COVID-19 Risk Self Assessment

COVID-19

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 identify COVID-19 risk. As the pandemic has evolved so has our understanding of individual risk factors, workplace mitigations and steps to reduce transmission rates.

NHSI/E have recently directed all NHS organisations to ensure that 100% of their staff have had a COVID-19 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 is a tool that supports keeping all of us safe, staff are encouraged to share the results with their manager and to engage in discussions around what practical steps have or need to be taken for each individual.

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 Need to Know.

This new digital 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 Occupational Health 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. Managers will be provided with reports which outline which individuals have completed a risk assessment and which members of staff have scored an amber or red assessment. No details of health conditions, demographic details nor the exact risk assessment score will be part of the reports.

The Digital Risk Self-Assessment tool can be accessed here

Download the Risk Assessment Guidance for managers and the Employee Risk Asssessment low-up record as PDFs.

Download the Risk Assessment follow-up record and the Risk Assessment guidance for managers as Word Documents

Download an example risk assessment - for staff returning to front line roles

 

Published 19th August 2020

Updated 7th January 2021