COVID-19 Risk Assessment tool now available

COVID-19

The Trust has made an online COVID-19 risk assessment tool available for all staff to use.

The Trust has been undertaking COVID-19 risk assessments since the beginning of the pandemic and many hundreds of staff have been assessed, in conjunction with their line manager to determine what measures, if any, may be needed to mitigate and identified COVID risk. As the pandemic has evolved so has our understanding of individual risk factors, workplace mitigations and steps to reduce transmission rates.

NHS I/E have recently directed all NHS organisations to ensure that 100% of their staff have had a COVID19 risk assessment, irrespective of whether they have underlying health conditions or any of the other characteristics that indicate a heightened risk from contracting COVID 19. The Trust fully supports this stance and encourages all staff to undertake this risk assessment, whether you have previously used the paper version or not.

This digital risk self-assessment form has been specifically designed for individual staff members to complete and if necessary share the results with their line manager for further discussion and exploration of appropriate mitigations. Staff can request a copy of their completed risk assessments to be emailed to them on completion of the assessment.

The assessment indicates that staff will fall into one of three categories (green, amber or red) and suggests next steps to be followed depending on the result. Risk assessments are scored but it is the category rather than the score which is the determining factor as to the next steps. More detailed guidance is available on NTK.

This new electronic risk self-assessment tool has been developed with input from the Trust’s Health and Safety, IPC and Workforce teams as well as input from OH provider Kays and builds on new risk assessment tools developed for the NHS. Risk assessments are stored securely and no personally identifiable information will be reported outside of the Trust. Anonymised data will be used for internal and external reporting processes.

The online form can be accessed here

Guidance for managers and the follow-up record document can also be downloaded below.

The form and the documents are also available on the Up-to-Date Guidance on COVID-19 page.

 

 

Published 13th August 2020

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