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COVID-19 Staff FAQs: Test and Trace

Information alert box Last updated: 12 January 2022

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

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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.

Test and Trace FAQs

What is the Test and Trace system and what implications does it have for me?

There have been some questions around the Test and Trace system, specifically around what implications this has for healthcare workers.

The Test and Trace system helps trace recent close contacts of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus.

If you are contacted by Test and Trace and told you have to self-isolate, you must follow the guidance.

Should I leave contact tracing on in the app when I'm at work?

Updated guidance has been issued by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Test and Trace which states:

"NHS staff should download the NHS COVID-19 app to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

"However, staff should use the 'pause' contact-tracing function on the app when they are in healthcare buildings, including hospitals.

"Healthcare workers are still able to use some of the app's functionality while the app contact-tracing feature is 'paused', for example when 'checking in' to cafés and restaurants on hospital sites by scanning a QR code on the posters in these facilities."

Further information is available on the NHS Test and Trace website.

For more information on self-isolation, please visit our Self-Isolation FAQs page.