As you strive to deliver the best possible care for your patients, it is also important that you look after your own mental and physical wellbeing. This is particularly the case when working remotely in the new ways that have evolved over recent weeks, where the usual 'checks and balances' offered by colleagues around us are often absent. From the perspective of clinical safety, rest breaks are important to reduce fatigue and ensure adequate concentration. In acknowledgement of this, Covid-19 Clinical Assessment Service shifts were designed to be four hours in length.
For that reason, we are confirming that clinicians who wish to work more than one four hour shift back to back are required to take regular breaks. To further support wellbeing and clinical safety, it is recommended that individuals do not work more than two shifts back to back. Where two shifts are worked back to back, a rest break of 20 minutes is to be taken following the end of the first shift. Where three shifts are being worked back to back a 20 minute rest break is required following the end of each shift. All rest breaks are unpaid, in line with current NHS practice.
To support queue management please notify the team leader that you will be taking a break. Please then log-off Adastra during your break, so that cases are not sent through to you from the queue. To reduce any administrative burden on individual clinicians, where back to back shifts are identified within the system, all shifts will be automatically adjusted behind the system to reflect rest breaks having been taken. This process will also adjust your timesheet, so that you do not need to manually adjust your shifts to reflect the unpaid break time.
For workers who have worked back to back shifts to date, you will be contacted by a member of the team who will talk to you about your shifts to date.