8 Healthcare workers

8 Healthcare workers

8.1 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's guidance (COVID-19) on management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings. [amended 19 August 2020]

8.2 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.

8.3 Support staff to keep in touch as much as possible, to support their mental wellbeing.

8.4 Provide all staff with visible leadership and supportive messaging, to maintain morale.

8.5 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.