With national COVID infection levels reducing, and with the NHS offering antibody and antiviral treatments to people with coronavirus (COVID-19) who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill, Government COVID restrictions have come to an end and, as a society, we are learning to manage our lives as we move into the next phase of managing COVID-19. The University is therefore now in a position to lift our COVID-19-related restrictions on campus. This means the majority of our spaces and events will run at full capacity, with appropriate ventilation in place. From 3 May 2022, it will be a matter of personal choice whether to wear a face covering around campus. As face coverings will be a matter of personal choice, this might include keeping a mask in your pocket and wearing it when others would prefer you to, for example, if they are wearing a mask and social distancing is not possible.
If you receive a positive COVID result, there is no legal requirement asking you to isolate but it is likely that you will be infectious to others. We are asking therefore that you avoid contact with others for five days after the day you took the test.
If you have a respiratory infection, a high temperature or do not feel well enough to study, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people until you no longer have a temperature or feel unwell. This will help to reduce infection transmission on our campuses. When deciding whether you are fit for study, please be mindful of the potential impact of symptoms that create a significant transmission risk for other people.
If there are future COVID outbreaks in particular areas, based on clinical advice and appropriate risk assessments, we may need to reintroduce additional infection control mitigations. These could include face coverings, testing and making additional recommendations for individuals depending on their circumstances. We will inform you should this be the case.
We are also asking people to continue with frequent handwashing or using hand sanitiser where available (handwashing is a good basic infection control mechanism rather than preventing transmission of COVID). People who have mild cold or other symptoms may also wish to wear a mask.
We have been working closely with our practice partners, placement providers and professional bodies to ensure that we are able to offer you excellent practice learning opportunities that enable you to develop practice skills and values that will equip you for your career.
Placement settings may look and feel slightly different to pre-pandemic as each provider responds to the pandemic. This may mean that some of your placement tasks are undertaken in ways that are different from previous cohorts, however, if this is the case, and where appropriate, full training and PPE will be provided whilst we prepare you for placement.