Reminder: Staff Covid testing guidance

NHS policy remains that patient-facing healthcare staff should continue to test twice a week for Covid-19 using lateral flow device (LFD) tests. Test results should be reported on the 
GOV.UK portal.

We ask our staff to continue to undertake regular testing to help protect patients and colleagues.

Asymptomatic testing is not required by staff members who are not patient facing but LFD kits are available to all NHS staff to test if they have symptoms.  Test kits can be ordered at 
Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests

Any member of staff who has a positive test for Covid-19 must inform occupational health, so that we can continue to identify areas where there may be transmission on infection within the hospital.

Further details on testing and actions to take should you have a positive test or household contact are available at 
COVID-19 staff guidance from Occupational Health – COVID-19 CUH Staff information (

Reminder: Recording sickness on Healthroster

All absences should be recorded on Healthroster at the earliest opportunity to manage our staffing levels each day and make decisions accordingly. The guidance for adding sickness absence using Healthroster can be found on Connect.

Staff members who are unwell with Covid should be recorded in Healthroster as sickness absence with the most appropriate ‘Sickness Reason’ selected based on the symptoms described by the employee e.g. chest and respiratory problems. There is a secondary sickness reason available to mark if the sickness is Covid-19 related.

Staff members who are self-isolating (but otherwise well) should be recorded in Healthroster using the group ‘Other Leave’ and reason ‘Self-iso – Special Leave: Medical Self Isolation’.

Isolation does not impact on your sickness record and staff will be paid regardless of whether it is self isolation or sickness.

ESR downtime – Friday 24 to Sunday 26 June

ESR will be unavailable from 18:00 Friday 24 June until 06:00 on Sunday 26 June for legislative changes and system fixes.

Identifying and supporting our patients and their families/supporters  #LDWeek22

Most of the time our families/supporters stay with people with learning disabilities when they are admitted to help them with familiarity and reduce anxiety. Supporters can be really important, but remember to talk to the person directly and support them to make decisions – supporters are there to help you do this.

To help us understand the number of people with learning disabilities at CUH, so we are able to offer appropriate support, it is important to correctly identify people. We do this by using our Epic flagging system (also known as the FYIs or Alerts).

At the moment there are a lot of FYIs that are not accurate. It is important we identify people correctly as it has an impact on our patients, processes and data to drive improvements.

Please also only tick the Learning Disability box on QSiS if your patient has a diagnosed learning disability and has a FYI flag.

It is also important to support our carers at CUH:

  • Our new Carers Handbook is full of information and sources of support for carers, as well as key information for when carers and those they care for are at CUH.
  • Do you know what a Carer’s Passport looks like? Find out on the ’Supporting Unpaid Carers at CUH’ Connect pages. This page contains useful information for staff to enable them to support unpaid carers at CUH.
  • Contact Nicola Hallows, head of patient experience on 01223 216756 or Lily Martin, patient feedback and family carer coordinator on 01223 274874 for more information.

NEW training sessions on disability

As part of our ongoing commitment to inclusion, two courses are now open to book to explore disability, health conditions and neurodifferences. These sessions are primarily aimed at managers and leaders who would like to be able to better support their teams. Both sessions will run as virtual workshops via Zoom.

Places are limited so early booking is advised.  These sessions are running as part of a pilot and will be joined by members of the Purple Network. #StrongerTogether

Innovation to tackle health inequalities – have your say

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Adopting Innovation Hub has launched an online engagement platform to help put the voices of NHS staff, patients, families and the public at the heart of innovation. The focus is on health inequalities that tackle cardiovascular disease, obesity and serious mental illness. This is an opportunity to share your views and influence our work with the aim of improving health outcomes for all.

Visit to find out more or email

Call for interest in Pertussis Vaccine Trial (SUPER)

We are recruiting volunteers 6 – 16 years for a clinical trial (SUPER study) to evaluate a new vaccine for prevention of Pertussis (whooping cough), to be run on the CRF in the CCRC.

What is the SUPER study?

  • Pertussis is a highly contagious disease with an increase in outbreaks in school aged children occurring even though children receive the current pertussis vaccine in early childhood
  • This study will measure the effects of a new vaccine and compare them to those of an already approved vaccine against pertussis
  • Children/teenagers who take part will already have had a pertussis vaccine in early childhood.  During the trial they will then receive a dose of the study vaccine OR placebo (a spray up the nose) and a dose of an approved vaccine against pertussis OR placebo (an injection in the arm) and give nasal swabs and blood samples.
  • There will be 4 visits over 6 months

For more information please contact:

My CUH story – Armed Forces Week – Neil McKie


Our staff are what make our hospitals special and today, in celebration of Armed Forces Week (20-26 June), we are sharing Neil’s story. Neil, pictured above, served in the Army for seven years and is now deputy operations manager for perioperative care services, overseeing the day-to-day running of a department that carries out up to 500 surgeries a week.

Talking about his transition from the Army to the NHS Neil said: “The crossover for anyone in the armed forces is so logical, I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner. There is so much more to hospitals than just doctors and nurses. There are lots of roles that former armed forces can help fill with their expert skills developed during their military training and deployments.”

Read Neil’s full story on the CUH website. If you would like to share your CUH story, please email

Reminder: CUH Arts Festival 27 June to 01 July

Have you been to see In Memoriam at The Green & The Gardens yet? It’s open until Tuesday 12 July 2022 and you’re invited to enter the free, open-air art installation to reflect, contemplate and explore.

In Memoriam will be the backdrop to a range of events aimed at bringing the Cambridge Biomedical Campus community together, including the first CUH Arts Festival which runs from Monday 27 June to Friday 01 July.

Don’t forget to book your place for the CUH Arts Festival, with performances, workshops and events all next week. See the staff portal for more information or email to book onto a session.

In Memoriam is brought to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus by Prologis UK, developer of the campus expansion, and CUH Arts.