THE ROAD TO RECOVERY – NHS TEST AND TRACE GUIDANCE
A message from Corin Crane, Chief Executive Officer
The Government recently announced the rollout of the new NHS Test and Trace service launching tomorrow. The service is designed to help identify, contain, and control coronavirus, reducing the spread of the virus within the population. The NHS Test and Trace service employs more than 25,000 dedicated contact tracing staff working with Public Health England with the capacity to trace the contacts of 10,000 people who test positive for coronavirus per day.
NHS Test and Trace brings together four tools to control the virus:
- Test: increasing availability and speed of testing will underpin NHS Test and Trace.
- Trace: when someone tests positive for coronavirus the NHS Test and Trace service will use dedicated contact tracing staff, online services and local public health experts to identify any close recent contacts they’ve had and alert those most at risk of having the virus who need to self-isolate. This will be complemented by the rollout of the NHS COVID-19 App in the coming weeks.
- Contain: A national Joint Biosecurity Centre will work with local authorities and public health teams in PHE, including local Directors of Public Health, to identify localised outbreaks and support effective local responses, including plans to quickly deploy testing facilities to particular locations. Local authorities have been supported by £300m of new funding to help local authorities develop their own local outbreak control plans.
- Enable: Government to learn more about the virus, including as the science develops, to explore how we could go further in easing infection control measures.
Our Policy Team have summarised the latest government announcement and what this means for business in our briefing paper ROAD TO RECOVERY: NHS TEST & TRACE GUIDANCE here.
All information is correct as of time of publication and we advise all businesses to Check the relevant pages on gov.uk for the most up-to-date government advice.
More advice and support can be found HERE