal articles that help our community better understand and deal with COVID-19 will be fast tracked through the peer review and production stages and published open access with all publication charges waived so they are freely available to all readers.
If you have an article for submission to BJR, BJR|Case reports or BJR|Open please visit https://www.birpublications.org/covid-19
Staying present, the what, who and how of mindfulness
On-demand webinar, recorded on Tuesday 31 March 2020
Ideal for all imaging professionals in these challenging times. Explore the technique of mindfulness to combat stress in the workplace and at home. Free to all.
Covid-19 reporting modules
TMC Academy has produced two COVID-19 Reporting Modules, which are completely free for radiologists and medical professionals worldwide. The modules contain 5 real-life cases and a corresponding structured reporting template prepared by an expert mentor, based on the BSTI guidelines. All modules are designed to help radiologists comprehensively identify the imaging findings associated with Covid-19 and will each offer 2 CME credits.
The British Society of Thoracic Imaging
COVID-19 BSTI Imaging Database
The British Society of Thoracic Imaging (BSTI), in conjunction with Cimar UK’s Imaging Cloud Technology (cimar.co.uk), have designed, built and deployed a simple, free to use, anonymised and encrypted online portal to upload and refer imaging of patients with either confirmed or suspected COVID-19. From these cases, BSTI hope to provide an imaging database of known UK patient examples for reference and teaching. The aim is to rapidly disseminate breaking clinical and diagnostic advice to frontline healthcare nationally, using real imaging examples encountered across the country.
BSTI Reporting Templates
Standardised imaging criteria may help guide management in COVID19. Use these templates to help with speed and accuracy. Customise and place into voice recognition templates if required.
Other useful resources https://www.bsti.org.uk/covid-19-resources/
The Royal College of Radiologists
Information for radiologists and clinical oncologists, exam news and discussion forums (for members)
Cancer treatment documents and advice about treatment interruptions
Head and Neck cancer and COVID-19
Skin Melanoma and COVID-19
Society and College of Radiographers
Guidance to restart elective screening services (6 May 2020)
Information on COVID-19 information and resources
Information on contact with infected patients, information for sonographers, guidance on sick leave and time off to look after dependants.
Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
COVID-19 policy and advice notes
The British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS)
BNMS guidance for COVID-19 recovery phase (1 May 2020)
Guidance for infection control in nuclear medicine settings
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH)
Free, open access to COVID-19 e-learning programme for the entire UK health and care workforce (no need to register)
The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus.
European Society of Radiology
This free series reflects on the lessons learned from the first wave and how management of workflows and whole imaging departments are affected by the ongoing second wave of COVID-19.
Continuing challenges: Adapting imaging and department management to the COVID-19 pandemic
Pulmonary vascular complications in COVID-19 – a management strategy proposal
Edwin van Beek
Abbreviated MRI protocols to manage an efficient workflow
COVID-19 e-Learning for radiographers
Heath Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) to develop new e-learning for radiographers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The free online resources provide training and advice for radiographers carrying out mobile chest X-rays of patients suspected to have Coronavirus. Topics covered include minimising risk using PPE and infection control, how to safely use mobile equipment, optimising image quality, radiation protection and how to assess and evaluate radiographs. Effective communication is also discussed along with support available for emotional wellbeing.
e-Learning for Healthcare external resources directory
HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team has received offers of support from a range of organisations and commercial suppliers to support the workforce in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.
The resources are considered to be complementary to the central provision of the education and training resources provided through the e-LfH Hub’s COVID-19 programme.
HEE TEL’s content review group reviewed and collated the resources into a directory for the wider system to access. It is recommended the resources are reviewed and quality assured locally before being used to ensure they meet the need
RSNA International Trends: A Global Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic and Radiology in Late 2020 (published December 2020)
The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spread rapidly around the globe and radiology responses were innovative and varied depending upon the number of patients infected and the resources available to them.
Read the full RSNA article here
RSNA Coronavirus Case Collection
New peer-reviewed cases of COVID-19 are being published each week. Radiologists can view cases from around the world to better understand disease progression over time and cases with varying degrees of severity. This critical resource for COVID-19 is available free of charge. Visit this important resource and share with your colleagues.
RSNA best practices for radiology departments during COVID-19
RSNA useful education and resources
Access vital resources for radiologists to support early detection, prompt treatment and effective public health containment of COVID-19.
RSNA research and links to journal articles on COVID-19
American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS)
AJR COVID-19 collection of articles
To support the global radiology community, an AJR COVID-19 Collection has been created. All articles published in AJR regarding COVID-19 have been made available online, open access in this collection. Content will be added as it becomes available.
John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
Useful information, basics, webinars, news and information as well as a Coronavirus Map detailing statistics from around the world