Long Covid statistics

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Dear North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information on the number of staff impacted by long Covid under your trust.

How many staff members were recorded to have had long Covid while working for your trust at any time in the period between March 2020 - September 2021?.

What were the five longest periods in days that a member of staff took a leave of absence due to long Covid in the time period between March 2020 - September 2021?

Could you state all leave of absences taken where long Covid was cited as the cause between March 2020 and September 2021.

Does your trust offer any specialised support for staff members living with long Covid? If so could you please provide details of these services.

What plans, if any, are in place to improve the support available to staff members who are living with long Covid while working for your trust?

Yours faithfully,

Grace Pritchard

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North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

FOI683

Dear Grace,

I am currently putting the information together regarding your Freedom of
Information on long covid.

However, would you please be able to clarify the information you require
for the following question:

Could you state all leave of absences taken where long Covid was cited as
the cause between March 2020 and September 2021. 

Is the information you require for the number of days, how many people, or
if it's covid related sickness or isolation for example?

If you could please clarify by emailing [1][email address] and
we will get this information along with the rest of the response over to
you as soon as we can.

Kind regards
Caroline Turner

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FOI 683

Dear Grace,

In response to your Freedom of Information request please find the
following answers to your questions:

How many staff members were recorded to have had long Covid while working
for your trust at any time in the period between March 2020 - September
2021?

 We don’t record if staff had COVID positive or negative and hence it is
not possible to report on long COVID condition. However, we can identify
staff who had sickness absence due to COVID related sickness.  We had 398
staff who were off sick from March 2020 to September 2021 due to COVID
related sickness reason for more than 28 days in at least any one episode.

What were the five longest periods in days that a member of staff took a
leave of absence due to long Covid in the time period between March 2020 -
September 2021?

The five longest periods in days that a member of staff took a leave of
absence due to COVID related sickness in the time period between March
2020 - September 2021 is shown in table below:

Number of days off due to COVID
related Sickness
544
534
525
385
371

Could you state all leave of absences taken where long Covid was cited as
the cause between March 2020 and September 2021. 

We had 33654.65 total FTE days lost due to COVID/ COVID related sickness
for staff who had sickness absence for more than 28days in any individual
episode in the above specified time frame. 

Does your trust offer any specialised support for staff members living
with long Covid? If so could you please provide details of these
services. 
Heads of service and HR teams regularly review all cases of long term
covid/covid related sickness and ensure plans are in place to support
individuals and manage cases in line with NHSE guidance.  Staff who
continue to suffer the effects of long covid have been redeployed to
alterative roles or workplace adjustments put in place (such as reduced
hours and has a less demanding caseload) so they can remain in work,
return to work in some capacity, and further support their mental health
and wellbeing. All staff who remain absent due to covid related sickness
remain in contractual sick pay.

What plans, if any, are in place to improve the support available to staff
members who are living with long Covid while working for your trust?

Holding wellbeing conversations and sign posting staff to all NHS
resources including the local wellbeing hubs, long covid clinics accessed
via their GP and were appropriate to internal occupational health services
for additional advice and support.

We are currently undertaking a review of staff who have been absent for a
prolonged period of time with our in house Oh physician to assess what
further support can be considered on a case by case basis.

I hope this information is of assistance.

Kind regards

Caroline Turner

Freedom of Information
North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Headquarters, Ladybridge Hall, 399 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 5DD
[email address]
www.nwas.nhs.uk