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Derbyshire to roll out community testing before Christmas

14 December 2020

Derbyshire will become one of the first new areas in the country to roll out community testing - previously referred to as 'mass testing' - before Christmas and we need your help.

Plans have been put in place, working with the military and government, to aim to begin community testing for people who don’t have coronavirus symptoms in Swadlincote in South Derbyshire from Monday 21 December 2020. Parts of Bolsover and Amber Valley will follow shortly afterwards with testing expected to move to areas of the Derbyshire Dales and Chesterfield in the new year.

The testing will help people to protect their loved ones and will enable Derbyshire's public health team to understand the prevalence of people who are infected but without symptoms, support those who have COVID-19 to self-isolate and to drive infection rates down further in the county.

We're already in the process of finding colleagues who can show their Derbyshire spirit and step up to work, alongside the military for the first few weeks, at the test sites. We'll need around 16 roles initially (with people able to work full or part-time) rising to around 350 by February 2021. We're looking for our own staff for the initial roles, as we need people to start from Friday 18 December 2020, and will be recruiting for people to join us in the new year.

We'll fully train and support colleagues and any redeployment will be on your current pay grade unless you're currently working in a lower paid role. Additional hours worked will be paid at the grade for the role which you are undertaking.

If you're willing to come forward to support this once in a generation call to arms, please look at the job descriptions and then complete the expression of interest form.

We need you!