Guidance and frequently asked questions
Last updated: 26 March 2021 at 13:29
Before 1 April 2021, line managers should contact all staff that are shielding to discuss what the ending of shielding will mean for them and discuss a return to work plan. To aid these discussions, we have developed manager’s guidance and a return to work form.
Returning to work following shielding: health and well-being
Shielding can impact all of us in different ways. If staff are feeling anxious, low or are struggling, remember it’s OK to feel this way. The Trust recognises that the thought of returning to work following a period of absence may be daunting for some individuals during this challenging time.
The Trust has developed a comprehensive package of emotional, psychological and practical support. For further information, please visit the "health and well-being" section under "Related pages".
Staff can also access a variety of national resources, including helplines to talk through how they are feeling, mental wellbeing apps, and other resources on the NHS England website, as well as additional guidance for staff returning to work, colleagues of staff currently shielding and line managers on the NHS people website, which can be found under "Other websites".
Working from home guidance
Where staff have VPN (remote working/homeworking), access to Trust networks and the appropriate IT equipment (Trust or personal) they should discuss working from home with their manager. Further guidance and useful information on homeworking can be found on the "Homeworking" page under "Related pages".