Help, guidance and information which we hope you may find useful. Contact the Branch if you have any queries and we will do our best to respond to you as soon as we can. (Please note we are challenged in keeping this page fully up to date. The staff guidance document link immediately below will take you to up to date information).
New (2/4/20) guidance on PPE
New NHS Scotland staff guidance on COVID
PPE Donations to NHS Highland
Anyone who wants to make a donation needs to email us first (below) with their name, contact details, what they have to donate and the quantity.
Health Protection Scotland guidance
World Health Organisation
Highland community response website
Free online mental health support for staff
Returners to the health and social care workforce can apply here
UNISON member communication 26/3/20:
All of us are now facing unprecedented times. And UNISON members in particular given the vital nature of our jobs in health and social care.
We all need to play our part in terms of following government guidance about isolation (if required) and remaining at home otherwise.
At work it's vital that staff are appropriately protected, both in terms of work processes and procedures, risk assessments, and the right personal protective equipment (PPE) where this is required. Those who can should work from home. If you are in the kind of job where this might be possible, speak to your manager in the first instance so you can agree suitable arrangements. If you are in one of the vulnerable categories, it is likely that you may require to self-isolate. NHS Highland has been clear - through an email from the Chief Executive - that those in the vulnerable groups should either not be at work, or do what work they can from home. If you are in any doubt about this, contact your line manager as soon as possible. If you need further advice please contact your UNISON representative.
Although most UNISON reps are also in very busy jobs, our usual arrangements for contacting a rep remain in place, so you can either phone the office on 01463 715891, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If telephoning you will be asked to leave a message, so it would be really helpful if you could speak slowly and clearly, leaving your name, telephone number, job title, workplace and a brief outline of your query.
We are also striving to keep our Facebook page, Twitter account, and website as up to date as possible as well.
UNISON continues to be here to support you. We must all come together at this very difficult time to do what is safe for ourselves and our families, and the vital services for patients and clients which are required now, more than ever.
We also need to protect our own health, both in terms of direct response to the virus, but also bearing in mind the increased importance of other health and safety aspects such as working hours, breaks and holidays, and psychological good health. Of course at the moment 'holidays' will need to be taken at home!
If you have any concerns, please get in touch, and UNISON will do all it can to support you.
Meantime we are working with NHS Highland at a number of levels to help ensure that appropriate information is provided, and staff health and wellbeing is protected.
We're not forgetting about the vital work also carried out in the voluntary/independent sector, and would urge members with any employer to get in touch if you need help or advice.
Good luck and best wishes!
Janette McQuiston - Retiring Branch Secretary
Dawn MacDonald - Incoming Branch Secretary
NOTE: The newest documents will be added at the top pf the list below
New PPE poster what to use in what circumstances
Scottish Government letter re PPE for Health and Social care staff
Staff risk assessment for "At risk" groups
NHS Scotland staff guidance
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