Most people no longer need to take a coronavirus test but if you feel unwell with possible Covid-19 symptoms you should stay at home in line with NHS Inform guidance. This guidance is updated regularly so you should check it each time you feel unwell.

If you do take a test and it is positive, you should tell your manager so that close contacts at work can be advised to look out for symptoms.

If you feel well enough to work and can work from home, then you should arrange to do so with the agreement of your line manager. Where possible, alternative duties may be identified for you. If no alternative duties can be found to enable you to work from home, you should stay at home for the period indicated in the NHS Inform guidance.

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Normal sickness absence arrangements will apply to any leave taken.

  • A "covid/long covid" absence code should be used to record any absence where you have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Where you have not tested positive for Covid-19, use the absence code most relevant to your circumstances/symptoms.

Sickness absence due to Covid which started any time from 1 July 2022 onwards may be taken account of for the purposes of absence monitoring. How this is applied should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Your service HR contact can provide further guidance if required.