COVID-19: Useful Documents and Resources

COVID-19: Useful Documents and Resources

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses and further information becomes available, the College will be constantly providing new information to ensure the health and safety of our members and staff while promoting best practice at this trying time for the medical community. Click here for an evolving list of information by the College for all members and staff.

Please find below useful resources for practitioners working through the COVID-19 pandemic, along with resources for self care and mental well-being for clinicians during these trying times.

It is important to note that if you are on leave from work due to Coronavirus or other illness and so unwell that normal work would not be possible interviews /consultations with patients even via tele and/or video communications should be postponed until you are recovered. Give yourself time to recover before resuming working remotely.


Telepsychiatry and its use – Draft position paper by CPsychI on the use of telepsychiatry in clinical practice.

Clinical Governance Guidance on Secure Video and Audio Consultations during the Emergency Measure to address Covid-19 by the HSE National Covid-19 Teleheath Steering Committee

Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners from the Irish Medical Council includes information on telemedicine in general on pg. 32, Section 43.

Medico-Legal Aspects of using Telemedicine from the Medical Protection Society.

An online session on remote consulting by the Medical Protection Society.

A Practical Guide to Video Mental Health Consultation by Mental Health Online

Digital: COVID-19 Guidance for Clinicians by RC Psych

— Telepsychiatry Toolkit by American Psychiatric Association

Child and Adolescent Telepsychiatry Toolkit by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

— Telemedicine: Phone and Video Consultations, A guide for patients by the Medical Council


Our information page on CPD, which includes links to Medical Council information and declaration form for not meeting CPD requirements.

COVID-19: A Clinical Perspective RCPI webinarMembers Only

Clinical Guidance

COVID-19 HSE Clinical Guidance and Evidence for Mental Health

Clinical Governance Guidance on Secure Video and Audio Consultations during the Emergency Measure to address Covid-19 by the HSE National Covid-19 Teleheath Steering Committee

Ethical dimensions of COVID-19 for frontline staff by Royal College of Physicians (UK)

Policy Position Statementby European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Mental Wellness

Self-care for Health Professionals

Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak by the World Health Organization includes information targeting different groups to support mental and psychosocial wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. It includes information for the general public, healthcare workers, team leaders or managers in health facilities, care providers, older adults, people with underlying health conditions and those in isolation.

— Signposting for health workers looking for support during COVID-19 by Workwell.

Minding your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak by the HSE. Also see the HSE general information page on Coronavirus for more general information.

Cooping With Coronavirus: How to Stay Calm and Protect Your Mental Health – A Psychological Toolkit by Dr Brendan Kelly. (Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to medical charities assisting with the global response to coronavirus.)

Interview with Dr Brendan Kelly with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ regarding mental wellness and his new e-book.

— Mental health in the Covid-19 pandemic in QJM

Mental Health of Children and Adolescents during the Coronavirus Pandemic by ESCAP.

Mental disorders can be severe or life-threatening disorders, therefore our treatment facilities must stay open as long as possible. E-therapy and e-counselling services allow us to maintain our therapeutic relationships with many of our patients and their families. Health systems all over Europe have to react and adapt to incorporate these approaches” Professor Joerg Fegert, ESCAP Policy Division Head.