All meetings, conversations, events and training should be held remotely/virtually unless the training requires a practical element to be undertaken by all of the participants such as equipment training, manual handling, resuscitation, clinical skills etc.

Where it is not possible to deliver the training virtually, a face-to-face risk assessment proforma and face to face training Covid-19 risk assessment must be submitted to the Covid-19 training group via email to seek approval for the training to be delivered.

The group will review the request for face to face training, taking into consideration the following:

  • Whether the training could be successfully delivered virtually
  • The risk to staff of the training not being undertaken
  • The risk to patients of staff not being trained correctly in a given skill/subject
  • Whether the face to face training Covid-19 risk assessment adequately identifies and controls the risks in face-to-face training sessions.

The face to face training risk assessments and more detailed information on this process can be found here. If you would like a word version of this to complete, they are available by clicking the links below:

We fully appreciate that remote meetings may not always be ideal or easy for staff who do not have ready access to equipment to help facilitate this. Thank you for your continued commitment to working in this way to help protect each other and our patients.

Suspension of face-to-face training – mandatory refresher and non-mandatory training
As a result of the rapidly deteriorating position due to the pandemic, it has been decided to suspend the majority of Trust-based face-to-face mandatory and non-mandatory training for all staff groups with immediate effect and until further notice. Exceptions will be as follows:

  • Undergraduate medical, nursing and AHP training.
  • Training essential to maintaining our response to the pandemic.
  • Immediate life support, paediatric immediate life support and neonatal life support. Trainers will limit attendance to ensure social distancing is maintained.

Where it is possible for staff to complete e-learning that is due/out-of-date for moving and handling, fire or basic life support, we encourage managers to enable and encourage staff to do so. If managers or employees have any concerns regarding competence in these subjects please contact the moving and handling or resuscitation teams directly.