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FCS Briefing: NHS Staff Council FAQs on sickness absence collateral to Covid-19

08/09/2020 11:51:25


It is recognised that there are implications beyond the immediate consequences of Coronavirus infection or possible exposure, requiring self-isolation. A joint working group of the NHS Staff Council Executive has published (03/09/2020) a document containing answers to questions that have arisen around COVID-19 sickness management. These questions cover:

  • the impact of cancelled or delayed treatment on a staff member's ability to return to work and the interaction with sick pay and sickness triggers
  • pay for staff who are required to self-isolate pre and post operation
  • employer flexibilities around the use of phased returns.

The FAQ document can be found on the NHS Employers web site at:



Mike Cornes

Geoff Lester

FCS Representatives to NHS TU Leads.

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