Following the announcement from Boris Johnson on 22 September about introducing tighter restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we have reinstated our original guidance to encourage you to please work at home if you are able to do so.

We know many of you who are in clinical roles are unable to work at home. As outlined in the national announcement, you should please continue to attend work so we can continue to deliver patient care.

Our support services are absolutely essential to the running of our organisation and in enabling our clinical staff to effectively deliver patient care.

However, the nature of the work carried out by some support services allows more flexibility to work just as effectively from home. Therefore, we’re asking you to please make arrangements with your line manager to work from home.

Our guidance around workplace assessments, wearing face masksand wearing correct PPE in clinical areas is there to protect everyone and prevent the spread of the virus.

Please make sure you're familiar with it and follow it at all times. If you do see people who aren't following the guidance and who are therefore putting people at risk, please do supportively call it out.

should ensure that you have completed a risk assessment using the safety assessment and decision (SAAD) tool to understand whether you may benefit from additional support to keep you safe at work. If you scored as being at high risk using the SAAD tool, the enhanced risk assessment tool should be completed. Guidance on how to carry this out can be found in MBN 391

If you have an underlying health condition or are in a higher risk group, your line manager should then work with you to ensure your working arrangements are safe. 

Even if you don't have an underlying health condition you should have completed a risk assessment. This will ensure that all staff have their individual circumstances addressed when considering alternative work arrangements.

It may be that your role requires you to attend work as your duties can only be completed in the workplace. If this is the case and you do not have any underlying health conditions which are classified within Government guidelines for those at risk, you may be asked to attend work to ensure patient care isn't compromised.

If you don't have any health conditions or caring responsibilities but still feel strongly that you don't want to come into work, your manager will have a discussion with you around how any period of absence could be covered, including using annual leave or unpaid leave. This will continue to be monitored through regular contact with your manager to establish if there are changes to your circumstances which would enable you to return to work.

If you have any queries, You can email our Occupational Health team at or call them on 01925 664 010.

We fully appreciate many of you who are working at home are doing so in temporary, makeshift spaces which may not always be ideal.

The same as when you're working in a desk-based role on site, it's very important you aim to set up your workspace in a comfortable way which will support you physically.

You can, of course, take home your office chair and any additional equipment which will help with this.

Please carry out a display screen equipment assessment for your home setup and talk to your manager about any concerns you have.

You may be able to claim tax relief for additional household costs if you have had to work from home because of Covid-19.

Additional costs include things like heating, metered water bills, home contents insurance, business calls or a new broadband connection. They do not include costs that would stay the same whether you were working at home or in an office, such as mortgage interest, rent or council tax.

You'll get tax relief based on the rate at which you pay tax. For example, if you pay the 20% basic rate of tax and claim tax relief on £6 a week you would get £1.20 per week in tax relief.

Please check if you are eligibe to apply on the following link: