Working during COVID restrictions

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Redeployment

We recognise that healthcare science trainees constituted an important part of the response and recovery to the pandemic. However, we provided a statement at the time which clarified that this should not be to the detriment of their training.

“Trainees can be redeployed if there are benefits in relation to their ongoing learning and this can be incorporated into their training plans but we would not expect them to be redeployed for prolonged periods or into roles that do not enhance their learning and development.

Training should continue wherever possible so as not to disrupt the future workforce pipeline. If trainees are being asked to be redeployed or to take on service support roles that do not meet their learning objectives then please contact the School for further advice.”

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Working from home

If you are working from home at the instruction of your employer, your Trust should provide you with the equipment you need to continue your training. This should not continue indefinitely and you should be returning to the workplace as soon as possible subject to risk assessment. Your training should be continuing even if it is different as a result of the changes arising from COVID-19.

Trainees are employed members of staff on an equal footing with other employees. The Learning Development Agreement (LDA) signed by the Trust at the point a training place is assigned, and the accreditation to train awarded by the National School of Healthcare Science, requires the resources required to deliver the workplace based training are provided. This should include any IT equipment normally needed for the role.

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Returning to work place training

The School has been very supportive of flexible training and working remotely during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst we fully recognise the need for this at times, the STP is not intended to be a distance learning pathway – there are elements of all of the specialisms which require trainees to attend the workplace and we recognise the importance to trainees of face-to-face training within a supportive department. As training and working conditions adapt to the prevailing conditions, Trusts and educators will likely be able to offer more training in the department and providing this is done with due consideration of any specific risk assessment we support this.