NHS organisations must continue to prioritise risk assurance conversations with all at-risk staff as we head into winter and a possible second wave of COVID-19.
The ask, which has come from NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSEI) senior leaders, highlights the importance of ongoing risk assessments which was first emphasised in April 2020.
Organisations are asked to use workforce planning to consider the outcomes from recent risk assessments so that, where required, staff can be deployed safely, in line with their assessed risk, following a supportive conversation.
It is also vital that all existing risk assessments are kept up to date as part of a continuous process in keeping our staff safe.
The rise in COVID-19 numbers may cause anxiety among staff groups, most particularly those deemed at-risk including staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Early and regular communication with staff groups is important, and staff networks must be kept fully informed of any escalation plans and any potential for redeployment.
You can read the latest Healthcare leaders update for more information.
Our risk assessments for staff web page has information on vulnerable groups to inform your risk assessments for staff during COVID-19.