Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we have worked hard to ensure that we continue to improve our working environment and culture so that we can look after our staff so that they can provide the world-class eye care our patients need. Here you can find up to date information on some of the steps we are taking to help keep our colleagues safe.
Freedom to speak up
We want to make sure that every member of staff feels safe, valued and able to voice any concerns they have at work. With this ethos in mind, our freedom to speak up guardians (insert link to where they can access them) hosted a number sessions specifically for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff to discuss their concerns about working during the pandemic. These monthly, confidential sessions are now open to all our colleagues so concerns can be raised in a safe environment.
To further promote and understand the diverse needs of our workforce, our trust’s staff networks have provided additional support, including our trust’s race and nationality staff network, BeMoor, promoting awareness and providing support for staff with issues surrounding race and nationality and inclusion in the workplace.
Reducing the risk of infection
To help keep our staff and patients safe, we have introduced the following:
- Risk assessments for all staff
- Face masks at all our entrances
- Reconfigured clinics and offices to support social distancing, with one way systems and reduced entrances to control the flow of people
- Perspex screens at our receptions and help desks
- Working from home assessments for colleagues able to work from home
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Having the right PPE is essential to help keep everyone who visits or works in one of our sites safe. Our staff receives regular training on how to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly as well as having access to a NHS collaboration Covid-19 platform to encourage staff to share experiences and examples of education and learning during the pandemic.
Health and wellbeing
Looking after the health and wellbeing of our staff is paramount. Our teams have access to a dedicated Covid-19 helpline which can help provide information and support, as well as undertaking welfare checks.
Our staff remain at the heart of our service and, in collaboration with other NHS organisations in north central London, we have developed a risk assessment framework to ensure all staff are able to work safely.
The risks to our BAME staff, as well as staff with underlying health conditions and pregnancy are well known and evidence also suggests that the impact is higher among men, if you are overweight or older. The framework brings together all these factors in one assessment tool.
Number of risk assessments have been carried out to date (8 July 2020):
· 71% of our BAME staff
· 66% of all our staff