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Covid-19 Information for Aspire Staff

Organisational Risk Assessment:
Aspire’s Covid-19 Organisational Risk Assessment issue no. 28 updated 12 January 2022.

Please ensure that enhanced (full) PPE, including face masks and eye protection, is worn in accordance with our PPE – Guidance for Aspire Staff.  This was updated on 3rd November to reflect the government’s latest guidance which requires all people working within, or visiting, care settings to wear a face mask, even where they are not symptomatic.

There is also guidance on how to put on/remove PPE and Public Heath England has produced a video training about the donning and doffing of PPE in social care settings.

Test and Trace:
The Test and Trace process started in England on 28th May 2020.  Workplace guidance was issued on 27th May and, also published, was advice to possible contacts.  Importantly, in this second piece of guidance, it is clear that the “guidance does not include health care workers and others working in health and social care settings, who should follow separate guidance“.  Therefore, Aspire staff should continue to operate as had been the case before Test and Trace – within our existing risk assessment processes and existing guidance to staff.

Letters to Staff:
Copies of all Letters sent to staff during the pandemic can be found below:

17th January 2022

22nd December 2021

11th November 2021

8th September 2021

8th July 2021

3rd June 2021

15th April 2021

15th March 2021

19th February 2021

27th January 2021

7th January 2021

22nd December 2020

4th December 2020

6th November 2020

5th October 2020

8th September 2020

13th August 2020

23rd July 2020

8th July 2020

19th June 2020

5th June 2020

22nd May 2020

14th May 2020

7th May 2020

23rd April 2020

Documents :

PPE Usage in Health and Social Care Settings

More guidance has been shared by the government (2/4/20) about PPE usage.  Tables 1, 2 and 4 seem to be the most relevant ones for our sector.  There is a bit of a lag between the guidance issued on the 2nd and the guidance for those of us providing supporting living services.  We will keep you posted as things become clearer, but at Aspire our interpretation of the guidance is that, face masks should be worn by staff when anyone in the household is symptomatic, not just on each interaction with the symptomatic person, and that masks can be worn for more than one interaction.

Every Sip Counts …

Poster highlighting the importance of supporting people to stay hydrated during isolation and the symptoms of dehydration.

Additional Support for Palliative Care

Flyer explaining the additional support which is available from Specialist Palliative Care Community Services in Leeds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aspire Organisational Risk Assessment

Aspire’s Organisational Risk Assessment – v.32 – updated 05 April 2022.

C001 – Aspire: Manager’s Absence Script

Script to support managers to collect the right information from staff affected by coronavirus (updated 14 Dec 2020).

C012 – Aspire: Visitors Poster (Red)

V.2 of the red Visitors Poster.  This instructs visitors not to enter the building if they are symptomatic for Covid-19.  It also requires all visitors to wear a face mask, even where they are not symptomatic. 

C026 – Aspire: Visitors Protocol

Protocol to be adopted in respect of all visitors to any building from which Aspire is delivering a service or operating.

C027 – Family Visitors Protocol

Aspire: Covid-19 Positive Employee CF50

Example of a CF50 for a member of staff who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Aspire: Manager’s Covid-19 Investigation

Aspire Family Visit Risk Assessment

Risk assessment form to be completed with/on behalf of the customers currently being provided with support by our supported living and respite services, who wish to visit, or be visited by, relatives/close ones in an outside space (as per revised government guidance, June 2020) .

Aspire: Contractor & Professionals Protocol

Overall Approach to RTW

The 9-step approach we will take when assessing whether currently shielding staff are able to return to work.

Pre-RTW Self Assessment

This Shielding Staff Workplace Assessment is for currently shielding members of staff to use as a guide to help them prepare for discussions with both their manager/member of HR and Occupational Health, before they can return to their workplace.

Shielding Staff RTW Cover Letter

Template letter to currently shielding members of staff explaining the process for returning to the workplace from shielding following the government’s announcement that shielding will pause from 1st August 2020.

PPE Guide for Community Health & Social Care Settings

An illustrative guide from Public Health England about what PPE to wear and when.

C044 Arrival into Building Protocol Customers Staff & Visitor protocol

C045 Temperature Taking protocol

C046 Personal Care Support protocol

C047 Cleaning of Personal care spaces & bathrooms Protocol

C048 Cleaning of Equipment after use protocol

C049 Lunchtime Support protocol

C050 Medication Administration Support protocol

C051 Day service Activities Protocol

C052 Toilet Useage Staff Visitor protocol

C053 Exit the Building Protocol Customers Staff Visitor protocol

C054 Day Service customer covid absence protocol

Returning Customers Covid-19 Secure Site Risk Assesment

Draft version of Risk Assessment for customers returning to a Covid-19 Secure Site (Bramley Day Service) v.31.07.2020

C056 – First Aid Protocol

C057 Staff Foreign Travel –Protocol

Aspires position to all staff in relation to foreign travel:

C058 Supporting Customers in Public Toilet Areas

C059 Day Services Customer Covid 19 Lateral Flow Testing – Protocol

Aspire Individual Staff Risk Assessment

Covid-19 Guidance and Protocols Manual

Home testing Assessment of Best Interests

Activities-Outings Assessment form

Covid-19 Pre Admission Risk Assessment

RA for staff identified as close contact and not showing symptoms

RA for Staff returning to the workplace having ended their self-isolation period before the end of the 10 full days

For Staff returning to the workplace having ended their self-isolation period before the end of the 10 full days.