Due to the exceptional circumstances, it has not been possible to follow the usual processes of co-production with our trade union partners. However, the guidance reflects that for which NHS Staff Council Executive has provided input and will be involved in the development of further updates.
The aim of this section is to ensure that the operation of national terms and conditions reflect the unprecedented nature of the pandemic and the reliance on our HSC staff at this difficult time. This is temporary guidance and will be regularly reviewed during the COVID-19 emergency period.
The overriding principle is that all steps should be taken to ensure staff do not feel forced to work if they become unwell and that they are given as much flexibility as is possible, as far as circumstances allow, to help them maintain their health and wellbeing so that they are able to continue to use their skills and experience for patients in the fight against COVID-19.
This guidance applies to HSC organisations; to outsourced services and to HSC services commissioned from non-HSC organisations. Where the guidance specifically refers to national contracts, it applies to those staff covered by national contracts.
Guidance on HSC staff health and wellbeing is provided on the Public Health Agency website.