Supporting and protecting BAME doctors in response to the impact of COVID-19

Release date: September 2020

You asked

How many GPs – including trainees and locums – do you have in total in your CCG and how many of these are BAME?

Our response

Manchester has a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) of 390 GPs.  The national workforce data return does not currently ask CCGs to report on those GPs who are BAME. For information, this is publicly available data and can be found on the NHS Digital website.


How many practice managers do you have in total in your CCG and how many of these are BAME?

CCGs are not required to collect this data currently. However, we have undertaken some work to look at our BAME workforce, but this data is not specific to individual role types.


How many managers and senior managers do you have in your CCG and how many of these are BAME?

As at 1st September 2020, we had 26 employees on Band 7 and above who were from a BME background and this equated to 53.05% of the workforce within that set of payscales.


How many GPs in total have had a COVID-19 workplace risk assessment?

All GP practices undertook workplace risk assessments with all staff including GPs.


How many BAME GPs have had a COVID-19 workplace risk assessment?

All BAME GPs undertook workplace risk assessments.

Our workplace risk assessment work identified 40% of GPs who have an increased vulnerability to COVID-19. This was in the main as a result of BAME factors, age and long term conditions.


Following a COVID-19 workplace risk assessment, how many BAME GPs were found to be low, moderate, high, very high risk?

36% of the overall workforce came out at increased COVID-19 risk. 50% of these are from a BAME background.  

This is split by low, medium and high

  • 314 low risk were BAME
  • 58 medium risk were BAME
  • 9 High risk were BAME

Following a Covid-19 workplace risk assessment, how many BAME GPs were found to be:

  • low risk
  • moderate risk
  • high risk
  • very high risk

As above.


How many plans have been put in place as a result of risk assessments for all GPs, including:

  • redeployment to non-patient facing environments
  • enhanced PPE
  • vitamin D supplements
  • other – please specif

All practices required to put in place plans in response to the risk assessments. 913 had additional plans put in place.



How many plans have been put in place as a result of risk assessments for BAME GPs, including:

  • redeployment to non-patient facing environments
  • enhanced PPE
  • vitamin D supplements?
  • other – please specify

No specific data but all staff who were in receipt of a risk assessment and had an increased risk received additional plans


How many GPs have been working in patient-facing roles within Covid hot sites during the pandemic? 

30


How many BAME GPs have been working in patient-facing roles within Covid hot sites during the pandemic?

8


How many concerns have been raised by GP practices or individual GPs to the CCG about workplace issues since 1st February 2020, including about:

  • PPE availability
  • Work allocation
  • Other – please specify

This is difficult to quantify as MHCC has had continual dialogue with practices via a situation reporting tool which alerted MHCC throughout COVID-19 to issues around supply, quality and guidance around PPE. It received a number of additional direct queries throughout the 1st wave of COVID-19 in relation to standard of pandemic PPE stock, the level of PPE items specified within national guidance and around supply of PPE Items as did all other CCGs during this time.

MHCC again continually monitors capacity within primary care via a ‘pulse check’ which asks GP practices to rate how their rate their current ‘pressures’ as a result of increasing workloads. Manchester GPs currently rate themselves 6 out of 10 on average currently.

14 day rolling average
Graph to illustrate the 14 day rolling average