Covid-19 Training Updates & Risk Assessment

 

Face to Face Care and Clinical Training for Key workers

Caring for Care have made some changes to the way we deliver training due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We have been carrying out courses via zoom which is a brand-new method of delivery for Caring for Care.

For face to face training we are asking that the rules below are followed, for on-site training we ask that the customer explains their Covid-19 policy.

Our main priority is reducing the risk of spreading Covid-19 while simultaneously reducing the risk to staff and users of health & social care by ensuring they are appropriately trained to carry out their role safely.

 

General rules

Before carrying out a face to face course ensure:

  • You do not have coronavirus symptoms
  • You have not been in contact with anyone with symptoms or who has tested positive for Covid-19

Please contact Rob on [email protected] immediately to update us if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has. By doing this we can put things in place to reschedule training with the customer giving them as much notice as possible.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus will have at least 1 of these symptoms.

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.

You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

This information was taken from NHS website on 11/11/2020 but please check if there are any updates https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ .

We understand that work may have been irregular during this year, but it is imperative we do not put people further at risk. Any concerns please speak to Rob and where possible we will help or signpost.

 

Is it the best time?

Students must use their own judgement on if it is appropriate to attend a class. You should not attend if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who has/has tested positive for Covid-19.

You must also consider any individual anxiety/under lying health conditions that you may have. Please self assess as delaying your training or having a zoom training session may be more appropriate.

If any individual requirements are not covered in the information, it is vital you discuss this with us in advance so Caring for Care can make any reasonable adjustments to ensure an enjoyable experience.

 

Travelling to the course

Please review the rules for travel at the time of training

  • Following social distance rules, keeping 2 metres apart where possible and 1 metre where it is unavoidable
  • Keeping your distance when you travel, where possible, standing side by side or behind rather than face to face
  • Washing or sanitising your hands regularly
  • Avoiding touching surfaces where possible
  • Avoiding the busiest routes, as well as busy times like the rush hour
  • Spend as much time outside as possible rather than indoors
  • Limit the number of people you meet who you would not usually
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze and/or cough into your elbow
  • Dispose of waste i.e. face coverings safely
  • Avoiding shouting or talking loudly
  • If you arrive particularly early, please wait in your car until 09:00 am or 13:00 for an afternoon session. If there is someone already at the door, please remain in your car until the doorway is clear and call the Caring for Care intercom and we can let you in the building
  • Before walking up/down the stairs please check that they are clear as social distancing would be difficult to achieve but visibility is clear

 

Trainers to discuss training etiquette, which may vary on the environment, prior to training. This helps everyone become familiar with the expectations of the training session.

 

Hygiene arrangements

All smooth surfaces are sanitised at the beginning and end of each session for example tables, sanitising stations, door handles, and equipment.

  • Tea, coffee, sugar and milk are now individual packs.
  • Hand sanitiser is available in the entrance and visitors are encouraged to use it with each entry/exit.
  • Hand alcohol gel is available on each table for individual use
  • Doors will remain open. Fire doors that can not be propped open will have more frequent cleans, with the 10 daily sprays being used.
  • We are aiming to make improvements to this by having magnetic fire door holders installed and auto cleaning pads.
  • All learners are adults within health and social care who have usually completed infection control training.
  • Regular handwashing is encouraged and facilities are provided.
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing nose, hands should be washed or sanitiser used.
  • Disposable items to be placed in bins provided immediately after use
  • All cups go through 2 dishwasher cycles
  • Avoid touching face and physical contact such as handshaking

 

Social distancing 

We encourage defensive distancing at Caring for Care, just like driving where it is encouraged to protect your own space as well as controlling the speed you walk and the ability to move to the side/backwards to increase distance.

  • 2 metre social distancing is encouraged, but 1 metre where this is not possible
  • We encourage students to start taking up seats at the back of the class first
  • Chairs and tables are not to be moved except during practical sessions where the trainer will give clear instructions
  • During breaks please keep to the same seating arrangements, or if you prefer to eat in your car we can let you back in by pressing the intercom
  • During breaks allow one person at a time to make a drink and return to their table
  • Please use the toilets individually
  • If smoking outside please do so individually and do not huddle around the entrance in groups
  • The trainer can use a table and chair within the office to eat but to reduce the amount of walking around the office, use the corridors where necessary

 

PPE and Face Coverings 

Students are encouraged to bring and wear PPE and Face Coverings that are recommended by the Government in public places and additional items which are a personal choice too.

