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Statement for AfPP Members

Released on - 24/03/2020

Statement for AfPP Members

Dear Colleagues,

I thought I would contact you again following my update last week. As you know we are in difficult times and the Prime Minister has put restrictions on movement within society. With this in mind we have taken the steps to move to remote working for the HQ team.

As I am sure you will appreciate this can be achieved but brings with it many issues and challenges, which we are trying to work around.

Our plan is to continue with a skeleton staff at the HQ building at limited times throughout the day. This means we can hopefully manage membership enquiries and keep you updated as required.

However, you may see a difference in our service levels, i.e. telephones may not be answered as quickly as normal. I would ask that you email us in the first instance with your queries to help cut down on call traffic.

We may not be able to fulfil all our normal services, for example, book purchases; however, we will do our utmost to fulfil any orders we may receive.

We are still experiencing difficulties with our online learning platform and cannot see this being rectified in the near future due to other business partners being unable to support us in the current climate.  

You can still join the organisation online and we will still be able to support your application. You can also renew your indemnity insurance online and you can still apply for insurance should you need it.

As an organisation AfPP fully understand that all medical professionals, including all members of the Association, will be involved in providing clinical services in one way or another, either directly or indirectly associated with COVID-19 patients during this ‘crisis’.

We appreciate that members may be asked to provide clinical services that are outside their usual scope of practice, employment or training and we appreciate there is concern about whether you will still be covered by the AfPP indemnity insurance, if you currently hold this optional cover.

We would like to reassure you that by providing care outside your normal scope of practice you will not be excluded from cover under the policy. It is, however, important that you are comfortable with the role you have been assigned, are suitably qualified and have received suitable training to provide these clinical services. There will, of course, be exceptions to this if individuals are involved in providing ‘good Samaritan care’.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at insurance@afpp.org.uk.

We obviously want to continue supporting you in these troubling times and our advisory service is still available. Again, drop an email in the first instance to advice@afpp.org.uk and Lindsay will be able to get back to you as soon as possible.

Finally, as I mentioned in my previous communication, we may not be able to provide your Journal and IPP in paper format and may have to revert to an electronic version, but rest assured you will still receive them.

Please take care in these difficult times and I look forward to seeing you at future events once we have, as a nation, tackled this terrible and worrying situation.

Thank you for your continued support.

Best wishes

Dawn Stott
CEO

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