Greater Manchester Primary Care COVID-19 Response Briefings

These briefing notes are being produced by both commissioner and provider leads to share current information for primary care which may also be able to support some local considerations. The aim of these briefings is to supplement the nationally issued guidance.

Enabling Safe Certification of Deaths in the Community Service

Following a change in legislation (The Coronavirus Act 2020), the ‘Enabling Safe Certification of Deaths in the Community Service’ (ESCDCS) was established with the intention of increasing capacity to support rising demand to attend, verify and certify expected and reasonably foreseeable natural deaths in the community. The service will ease the burden on general practice.

To find out more about the service, please see the frequently asked questions below:

Greater Manchester Guidance and Information for Community Pharmacies

COVID-19 Primary Care bulletin

Dr Nikki Kanani and Ed Waller at NHS England and NHS Improvement are publishing a frequent bulletin for primary care covering all guidance and information published for general practice, pharmacy, dental and optical. Sign up to receive a copy straight to your inbox. Previous issues can be found here:

COVID-19 Primary Care Knowledge Boost Podcasts

A special series of dedicated COVID-19 Primary Care Knowledge Boost Podcasts are currently available to support local primary care clinicians, with topics including Managing COVID-19 patients in general practice and shielding vulnerable patients. These podcasts can be found at

RCGP COVID-19 resources, guidance and FAQs