5 Healthcare workers
5.1 All healthcare workers involved in receiving, assessing and caring for patients who have known or suspected COVID‑19 should follow UK government guidance for infection prevention and control. This contains information on using personal protective equipment (PPE), including visual and quick guides for putting on and taking off PPE.
5.2 Healthcare workers with known or suspected COVID‑19 should self-isolate and not return to working directly with patients who are immunocompromised until they:
show no symptoms for 1 week and
test negative for COVID‑19.
Healthcare workers can return to work in other clinical areas after self-isolating in line with UK government guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection.
5.3 If a member of staff needs to self-isolate, ensure that they can continue to help if they are able to by:
enabling telephone or video consultations and virtual 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.
5.4 Support staff to keep in touch as much as possible, to support their mental wellbeing.
5.5 Provide all staff with visible leadership and supportive messaging, to maintain morale.
5.6 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.