Scottish Government Guidance for Employers and PAs
The Scottish Government has produced a range of COVID-19 guidance that is relevant to Personal Assistants (PAs) and to PA employers. These include:
The Policy Framework on Return to Work for Health and Social Care Staff identified as cases or following close contact with a positive COVID-19 case: https://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/dl/DL(2022)01.pdf
This outlines that the Policy Framework:
- Applies to all Health and Social Care staff who test positive (regardless of vaccination status and regardless of symptoms)
- If a member of staff tests positive through LFD they no longer need to take a PCR test to confirm their positive status. A person with an LFD positive test should be managed as a confirmed positive case of COVID-19
- In line with guidance for the general population staff if you have a positive coronavirus test result, stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test, or from the day your symptoms started (whichever was earlier). You should count the day after you took the test as day 1. and:
- Do not have a fever for 48 hours (a temperature of 37.8C degrees or above)
The highest clinical risk groups include:
- Individuals on chemotherapy
- Those who are immune-suppressed such as pre/immediately post-transplant
- Those who have profound immune-deficiency
Responsibility for asking PAs to return to work and ensuring that the guidance is implemented in full lies with the individual line manager, which will be the individual PA Employer. Staff are expected to return to work if they meet the conditions as outlined in this policy.
Take a look at the resources available from the Scottish Government to guide you in more detail.