CSP welcomes regular Covid tests for NHS staff

The CSP has welcomed the announcement of regular asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for patient-facing NHS staff - including physios and physio support workers - in England.


The society is urging all eligible members to agree to testing unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

CSP policy director Rob Yeldham: ‘While rolling out testing on this scale is a challenge given the other pressures services face, it is the right thing to do. The CSP has been lobbying for healthcare staff to have regular testing since the beginning of the pandemic.

Our members want to protect their patients, families and colleagues. Regular asymptomatic testing will help infection control, protect clinicians at higher risk themselves and reassure the public that it is safe to access services.

He added: ‘We have sought clarification as, to be fully effective, testing needs to also cover staff employed by hospices, independent contractors providing NHS services, and self-employed physios who are treating vulnerable patients.’

The CSP is urging all UK and crown dependency governments to introduce similar testing for healthcare professionals treating vulnerable people or who are themselves in vulnerable groups.

In Scotland individuals can seek testing themselves, but there is no routine programme of testing health staff. Wales and Northern Ireland are not yet providing asymptomatic testing to healthcare workers.

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