COVID-19 Update

We will be using this section of the website to provide updates from CORU in relation to COVID-19.

Issued 20 March 2020

Advice for Redeployed registered Health and Social Care Professionals from CORU

We know that many existing regulated professions will be asked to be redeployed. Our advice to you is that:

Once you are registered, you will be required to comply with the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for your profession.

In particular, it is important to note Section 9 of the Code whereby a Registrant must:

Act within the limits of their knowledge, skills, competence and experience

Appendix A of the Code may also be of assistance and is entitled “Suggested procedure for decision making”.

However, in an emergency scenario, such as COVID-19, we recognise that this might not always be possible. CORU’s Code of Professional Standards needs to be heeded - what is and is not appropriate will depend on the full circumstances of an individual’s practice. We recognise that working in a pandemic may give rise to particular challenges that are uncommon in your everyday practise. We would still expect you to use your professional judgement to assess what is safe and effective practise in the context in which you are working during the pandemic.

We thank all of our registrants for your dedication and work during these difficult times.

Former CORU Registrants who wish to be re-registered

The executive at CORU has been working with the Department of Health to amend emergency legislation to assist in the efforts to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19 in our country.

We are examining the introduction of a fast track system for former registrants who have signed up to the On Call HSE and wish to return to their professional register.

We are suggesting that you contact registration@coru.ie to be kept up to date on developments.

Issued 11 March 2020

A statement from the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, CORU, to all registered health and social care professionals in relation to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

CORU understands that as health and social care professionals you are now, and in the coming weeks and months ahead will be, facing many challenges in your respective professions with the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland.

As CORU registered professionals, we acknowledge that many of you are on the frontline of health services and that your first concern will be the care of patients and people who use health and social care services. We encourage all professionals, working in partnership with each other and people using services, to use your professional judgement to assess risk to deliver safe care informed by any relevant guidance, values and principles set out in your Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics.

We encourage all professionals to use the reliable up-to-date information available on the HSE website and to exercise caution on information from unreliable sources such as social media platforms. The HSE website has a specific section that provides detailed advice to healthcare professionals on a range of issues relating to COVID-19. Many of your employers will also issue guidance to you directly.

We also encourage you to take care of your own health and to follow all guidelines issued and provided by the National Public Health Emergency Team and the HSE.

Finally, we would like to acknowledge our appreciation of your role and the role of your profession in the Irish healthcare system at this unprecedented time.

Dr. Bernard McCartan                                                        Ginny Hanrahan
Chairperson                                                                       Chief Executive/Registrar
Health and Social Care Professionals Council                  Health and Social Care Professionals Council
CORU                                                                                CORU