Please keep in mind that the coronavirus is a challenging health issue and the government and health experts are constantly reviewing the situation. As such, while this guidance is up to date at the time of writing – it will be updated as and when any changes are required.
Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet
Get tested and self-isolate if required
If you haven’t already, get vaccinated
Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice on the gov.uk website includes information on:
Testing and Vaccinations
Work and Support
Schools, Universities, Education and Childcare
Anyone working in the healthcare sector may find it useful to review the NHS' guidance for people working in healthcare.
WHAT TO DO WHEN ON AN ASSIGNMENT
On your first day, please make sure you familiarise yourself with company policies relating to Health & Safety and specifically the Coronavirus. If you are already in an assignment, please ask if there are any updates you should be made aware of, and if TPP is made aware of any information that you should be in receipt of relevant to your assignment, we will contact you. Please keep your TPP consultant updated with any changes to your working arrangements as agreed by the client as soon as possible.
If at any point before or during your assignment you start to display Coronavirus symptoms or live with someone that is displaying such symptoms, we ask that you remain mindful of government guidance related to Coronavirus and the requirement to self-isolate. Please notify your Consultant as soon as possible so that we can take the best and most appropriate approach to ensuring both you and our clients health and safety is prioritised and eliminate the risk of infection in line with government guidance.
WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT TO ATTEND MY ASSIGNMENT
As an agency worker working under a contract for services, you are not under any obligation to accept or attend assignments and you have more flexibility to choose when you are available to work.
If you have accepted an assignment, please be mindful your assistance will be key to delivery of vital services. However, if you are considering not attending your assignment due to concerns about the Coronavirus please discuss this with your TPP consultant as soon as possible, so that we can inform our client and arrange alternative cover if necessary.
Please note that you are only paid for work undertaken, so should you be unable to work, you may use any accrued annual leave to manage time away from assignments.You can contact TPP on 020 7198 6000 during the hours of 8:30 – 6pm or leave a message at any time out of hours. You can also email your consultant directly.
STATUTORY SICK PAY (SSP)
At the moment, SSP applies if you are actually sick and unable to work (due to illness or injury) but recent measures have also extended SSP to someone who is not unwell if they are abstaining from work;
On the basis of being given a written notice issued under legislation;
Because they are infectious or could reasonably be believed to be infectious or to have been in contact with an infected person; and
The infection is a disease which is subject to legal regulation for public health reasons.
If the conditions above apply to you, you will be treated as if you are unable to work due to sickness and therefore may be eligible to receive SSP.
The government has issued specific Coronavirus regulations in relation to SSP which have put measures in place to protect public health, so please refer to the latest information and advice via the gov.uk website.