Shielding for those in the clinically extremely vulnerable group (which also includes CUH staff in the red risk group as defined by the individual staff health risk assessment) will be paused from Wednesday 31 March.

Guidance to work from home if possible will remain. If your role requires you to be in the workplace and cannot be undertaken from home, you will be able to return from Thursday 01 April, providing you will be working in a ‘green area’. Additional control measures should be considered for staff who are pregnant including a regular review of the ‘new and expectant mothers’ risk assessment. In addition, colleagues who are pregnant and in the third trimester (greater than 28 weeks) or have an underlying health condition, such as a heart or lung disease, may need to be in non-patient facing roles. Should you require specific advice please do contact the occupational health team (OH).

Line managers, please meet with your colleague returning and re-review their individual staff health risk assessment (version 6) and your area’s covid secure/managed risk assessment (version 1.5) to ensure risks are managed ahead of their return. We have also provided a check-list here of things to both consider to support a positive reorientation and return experience. Should your returning colleague not have received a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, this is available at the Royal Papworth Hospital until Easter.

As throughout the pandemic to date, OH remain available to advise and assist. We look forward to seeing you very soon.