Coronavirus

COVID-19 Employee Screening

Advice on how we can support our customers

As a business owner, you’re probably wondering how the escalating situation surrounding coronavirus is going to affect both your workforce and your workplace.

Fortunately the UK has an excellent track record in dealing with high consequence infectious disease, and has already demonstrated its expertise in response to diseases like MERS, Ebola and Monkeypox. 

It is vital to keep up to date with the most current and correct advice. Fortunately, there is a range of resources available as outlined below.

Collingwood Health has put together some vital information for you and your staff to assist.

Covid-19 Business Needs Assessment

In the current climate businesses and HR business partners are looking for ways to assess their risk and the needs of their businesses and employees. We all want to ensure compliance with COVID-19 health directives to deliver health and safety in the workplace. The Collingwood Health COVID-19 business needs assessment is the answer.

Lead by an Occupational Health Physician, you receive a Q&A session to answer your questions related to COVID-19 workplace management. Lead by the latest clinical guidance, you will receive timely feedback on the spot, with a report immediately forthcoming containing directives and recommendations you can use to plan and keep your business functioning.

The COVID-19 Business Needs Assessment will include services such as:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Workforce planning, including supporting ‘at-risk’ groups, according to organisational needs
  • Case discussion about individuals of concern
  • Return to work planning and considerations
  • What you need to do to ensure compliance
  • Strategies
  • Infection control advice
  • Screening advice

Your Q&A session will be delivered via telephone consultation or virtually through MS Teams, WhatsApp, Zoom, or Face time, making it quick, safe and easy for you to get the clinically led answers you need for business continuity.

COVID-19 Employee Screening

The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is currently disrupting business and leaders and HR business partners are concerned about how best to look after their staff and ensure continuation of work.

As part of your contingency plan, you are most likely considering employee screening to safely and effectively comply with current advice, continue to employ people, and run your business.

We can help.

COVID-19 Employee Screening Plan

The screening is done by telephone by an Occupational Health clinician with a report back to you in real time allowing you to take quick and effective action.

Screening of Employees:

  • vulnerable/at risk employees – those with underlying health conditions or over 70s
  • symptomatic employees
  • non-vulnerable employees
  • employees with family members in isolation

We are offering this on a full day basis to get you answers as quickly as possible.

Please get in touch with us to plan your COVID-19 Employee Screening.

Remote Home Worker Assessment

If your staff is currently working from home due to the Coronavirus, you and they are likely worried about the current situation, especially if they have an underlying condition.

We are able to help both yourself and your employee with an assessment of the employee’s home working situation.

Included in our assessment:

  • Micro Workplace Assessment
  • Stress Risk Assessment
  • Health Assessment

This assessment can take place from the comfort of the employee’s home using Zoom, Skype, Facetime, or WhatsApp.

Our expert advice will help you manage this new workplace health risk and help put your mind at ease.

Telephone Counselling

During these times employees may be having poor mental health due to a myriad of changes hitting them all at once: the stress of lifestyle change, worry for loved ones, loss of income, or an inability to socialise. The usual every day reassurances — a hug or gentle touch, a private conversation with a friend over a cup of coffee, being close to another person — currently put our health and the health of those we love at risk.

We can help through Telephone Counselling.

Employees may need counselling to assist them through these times, or may want to continue counselling they were having face to face.

Confidential and discreet, our telephone counselling services are provided by counsellors working within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.

If you would like to refer your employee for telephone counselling, please contact us right away. Our helpful team will arrange this with your employee directly ensuring they provide sessions that fit into the employee’s schedule. We will continually keep you informed with regular updates on progress.

Latest Government advice

To get the latest government advice, click through the links below.

Flu vaccinations

It’s not too late to get this season’s flu jab.  Higher risk groups should be encouraged to get this through their GP if they have not already done so.  Companies may want to consider re-offering the flu jab to all staff.  Having the flu jab will not help protect against coronavirus, but it will help protect again flu which has many of the similar symptoms. 

Anything employers can do to prevent further strain on the NHS seems like a good thing.  It is also a wise thing to do for employers and employees in any case.

We are still offering 2019/2020 seasonal flu jabs, contact us on 01753 781653 or 01753 781654 to discuss.

Workplace Infection Control Audits

Current government advice is that businesses should continue working, unless specifically advised otherwise.  Managing risk and staying open for business requires a significant change of behaviours from both companies and staff.

As a medical business, we have put together a practical “Workplace Infection Control Audit” which will advise on the strengths of measures companies are currently taking, together with practical advice on how they might be improved, and ultimately sharing best practice and good ideas amongst our customers.

We are offering this service to customers from £350. Contact us on 01753 781653 or 01753 781654 to discuss your audit.

Employee Wellbeing

The threat of coronavirus is generating a whole new scale of workplace concerns and anxieties. It is affecting us all. However, through these unprecedented times, employers still need to ensure the emotional (and physical) wellbeing of their staff.

We are helping our customers put in place short term plans and programmes as part of their overall coronavirus thinking and business continuity planning.

We are running additional on-site wellbeing clinics, offering extra counselling and mental health support, providing mental health first aid training, flu jabs, and workplace infection control audits.

Contact us on 01753 781653 or 01753 781654 to see how we might be able to help you though this.


We urge you to follow the public advice from the United Kingdom if you are a resident of the UK.


Guidance for Employees, Employers, and Businesses

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses

Guidance for non-clinical settings

Information on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) including guidance for professionals helping people in the education, transport and other sectors.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-guidance-for-non-clinical-settings-and-the-public

Public Health Advice

For the public:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Public Health England (PHE) has a suite of guidance documents and information including the latest epidemiology, infection prevention and control measures, and guidance on post travel management. These documents can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus


Infection prevention and control guidance

This guidance outlines infection prevention and control advice for healthcare providers assessing, testing and caring for possible cases of COVID-2019 in secondary care. It should be used in conjunction with local policies.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-infection-prevention-and-control/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-wn-cov-infection-prevention-and-control-guidance

Travel Health Advice

The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) produces news alerts with the latest travel guidance for both travellers and those advising travellers. It also has an outbreak surveillance database which will give details of the case numbers in China, but also information on imported cases elsewhere. This information can be found on NaTHNaC’s website TravelHealthPro at https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/


Other Resources

World Health Organization

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

British Medical Journal resource centre

https://www.bmj.com/coronavirus

The Lancet coronavirus resource centre

https://www.thelancet.com/coronavirus