NHSE&I request urgent completion of staff risk assessments

NHSE&I request urgent completion of staff risk assessments

June 26, 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have written to NHS providers, including community pharmacy contractors, requesting the urgent completion of staff risk assessments.

In light of the new risks to healthcare staff posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, the letter from NHSE&I outlines the responsibilities of employers as well as the support available to help them.

In particular, NHSE&I set a deadline saying that individual risk assessments for at least staff in at-risk groups (including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff) should be completed within the next four weeks.

NHSE&I refers to the following resources which may assist:

The letter also contains an annex highlighting examples of good practice.

Read the NHSE&I letter on risk assessments for at-risk staff groups

Also, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the UK Black Pharmacists Association (UKBPA) have published the results of a survey which found that more than two-thirds of BAME pharmacists and preregistration pharmacists have not yet had COVID-19 risk assessments.

Learn more about these findings

PSNC is concerned about the higher COVID-19 risks identified for BAME individuals, particularly those who work in the healthcare sector, and we support the need for these risk assessments, particularly for those people who are in more vulnerable groups.

Gordon Hockey, PSNC Director of Operations and Support, said:

“Community pharmacy contractors have already been working hard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to keep their staff safe and well. They are used to carrying out risk assessments, but these need constant review and, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the identification of groups of people who are at additional risk, there is now urgent work for some to do.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has encouraged owners and employers to undertake this work and the RPS has welcomed the NHSE&I letter indicating that it was already calling for individual staff assessments to be mandatory for BAME staff.

PSNC is discussing with NHSE&I the contractual implications of this work for community pharmacy and it hoped that a further announcement can be made next week on this.”

Further information from GPhC

Further information from RPS

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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