Updated: Mar 22
Hi Everyone, welcome to your regular coronavirus update blog. The directors and senior management team of Ryde House Group take the current threat from the coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously. We are currently supporting over 100 service users, many of who have complex and challenging needs and are living with health conditions that place them in the government’s high-risk category.
We have established a coronavirus page on our intranet, which provides detailed information for you and I encourage you to check in and read the advice and guidance available there for you. However we recognise that things are currently very changeable, and we wanted to provide you with a blog that keeps you up to date with the latest information and how it is affecting us all at Ryde House Group.
Staffing: We currently have 32 staff across the service in various stages of self-isolating. We are monitoring this situation continually and have a clear contingency plan in place should staffing fall towards a critical level.
PPEs: We currently have sufficient appropriate PPEs available to assist you in your role and manage any infection control concerns. We are also working with the Local Authority to ensure we are able to maintain a sufficient level of PPEs for your use. There is more in-depth guidance on using PPEs and some supporting videos on the coronavirus section of the intranet. Please take the time to check these out.
Training: As you know almost all face to face training has been cancelled. Only in exceptional circumstances will face to face training take place. You do still need to ensure that you maintain your skills and training commitment for all of the eLearning through MLC.
School Closure: The government has made the decision to close schools as of Friday 20th March 2020 to all children apart from vulnerable children and children of key workers. Our People & Culture team have been closely monitoring the continually changing guidance. We can confirm that all of our support staff are deemed key workers for this purpose. However, each of the schools on the island are taking different approaches to how they implement this process. If you are experiencing a problem with your school, People & Culture can provide a letter confirming your role and key worker status.
Finally, on a lighter note today (21 March 2020) is world Down Syndrome day and staff were encouraged to wear colourful odd socks to commemorate the event and raise awareness. Here are a few photos of strange feet and even stranger socks!