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COVID-19 Updates from the Lead Employer

Guidance regarding COVID-19 is changing regularly and, here at Lead Employer, we continue to update our communications to ensure that we are reflecting current government guidelines. Here you will find our latest FAQs for both colleagues-in-training and Host Organisations, details on completing risk assessments, and how to report an absence

For additional advice, you can also find useful information through the Public Health England Guidance or through the Government Guidance


Covid 19 Risk Assessment for Staff: Please Read the Following before Completing

The success of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme has meant that the requirement for shielding and identifying people as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) is no longer necessary. However, there remains a smaller number of people whose immune system means they are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 (higher risk of serious illness conditions group), despite vaccination. Enhanced protections, such as those offered by specific treatments, and/or additional vaccinations alongside other protective behaviours or control measures will benefit these individuals. Therefore, it is no longer a requirement for all staff to complete the covid risk assessment.

Who needs to complete the Covid risk assessement?

Lead Employer trainees who are currently in post - Staff who currently have a condition which falls into the higher risk of serious illness conditions’ category should already have completed a covid risk assessment along with their line manager, and control measure should be in place.

Trainees who are new to working under Lead Employer - Any new staff who fall in to the ‘higher risk of serious illness conditions’ group will be advised by HWWB on their fitness to work certificate (fit slip) that they will be required to complete the covid risk assessment with their line manager.

Pregnant staff - All pregnant staff are required to complete the covid risk assessment along with the new and expectant mothers risk assessment. These should be done with your manager at the same time. This risk assessment once completed should be reviewed regularly as these are dynamic risks that may change over time. Completion of the risk assessment and the implementation of any identified adjustments will look to mitigate any residual risk so far as is reasonably practicable.


Further Support

If you are yet to receive both doses of the COVID vaccination and would like to do so, you can book a vaccination appointment to attend a vaccination site of your choice via the National Booking System, which you can access via the NHS website here. Having the vaccine remains the best way to protect staff, patients and each other from the COVID-19 virus and the Trust continues to encourage all staff who are not yet vaccinated to do so as soon as possible.

We understand that there may be some colleagues who are hesitant to take up the offer of the vaccination and a range of support is available to you through your Host Organisation and through StHK Lead Employer that could help you make your decision. 



Please check out the most up-to-date COVID FAQs below for further information and support:

Trainee Colleague FAQs

Host Colleague FAQs

Take a look at our Lead Employer Medical Director – Professor Andrew Rowland, who talks about the part immunisations play in helping us to get out of the pandemic:



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