6 Supporting staff, including staff who are self-isolating
6.1 If a healthcare professional needs to self-isolate, ensure that they can continue to help by:
enabling telephone or video consultations and attendance at multidisciplinary team meetings
identifying patients who are suitable for remote monitoring and follow up and those who are vulnerable and need support
carrying out tasks that can be done remotely, such as entering data.
show no signs of fever for 1 week and
have a negative PCR test.
Staff can return to work in other clinical areas after self-isolating in line with UK government guidance (COVID-19) on management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings. [amended 10 February 2021]
6.3 Staff should participate in screening programmes for asymptomatic COVID-19 to ensure that services can minimise potential transmission. Prioritise HSCT programme staff for hospital COVID-19 screening programmes. [29 July 2020]
6.4 Support staff to keep in touch as much as possible, to support their mental wellbeing.
6.5 Provide all staff with visible leadership and supportive messaging, to maintain morale.
6.6 Take account of the information on the NHS Employers website about good partnership working and issues to consider when developing local plans to combat COVID‑19.