UNISON advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable staff during lockdown
As Covid19 cases across the country increase and we enter into another lockdown this branch recognises that some staff will become increasinglyanxious about coming to work and the exposures they face. This is particularly true of those that were previously shielding and now fall into the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) category.
Government advice is clear that if you are CEV you should work from home where possible. When it is not possible to work from home you should not go to work.
NHS Employers has also updated their guidance to reflect this advice. Please refer to the following link
The employer will not be automatically informed of an individuals medical status so if you are concerned or feel that you should not be attending work because you are a CEV staff member, you should contact your line manager and seek the support of your local Unison Representative.
For staff that have other underlying health conditions if you have any concerns you are advised to speak to your manager and ask that your Risk Assessment is reviewed, updated and acted upon accordingly.