Scotland - Care at Home
This policy will support staff and management regarding the different types of PPE required to protect staff and service users in various settings. It has been substantially revised to ensure there is clarity on the types of PPE required in different scenarios in a care at home setting. New national guidance has been linked within the policy to make it easier to identify what is required.
This policy governs the interactions between employees and when complaints from employees may amount to bullying or harassment. If there is a potential bullying or harassment complaint, this policy also sets out the process to follow in dealing with this complaint.
This will be applicable across all employees and all sectors from top to bottom of an organisation. The implications for an employer for failure to protect staff adequately from bullying and harassment can be threefold: breach of the Equality Act, breach of the Protection from Harassment Act and breach of Health and Safety legislation.
The policy has been amended to include specific reference to the Human Rights Act, in particular Article 8 where there is a crossover between this and the Equality Act.
The procedure section has been updated to ensure clarity and a new definition of aggrieved employee has been inserted. The references have been updated and additional underpinning knowledge from the Equality and Human
This policy will support staff and management with how to prepare and manage a pandemic. It covers various pandemics including flu and COVID-19. Policy reviewed, updated and adapted to more accurately reflect the current position with regard to COVID-19. Policy highlights other policy areas that are relevant to support a pandemic. It is not sufficient to rely on this policy to manage the implications of COVID-19. There is a clearer separation between Flu and COVID -19.
This policy provides guidance for staff about the importance of supporting the wishes of service users with regards to privacy. It has been reviewed with minimal changes. References and links have been checked and remain current.
This policy outlines the swab testing process for those being tested for coronavirus. It includes the latest guidance from the UK Government and Health Protection Scotland, alongside some useful support documents; these include the ‘how to take a combined throat and nose swab’ visual guides, which staff should familiarise themselves with. A reference to the new app Protect Scotland has been added.
All service users with a learning disability must have a Health Needs Assessment in place. This policy will signpost staff on how to develop and initiate an assessment and action plan.
This policy informs staff, service users and visitors on the management structure within the service. Within the Further Reading section, there is a link to a communication tool which is a great resource for managers.
Infection Control is an important aspect in the delivery of safe care at home, especially in the current pandemic situation. All staff should receive regular training as described in the policy and procedures. References and links checked and remain current.
Policy updated to include reference to returning back from foreign travel, ensuring employees are aware that this quarantine period will be unpaid and staff will not be entitled to statutory sick pay. Includes a further reading reference to the Government website re travel corridors. It will inform staff and management on the process around sickness absence.