Updated: NHSBSA staff risk assessment survey

Updated: NHSBSA staff risk assessment survey

July 9, 2020

Community pharmacy contractors are being asked to declare their progress on performing COVID-19 risk assessments for their staff.

At the end of June, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) requested that individual risk assessments for at least staff in at-risk group (including Black, Asian and Minority Ethic (BAME) staff) should be completed within a month (see the PSNC news article here). They have now authorised the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) to collect information about the progress of community pharmacy contractors over the course of July; similar information is also being requested from the other primary care contractors.

There will be two windows for collection:

  • 9am on 9th July to 11.59pm on 17th July; and
  • 9am on 24th July to 11.59pm on 31st July.

Contractors are asked to submit a declaration in each window, even if all staff assessments were completed during the first.

The questions within the survey are:

  1. Have you offered a risk assessment to all staff?
  2. What % of all your staff have you risk assessed?
  3. What % of risk assessments have been completed for staff who are known to be ‘at-risk’, with mitigating steps agreed where necessary?
  4. What % of risk assessments have been completed for staff who are known to be from a BAME background, with mitigating steps agreed where necessary?

Update – the wording of questions 3 and 4 is not fully clear on the approach to be taken to calculating the answer. NHSE&I have provided the following further information to assist contractors:

Q3 and 4 are asking – of those staff known to be in the at-risk or BAME categories prior to the risk assessment process, how many of them have had a risk assessment completed. The denominator is all staff known to fit that classification (not all staff known to fit that classification who have accepted the offer of a risk assessment).

Complete the Risk Assessment Declaration

NHSBSA has contacted all pharmacies via NHSmail, but information can also be found on the NHSBSA website.

Further support and guidance on undertaking individual staff risk assessments can be found on our PPE, staff safety and security webpage.

FAQs
Q.
I have received a letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement stating that I need to publish the metrics following risk assessments for at-risk staff groups. Are we required to publish the requested metrics, and if so where?
The request in the NHS England and NHS Improvement letter dated 24th June 2020, does not apply to community pharmacy contractors following the introduction of the risk assessment declaration for community pharmacy contractors, via the snap survey on the NHSBSA website. The details requested in the letter are applicable to NHS Trusts and other large NHS employers only.



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