- NHS organisations must complete risk assessments for at-risk staff within next four weeks, NHSE says
- Particular need for BAME staff to be risk assessed
- Organisations also told to publish data on their progress
Local NHS leaders have been ordered to complete risk assessments for all staff who are at risk of covid-19 within the next month, amid concern some are not acting fast enough.
NHS England has written to organisations urging them to make “significant progress” following reports from staff that some have yet to get theirs completed.
Leaders have also been told to publish a range of data from their staff reviews until they are “fully compliant”. This includes the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic staff risk assessments which have been completed and the percentage of those completed alongside the whole workforce.
It implies the data must be published rapidly – a very unusual step, especially for a rapid programme and amid the covid crisis.
The letter, published today by NHSE/I, was signed by chief people officer Prerana Issar, medical director for primary care Nikki Kanani and chief operating officer Amanda Pritchard.
It said: “As employers, we each have a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of our own staff. Completing risk assessments for at-risk members of staff is a vital component of this.
“Thank you to the many of you who have completed risk assessments and continue to provide support for your at-risk staff during this challenging period. Some staff, however, are reporting that they are yet to have their risk assessment completed.
“All employers need to make significant progress in deploying risk assessments within the next two weeks and complete them – at least for all staff in at-risk groups – within four weeks.”
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