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Tuesday 7 April 2020

Coronavirus employee update for Tuesday 7 April 2020.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

In line with the latest information from the Government, we’ve produced guidance which clarifies the PPE required for different types of work where social distancing is not possible.

It’s important that we use and allocate PPE in the best possible way so that the available equipment reaches those who need it. Managers in all relevant teams will be able to order PPE from a new central team using the approved order form on Our Derbyshire.

The health and wellbeing of our employees and the people we serve is our highest priority but if you have any concerns, please speak to your manager.

Delivering critical services

We need to do all we can to make sure we continue to deliver critical services throughout the coronavirus pandemic. To do that, we need to continually deploy employees to vital roles across the council.

You’ll have seen that we asked everyone to complete the skills and redeployment survey so that we understand your skill set and availability. This information is held on a central database accessible by respective departmental leads so that we can identify people who would be able to help fill roles where there are workforce shortages.

When managers need to find additional workforce to keep services running, they will initially request support from a dedicated representative who will look to see if there is workforce availability within that department.

If it’s not possible to find support within the same department, a request will go to a new Resourcing Hub which will look to see if there is workforce availability elsewhere within the council. If we’re unable to find employees from within the council, a request may also be made to our partner organisations to see if they can support us at this critical time.

Partner organisations may also request assistance from the council via the Resourcing Hub, so managers may be asked to support these requests in our overall response to coronavirus across critical roles within Derbyshire.

If you're identified as someone who may be able to support in another role, your line manager will be approached and will then discuss the proposal with you. You will be given all necessary training and support to make sure you can carry out the alternative role safely.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete the skills and redeployment survey so we have a clear picture of the skills available. Even if you are currently busy in your usual role, we need you to complete the survey as there may be more critical roles that we need you to undertake.

We know that this is a worrying time for many of you and we appreciate your flexibility as we work together to support the local community.

Sharing the stay at home message

You may have spotted some of our colleagues helping to deliver the stay local, save lives and protect the NHS and social care staff message over the weekend.

Care workers Janice Priestly and Carol Greenslade from Briar Close House and Senior Care Worker Lynsey Arthur from The Grange in Eckington took part in the video alongside staff from partner organisations in an effort to encourage people to stay at home despite the warmer weather we’ve had recently.

Everyone featured in the video plays a role in society that means they don’t have the luxury of staying at home. They all head out to work every day to keep our society moving.

Watch the video on YouTube and don’t forget that we're looking for photos or videos of other key workers for more campaigns so please email if you’re happy to be featured.