BMA lobbying

COVID-19: supporting staff who are shielding to return to work

Our principles and priorities for supporting staff who are shielding to return to work.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors Patients and public
Updated: Monday 20 July 2020
Topics: COVID 19

What you'll get from this briefing

  • Ways for employers, arm’s-length bodies, commissioners, and training bodies to support a return to work.
  • Ways for employers, regulators, and training bodies to support vulnerable staff who cannot return to the workplace.


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  • A brief outline of how the guidance on shielding will change from 1 August.
  • The impact of shielding on the workforce.
  • What the government and arms length bodies should do to make workplaces safe.
  • How employers should undertake individual risk assessments.
  • How employers and training bodies should develop a plan for returning to work.
  • How regulators, training bodies and employers should plan for the long-term.
  • How employers, regulators and training bodies can support vulnerable staff who cannot return to work, including:
  • supporting working from home
  • covering staff who are shielding
  • adopting a flexible approach to training
  • improving wellbeing and psychological support
  • supporting appraisals and revalidation
  • additional support for staff who are caring for someone who is vulnerable.