NHS England and NHS Improvement recently published their updated National guidance for post-COVID syndrome assessment clinics in April 2021.
The guidance builds upon its initial version, published in November 2020, which announced its £20 million investment into setting up 40 Long COVID clinics to assess and manage these individuals and recommended the use of the C19-YRS as an outcome measure to be used at first assessment, 6 weeks and 6 months to monitor progress.
This latest version directly references ELAROS’ digital C19-YRS on page 32, recommending continued use of the tool for the initial assessment and triaging of long Covid patients.
“The purpose of this document is to inform the commissioning of post-COVID syndrome assessment clinics. This guidance will assist local healthcare systems in establishing and maintaining post-COVID assessment services for patients experiencing long-term health effects following COVID-19 infection.
Clinics should offer physical, cognitive, psychological and psychiatric assessments with the aim of providing consistent services for people with post-COVID syndrome (‘Long COVID’). These services should support those who need them, irrespective of whether they were hospitalised and regardless of whether clinically diagnosed or by a SARS-CoV-2 test.”