A staff member at our practice who has been shielding because they are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) is planning to come back to work. How do I ensure that this is safe?

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A staff member at our practice who has been shielding because they are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) is planning to come back to work. How do I ensure that this is safe?

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Shielding for vulnerable people was paused from 1 April 2021. NHS Staff Council guidance, here, on the treatment of staff when shielding arrangements end, says organisations should undertake an individual and workplace risk assessment to determine if it is safe for staff to return to the workplace. To support the risk assessment, appropriate occupational health advice should be sought.

NHS Chief People Officer Prerana Issar, and Medical Director for Primary Care Dr Nikita Kanani sent a letter with information on supporting CEV staff and next steps for employers and organisations, confirming that advice from 1 April 2021 is to continue to work from home where possible and if individuals cannot work from home, employers should undertake a comprehensive individual and workplace risk assessments reflecting the current working context, such as improved testing, vaccination and relationship with transmission.

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