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Plan B announcement

Date added: 10th December 2021

You will undoubtedly be aware that the government has recently announced that England will be moving to Plan B rules following the rising numbers of cases of the Omicron variant in the UK.  

From Friday 10th December, face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship (with some exceptions). This is in addition to shops and public transport. Also from Monday 13th December, those who can are advised to work from home. 

We would like to reiterate the importance of continuing to follow the COVID safety guidance in place across the organisation to keep patients, staff, volunteers, visitors and customers safe. With this in mind, we are asking that the following practices are adhered to within LOROS: 

  • Working from home 

In line with government guidelines where possible, we will be strongly encouraging staff who can to work from home from Monday 13th December, until the guidelines are reviewed. As was the approach previously, you will need to discuss and agree this arrangement with your line manager and ensure that you have the correct equipment to facilitate this, remaining accessible to attend work if needed to support the service. If you have any questions regarding this required practice, please speak with your line manager in the first instance. 

  • Working at the Hospice and in other LOROS locations  

To be COVID-secure, we would like to remind Heads of Department that each work area has a designated maximum number of staff allowed to populate that environment. The Head of Department/Manager should coordinate their team to use the work area in accordance with that maximum number. If you have any queries regarding this please seek support from Michael Bridge – Health & Safety Officer. 

As per previous guidance, face masks should be worn by all staff within the Hospice (fabric masks are not suitable for wearing at the Hospice and all staff must continue to use the surgical masks provided at the hospice entrances). All other precautions and guidance including hand washing/sanitising, room ventilation and social distancing should continue to be followed. In addition please continue to utilise communal areas appropriately during break times and wear masks when not eating or drinking. 

  • LOROS Enterprise Shops  

All staff and volunteers must continue to wear face masks in shops and the warehouses. In addition, from Friday 10th December customers are also required to wear face coverings again (*unless exempt) in line with the plan B guidance.  

  • LOROS Cafes 

Although hospitality is currently exempt from the new guidance we are still requesting that all staff and volunteers continue to wear face masks whilst in the cafes. Posters should be in place to encourage customers to do the same when not eating/drinking. 

  • General advice on meeting with others 

Christmas is a time for celebration and we are aware that you will be planning to socialise with colleagues, friends and family members over the festive season. Wherever possible we urge you to continue to follow COVID precautions - i.e. wearing a mask when walking around public venues, sanitising hands regularly and respecting social distancing rules whenever you can. 

In relation to celebrations at work we very much want to enable teams to still have Cobmas and/or other get togethers over the coming weeks. Can we please however request that these are planned carefully to ensure a safe environment is maintained – i.e. the recommended number of people are in the space being used, the room is well ventilated and face masks are worn when staff are not eating or drinking. An alternative is to have a virtual social get together, particularly for teams where staff are more likely to be working from home. 

  • COVID Testing 

We would like to remind staff at the hospice of the importance of undertaking a lateral flow test twice a week. These continue to be available on site and there will shortly be supplies in every department.  

In line with national recommendations we are also going to be introducing a weekly PCR test for all staff in patient facing roles, including domestic and catering staff (in addition to the twice weekly lateral flow testing). This should be done on the same day as one of the weekly lateral flow tests and kits can be collected from day therapy (instructions for use are included in the packs). Lateral flow tests should continue to be reported on line on the government website using the organisations unique number 99871717. Any positive result should be reported to your line manager as soon as possible and you must follow current self-isolation guidelines.

Staff who enter clinical areas less frequently – e.g. IT team, facilities staff should undertake twice weekly lateral flow tests but don’t need to undertake a weekly PCR. Staff who are only occasionally visiting the hospice (as are predominately working from home) should undertake a lateral flow test on the day they come in to the hospice.  

If you have any queries in relation to COVID testing please discuss these with your line manager. 

Thank you for your cooperation in adhering to the above and your part in ensuring the safety for both yourself, your colleagues, patients, volunteers, visitors and customers throughout LOROS as COVID continues to impact both our working and home lives.  

LOROS Staff self isolation guidance

Please read the latest guidance on LOROS staff self isolation.

COVID vigilance

It is necessary for us all to remain vigilant with regards to COVID safety measures as positive COVID cases are once again rising throughout the country. Here at LOROS, we must make every effort to protect ourselves, the organisation and most importantly our patients and their families from any potential of an outbreak within the building.

Please ensure that you continue to follow the below:

  • wear a face mask as instructed

  • undertake LFT’s on a regular basis

  • sanitize your hands regularly

  • respect social distancing in the corridors, offices and whilst eating

  • If you are able to work at home please do liaise with your line manager and take up that opportunity to help us maintain safe numbers within the main building.

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

'Ask John' Zoom sessions for staff

Following consultation with staff, 'Ask John' Zoom sessions will now be held quarterly. The dates for the next year are as follows:

  • Tuesday 28th September 2021 at 12noon

  • Wednesday 12th January 2022 at 2pm

  • Thursday 7th April 2022 at 10am

  • Monday 11th July 2022 at 4pm

Rebecca Stevens will send out an email with log in details a month before the meeting and will issue a reminder a week before each session.

'Ask John' Zoom sessions for volunteers

The dates for volunteer 'Ask John' Zoom sessions are as follows:

  • Thursday 11th November 2021 at 2pm

  • Wednesday 26th January 2022 at 12noon

  • Wednesday 30th March 2022 at 4pm

  • Tuesday 24th May 2022 at 12noon

  • Tuesday 26th July 2022 at 2pm

More information can be found here. Jackie Goss will advise the volunteers of the zoom details to access the sessions.

Unicorn staff learning platform is now live

The new mandatory training platform, Unicorn, is now live for all LOROS staff. You can access this via the mandatory training e-learning button below or by clicking here.

This platform is also available as an app that can be downloaded from the Google or Apple stores; just search 'Unicorn Learning Path'. You can log into the app using the same information as the online platform but you will need to register on the website first. the passcode is LOROS.

If you have any questions or are struggling to register or log in then please email Helen Perkins.

Important update on Infection Prevention mandatory training

All staff now need to complete face to face Infection Prevention mandatory training, except for the following groups:

  • Enterprises

  • Enterprise Drivers

  • Finance

  • HR

  • Lotteries

  • Marketing and Comms

  • Non Clinical Management

Further dates will be released in due course and online options are being considered for those not required to do face to face training.

New LOROS vacancies

Click here for the latest vacancies.

Fire Safety Procedures

Please find information on updated fire safety procedures here.

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