Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice for staff and managers

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​* Last updated 25 March

This advice will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Changes will be highlighted on this page in red on the day they are made.

All staff have a personal responsibility to keep yourselves updated on the situation. Links to national updates and public health advice are here.

Any general questions or concerns should be directed to your line manager in the first instance.

As of 24 March 2020, Government is directing everyone to stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary
All staff who are able to do so, should now work from home until further notice. You should make these arrangements with your line manager.

For the most up-to-date health information and advice, visit:

If you might be affected
If you might be affected by coronavirus in any way at all, you are expected to keep your manager fully updated on an ongoing basis. This should be through a telephone conversation to make sure full details can be understood about your situation.

If you have symptoms
If you have either:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy, walk-in centre or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Manager actions
Guides have been developed to support managers to accurately record absence related to the Covid-19 on ESR. The process is the same as recording normal sickness absence but with a new field to identify the absence as being related to Covid-19.
Medical suspension
Medical suspension (as outlined below) is a supportive measure and is not a form of disciplinary action. You will remain on full pay and it will not impact your sickness stages or occupational sick pay entitlements.

Working from home
If you have IT equipment (laptop / charger / work mobile phone) to enable working remotely, you should make sure you take this home with you every day. This way, if your personal circumstances change or national guidance changes, you will be in a position to work at home should you be fit to do so.

Details of national travel advice and restrictions are here.
If you choose to go against national travel advice and travel to areas where you are advised not to, this will mean any support detailed within this guidance WILL NOT apply and any absences as a result of that travel will be classed as unpaid.

If, during a trip abroad, the area you are visiting is placed on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office list of places not to travel to, you will be covered by the details within this guidance. Evidence confirming travel arrangements will be required.

If you are medically excluded for quarantining reasons or are diagnosed with coronavirus, you will be expected to comply with the quarantine advice you are given. If the Trust receives information that you have been seen in public or socialising at home with people other than your immediate family, this may be treated as a disciplinary matter.

Scenarios and responses
The scenarios and responses below are not exhaustive and will be updated as necessary as the situation changes. We have grouped the scenarios and responses into those applicable to ALL staff and those only applicable to clinical staff.

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