6 Healthcare workers

6 Healthcare workers

6.1 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.

6.2 Healthcare workers with known or suspected COVID‑19, or who live in a household in which another person is known or suspected to have COVID‑19, should self-isolate and arrange to be tested in line with local protocols. They should only return to work in accordance with UK government guidance on stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

6.3 If a healthcare professional needs to self-isolate, ensure that they can continue to help if they are well enough to do so 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.

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.