For example:

  • Aprons
  • Face covering (Mask or Visor)
  • Disposable gloves

We do have items as listed above for practical sessions or for individuals who forget their own items.

  • All items must be disposed of by the individual in the bins provided and not left to others.
  • Trainers may insist on certain items being used for practical’s where social distancing is not practical.
  • Practical’s will be time limited and break outs will be encouraged
  • Windows and doors will be open to encourage ventilation
  • Face coverings to be worn throughout where reasonably possible and the person is able to. If this is unachievable please discuss it with the trainer to make reasonable adjustments

There may be changes such as

  • More regular breaks where people can remove their masks outdoors
  • No motion no mask, such as in pubs and restaurants where when seated and eating/drinking, masks were removed
  • Considering where people are seated

 

Medical and sickness 

Do not attend training if you have symptoms, have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who has displayed symptoms/ has tested positive for Covid-19.

If you display symptoms you will be asked to leave. If you recognise that you are displaying symptoms please inform the trainer, collect your belongings and leave immediately touching as few surfaces as possible. Once in your car, a member from the office will call your mobile to offer support and guidance.

If you need immediate medical attention you will be shown to a break out room where you can wait away from the students and the office team will call medical attention to attend to you. We will inform any members of your team/family if you wish.

On being alerted of a student/trainer with symptoms the office team will conduct a thorough sanitising of the training room.

We will take any symptoms on site extremely seriously but will support individuals sympathetically without embarrassment and involve as few people as possible.

RIDDOR reporting if necessary.

 

On Site Face-to-Face Training Guidelines

This update outlines our strategy and interventions to reduce the risk of communicating COVID-19 while delivering Face-to-Face training at a client’s premises.

What is the current situation for training provision?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stated that employers should review their first aid needs assessment and maintain adequate first aid provisions for those continuing to operate in the workplace.

To support employers with maintaining adequate first aid provision during COVID-19, we have provided some guidance in our previous articles which we hope you have found useful.

For workplaces that are unable to maintain adequate first aid provision, essential face-to-face classroom training may be required.

This could include those who work in hospitals, care homes, the energy sector, construction, manufacturing and other front line services. Other essential training may also be required for key workers to comply with health and safety regulations and safeguarding requirements.

Below are our proposed steps to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 when providing face-to-face training.

Pre-Course

  • Learners must be seated approx. 1 metres apart. This, in addition to the required floor space for practical activities, will determine the maximum class size, therefore, the venue must be assessed, and the maximum class size determined by the client prior to organising the course. We reserve the right to remove learners if we deem it unsafe.
  • Candidates must be free from any symptoms.
  • Candidates must not be co-habiting with someone who is self-isolating due to suspected COVID-19.
  • Candidates will not be screened before entry but should only attend if they feel fit and healthy. Instead, every candidate, and the instructor, will be assumed to be carrying COVID-19 regardless of being asymptomatic. We feel this is most effective way in reducing complacency to ensure the following measures are adhered to.
  • Adequate PPE for candidates is to be provided by the client.

Course Instructions

  • Candidates should be provided with alcohol wipes, hand sanitiser and tissues and encouraged to regularly clean equipment they have handled and sanitise or wash their hands. This will be monitored.
  • Candidates should not touch their mouth, nose or eyes unless they have just washed or sanitised their hands.
  • Long hair must be held back away from the face.
  • Candidates should maintain physical distancing throughout the theory elements of the course.
  • During practical elements, candidates should wear gloves and surgical masks which will be disposed of after use.

Post-Course

If any candidate displays symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of the last day of the course, they should notify us so that we can contact the remaining candidates on the course as well as any candidates from subsequent courses who have received training from the same instructor.

This is continually updated so please check back regularly.

 

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