Health and safety

There are a number of non-patient facing roles in which you can offer your support and these can be discussed in more detail as part of your bespoke offer. To find out if you are in this group please access this link.

The health and safety of those working across health and care is an absolute priority, to keep you and your families safe and well, and to prevent continued spread of the virus. There is a vast amount of work going onto ensure PPE is reaching all locations that need it as a matter of urgency. This situation is rapidly updating – find the latest guidance we have for staff here.

Current guidance must be followed prior to any interaction with those with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in order to stop the transmission of the virus and to safeguard you and those you care for. The most up to date guidance on this from Public Health England.

For the latest guidance on COVID-19 testing please visit the website.

The health and safety of those working across health and care is an absolute priority. If you become ill while working, local policy and national guidance must be followed to ensure you get access to the correct care and treatment and to ensure your own and others’ safety. Tell your line manager and withdraw from work. If you have concerns regarding coronavirus, please follow national guidance which you can access via NHS111.

Your health and safety as well as the health and well-being of those we care for is an absolute priority. As soon as coronavirus is identified in a member of staff, they must be withdrawn from work and national guidance will be followed. This ensures the safety of those we work with, care for and staff across health and care and our communities. We need your help with this to support the reduction in the transmission of the coronavirus.

To protect you, a risk assessment will be offered to you locally so that your specific situation can be assessed and steps taken to reduce the risks posed to you. If you are advised to avoid coronavirus exposure, this may mean the offer of redeployment to a different role where you will be at reduced risk such as roles with less patient or public contact or options for remote working.

Keeping well both mentally and physically during this unprecedented time is extremely important. Your health and wellbeing is a priority to us as is the health and wellbeing of those we care for and the communities that we live in.

There are a number of ways in which you can access support and we have listed some below which we hope are helpful. When taking up a new role please tell us how best we can support you so that we can make sure we get this right.

  • free wellbeing support helpline 0300 131 7000, available from 7.00 am – 11.00 pm seven days a week, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice – including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help
  • a 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline – simply text FRONTLINE to 85258
  • online peer to peer, team and personal resilience support, including through Silver Cloud, and free mindfulness apps including Unmind,  Headspace Sleepio and Daylight
  • Free support is also available to help you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others