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COVID-19 Staff FAQs: Pay, annual leave and leave types

Information alert box Last updated: 4 May 2021

This is a fast moving situation and we will try to keep this page as up-to-date as possible.
Please continue to check national guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your question is not answered below, and you are a member of staff, please speak to your line manager or email covidquestions@ouh.nhs.uk

If your question is about an OUH HR matter that isn't addressed here, please discuss this initially with your line manager who can then raise it with the HR consultant for your Division.

Some links are to documents on the OUH internal staff intranet: if you are a staff member and cannot access the intranet, please email covidquestions@ouh.nhs.uk and we will send you the document you need.

Please remember guidance is likely to change rapidly, so check back to see if you have the most up-to-date version of a document.

OUH directly-employed staff

I am employed by OUH and have tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should contact FirstCare to log your absence and self-isolate as required. You will be paid if you need to be off work for a COVID-related absence and it will not trigger any actions on the absence management system.

I am employed by OUH and cannot come into work as I am self-isolating / looking after someone who is self-isolating; or I have symptoms but I am well enough to work at home. What should I do?

If any of the following situations apply, you should speak to your line manager about the possibility of working from home in line with the Interim Home Working Policy (staff intranet).

  • You have been told to self-isolate because you are a contact of someone with confirmed COVID-19.
  • You are self-isolating because someone in your house has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive.
  • You are unable to come to work as you are looking after someone, for example a child whose school has closed or an elderly parent.
  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 but are well enough to work from home.

I am employed by OUH and I cannot come into work as I am self-isolating / looking after someone who is self-isolating or have symptoms and I can't do my job at home. What should I do?

If you cannot work from home, you should contact FirstCare and log your absence. Your line manager will then work with you to support you throughout your time away from work.

You will be paid if you need to be off work for a COVID-related absence and it will not trigger any actions on the absence management system.

For more information, please speak to your HR Business Partner for your Division.

Staff employed by NHS Professionals

How will NHSP staff be paid if they are unable to work due to COVID-19?

Shifts booked through NHSP will be paid if the absence is COVID-19 related and where the shifts are pre-booked.

Further advice is available from NHSP or please contact:

ouhadmin@nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk

This is only applicable for pre-booked bank-shifts. It does not apply to shifts added on just before or after the shift has or has not been worked.

This does not apply to agency workers who will be subject to the terms and conditions of their contracts with their employing agency.

Staff working for our PFI partners

How will PFI staff be paid if they are unable to work due to COVID-19?

PFI staff with Retention of Employment (RoE) contracts of employment will receive full pay in the same way as OUH staff.

ll other staff directly employed by a PFI contractor will be subject to their normal terms and conditions of sickness absence unless otherwise advised.

For agency staff, please speak to your agency.

Government financial support

Is there other financial support available if I have COVID-19 and can't work?

Yes, you might be eligible for a Test and Trace Support Payment. Your local council might be able to give you £500 if:

  • you've been told to self-isolate
  • you live in England
  • you're on a low income
  • you cannot work from home and will lose income as a result

Find out more or apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment.

If you live in Oxfordshire, you can apply via your district or city council for payment (if you're not sure which area you live in, check your council tax bill).

Links to the service for each council are as follows: