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Latest updates

Coronavirus Update – 2nd April

 

Testing to be increased 

Yesterday, Boris Johnson said the government needed to “massively ramp up” testing so that NHS staff who are self-isolating unnecessarily could return to work.

In the past 15 days, NHS 111 has responded to more than 1.7 million inquiries from people concerned they might have symptoms of coronavirus.

Coronavirus Update – 1st April

 

Virtual Coffee Morning

Please find below details for tomorrow’s video call:

Topic: Clinician Coffee Morning – 1 April

Time: Apr 1, 2020 10:00 AM London

https://zoom.us/j/709822856?pwd=Um8velcxZUhEMENhZDdWN2F1eE9jUT09%20

Meeting ID : 709 822 856
Password: 760407

When joining the call if you can mute your phone and whilst others are speaking it would be much appreciated. This will help avoid some of the problems that can occur with background noise. Just unmute when you have something you would like to share.

 

Coronavirus Update – 31st March

 

Virtual Coffee Morning

 

With a few places still available, it’s not too late to join us tomorrow for the next virtual coffee morning.

Don’t miss out on the chance to join the conversation!

Coronavirus Update – 30th March

 

We’re warned to brace for the worst

A letter from the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, who is in isolation, will be sent to every household in Britain, warning that the epidemic will get worse before it gets better.

The letter is the latest in a public information campaign from No 10 to convince people to stay at home, wash their hands and shield the most vulnerable from the disease.

Coronavirus Update – 29th March

 

We’re warned to brace for the worst

A letter from the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, who is in isolation, will be sent to every household in Britain, warning that the epidemic will get worse before it gets better.

The letter is the latest in a public information campaign from No 10 to convince people to stay at home, wash their hands and shield the most vulnerable from the disease.

Coronavirus Update – 29th March

 

We’re warned to brace for the worst

A letter from the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, who is in isolation, will be sent to every household in Britain, warning that the epidemic will get worse before it gets better.

The letter is the latest in a public information campaign from No 10 to convince people to stay at home, wash their hands and shield the most vulnerable from the disease.

Coronavirus Update – 28th March

 

Virtual Cofee Morning

We would like to invite you to the next virtual coffee morning on Wednesday 1st April at 10.00 am. Places are limited, so don’t miss out on the chance to have your say and help shape the way we move forward. Call details will be provided nearer to the time.

ID

As a key worker, it is imperative that you have your identification with you at all times when travelling to and from a service or site.

Coronavirus Update – 27th March

 

Infection Control Training Programme:

Coronavirus We are looking to roll out the following (free) training programme for you to complete: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/coronavirus/ More details will follow shortly.

Grants for the self-employed

The chancellor has announced that self-employed workers can apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits to help them cope with the financial impact of the virus. 

The money – up to a maximum of £2,500 a month – will be paid in a single lump sum, but will not begin to arrive until the start of June at the earliest.

 At least half the income needs to have come from self-employment as registered on the 2018-19 tax return filed in January. Anyone who missed the filing deadline has four weeks from now to get it done and still qualify.

 The scheme is open to those who earn under £50,000 a year. Up to 3.8 million of the 5 million people registered as self-employed. Unlike the employee scheme, the self-employed can continue to work as they receive support. 

The money, backdated to March, will arrive directly into people’s banks accounts from HMRC, but not until June. The grants will be taxable and will need to be declared on tax returns by January 2022.

 Company owners who pay themselves a dividend are not covered.

Within days, nurses will be transferred to London from other parts of England under NHS plans to help hospitals in the capital facing a ‘tsunami’ of Covid-19 patients.

Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times.

 

Coronavirus Update – 26th March

Virtual Coffee Morning

We would like to invite you to the next virtual coffee morning on Wednesday 1st April at 10.00 am.

In these challenging times, don’t miss out on helping us shape the way we move forward. 

Call details will be provided nearer to the time.

ID

As a key worker, it is imperative that you have your identification with you at all times when travelling to and from a service or site.

PPE Update 

Further details will be shared shortly.

Coronavirus Update – 25th March

Thank you to all of you who attended and contributed to yesterday’s virtual coffee morning.  It proved to be an extremely engaging and informative session for all.  

As promised, here are the points and concerns raised during the meeting:

COVID-19

A. You would prefer to limit the number of services and settings with whom you are working to limit potential exposure to the virus

We will actively pursue this with our clients.

B. Concerns about PPE and hygiene were raised

We have received a delivery of face masks which will be delivered to you as soon as possible. More details will follow shortly. Please feel free to make suggestions on how this will work for you. Priority will be given to those supporting specific individuals for Leaf and individuals on crisis packages.

We will set up a PPE request email address so you can request equipment.

We will keep you updated with equipment availability.

Every endeavour will be made to provide you with up-to-date information on a site’s or service’s policy for PPE.

Together, we can be a voice for raising concerns and highlighting practices both good and bad, so if you have any concerns or have been particularly impressed by practices at sites you are working with, please let us know. 

The NHS have set up a new platform open to anyone working in mental health services, including the voluntary sector, providing the most up-to-date information and resources from other agencies such as the RC Psych or BPS: Https://future.nhs.uk/MHLDAcovid19/grouphome

We welcome all individual concerns and positive feedback about services. Please relay them to us so we can follow up.

IR 35

IR 35 has been postponed until a review next April but will still apply to any NHS or public sector work.

We will look to target small businesses to build our client base so we have more IR35 exempt opportunities, and opportunities for contractor working to continue, next year.

Priory, Elysium, Achieve Together and Cygnet have now changed their approach and will accept contractors until the situation is reviewed.

Further information about individual sites will be provided if there are any changes to how they operated during this financial year.

Over the coming year, we will work hard to increase the number of small, and therefore IR35 exempt, companies that we work with to make sure you have a choice as to where you work, and on what basis.

