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Covid-19 Practice Staff & Self-Isolation (Test & Trace)







From Monday 16th August, the government’s requirements to self-isolate after a positive COVID-19 contact have changed. NHSE sent out a letter that outlines how this change will impact staff and students working in the NHS.

Fully vaccinated staff and students who are identified as a contact of a positive COVID-19 case will no longer be expected to isolate and will be expected to return to work. The government guidance states the following shall apply:-

If the above criteria cannot be met, (including if the staff member/student has not had both doses of the vaccine, or they are living directly (same household) with a positive COVID-19 case), please refer to the NHSE letter in detail for actions required and also the latest government guidance that will remain under review and subject to change.

You may find this flowchart useful, a full copy can be found attached the the NHSE letter.

If you need to make contact with the Health Protection Agency for their approval on any cases in the workplace, you can find your local contact via the link Wessex LMCs: Covid-19 Notifiable Disease Information & find your local Health Protection Agency

UKHSA (previously PHE) have also produced this useful poster about self isolation and PCR testing

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Updated on Friday, 1 October 2021 701 views