Test and Protect

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Test and Protect Scotland

Testing in Scotland

Test and Protect is Scotland’s approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus within the community by:

  •  identifying cases of coronavirus through testing
  •  tracing the people who may have become infected by spending time in close contact with them
  •  supporting those close contacts to self-isolate where required to prevent transmitting it to others

Employees who display symptoms of coronavirus whilst at work

If you become unwell whilst at work and have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, you must inform your line manager immediately.  You will be advised to go home and book a test.

You and your household members should self-isolate while awaiting the test results. You should continue to isolate for 10 days if you test positive for COVID19. Further information on self isolation is available here.

Employees who test positive for coronavirus

If you test positive for coronavirus, you should inform your manager immediately so that this can be recorded on iTrent.  

Any close contacts will be contact by Test & Protect and asked to book a test.

If you have tested positive, you can return to work after 10 days from your symptoms starting as long as you feel well enough to do so.

What managers should do if an employee tests positive for coronavirus?

If your employee advises you that they have tested positive for coronavirus, you should update their record on iTrent to confirm this information and guidance on how to do this is provided here.  You do not need to do anything further at this stage in relation to this employee or others who have been working with them.  Tracing is explained later on this page.

Working with someone who has tested Positive for coronavirus

If you have been working alongside an employee who has tested positive for coronavirus, you will not be required to self-isolate unless you have been contacted by NHS contact tracers or you develop symptoms of coronavirus. You should continue to attend work as normal and observe the health and safety requirements and physical distancing measures that are in place. If you do develop symptoms, you should inform your manager immediately who will arrange for you to be sent home and advise you to book a test. 

Employees who test Negative for coronavirus

If your test results are negative for coronavirus, you should return to work if you feel well enough to do so and continue to observe health and safety requirements and social distancing rules. 

What managers should do if an employee tests negative for coronavirus?

The manager should end the employee’s period of self-isolation on iTrent, however if they are unable to return to work as they remain unwell, this should be recorded as a normal sickness absence.  The manager should meet with the employee on their first day back to work and ensure that they are well enough to return and to remind them of the health and safety and physical distancing measures that are in place.

Tracing – Employees

Following a positive test result NHS will trace people who may have become infected by spending time in close contact with someone who tests positive. Close contacts will be asked to book a PCR test and isolate until they receive the results.  If the PCR test is negative, you are not displaying symptoms of COVID and you have been double vaccinated for longer than 14 days you can end the isolation period. If you have not been double vaccinated for 14 days or longer, even if you return a negative PCR test you will require to isolate for 10 days. If you have been identified by NHS contact tracers as having been in close contact with a person with a confirmed case, you will not be told who it is you have been in contact with.

If you are contacted by NHS contact tracers and advised to self-isolate you should provide your manager with this information as soon as you are made aware. If you later develop symptoms you should stay at home and book a further test. A positive test would result in a further 10 days isolation from the day your symptoms commenced. If you develop symptoms other members of your household would then be required to self-isolate while you await your PCR test result. If your result is positive all household members require to book a PCR test.

Further information regarding Test and Protect is available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-test-and-protect/pages/introduction/

Tracing – Managers

If an employee tests positive for coronavirus, you may have other employees who will be contacted by the NHS contact tracers and told to book a PCR test and self-isolate while they await the results or self-isolate for 10 days if they have not been double vaccinated for longer than 14 days.  You must allow these employees to go home but where possible allow them to work from home during the isolation period.  Your employee(s) should provide you with evidence that they have been contacted by the NHS contact tracers where possible.  You will also be required to update the employee’s absence record on my Team, advising that they are self-isolating, guidance on this can be found here. Managers should not send anyone home to self-isolate unless they are displaying symptoms or have been contacted by the NHS contact tracers.

Updated on 30th August 2021

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