As members of the household, it is not necessary for Professional Carers to wear PPE all the time, but we continue to ensure that sufficient PPE is available to our care teams, as well as cleaning and other protective equipment, including face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser.
We send weekly operational updates to our care teams to ensure they have the information they need to do their jobs safely. These updates provide information across a number of areas enabling our carers to be up to date on all practice, as well as sharing compliments, offering training, sharing best practice and inspiring acts of kindness.
In addition, we have a carer guidance document that is updated and communicated when guidance from the UK Government changes so our care teams have access to the very latest information.
We cover the full cost of travel around the UK, and flights from overseas are subsidised, to support our carers to get to work safely. We give all carers access to our online booking system which means they can book their train journey well in advance and choose their preferred seat, as well as avoiding busy travel hubs if preferred, all without being out of pocket. Any carer travelling from overseas is supported with the cost and logistics associated with any testing requirements for safe travel.
All Professional Carers are given access to weekly PCR tests and can request lateral flow tests, both of which provide reassurance. Our carers also have priority access to the Covid-19 vaccine through the national booking service and a large percentage have opted to take the vaccine.