Withdrawal of COVID-19 terms and conditions  

Visit the news section to find out more.

HR question? 

For the most up to date contact details for the HR team click here or visit YourSpace​.

Absence reporting (and returning)

You should report directly to your line manager for any sickness and COVID related absences such as self-isolation. Managers should report COVID related absence to: HomeSwabbing.Team@merseycare.nhs.uk and OccupationalHealth@merseycare.nhs.uk

This proforma will help you prepare the information that is needed.

Secure and Specialist LD Division (ward and rehabilitation staff from Ashworth Hospital, staff at Rowan View, Auden Unit and Rathbone Low Secure Unit) should call the Clinical Support Office on 0151 471 2422.

Medical colleagues have a separate reporting system via the medical staffing manager.

Please report:

  • carers leave (time off for dependents)
  • bereavement leave
  • self-isolation for COVID-19
  • any absence
  • returning to work so that the absence can be closed.  

Occupational Health

Annual leave, international travel and quarantine

Government website.

Declaration of gifts and donations

Please remember that you should not approach anyone for donations, all donations or offers of support should be channelled through Nicola.Broxton@merseycare.nhs.uk.

NHS England have guidance on conflicts of interest that arise.

Some staff are more likely than others to have a decision-making influence on the use of taxpayers’ money, because of the requirements of their role. These people are referred to as ‘decision making staff’ and it is mandatory for these staff to make a declaration, or nil declaration, each financial year.

However, all staff who hold a conflict of interest, have a responsibility to make a declaration if they have one and continue to make a declaration each year for as long as there is a known conflict.

As from 1 April 2023, all interests are to be declared via ESR. All decision making staff will be made aware of their responsibility by notification via ESR.

Further guidance can be found YourSpace. ​​​​​

All interests should be declared within 28 days.

If you have any questions please email: declarations@merseycare.nhs.uk

Enhanced safety, health and wellbeing review

Mersey Care has been supporting colleagues to undertake a risk assessment for vulnerable people, and / or an Enhanced Safety Assessment. To find out more follow this link.

Working at home guidance

Are you overwhelmed

Education and training arrangements

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Learning and Development Team: QueriesLearningandDevelopment@merseycare.nhs.uk

Induction programmes

All induction training for new starters remains unaffected with a blended approach of eLearning and face to face training, ensuring safety measures are always in place. Arrangements will be constantly reviewed in line with existing business continuity plans and further communications issued as and when there are changes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email: Queries LearningandDevelopment@merseycare.nhs.uk

Mandatory training

If you have any concerns, please discuss them with your manager and do not undertake any practices that you do not feel competent to perform. Any colleague who may have special requirements, or returning from long term sickness or maternity leave, who feel they may need face to face training please contact:

The Trust recognises the extreme pressures that staff are experiencing. 

The majority of mandatory training can be completed online via e-learning and all staff, where possible, should be encouraged and supported to maintain their compliance as this remains a key Trust performance target. More detailed information is available in the online prospectus.

Phone calls from Trust phones

Please remember that calls from Trust phones may sometimes show as ‘withheld number’. This includes calls from Occupational Health, HR or other teams who may be trying to contact you. If you are expecting a call, please answer the phone, or listen to your voicemail if you have a missed call.

Safe distancing

Please remind staff, service users, patients and visitors to maintain safe social distances. By continuing to maintain safe distancing between people, we can all help to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. 

If you’re in any doubt, please speak to your manager or if you have any questions contact: InfectionControl@merseycare.nhs.uk or call 0151 295 3036.

Guidance for those previously shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

This governant guidance is for people in England who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable in relation to COVID-19.

Supporting our most vulnerable people (risk assessment)

Guidance for the risk assessment can be found here. (this link takes you to SOPs and Guidance can be found under 'G')

FAQs on arrangements for professionals are available on the Liverpool City Council website, to help you understand the new arrangements and support patients. You can direct patients to their local authority website for more information.