Given the high COVID-19 vaccination rate among Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) workers and residents in the Northern Sydney region, there is a reduced risk of disease severity and transmission. The deadline for all RACF workers to be vaccinated (with at least one dose) by 17th September will reduce this risk further. However, outbreaks do still occur in RACFs, and GPs have a critical role in assisting during these outbreaks.
Sydney North Health Network (SNHN) has developed with the Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) a COVID-19 outbreak response plan for high-risk settings such as RACFs. A key element of the response plan is a surge workforce pool from which we can mobilise GPs to be a part of an “Incident Management Team” (IMT) in situations where an RACF cannot utilise the residents GP who currently provides care, or there is no existing “resident” GP.
SNHN is seeking expressions of interest from general practitioners who would like to join the surge workforce pool whereby you may be called to attend to residents that are not your own patients and be part of the onsite “Incident Management Team”.
GPs will not be expected to perform any duties outside their normal scope of practice. It is likely that the role of the GP will also be site-specific. The NSLHD Strike Force response will be provided in conjunction and agreement with the RACF (or other setting) and any usual care providers, including GPs, to ensure a comprehensive and collaborative approach. Any GP deployed under this model will be remunerated by SNHN (details TBC).
GPs are now invited to express their interest in joining the surge workforce pool – please complete and submit the form below.
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