COVID-19 HR information


You will find all relevant HR and support-related information on this page. Please note, some of this information is being frequently updated, so please keep checking back.

We conducted a survey on Staff Covid 19 experience in May 2020- and have produced a summary report  in May 2020  'Supporting staff through Covid-19' which can be found on our intranet by clicking the link    here.

A range of health and wellbeing services are being offered free of cost to NHS staff by many organisations. You may need your NHS ID/email to access these services. Click on the below links for the latest list of services.

NHS Employers

NHS Employers regularly update the information on their website which includes various services that are available free of charge for NHS staff.

Support available for NHS staff 

Live Well

Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.

Click here to visit Live well  

SAMARITANS

Samaritans have launched new, confidential support lines for health and social care workers and volunteers based in England and Wales 0800 069 6222.

Cultural Bereavement Guidance launched by NHE/I

NHSE/I has launched the cultural bereavement guidance supporting line managers to manage cultural bereavements sensitively and compassionately.  Leaders often manage diverse teams with limited knowledge of some of the cultural norms and rituals.

This guidance is particularly important for leaders that are considering granting leave to staff who have lost loved ones, and enables line managers to have an informed conversation about the support they may need noting their responsibilities and cultural traditions.

 Click here to read CBG PDF or to watch on YouTube 

To look after the health and wellbeing of staff, the CCG and other NHS organisations have put in place many programmes for staff. There are also offers and discounts from private companies. Please check our HR Factsheet on NHS Offers and Discounts for the latest offers and discounts.  

We have revised the process for staff to claim unsocial hours for COVID-19 related work. All staff and managers should now submit and approve all claims for unsocial hours from 01 May 2020 via the Workforce System.

Further information and guidance on unsocial hours working and payment arrangements, and guidance on submitting and approving claims via the Workforce System is available via the following factsheets

We have developed a Demographic Health Staff Risk Assessment Framework to support the managers to identify and manage risks for all our staff, in particular those staff who potentially may be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19. Directors have been asked to work with their managers to roll out the risk assessment process to ensure that a risk assessment is undertaken with all staff via the pro-forma and in accordance with the guidance.  All completed risk assessments must be returned to HR as this will help us to support staff both now and in the future.