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COVID-19 Updates from the Lead Employer

Guidance regarding COVID-19 is changing regularly and, here at Lead Employer, we continue to update our communications to ensure that we are reflecting current government guidelines. Here you will find our latest FAQs for both colleagues-in-training and Host Organisations, details on completing risk assessments, and how to report an absence


For additional advice, you can also find useful information through the Public Health England Guidance or through the Government Guidance


Withdrawal of Terms and Conditions section of the COVID-19 workforce guidance

As you may be aware, it was announced last week that following consultation with national stakeholders including NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI), NHS Employers, trade union, and employer colleagues, the government has decided to withdraw the staff terms and conditions section of the COVID-19 workforce guidance. This decision follows the government’s publication of its plans for living with COVID-19, which saw the withdrawal of all restrictions and will facilitate the overdue move back to normal contractual arrangements.


The guidance will be withdrawn on 7 July 2022 with an implementation timetable through to September and our priority is to ensure that any staff member who is currently unwell with Covid-19 is fully supported. We are awaiting guidance from NHS Staff Council that supports employing organisations in both the management of the transition of staff back to their normal contractual sick pay arrangements, as well as new COVID-19 cases. Following receipt of this, we will issue further communications and contact any colleague affected separately to arrange to meet to discuss any changes and support that can be offered. We will also be updating our dedicated Covid website pages as appropriate.


Further Support

If you are yet to receive both doses of the COVID vaccination and would like to do so, you can book a vaccination appointment to attend a vaccination site of your choice via the National Booking System, which you can access via the NHS website here. Having the vaccine remains the best way to protect staff, patients and each other from the COVID-19 virus and the Trust continues to encourage all staff who are not yet vaccinated to do so as soon as possible.

We understand that there may be some colleagues who are hesitant to take up the offer of the vaccination and a range of support is available to you through your Host Organisation and through StHK Lead Employer that could help you make your decision. 



Please check out the most up-to-date COVID FAQs below for further information and support:

Trainee Colleague FAQs

Host Colleague FAQs

Take a look at our Lead Employer Medical Director – Professor Andrew Rowland, who talks about the part immunisations play in helping us to get out of the pandemic:



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