I would like to provide an update on the Group’s swift and practical response to the national effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Pragmatic decision making by the Incident Management Team (IMT) is ensuring that the safety and health of all our staff remains paramount. All decisions are being taken in complete adherence to guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and Government so that front line service delivery continues with the correct control measures in place to protect staff.

These are unprecedented times and in what is a fast moving scenario, we are keeping abreast of developments through continual review of COVID-19 guidance and existing health and safety law.

I urge everyone to continue following the hygiene regimes dictated by the Government and to follow self-isolation advice when you, or a member of your household, start to experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19.

As we move to a more distanced, isolated workforce, it is important that we look after our own, our families’ and our work colleagues’ mental health. I would ask you to continue to text and call friends and family.

The SHEQ department remains fully operational and is available to answer questions you may have regarding COVID-19, as well as routine questions.

Jamie McDonald, SHEQ Director