VHA Coronavirus Statement – February 2022
Whilst many of the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and we return to more familiar ways of life, we know the virus is still very much present across all our communities. No matter where you are in the UK, the pandemic is not yet over, and cautious guidance remains. We must continue to act carefully in order that we protect each other and those in our care.
This is particularly important within Vision Homes Associations’ care settings services where we continue to apply the same PPE requirements and exercise particular caution to keep those we support and our staff, safe. All staff and visitors must continue to wear face masks*, coverings*, the appropriate PPE and adhere as far as is practicable to social distancing rules.
It is vital that we continue to do all we can to prevent the virus spreading and mitigate the risk of infection. Our teams support vulnerable people, and we are immensely proud of how everyone has worked hard to protect the individuals we work with.
Please, let’s continue to do so to ensure they are protected, and our staff can work safely to support them.
If you have queries about visiting someone in a VHA setting, please contact the service directly and ascertain the visiting guidance so ensure that you have all the information you need.
We all have an important part to play in acting responsibly, wearing PPE and having the vaccine. Booking a vaccine is easy and we would encourage everyone to do so to keep friends, family, colleagues and the wider community safe.
We are aligned with the NHS and Public Health guidance in relation to the wearing of social distancing regulations and the use of face coverings in our services. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings/covid-19-management-of-exposed-healthcare-workers-and-patients-in-hospital-settings
The response of all VHA staff members led by their Management Teams continues to be remarkable. Every staff member continues to approach their work positively whilst managing their own concerns and balancing work and home life.
Sincere thanks to you all, without you the people support by VHA would have a very different and probably difficult experience of life during the pandemic.
Respect for each person’s rights and balancing this with the advice on safety can create complex situations but you are working through it all with the people you support, their families and other professionals.
Please continue to stay safe.
*Exemptions may apply where the appropriate risk assessments have been completed.
Further information on Coronavirus
- If you have any concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak, please use the NHS 111 Online service.
- NHS – the best way to wash your hands: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/
- Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
- Public Health Wales: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
- Government advice for healthcare professionals and organisations: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
- Easy read Coronavirus poster by Photosymbols: https://www.photosymbols.com/blogs/news/free-poster
- NHS Common Questions: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/