This guidance has been produced by NHS Employers, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the arm’s-length bodies, and should be applied in all NHS organisations in England. Due to the exceptional circumstances, usual processes of co-production and iteration have not been possible. The NHS Staff Council Executive’s trade unions have had input and will be involved in updates of this guidance and emerging positions.
The NHS Staff Council is supportive of the need for all NHS staff to be aware and vigilant of the risks of exposure to COVID-19 when patients present for NHS service, or where people with suspected or confirmed cases are being cared for in the home or in an NHS facility.
The NHS Staff Council believes that good partnership working at local employer level between the relevant internal leads can maximise the effectiveness of any response to COVID-19. Relevant internal leads could include infection prevention and control, HR, health and safety advisers, and staff who deal with resilience/incidents, occupational health and staff side.It is important that organisations are fully prepared and engage their staff.
In developing local plans in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, employers should consult and follow the relevant latest guidance and advice issued by the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland, Health Protection Wales, and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland, alongside advice from local infection prevention and control specialists.