Updated 13.01.2022

Government guidance in relation to Covid-19 and international travel has often changed at short notice.

The up-to-date guidance can always be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-abroad-from-england-during-coronavirus-covid-19

We ask staff to check this before booking any travel and again in advance of leaving and returning to the UK. Thank you.

Prior to any travel

If staff members are intending to travel abroad, they should discuss their plans with their line manager, being mindful of self-isolation/quarantine requirements, and seek approval for the entire period of leave required (including any quarantine measures that may be required) at the earliest opportunity.

Following discussion with the employee, should managers require further clarification or advice on how to manage the quarantine period they should contact HR Consult.

The Trust is not able to pay the hotel quarantine charges incurred by staff who travel overseas, however, in order to continue with international recruitment it will pay the charge for newly internationally recruited staff to enable their commencement in post.

Pay options relating to self-isolation

The four options below are subject to annual leave being agreed in advance of travel:

Option 1 – The employee can request to work from home for the quarantine period
Option 2 – If the employee cannot work from home, they can request to be paid as normal and work the time back over the proceeding six months following the quarantine period
Option 3 – The employee can take annual leave or request authorised unpaid leave to cover the quarantine period
Option 4 – The employee can request any combination of the above options to cover the quarantine period, which the manager will consider alongside the needs of the service

Guidance on how to record each of the options on Healthroster is available here.

Should staff experience any Covid-19 symptoms, they must contact Occupational Health to request a test (PCR) and must not attend work until cleared to do so.

In addition to the main publicised symptoms of a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of, or change in, the normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), a test should be requested if you have other symptoms suggestive of a viral illness such as; hoarseness, non-persistent cough, nasal discharge/congestion, shortness of breath, wheeze, headache, muscle aches and nausea/vomiting/diarrhoea.

It is also necessary to contact Occupational Health before you start back to work if you were in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 whilst travelling.

Finally, regardless of whether or not staff are returning from trips overseas, all staff who return to work following a period of annual leave are requested to submit an asymptomatic swab as soon as is possible.