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Asymptomatic Testing – Education & Families and Adult Health & Social Care staff

Asymptomatic testing of Key Workers in Education & Families and Adult Health in Social Care is currently available in two forms:

PCR Testing Programme

Adult Support and In-House Services key workers who are registered with the Care Inspectorate have been included in the PCR testing programme to identify asymptomatic individuals.  This applies to:

  • Home Support
  • Locality Social Work Services
  • Integrated Day Services. 

Participation in this programme is voluntary, however we would strongly encourage all staff to take part for the wellbeing of their communities.

Staff participating in this testing programme are required to self-swab once per week and post the test via a priority mailbox to the lab. Test results are then sent to the employee and the service via text message and email.

If a member of staff tests positive following the PCR test, they should follow the Test and Protect guidance. 

A positive PCR test will require the staff member to refrain from the workplace in accordance with the Test and Protect guidance on self-isolation. Therefore this must be recorded on iTrent as absent from work due to Confirmed Coronavirus, unless arrangements can be made for them to work from home. Guidance on recording the absence can be found here

LFD Testing Programme

Asymptomatic testing of education, adult health & social care staff and senior phase pupils, via the Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing programme is currently available.  This applies to all staff who:

  • Are school based
  • Regularly visit care homes
  • Support vulnerable adults in their own home and cannot maintain two metre distance.

The aim of the LFD testing programme is to contribute to the reduction of COVID-19 related risks in schools and care settings, and in doing so, enhance the confidence of our communities.

Participation in the programme is voluntary, however we would strongly encourage all staff to take part for the wellbeing of their communities.

Staff will take test kits home twice weekly and the expectation is that they perform the tests on themselves by self-swabbing. They will then register both positive and negative results on a web-based portal, with the results shared with NHS Test and Protect. 

If a member of staff tests positive using the LFD test, they must self-isolate and a book a PCR test immediately to confirm the result. They must also inform their line manager immediately.

A positive LFD test should be recorded on iTrent. A guide to do this can be found here

Staff should self-isolate until the PCR test result is confirmed. If they can work from home, they should do so. If they are not able to work from home, they will be placed on special paid leave until the outcome of the test.

If the staff member tests positive following the PCR test, they should follow the Test and Protect guidance. 

A positive PCR test will require the staff member to refrain from the workplace in accordance with the Test and Protect guidance on self-isolation. Therefore this must be recorded on iTrent as absent from work due to Confirmed Coronavirus, unless arrangements can be made for them to work from home. Guidance on recording the absence can be found here

Staff members will not be required to take an LFD test as part of the asymptomatic screening for 90 days following a positive result unless they become symptomatic again.  If they do present as symptomatic during this 90-day period, they must self-isolate, book a PCR test immediately, and follow the same guidance as above. They must also inform their line manager.

Updated on 18th March 2021

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