If you need any further clarification or have any questions on any of the areas discussed, please get in touch.

Regular virtual coffee mornings are being scheduled and details will be circulated shortly.     

We are here to support you and ensure your voice is heard.

Coronavirus Update – 24th March

Yesterday evening, Boris Johnson ordered police to enforce a strict coronavirus lockdown, with a ban on gatherings of more than two people and only travelling to work if absolutely necessary, telling the British public: ‘you must stay at home’.

As of yesterday afternoon, our Bristol, Slough and Manchester offices closed until further notice.

The team will work from home during this time and will be contactable as normal by email and telephone. Please be assured that for all placement bookings and payroll it’s very much business as usual. The necessary measures have been taken to ensure these functions can be performed remotely without disruption.  

We are considering the set-up of an emergency channel for communications outside of our daily emails – a Covid19 What’s App group. Please be assured this will only be used in case of emergencies for emerging information we need to provide you with in between daily updates.

Should you have any concerns or questions, please get in touch..

Coronavirus Update – 23rd March

The public must stop congregating in public or face new coronavirus enforcement measures within 24 hours amid growing concern that Boris Johnson’s previous attempts to encourage social distancing were being ignored.

After a weekend of public alarm at pictures of groups spending time in parks, on beaches and at markets, the prime minister responded with his most explicit warning yet that the UK could face an Italy-style lockdown.

Whilst COVID-19 is a challenge for all our communities, The Catalyst Group has the skills and culture to respond to these challenges.

Thank you for your support in navigating these challenging times.

Coronavirus Update – 22nd March

Today is Mother’s Day and the government are urging us all to celebrate the day via video calls.

All those over 70 have been told to stringently observe social distancing.

The NHS has struck a deal with private hospitals to prepare for a rapid escalation in the wave of infections.

Coronavirus Update – 21st March

As the numbers of people dying from the virus starts to escalate, yesterday, Boris Johnson ordered all pubs, cafes, leisure centres, gyms and theatres to close their doors across the country. 

We anticipate that restricting movement may be the next move in tackling the crisis.  As a key worker, we recommend you have your identification on you at all times when travelling to and from a site or service.

Coronavirus Update – 20th March

As the government enters its second phase of the response to the coronavirus outbreak, Boris Johnson said the UK is now moving from trying to contain the virus to delaying its spread.

One of the major announcements made yesterday is that all schools across the UK will close from Friday.

How does this affect you?

When schools close, many parents will have little choice but to take time off work to look after their children at home. The measures apply to state and private schools alike, nurseries and sixth-form colleges. The advice is to not ask grandparents to help with childcare, because of their vulnerability to the virus. 

Schools have been drawing up homework packs and online resources to help parents home educate. 

Without being able to provide immediate details, the government said it plans to provide a skeletal school service for parents who are key workers on the frontline of the national effort to stem the pandemic – including doctors, nurses, support workers and food delivery workers – so you as a clinician/support worker can stay at work. 

Vulnerable children, those who have a social worker, and pupils entitled to special needs support will also be able to stay in school. 

Where possible, specialist residential schools will continue to look after children and young people.

We will provide further details once these have been announced.

Coronavirus Update – 19th March

Boris Johnson told yesterday’s press conference the UK can ‘turn the tide’ in the fight against coronavirus within the next 12 weeks. 

The Department for Education published a list of key workers whose children will be prioritised for schooling during general closures because of coronavirus. 

Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a number of children but will be closed to the majority from Monday 23 March.

Frontline health and social care staff such as doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, as well as support and specialist staff in the health and social care sector are classed as key workers. Schools have contacted parents, guardians and carers and will be able to help with any questions you may have if this is relevant to you.

As it becomes available we will provide more information.

The Prime Minister said the first British patient had been put in a randomised trial for a treatment for coronavirus, and he expected relatively soon the government would be able to do mass testing to see if people had contracted it.

Police, public health and immigration officers have been given powers to detain anyone suspected of being infected with coronavirus under new emergency powers rolled out by the government.

Train, coach and bus services across the country have been cut including South Western Railway, Great Western Railway and National Express.

Coronavirus Update – 18th March

We are putting in place the following protocol to ensure you have up-to-date information and the guidance you need to make informed decisions on a day-by-day basis.

Following Boris Johnson’s daily/afternoon announcements, we will email you by 10 am the following morning with a detailed update on any specific risks associated with the services you work for, and with details on our response to the Government’s latest update.

We are in constant communication with the services you work for.

If they were to unfortunately suffer an outbreak, please be assured we will share this information with you, including:

  • what steps they have taken to deep clean the service
  • what steps have been taken to isolate individuals
  • the next steps, such as personal protective equipment being made available, going forward

This information will help you make informed decisions about your shifts.

The decision you make as to whether or not to work for a service which has a potential or confirmed case, will be fully supported and respected.

If you decide to work for a service which has been exposed, we will work with the service to ensure any additional and/or specialist training requirements are fulfilled in support of your role.

We ask that you take the following steps which are consistent with government advice:

– If you or your family exhibit any signs of the virus, self-isolate and let us know immediately.  Please also inform us if there is an outbreak at any of the services you may work for outside of The Catalyst Group. (We do not need to know the names of the services).

– For your own safety, inform us immediately of any longstanding health conditions which may put you at risk or if you are pregnant, so we can notify the services with whom you are working.

– To help reduce the likelihood of catching the virus, we recommend social isolation. Day by day, we are witnessing the speed of contamination and its detrimental effects. With no vaccine currently on the horizon, we advise not leaving it up to chance, so unless it’s critical for you to attend a social gathering, we recommend only attending critical commitments and to spend time at home.

At all times, your safety and wellbeing is our number one priority!