I have been informed that one of my staff is failing to abide by the Government’s social distancing advice outside of work and their colleagues are upset. What should I do?
Firstly you should speak to the staff members to understand their concerns. There may be a legitimate answer so listen to what they have to say. You should also speak to the individual and ask them if they have been following the social distancing rules …
What should I do if while at work I see someone not wearing their mask correctly, ignoring social distancing or ignoring the number of people allowed in a room?
If you feel able to challenge, you should do so. If you do not feel able to challenge, speak to your manager, HR, staff side or a freedom to speak up guardian to help you.
No, please maintain social distancing and only wear PPE if likely to be within 2 metres of service users for anything other than a brief encounter.
Should we wear PPE to do routine observation checks on a ward where we may pass people in the corridor (may not be 2 metres apart) or if a service user may unexpectedly approach us?
No, there is no need to wear PPE unless you are unable to maintain a 2 metre distance. Staff should not remain within 2 metres of another person for any longer than necessary without PPE. Staff should withdraw and wash their hands ASAP, and the …
Please maintain social distancing and only wear PPE if likely to be within 2 metres of service users for any time period other than a brief encounter. A person having had a casual face-to-face brief encounter with a Covid-19 case for less than 15 minutes …
If our service users are maintaining social distancing and I am not aware of anyone who has any symptoms, can I refrain from using PPE unless I have to touch someone?
I am a ward clerk who spends most of the day in the ward office. The office is in the middle of the ward. Do I need to wear PPE as I may come into contact with service users, but not closely?
No, if social distancing is maintained, although wash your hands regularly.
The fact that our inpatient service users are mainly static, not going in and out or mixing with others outside the ward area means that staff are likely to be more of a risk to them than they are to staff. Some patients will have …
If a service user was to require restraint, staff would not have adequate time to put on PPE. Should it be worn at all times as a contingency?
Please follow the infection control guidance for physical restraint of service users suspected / confirmed of having Covid-19 on the Trust’s coronavirus intranet pages. Contingency planning should be based on assessment of the individual and environmental risks at the start of a shift and as …
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