The purpose of COVID-19 self-certification is to highlight and acknowledge additional skills that health professionals gained or contributed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes (but is not exclusive to) those who have provided patient care beyond the scope of their usual training curriculum in any of the following areas:
- care of COVID-19 positive patients (any setting including general medical or palliative wards)
- acute medical admission unit or acute respiratory admission unit
- medical or surgical high dependency unit
- critical care/intensive care unit (the FICM COVID-19 self-certification ‘skills passport’ may be used instead for those who gained extensive procedural skills in critical care)
- redeployment outside usual area of clinical practice
- significant change in usual way of working even if not re-deployed
- contributions or other skills acquired during shielding i.e. virtual consultations
The self-certification process is completely optional. Some healthcare professionals may prefer to document their experiences of working during the pandemic through usual e-portfolio work-place based assessment and reflections, or during scheduled educational supervisor meetings/appraisals.
Who COVID-19 self-certification is aimed at
The self-certification document can be used by any healthcare professional (medical or non-medical) and adapted to suit their professional requirements, as not all sections may be applicable.
Transferable capabilities acquired can be categorised according to Generic Professional Capabilities of the General Medical Council (GMC) or other relevant professional bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code, the 4 Allied Health Professional (AHP) pillars, or the General Dental Council (GDC) outcomes.
How to complete a COVID-19 self-certification
1. An account of the skills and experiences gained can be summarised in the COVID-19 Self-certificate (any health professional) form or FICM COVID-19 self-certification ‘skills passport’.
3. It is desirable, but not mandatory, for the completed form to be emailed to a consultant or clinical/educational supervisor, nurse in charge, senior AHP or line manager for verification; ideally one with whom the healthcare professional has worked closely with during the pandemic. Alternatively, the document can be verified by the usual clinical/educational supervisor. Electronic signatures are encouraged, to minimise the administrative burden of printing and scanning.
4. The completed form can be uploaded (PDF format) into the e-Portfolio and used to cross-reference curriculum competencies.
Please note: this self-certificate does not replace the need to evidence procedural competence by direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) and should not be interpreted as evidence of independent practice or clinical competence.
In addition to completing this self-certificate, health professionals are strongly encouraged to write a reflection on their experience. The self-certification process is completely optional. Some health professionals may prefer to document their experiences of working during the pandemic by the following alternative means:
– usual e-portfolio work-place based assessment (WBPA) processes
– writing a summary reflective piece on their e-portfolio
– scheduled clinical or educational supervisor meetings/appraisals
We would appreciate your feedback AFTER you have completed the self-certification process, via the COVID Self certification POST-completion Survey. The survey will remain open until 28 February 2021.