New rules for self-isolation for frontline health and care staff
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that from July 19th frontline NHS workers (including community pharmacy staff) who have been told to self-isolate can continue to go to work under certain circumstances.
This measure is being introduced to alleviate pressure on NHS and social care services and applies to:
- Staff that have been double vaccinated (14 days post second dose)
- Scenarios where the absence may lead to a significant risk of harm or impact on patient safety
A local risk assessment to assess the balance of risk to patients as a consequence of staff shortages versus risk associated with exposure to infection needs to involve the senior clinical leadership within the community pharmacy’s organization.
Anyone permitted to work after this risk assessment must:
- Have a negative PCR test (isolating until confirmed as negative) prior to returning to work
- Have subsequent negative LFD tests for a minimum of seven days (with test results reported to Test and Trace via the web portal and to their line manager)
- Must adhere to legal isolation requirements at all other times i.e. when not at or travelling to work