Staff at Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been stepping up to help support patients and the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by swapping their day jobs for essential front line roles.
The CCG’s ‘business as usual’ and office-based functions, such as developing new services, negotiating contracts and reviewing finances, have changed dramatically to allow staff to focus on managing the pandemic and to free up staff who can be redeployed to the front line.
The new ‘normal’ for all CCG staff has meant changing work patterns, adapting to working from home and working hard in alternative roles within the organisation to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
As well as administrative staff, the CCG employs many clinical staff who have voluntarily returned to support care in a variety of settings such as hospital wards, community nursing, residential care homes, mental health units and COVID-19 testing centres.
Sandra Corry, Director of Quality and Nursing, has told Tone News:
“We are so proud of our staff and the work they are doing to support the Somerset system and communities at this difficult time, both providing direct care and advice or working behind the scenes.
“Whilst some of our staff have been able to put their uniforms back on and support our local NHS services, others have been instrumental in ensuring that, for example, there has been enough PPE for those who need it, and the appropriate infection prevention and control support, advice and guidance is available to our care homes and primary care colleagues.”