Covid-19 Information for Trusts and Candidates .
Dr David Beechey
Information for Trusts:
We confirm that we follow all policies and procedures in line with Skills for Health and NHSI Approved Frameworks. We are also following the guidance issued by Public Health England and the WHO surrounding Covid-19 in terms of staff deployment.
Unfortunately, due to the variations in Trust policies throughout the country we are unable to guarantee that candidates hold the requisite skills to be able to look after patients with either suspected or confirmed Covid-19. However, we can confirm that should there be staff that require it we are happy to assist them in getting onto the next available training course in order to do so.
We have a dedicated Nursing Clinical Team which also includes a Pandemic Lead who are in place to ensure that the governance is always followed and pandemic measures are carried out for all of our agency staff to follow. This is in order to protect all workers and patients within the Trusts we deploy to.
Please see below frequently asked FAQs:
Will consultants be able to remotely access the NHSP booking platform to view shifts and book nurses if necessary? Yes, this has already been arranged wherever necessary.
Will there be any alternative telephone numbers that the Trust/NHSP team need to use to contact consultants? Our normal number will be operational but each consultant has a work mobile that will be made available to the Trust.
Do you anticipate any changes to shift fill capacity? We do not anticipate too many changes at the moment but this could change with lockdown guidelines so we will keep our clients informed.
Have you developed any organisational communications for clients? Information regarding our policy towards the virus in on our website. You can use the form included on this page to request additional information.
What Covid-19 guidance have you issued to your employees? We have provided all of our staff with the relevant guidance via mailshot and links to our websites. We have also surveyed all of our staff so that we are able to risk assess them and provide guidance accordingly.
Information for candidates:
This is an important message surrounding Covid-19.
Please be aware that if you are asked to look after a patient with either suspected or confirmed Coronavirus and have not received all of the required training, we strongly advise against doing so.
If you are asked to, please speak with the NIC of the shift immediately to ensure that the specific training required is received and also ensure to report back to your agency at the earliest opportunity you have.
Please also be reminded that it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with policies and procedures of the Trust that you are deployed in prior to commencement of your shift - please be reminded that these will differ from Trust to Trust.
Please ensure to keep up to date with the latest guidelines and advice concerning Covid-19 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
For further training and information for healthcare professionals, please use the following link: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/covid19-novel-coronavirus
Dr David Beechey & Laurah Beechey
Founders of Sterling Staffing Solutions