Renfrewshire Council

Take 5, Staff News - 1 October 2020

Welcome to this week's Take 5, our weekly staff update, designed to bring you our top five news items in a five minute read... 

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Changes to local restrictions

The Scottish Government has this week changed the rules around self-isolation affecting Renfrewshire.

From Tuesday 29 September should someone in Renfrewshire test positive for Covid19, only the person identified as a close contact of a positive case must remain at home to self-isolate. Anyone else in that household should continue to attend work or school as normal, as long as no one in the household has symptoms.

This is a change to the previous rules - under the additional measures imposed on Renfrewshire and other areas in West-Central Scotland on 7 September, the entire household of the close contact were required to self-isolate. The change brings Renfrewshire into line with the rest of Scotland.

For anyone whose household was asked to self-isolate prior to Tuesday and who is still doing so, you can now return to work and children can return to school as normal. The person identified as a close contact must continue to self-isolate for the full 14 days.

Please remember, that if someone in your household has symptoms of Covid19, then the whole household must continue to isolate. If you are asked by NHS Test and Protect to self-isolate because you have been identified as a close contact of a positive case, please follow the advice and stay at home.


Stop the spread

We know its tough right now and we know people are worried about what's in store over the next few months.

However, if we want to prevent a further rise in cases and potentially additional lockdown measures then we must act now, and we need everyone to do their bit to stop the virus spreading.

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days. 

No matter where you are, it is vital that you stick to the FACTS:

  • Face coverings
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • Two metre physical distancing from others
  • Self-isolate and book a test if you develop symptoms

Council flu vaccination programme

To help protect yourself, the NHS and council services this winter we are encouraging all council employees and the wider public to get a flu vaccination this year.

We want to do everything possible to help you remain fit and healthy at work, so this year we have more than doubled the amount of vaccinations available. This means that, if you are not already eligible for a flu vaccination through the extended NHS programme, any member of staff can now book an appointment.

Flu vaccinations will be offered on site at some of our schools and this year we've also introduced Boots e-vouchers which can be sent directly to your personal or work email where you can book an appointment at a time to suit you.

On-site Vaccinations - Schools Community

To maximise the uptake amongst our employees working at a council venue, this year we will be offering vaccinations across our school estate for catering, cleaning, clerical, janitorial and teaching staff and these appointments will begin later this month

Boots e-Vouchers

To provide increased flexibility and to minimise the risk of transmission this year we have also purchased 4000 Boots e-vouchers that can be used at participating Boots stores across the country.

Your manager will be in touch with you shortly to ask if you would like to request a voucher and this year more than ever we would encourage you to get a vaccination.

More information about the programme including how to use your voucher to book an appointment is available Council flu vaccination programme


Learning at Work Week 5-9 October

We value learning and next week's national Learning at Work Week is all about learning journeys. 

We've all experienced new ways of working and communicating in recent months and it's our ability to continue to learn in new ways that has helped us adapt. So, this year we've changed our approach to Learning at Work Week to offer a virtual programme of valuable content and materials with something for everyone.

So, whether you're in the middle of your own learning journey or wondering where to start, we hope to inspire you with new themed learning experiences and opportunities across the week, including: Motivation Monday, Tech Tuesday, Way Forward Wednesday, Teamwork Thursday and Fun Friday. 

Ongoing learning is so important to help our services continually improve and respond to change, but it's also vital for our own personal development and growth. 

So please look out for our daily emails next week for more details on how to get involved and begin your learning journey.


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Health and Wellbeing

Our Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Work webpage provides information and contacts to help keep you well during this time. VisitHealth, Safety and Wellbeing  


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