Alongside our work on the response to COVID-19, we are also working to ensure that we can reactivate our services when the time is right. We are moving into an important phase of the response to COVID-19, where we expect restrictions to be eased and contact tracing to be stepped up. So while our contribution to the pandemic response needs to continue, we also need to plan for the future. This will take time and it may take several months before we are in a position to start a phased reactivation plan.
On 28 May 2020 Gold approved proposals for how this work will be taken forward. Key principles for the recovery plan are to:
put the health, safety and wellbeing of our people at the heart of our recovery work, by providing the right help and support
embrace agile ways of working, including continuing to work from home over the coming months
reactivate our services in a planned and phased way, informed by policy and evidence
ensure our estate and infrastructure is configured to support effective service delivery and is in line with current legislation - we are commissioning external expertise to help on this
To support our response and recovery phase, for the next six months, we are expecting staff to continue to work from home. We recognise that this isn’t possible for everyone owing to the varied nature of our current roles. However, your safety is important and by reducing the number of people using our estate, we can continue to play our part in reducing the spread of the infection.
We will be making more equipment available to enable home working and more information on this will come out next week. We are also making available a range of new tools for staff. These will support how you work and help you stay connected, for example the roll-out of Microsoft Teams Lite.
It is important that we all continue to look after ourselves and would encourage colleagues to use the guidance available - including resources on home working – together with the range of wellbeing and support services that we have available here. Thank you to the 800+ staff who responded to the recent Communications and Wellbeing Survey. Currently we are working through the responses and will publish the findings shortly.