Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Work-Seeker Advice

Updated 23rd June 2020

The safety and wellbeing of our work-seekers is of paramount importance to us, so we would like to make everyone connected with Stafffinders aware of the current government and NHS advice on the Coronavirus, the support measures available and the procedures we are asking you to follow, whilst working with Stafffinders.

 

Symptoms of Coronavirus

According to current NHS guidance, the most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are the recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

If you have any of the symptoms above, NHS advice is to stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.

 

Personal Hygiene

The current guidance is to keep your hands and face as clean as possible. Measures include: -

  • Wash your hands often, using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds and dry them thoroughly with a paper towel.
  • Where available, use sanitiser outside your home, especially as you enter a building and after you have had contact with surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your face.

 

Government Guidance

The UK and Scottish governments are constantly reviewing its guidance for Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and also what you can and cannot do in these difficult times.

Stafffinders acknowledges that Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill, but for some people, the risk is higher. Taking this into account, we are following current NHS guidance.

Current NHS guidance states there are 2 levels of higher risk:

  1. Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
  2. Clinically Vulnerable

Important

The lists below may not include everyone who's at higher risk from coronavirus and this may change with updated published guidance.

  1. People who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable include:

  • Solid organ transplant recipients.
  • People with specific cancers:

- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
- people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
- people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as - protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
- people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell).
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
  • Other people have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions.

 

Information

If you're clinically extremely vulnerable, you should have received a letter from the NHS, likely advising you to follow a process called “shielding”.

Please follow the link below and refer to it regularly, in order to keep up to date with official guidance: -

https://www.gov.scot/publications/covid-shielding/

 2. People who are Clinically Vulnerable

Clinically Vulnerable includes people who are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):

- chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple - sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- diabetes
- a weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- pregnant women

                   

                  Information

                  Current NHS guidance is if you have any of the above health conditions, you may be clinically vulnerable, meaning you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble.

                  Please follow the link below and refer to it regularly, in order to keep up to date with official guidance: -

                  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing#clinically-vulnerable-people

                   

                  Working with Stafffinders – Work Seeker Responsibilities

                  The safety and wellbeing of not only our work-seekers but also our staff and clients, is of equal importance to us. That is why we ask that all of our work-seekers comply with the following procedures.

                  1.   Please inform us prior to undertaking a temporary assignment or attending a face-to-face interview with a client*, if in the last 14 days: -

                  - you have personally displayed any symptoms of Coronavirus or tested positive for Coronavirus.

                  - you have come into contact with anyone else displaying symptoms of Coronavirus or who has tested positive for Coronavirus.

                  2.   If you have already accepted an assignment or attended a face-to-face client interview, please inform us immediately if you have subsequently been advised not to attend work or self-isolate. This again could be due to you personally displaying symptoms of Coronavirus or coming into contact with others displaying symptoms/testing positive.
                   
                  3.   Should you begin to experience symptoms of Coronavirus, whilst on-site with a client, please notify your on-site supervisor immediately. They will advise you what course of action to follow, based on their specific company procedures. Please advise Stafffinders at your earliest opportunity, after you have notified your supervisor.

                   

                  (* The majority of client interviews will be undertaken online at this time. Only those which are not feasible to do online would be face-to-face and we will ensure the client has correct precautions and safety measures in place prior to the interview taking place).

                   

                  To ensure our work-seekers continued safety and well-being, we are asking all clients to let us know of the specific measures and procedures they have in place, in relation to Coronavirus. This allows us to let our work-seekers know, giving them valuable peace of mind that their health and safety is a priority to the client.  If at any point you feel unsafe on an assignment, please inform both your client supervisor/line manager and Stafffinders, straight away.

                  All temporary workers who are working on a client’s site have a duty to assess any risks to their own health and safety and to comply with any of the client’s health and safety instructions that they are made aware of. This not only applies to Coronavirus but all health and safety matters. You should take all reasonable steps to safeguard your own safety and that of any person who may be affected by your actions. You must also report any accident to the client in the first instance and then also to Stafffinders.

                   

                  Future Guidance

                  With official guidance changing all the time, we would ask that all of our work-seekers carefully follow government guidance, as and when it changes, either by using the links already mentioned above or via the below.

                  https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

                  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

                  https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

                   

                  Contact Us

                  We appreciate that work-seekers may have questions of their own they would like to ask, so if you wish to get in touch with Stafffinders at any point, please do so either by telephone or email, as our offices are currently closed for face-to-face meetings. Feel free to contact your consultant directly, should you have their details, or by using the link below.

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