Frontline healthcare staff may be able to avoid self-isolation

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that, from today, frontline NHS workers who have been told to self-isolate can continue to go to work under certain circumstances. This includes staff who have been advised to self-isolate by the NHS COVID-19 App and those contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

PSNC has received confirmation from NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) that this does apply to community pharmacy. This new dispensation, intended to alleviate pressure on healthcare services, applies only to workers who have been double vaccinated and in scenarios where their absence may lead to a significant risk of harm. The balance of risk between staff absence and the potential impact on patient safety if staff return to work should be assessed and should involve at least the contractor’s senior clinical leadership.

Learn more about the new self-isolation rules for frontline healthcare staff