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Urgent message to staff re curbs on life in UK

Message to staff

In light of the Government’s broadcast tonight outlining strict new curbs for the way we live, we wanted to share with colleagues our UHP response.

It is crucial we ensure we can continue to provide the services that allow us to deliver care to patients.  The public are relying on us to be ready for a sharp rise in cases and much work is already going on to prepare for this. We also recognise we need to support staff work from home, wherever possible. This will help limit the spread of the virus. We have to balance these two factors.

All frontline staff and support staff who have not yet agreed ways to work at home with their line managers are asked to report for duty tomorrow as normal.

Over the next 24 hours we will ask care groups and departments to review what additional activity can be switched to home working and talk with their teams about doing this.

Where home working is feasible, we will be asking line managers and remote staff to ensure they stay in touch. As we go forward over the coming weeks, support staff working from home may be asked to return to the hospital to support clinical care or other activities. We know we can count on you to do this.

Outside of work, we all need to make sure we follow the Government guidelines on staying at home.

Thank you for everything you are doing. We know many staff have already shown great flexibility and we have countless examples of colleagues going over and above, showing real commitment to coming to work, despite difficult personal circumstances.

Steven Keith
Director of People


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