United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has called for clear guidance for social care employers after it was announced by the government that people shielding from coronavirus can leave home and return to work.
More than 2 million shielders in England were advised that, from August 1, they can visit shops, places of worship and other venues.
The guidance states that shielders can also return to work if their workplace is safe, but should carry on working from home where possible and maintain social distancing.
But with statutory sick pay (SSP) stopping, UKHCA has warned that there is a “lack of clear guidance” for employers on how they should create a safe work environment for shielded staff in social care.
“UKHCA has raised this several times with DHSC and is continuing to press the issue,” the organisation said in a release.
UKHCA noted that Anthony Collins Solicitors produced a briefing in mid-July with options for employers.
Guidance has also been published on accessing food and essential supplies for those formerly shielding.
UKHCA said home care providers may wish to discuss with people who use their services whether additional support is needed for those who will no longer receive government food boxes and medication deliveries.