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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Patients, Students and Staff

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Patients, Students and Staff

COVID Update

From the 18th January 2021 our clinic will be open to patients requiring essential treatment. Our healthcare professionals will be on site to support the continued training of our students as future critical workers.

Thank you

COMD thank you all for your continued patience and understanding during this difficult and unsettling time as we work to support all of our students, colleagues, patients and prospective students. We are very proud of the way in which the COMD community has come together in these challenging and unprecedented circumstances.

These pages are updated regularly, but please check the Government and NHS websites and download the NHS COVID-19 App for the for the most up to date information as the situation is changing rapidly.

COMD Approach to teaching

During these difficult times COMD has continued to provide teaching to our students. We have followed the government guidelines and regulations along with the rest of the Higher Education sector and in doing so moved the majority of our teaching online while maintaining the critical clinic training with patients at our dental hopsital.

At COMD we pride ourselves on being:

  1. Supportive and responsive. We act promptly to the changing pandemic rules to ensure you can continue with your studies
  2. Innovative. We use online models that are closely aligned to the curriculum and support your remote studies
  3. Experienced. We employ faculty and support staff that have wide ranging experience in online delivery of dental teaching
  4. Always there for you. Our student support team engage with all of our COMD students and provide support and guidance to any of you who may be struggling during this pandemic

Through the use of blended learning our theory is conducted online but critical practical and clinical sessions will continue to take place, face to face, in our Covid-19 safe facilities.

Optimism for the future

The COVID-19 vaccine success story of last year gives us hope for the future and a return to normality. We will keep you updated of any changes to the Government guidelines and the ways in which we can ensure your studies are not disrupted. Our priority is for all COMD staff to receive the vaccine as soon as we are able to access as category 2.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for patients

The safety and welfare of our patients, students and staff is of utmost importance to the College of Medicine & Dentistry. We would like to support you all during this difficult time and offer support and assistance to anyone who needs it. We will of course keep all of you updated as the situation progresses and with any new information we receive.

COVID-19 Clinical guidance

As I am sure you are aware we are currently dealing with a pandemic COVID-19. The situation with this is changing daily and new information is always being released by the Government. We have been working hard on our premises to make it safe for our patients, students and staff. We are now reopen for our patients. When making appointments you will be telephone triaged and appointments made according to treatment priority. We also have a new pain clinic where emergency appointments are available at short notice.

Symptoms of COVID-19

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

· a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

· a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

· Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.

2. You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

If you have any enquiries you can contact one of our clinic team on 0121 345 9833.

The safety of our patients is our priority and we thank you for your co-operation at this difficult time.

Stay safe

Best wishes from everyone at CoMD

COVID-19 Information for Students

We want to reassure you that the UK is open to international students in priority subjects such as Medicine and Dentistry and a warm welcome is waiting for you here. Please check the UK Government website for further details on travel into the UK https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

The College has been working to ensure that students whose studies may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are not disadvantaged at the point of assessment, while preserving the academic integrity of their award. The welfare of our students is a key priority for the College. We recognise this may be an anxious time for our College community and will continue to support our students with their studies and also their wellbeing. All of our teaching will now be taking place exclusively online through digital channels. We have been able to make the transition from face-to-face to online successfully and seamlessly and will continue to provide support for students to access the relevant channels, so they are able to join sessions and make the most of their online teaching experience.

Please be advised from September 2020 we endeavor to bring students back in campus for practical and clinical sessions with limited face-to face interactions whilst following government guidelines for social distancing. All lectures will continue online.

Students can be reassured that arrangements will be put in place to protect student progression, completion and award and every effort will be made to enable students to complete their courses as expected.

Course teams are working hard to make the necessary adjustments to both delivery and assessment and will keep you informed of progress. Assessments may be modified due to the current situation however specific details will be communicated to the students directly.

You should regularly check your course site on Blackboard/BPP VLE and your emails for updates.

If students require assistance in joining their online teaching, please contact Tanveer Hussain

If students require any further guidance on their teaching or pastoral support, please contact Jagdeep Khela

COVID-19 Information for Staff

Majority of teaching will remain online for the foreseeable future however practical sessions and supervised clinic training will recommence September 2020. Please ensure you have received and reviewed the COMD COVID-19 SoP prior to attending on site. Please contact Andrew Jackson (a.jackson@comd.org.uk) for this.

If staff require assistance in joining their online teaching, please contact Tanveer Hussain

At this difficult time we will of course keep all staff updated with the latest information and assist you wherever possible.

Staying Alert and Safe

As we continue to go about our professional and personal lives, it is critical that we continue to follow all advice and guidance issued by the Government. For example and as you will all be aware, there are staying alert and safe (social distancing) measures that are now in place that apply to everybody, with specific caution for those considered to be at heightened risk. All staff members are advised to follow these measures as detailed in the Government guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

For more information on COVID-19 and the latest updates from the Government please go to:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Home Working

The majority of staff have worked at home at some point, however in these exceptional circumstances the reality could be different to what you are accustomed to.

This could be because you are now continuously working from home and sharing the space with family members full time rather than ad hoc.

We encourage you to blend what has worked well for you in the past and what might be required in your own circumstances.

Workspace

Set aside space in your home.

If possible, set aside a space in your home for you to work in, this may be a home office or simply use your dining room table.

Do not be tempted to use your sofa or an easy chair in the living room.

Workstation Setup

Set up your workstation, you may not be able to carry out a complete assessment but do remember the main points as shown in the below diagram.

You may need to use books to set up your screen to the correct height, cushions to adjust your seat height etc.

Ground Rules

Set some ground rules with the other people in your home who share your space when you need to be working, they need to be clear about what they can and cannot do during your work time.

Maintain Regular Hours

· Set a schedule

Set a schedule and stick to it, get up in the morning and complete your normal morning routine. Set yourself a start time and finish time. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many home workers maintain work-life balance.

· Take breaks

Take regular breaks, 2 shorter breaks and a longer midday break for lunch, away from your home work station, make a drink, go for a short walk etc.

Set a schedule

Set a schedule and stick to it, get up in the morning and complete your normal morning routine. Set yourself a start time and finish time. Having clear guidelines for when to work and when to call it a day helps many home workers maintain work-life balance.

Take breaks

Take regular breaks, 2 shorter breaks and a longer midday break for lunch, away from your home work station, make a drink, go for a short walk etc.

Communication

Take part in all the meetings that you are invited to, these times are an excellent way to maintain team relationships.

Wellbeing

As many staff are starting to work from home, the Wellbeing team has pulled together a guide to help support you in maintaining your wellbeing while working from home.

We will continue to add additional advice and guidance over the coming days, but for now, a few tips to make working from home as seamless as possible.

Set aside a specific place to work

Set aside a specific place to work where you will be undisturbed. Whilst it may feel nice to prop your laptop on your knees and work from the sofa or even bed this is not a good idea.

Get dressed for work

We tend to associate certain styles as being work and others as being home so, dressing for work helps to switch our heads from home to work and puts us in the right space to work effectively especially when not in our normal workplace.

Take your lunch

Take your lunch at the same time as you normally do and take it away from your work area. This helps to ensure our mindset is in the right place to work effectively.

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