Information on supporting clinically extremely vulnerable staff

This letter from Prerana Issar, NHS Chief People Officer, and Dr Nikki Kanani, Medical Director for Primary Care, outlines shielding advice for clinically extremely vulnerable staff. The government has now confirmed that, from 1 April 2021, shielding advice will be paused nationally. This reflects falling infection rates and advice from the Chief Medical Officer. The Shielded Patient List will continue to be kept current in case of a future need.

In summary, the new advice from 1 April is to continue to work from home where possible and if individuals cannot work from home, employers should undertake a comprehensive, individual, workplace risk assessment reflecting the current working context (i.e. improved testing, vaccination and relationship with transmission).