We are advising all staff to continue working from home unless you cannot do your job from home or for personal wellbeing reasons.
The UK Government has specific guidance for people who are either clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.
Clinically vulnerable staff
The Government advises that people who are clinically vulnerable should be especially careful to follow health rules and minimise contact with others.
Someone is considered clinically vulnerable if they are:
- Over 70
- Under 70 with a specific underlying health condition such as a respiratory disease, heart disease or diabetes. You can read the full list of health conditions on the government website
If clinically vulnerable staff are unable to work from home they can still attend their usual ‘covid secure’ working location, however they should follow government advice and take all the necessary precautions to keep safe. An individual risk assessment should already be in place to support these staff which outlines all the necessary control measures agreed for them whilst working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These assessments should be under regular review and managers must consider the impact of changing personal circumstances and the potential impact to staff on local and national restrictions being implemented by the government.
Clinically extremely vulnerable staff
People who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. There are two ways you may be identified as clinically extremely vulnerable:
- You have one or more of the conditions listed on the government website.
- Your hospital clinician or GP has added you to the shielded patients list because they believe you to be at higher risk of serious illness if you catch the virus.
People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are strongly advised to work from home. If you cannot work from home, you should not attend work during this period and will be placed on special leave with full normal pay for the period this Government advice applies.
Staff in this category will have been notified in writing of their status and should show this notification to their line manager. Special Leave should be recorded on PIER by the line manager.