The Scottish Government has released details of plans to provide “Lateral Testing Kits” for social care workers, including Personal Assistants. From Monday 18th January 2021, PA’s will be able to request and access testing kits, record the results of the test and get any advice, guidance or support required if they test positive.
The launch of the Lateral Testing is accompanied by a range of support guidance and webinars, further details below:
To help to ensure that staff are familiar with the training and guidance before undertaking their first test, guidance, education and training documents can be accessed here: www.gov.scot/care-at-home-covidtesting
To access the tests, PA’s and / or employers should first call your contact centre Contact Centre on 0300 303 3020 to outline the required supply, quoting your name and profession for validation (HSCP’s and Hubs are aware that Personal Assistants are part of the valid workforce for these tests). The contact centre will advise the best local PPE Hub to pick up your test.
Online workshops – feedback and updates
Scottish Government will be holding online workshops through January and February to walk through the testing process, as well as to share updates and hear feedback from you. All are welcome to attend one or more session although please note that Microsoft Teams can only accommodate around 300-350 people in any one meeting. Places are on a first come, first served basis and meetings will be opened a few minutes before the start time. We suggest joining a couple of minutes before the start times to maximise your chances of joining.
Workshops will be held on:
Tuesday 19th January 2021, 12-1pm Click here to join the meeting
Wednesday 20th January, 11-12pm Click here to join the meeting
Tuesday 26th January, 12-1pm Click here to join the meeting
Friday 29th January, 2-3pm Click here to join the meeting
Monday 1st February, 2-3pm Click here to join the meeting
Tuesday 2nd February, 2-3pm Click here to join the meeting
Monday 8th February 2-3pm, Click here to join the meeting
Tuesday 9th February, 12-1pm Click here to join the meeting
Monday 15th February 2-3pm, Click here to join the meeting
Tuesday 16th February 2-3pm, Click here to join the meeting