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NNUH using new COVID "risk assessment tool" to protect frontline staff

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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) are among the Trusts using a new coronavirus risk assessment tool that provides health workers with a bespoke and detailed report.

The software aims to help vulnerable front-line workers limit their exposure to the virus by providing the one-to-one automated reports.

The tool covers a wide spectrum of factors that include age, health history, cultural/religious beliefs, disability and pregnancy and also the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups.

It's available to all front-line works at NNUH and is especially applicable to those with risk-factors.

It serves as a 24/7 web-based chat service that consults workers and then provides an assessment report for line managers/HR, as well as a more detailed report for occupational health departments.

Following this, the information can be used to determine whether workers should be shielded, referred for a health assessment or cleared to work in various settings such as in clinical/non-clinical areas or from home.

Ed Prosser-Snelling, Chief Clinical Information Officer for NNUH, said:

“During the COVID pandemic the NNUH Digital Health team has delivered home working for hundreds of members of shielded staff, facilitated socially distanced and remote consultations for patients and supported the process of testing patients and staff. 

"By entering into limited commercial relationships with third-party suppliers during the COVID-19 pandemic the NNUH has been able to tactically relieve the pressure placed on our incredible and hard-working NHS staff.”

James Duez is the Chief Executive Officer of Rainbird and added:

“Our tool is also very quick and safe to update as more is learnt about COVID and the risk model changes – workers can, and should, come back and be re-assessed regularly as their circumstances evolve.

"Not only does it provide each organisation with a clear, bird’s-eye view of who is suited to work in which environment, it allows staff to benefit from a full consultation instantly, significantly reducing their individual risk.”

Duez added:

“The tool takes into account multiple levels of highly personal and variable information, something as detailed as to the type of inhaler you use and when you last needed it.

"This allows for a specific, tailored assessment, something which would require huge resources to replicate, at a time when staff are at maximum capacity.”

The tool represents the second Rainbird has built for the NHS since the start of the outbreak.

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