COVID-19 Updates from the Lead Employer:
From Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December, the Government is taking the following action:
- People are required to stay at home, except for specific purposes
- No gatherings can take place with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes
- Non-essential businesses and venues to close
The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up until Wednesday 2nd December. We have recently updated our FAQs to reflect the new guidelines which you can links to below.
You may also find the following links useful:
FAQs and Guidance
We have collated a list of FAQs based on your queries, alongside guidance for those who are clinically vulnerable.
Trainee FAQs – last updated 24th November 2020
Host FAQs – last updated 24th November 2020
Submit Your Query
In order to collate the most up to date queries, we are asking that you send us any questions you may have regarding COVID-19 via our online form.
Please find below a risk assessment template which should be carried out by hosts in conjunction with trainees.
Once completed the risk assessment form should be sent to the LE Case Management inbox: firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the trainees personal record.
Reporting absence due to self-isolation or COVID-19
Trainees should report their absence to their host organisation as they would do normally via local absence reporting procedures. Host Organisations must then record this period of self-isolation or COVID related sickness absence on ESR – this will ensure that the Lead Employer are aware of any such absences and appropriate support can be offered as required.
Please take a look at the following document for details on recording absences via ESR.
Health, Work and Wellbeing
We understand that it is vital for our colleagues to feel that they have access to the latest support regarding health and wellbeing during this time. Please see below some links you may find useful:
Helping you manage your own health and wellbeing whilst looking after others NHS Our People
For access to the Employee Assistance Programme EAP – Insight Wellbeing at work, 24hr confidential helpline 0300 131 2067 or log into the Employee portal at Insight EAP
Confidential Staff support line can be found at 0800 069 6222 or Text FRONTLINE to 85258 or at Support Lines and Bereavement at work help line 0300 303 4434
There are also some great apps available to help support your mental health and wellbeing and some are even offering discounted subscriptions for NHS employees:
Headspace: Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation, providing unique tools and resources to help reduce stress, build resilience, and aid better sleep.
They are offering free access to all NHS staff with an NHS email address until 31 December Headspace
Unmind: Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing. Using scientifically backed assessments, tools and training you can measure and manage your personal mental health needs, including digital programmes designed to help with stress, sleep, coping, connection, fulfilment and nutrition.
They are offering free access to NHS staff until the end of December 2020. Unmind
We’ve also provided useful tips for managing everyday life, self-isolating and managing work demands during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to read more.
We would also like to share some really useful websites that are continuing to providing up to date guidance and advice on coping with stress during this time.
Hub of Hope – National database of Mental Health support – find help in your area