In the early part of 2021 a number of measures are being taken forward to continue to manage and suppress as far as possible the spread of COVID-19 across Scotland. The introduction of the vaccination programme for Health & Social Care employees has commenced as well as weekly testing for employee groups who meet the criteria.
As a HSCP, we continue to support employees and work with Trades Unions to continue to ensure that up to date information reaches as many employees as possible.
In addition to these testing and vaccination measures it is critical that employees also continue to follow the measures around PPE and all Public Health Guidance.
Who to contact?
If you have any questions at any point about testing, vaccination or any concerns please speak to your line manager as soon as possible.
Please continue to ensure that you follow all reporting requirements and isolate if you are experiencing symptoms, anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms/awaiting testing and if you have booked a test please stay at home. You can speak to HR teams through the reporting line on 0141 574 5535.
Testing for Care at Home Employees
The Scottish Government has published Guidance for testing for care at home employees on their website.
This guidance is to support those employees working in the following community based care services:
- Care at home
- Sheltered housing and housing with multiple occupancies
- Adult day centres/Adult day care services
- Personal assistants (providing care and support to adult clients within social care)
The guidance includes videos and slide packs on how to take a test.
This document NHS Scotland guidance for PCR testing for care at home staff through the DHSC portal provides all the detail of the process.
This video link shows how to take a test: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-taking-swab-samples/how-to-use-the-self-swabbing-kit-for-a-combined-throat-and-nose-swab-video
Correct use of PPE
It is critical that all employees continue to follow the measures around PPE and all Public Health Guidance.
Remind yourself how to put on and take off COVID-19 PPE with this video if you normally use PPE for your tasks: https://vimeo.com/393951705
Further information and support
The Employee Zone on the Council website includes information and support in relation to wellbeing and to health and safety.
The National Wellbeing Hub is also a great source of information and support:
National Wellbeing Hub can be found at: www.promis.scot