PA vaccinations are now underway . Health & Social Care Partnership (NHS Dep Director of Public Health)/Fife Council letters have been emailed/sent out to all Employers of PA's with a contact phone number. Please call us on 01592 803280 if you experience any difficulties.
Unpaid carers are a priority group for vaccination, but it may be another 4 weeks approx before they are contacted. An unpaid carer must be registered as an unpaid carer with either Fife Carers Centre 01592 205472 / By Text 07881691391 or E: email@example.com or their GP so that they can be contacted.
Covid-19 - Lateral Flow Testing for Personal Assistants - You may receive an email this morning 21/1 re Covid-19 Lateral Flow Testing for PA's . PA Employers will now be able to request a LFT Kit so PAs can test regularly -. Further information to follow
Scottish Government Carers Policy team - Announcement re unpaid carers/Covid vaccine Scot Gov Carers Policy
The post below was issued on the Scottish Government website on 4th January 2021 and will apply to PAs that were shielding. It only applies if their pay was affected. below and the link within it about the money available to shielding PA’s. Note that this is only available to PA’s who have had to be shielding.
Update on payment to thank health and social care staff
Health and social care staff who are eligible for the £500 thank you payment will begin to receive it in the new year.
Announced by the First Minister at the end of November, health workers will begin receiving their payment from February 2021 and payments to social care staff will start in March 2021. Payments will be made to health and social care staff through their normal payroll system. The relevant pay circular has been issued to NHS Boards, for social care a new payment mechanism is required. We are working urgently with social care partners to set this up.
Employers will be asked to offer the payment in instalments over three months to minimise any impact on Universal Credit awards. Employers will be asked to make this offer to ensure staff receive the full benefit of this payment, as the ability to exempt these payments from benefit calculations is not within the current powers of the Scottish Government and sit with the UK Department for Work and Pensions.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:
“Our colleagues across health and social care have gone above and beyond to deliver much needed care to people under incredibly difficult circumstances – I am hugely grateful for their hard work, resilience and dedication.
“This thank you payment recognises the debt we all owe those who have been – and continue to be – on the very front line of this crisis, helping to save lives and to protect us all.
“Thank you for all you are doing to support the services that make a significant difference to people’s lives across Scotland.”
More detail on the roll-out of the one-off payment, including who is eligible, has been published.
The pro-rata £500 bonus scheme is funded from the Scottish Government's COVID-19 support package.
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