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Covid-19 Risk Assessment FAQs

PLEASE NOTE: This advice is updated routinely to reflect the evolving situation around COVID-19. Please visit the official NHS website here for the latest information.

It is important that you follow official advice around preventative measures such as handwashing and etiquette around coughing and tissue use. See the official advice here

We are encouraging all bank members to complete a risk assessment. This risk assessment can be completed online. It involves you answering a series of questions designed to indicate whether you are likely to be at greater risk of developing more serious symptoms if you come into contact with COVID-19. The results of this risk assessment will help you, NHS Professionals (NHSP) and the Trusts you work in to know if you require temporary redeployment to a work area considered low exposure to COVID -19 or temporary workplace modifications based on your level of risk.

It is important that NHS Professionals is aware of any factors that might put you at risk if exposed to coronavirus infection. This will enable us to make informed decisions with you regarding your role and area of work during the pandemic. This information will be stored confidentially and in full compliance with the Data Protection Act (DPA) as informed by GDPR 2018. We will not share this without your consent.

Your risk score is calculated automatically by our system which is based your response to the questions on the self-assessment.  The automated decision making process aims to provide you with a quick and accurate risk score that will help you, NHS Professionals (NHSP) and the Trusts you work in to know if you require temporary redeployment to a work area considered low exposure to COVID -19 or temporary workplace modifications based on your level of risk.

If you wish to change your risk score because you feel it doesn’t not accurately reflect your current circumstances, you can log on and complete the self-assessment again or you can speak to a member of the OH team on 03330150359.

 

No. There is no requirement to reveal any confidential medical information. If there is any need to discuss your medical condition in more detail, you can request to speak to NHSP Occupational Health. If any clarification is required by the Trust, NHSP Occupational Health may get in touch with you to discuss specifics. NHSP Occupational Health will not share any information with the Trust without your consent.

If you have already completed the Trust’s risk assessment, we do still require you to login and update your NHSP Self-assessment with this information. You will be asked to confirm the outcome of that assessment (low, medium or high risk) and you will be given the option to continue to complete NHSP self-assessment form or to close it.

If your situation changes and/or if the government advice changes, we would encourage you to complete a new risk assessment. Access to this is to log onto your online account using the same details as you used to create your application.

In accordance to the guidance published by the Royal Colleague of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at present, there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 causes problems with a baby’s development or increases the risk of miscarriage. Emerging evidence now suggests that vertical transmission of the virus being transmitted from mother to baby during the period immediately before and after birth, is probable. The proportion of pregnancies affected by vertical transmission is unknown. However, in the cases where this has happened the babies were discharged from hospital and well.

Pregnant women from 28 weeks’ gestation (in the third trimester of pregnancy), and pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy with significant congenital heart disease, were previously recommended to shield because being at very high risk of developing severe illness from Coronavirus. Shielding guidance has now paused but it is happening differently in the four nations of the UK – advice in England, in Scotland, in Wales, and in Northern Ireland. In areas with local lockdowns, the advice to shield may be re-introduced. Further information on local restrictions is available from each of the national webpages linked to above.

The Government advice is still advising that pregnant women who can work from home should continue to do so but you can continue to work in a public/patient  facing role provided you have completed an appropriate risk assessment to ensure that unprotected exposure to the virus is minimised. You should continue to take the precautions as recommended ensuring that you are trained and competent in applying infection control practices, including necessary PPE and that these can always be implemented and adhered to. This includes ensuring consistent availability of appropriate PPE.  Please speak to your midwife or doctor (obstetrician) with any questions you may have. You can also contact  HR and Occupational Health for further advice. For pregnant women under 28 weeks’ gestation (in the first and second trimester of pregnancy), with no underlying health conditions, please refer to the latest guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for more information.

We know there are unwell people, including those with COVID-19, in health and social care environments. Working in these types of environments inevitably means having some contact, including working with other members of staff. Maintaining social distancing can be difficult.  However, much greater precautions are now taken in health and social care environments, using Personal Protective Equipment where appropriate and ensuring more hand washing and cleaning. In addition, steps are taken to identify and segregate higher risk patients.

We are encouraging all of our Bank Members to complete a risk assessment. This risk assessment can be completed online. Access to this is to log onto your online account using the same details as you used to create your application. It involves you answering a series of questions designed to indicate whether you are likely to be at greater risk of developing more serious symptoms if you come into contact with COVID-19. The results of this risk assessment will help you, NHS Professionals and the Trusts you work in to know if you require temporary redeployment to a work area considered low exposure to COVID -19 or temporary workplace modifications based on your level of risk.

There is emerging evidence that BAME communities are being disproportionally affected by COVID-19. The cause of this is currently being investigated. However, in the meantime NHS Professionals wants to ensure that your personal risk is reduced to the lowest possible level. We are encouraging all Bank Members to undertake a risk assessment.

If you wish to change your risk score because you feel it doesn’t not accurately reflect your current circumstances, you can log on and complete the self-assessment again or you can speak to a member of the OH team on 03330150359 to discuss your personal circumstances and how we can help you to keep yourself safe as you can while working.

There is an antibody test that is currently available which is extremely accurate in determining whether you have been previously exposed to COVID-19. However, this test cannot determine or confirm your immunity to the virus.

Currently it is unknown how long any immunity to COVID-19 might last. If you become unwell again, you should self-isolate and request a test appointment.

All workers will be treated as individuals and due regard will be given to all worker in terms of temporary redeployment to a work area considered low exposure to COVID -19 or temporary workplace modifications based on the level of risk. Where an individual has a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, any actions taken following the risk assessment will not be discriminatory. It must be recognised that individuals can accept a degree of increased risk if they choose to do so. Further advice can be sought from HR or Occupational Health as appropriate.

For our Human Resources Team please call: 03332 407 552 or email fwhr@nhsp.nhs.uk. For our Occupational Health Team please call: 03330150359 or email COVID-RiskAssessment@NHSProfessionals.nhs.uk