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Information about working arrangements if you need to self-isolate.

Please ensure you follow the latest government guidance on self-isolation.

We must follow this latest advice and if you or a member of your household has any coronavirus symptoms please let you manager know and stay at home. You do not need to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital and do not need to contact 111 to tell them they are staying at home.

If you are required to self-isolate, you can get an isolation note to send to your line manager as proof you need to stay off work. You do not need to get a note from a GP. Your line manager will then talk to the head of service to discuss your case and they will confirm the self-isolation.

If you are fit and able to work from home during the self-isolation period then you should record your hours using the normal processes. If you are fit to work but unable to work from home due to the nature of your role then your line manager will work with you to ensure that the normal hours you were due to work during the self-isolation period are recorded. During the coronavirus outbreak colleagues are expected to be flexible to ensure we can maintain our essential public services.

Anyone who is self-isolating should remain in contact with their line manager every day to support their wellbeing and ensure that they are supported and able to carry out their duties.

Colleagues who are required to self-isolate will receive normal pay for the self-isolation period. Normal pay means that you will receive the pay that was scheduled and authorised to be paid at the point of self-isolation.

Self-isolation when contacted by NHS Test and Trace

There's been some confusion regarding when and whether staff should self-isolate following contact by NHS Test and Trace and whether staff can return to work if they have a test due to becoming symptomatic during self-isolation which gives a negative result.

The following guidance from the NHS clearly explains the self-isolation procedure and applies to all staff except those in social care.

If health and social care staff are providing direct care to a patient or a resident with COVID-19 and are wearing the correct PPE in accordance with the current infection, prevention and control guidance (IPC), they will not be considered as a contact for the purposes of contact tracing and isolation. They will also not be required to self-isolate for 10 days. If staff providing care are contacted by test and trace they should find out whether the contact is one of their clients and if so inform test and trace that they have been wearing PPE in accordance with our guidelines.

Self-isolate immediately

If you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app:

  • self-isolate immediately
  • do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for essential care
  • try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible
  • any people you live with and any people in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms

Your self-isolation period includes the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive and the next 10 full days.

If you live with someone at higher risk from coronavirus, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family while you're self-isolating.

If you have to stay in the same home together, read about how to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with.

If you get symptoms of coronavirus

Get a test as soon as possible if you get any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) while you're self-isolating.

Anyone you live with must self-isolate until you've been tested and received your result.

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus.

What to do when you get your test result

If you test negative:

  • keep self-isolating for the rest of the 10 days – you could still get symptoms after being tested
  • anyone you live with can stop self-isolating if they do not have symptoms

If you test positive:

  • the 10 days restarts from the day after your symptoms started – this will mean you're self-isolating for longer than 10 days overall
  • anyone you live with must self-isolate for 10 days, counting from the day after your symptoms started

Read more about how long to self-isolate.

If you do not get symptoms of coronavirus

If you do not get any symptoms of coronavirus while self-isolating:

  • you can stop self-isolating after the 10 days
  • you do not need to have a test