The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) are leading the response to the confirmed cases of Monkeypox and BASHH are working closely with them and other sector representatives. Please find below links to UKHSA, CAS and also operational documents for clinics to use:
UKHSA update on identified monkeypox cases: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/monkeypox-cases-confirmed-in-england-latest-updates
GOV.UK - Monkeypox outbreak: technical briefings
CAS healthcare alert: https://www.cas.mhra.gov.uk/ViewandAcknowledgment/ViewAlert.aspx?AlertID=103205
Monkeypox: diagnostic testing: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/monkeypox-diagnostic-testing#personal-protective-equipment-ppe
Monkeypox Media images and Social Media suggestions: https://www.bashh.org/media/5428/tht-mpx-assets-1-june-2022.zip
UKHSA Vaccine Strategy launch: Monkeypox vaccine to be offered more widely to help control outbreak - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Monkeypox Update - latest 23/06/2022
Here is the link to the leaflet on Health Publications where free paper copies can be ordered using product code:: 2022MP1EN.
To order copies of this leaflet please visit: www.healthpublications.gov.uk/HTML or call 0300 123 1002 using the product code. Translated and an Easy Read version will be available shortly. We have also got a new section on NHS.UK/Monkeypox https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/monkeypox/ which has now gone live.
The patient leaflet is now published https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/monkeypox-vaccination-resources
Ordering is now open for the leaflet. Please register on Health Publications to place an order. Orders take 3 to 5 working days to arrive. You can search for the product code: 2022MP1EN. If you require more than 500 to 1000 copies you can call 0300 123 1002.
Please see resources below.
Dr Claire Dewsnap(she/her)
Monkeypox De-isolation - latest 10/06/2022
A number of updates for you from Operational group
- De-isolation- there are interim guidelines for clinicians on the UKHSA website (De-isolation and discharge of monkeypox-infected patients: interim guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)) , as well as guidance for people who have monkeypox (Monkeypox: infected people who are isolating at home - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk))
- Resources for people thinking about monkeypox- a range of resources from the third sector including Monkeypox in the UK | Terrence Higgins Trust (tht.org.uk)
- Vaccines- there are hubs across the UK now for post exposure prophylaxis- Your local Health Protection Teams or HCID will be able to share further details
- Funding- is being considered in a number of for a at the moment- please be using the coding to show the work you are doing in your clinics!
- Contact Tracing- Ceri Evans continues to work hard with the UKHSA teams looking at the best ways to do this
- Virtual ward- there are a number of models for this depending on local settings – keep an eye on Zoom BITESIZE Wednesdays to hear examples of good practice
- Local pathways- let us know examples of how you have worked in your local systems to set up pathways for assessment in those who are not sexually active
- BASHH Thermometer- likely to come out next week and to be open during conference- let us know what is happening for you
Remember to use firstname.lastname@example.org for your queries
Professor Matt Phillips
Monkeypox Coding - latest 07/06/2022
An update from Monkeypox Operational Group- a number of things;
Personal Identifying Information on Monkeypox samples in GU Clinics
Here’s a statement supported by THT, UKHSA and BASHH:
‘What happens when I test for monkeypox?
Currently most people with symptoms for monkeypox are tested in their local sexual health clinic. Tests are sent to the UKHSA laboratory to analyse and you will be asked by your doctor to provide your name and contact information so they can subsequently inform you of the result of your test.
If you test positive, the Health Protection Team at UKHSA will contact you to complete a questionnaire to collect information about close contacts you have had in the past three weeks before your symptoms started. This will include people you live with, and any sexual partners or hook-ups you have met recently.
Close contacts will not be told any information about you. If you have concerns about people being contacted you can talk to the health professional who phones you with your test result. All information is handled privately and securely.’
Coding for GU clinics to demonstrate activity
MPV- phone triage and advice then redirection - MPVR
MPV- phone triage advised to attend - MPVA
MPV test taken - MPVT
MPV positive - MPVP
MPV negative - MPVN
MPV assessed as walk in without prior triage - MPVW
PNMPV- attending as sexual partner has advised of MPV - PNMPV
Remember, ongoing queries or suggestions can be sent into email@example.com
The Ops group has been able to cascade information about labelling Monkeypox samples and new clinic codes. Please logon to access the members only Monkeypox resource page
Professor Matt Phillips
You may have seen in your inboxes, at BASHH ‘central’ we’ve set up a monkey pox operational group which I have the great privilege of chairing. The group has been working tirelessly since starting last Friday, meeting every day. There are many unanswered (and as yet ) unanswerable questions relating how to make this work in clinics.
I thought it might be useful if I give an update of what we are working on - and invite you to submit your concerns/ suggestions for operational work to the BASHH monkey pox inbox- monkeypox@BASHH.org By this Friday (the 27th) we are aiming to
- Have a list of codes to cover MPV activity- even for devolved nations where coding is not usually used. If our services can use an agreed set of codes we’ll be able to pull out data easily to demonstrate the activity our services are undertaking, and to make any needed requests for funding
- To understand numbers of staff in sexual health clinics who may need access to vaccines – your clinics should already have received this request from your branch chairs
- To have a steer around what clinics can consider doing in terms of pathways, especially in the context of clinics being on different sites and with different logistic access to HCIDs
Professor Matt Phillips
Monkeypox Operational Documents