Following its meeting of 14 May, NPHET recommended the establishment of an Expert Panel on Nursing Homes, to examine the complex issues surrounding the management of COVID-19 among this particularly vulnerable cohort.
The purpose of the Panel is to examine the national and international responses to the COVID-19 crisis, and to examine the emerging best practice. COVID-19 is a new disease, which can present atypically in the frail elderly, and new evidence and best practice in its management are constantly emerging.
The Panel has been asked to make recommendations to the Minister for Health, to ensure that all protective COVID-19 response measures are planned for, in light of the expected ongoing COVID-19 risk and impact for nursing homes over the next 6-18 months.
Terms of Reference
National Public Health Emergency Team - Nursing Home Expert Panel Terms of Reference and Engagement
As part of the Expert Panel’s work, it is undertaking rapid consultative processes to engage with a range of stakeholders through various means.
The Expert Panel is pleased to invite interested parties to participate in a concise, focused engagement process.
The purpose of this engagement is to receive input, perspective and experiences in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on nursing homes, with a particular focus on planning further responses with regard to nursing homes over the next 18 months.