Lateral Flow Deveice Testing Information for Students & Parents

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Lateral Flow Deveice Testing Information for Students & Parents

Core Messaging for the commencement of Lateral Flow Device testing across the Non-Statutory Training Contractors

 

Introduction

 

Training Contractors have been informed that the NI Executive is supportive of moving to Stage 4 of the Pathway out of Restrictions for the Training for Success (TfS) and ApprenticeshipsNI Programmes, however triggering this next stage will be dependent on the introduction of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing across all Training Contractors.  Stage 4 will permit Training Contractors to facilitate the partial return to practical face-to-face learning and a resumption of extracurricular activities for TfS participants and apprentices in line with the DfE Framework for Safe Resumption.

 

Training Contractors are working in conjunction with the Department for the Economy to put arrangements in place for the roll out of LFD self-testing kits to staff, apprentices and trainees and it is anticipated that this will begin on Monday 07 June  2021 across all training sites. The programme is jointly sponsored by the Department of Health (NI) and the Department for the Economy (DfE) and is linked to a national programme facilitated by the Department of Health and Social Care.

 

 

Why Lateral Flow Testing?

 

Lateral Flow Device Testing in training sites has been identified as an appropriate non-clinical intervention (NCI) to identify asymptomatic cases of Covid-19.   Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Testing is a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus. 

 

LFD testing of large numbers of people on training sites in a short period of time is a key part of stopping coronavirus spreading. This means that both staff, apprentices and trainees can be reassured that they are not infected, isolate themselves more quickly if they are and by so doing will help reduce the rate of transmission of the virus across training sites / work placements and employer premises.  

 

The programme being rolled out by the Training Contractors will involve offering twice-weekly Lateral Flow Device testing to all staff, apprentices and trainees attending training sites / work placements or employer premises.  By getting tested, you can help your community, families and friends stay safe and slow down the spread of coronavirus. Stopping coronavirus from spreading also means that the Training Contractor is able to continue delivery on site, face to face, to apprentices and trainee groups.

 

Objectives of Testing

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The deployment of LFD testing is a critical step in reaching our goal of returning to normal delivery and we are now seeking the co-operation of all staff, apprentices and trainees to register for self-testing and to give their consent to participate in this voluntary testing regime at home. 

 

The testing programme will be most effective when staff, apprentices and trainees are tested regularly for coronavirus. We encourage everyone to register now and begin self-testing twice a week.

 

The Training Contractor has processes in place to distribute test kits to all staff, apprentices and trainees and further details will be issued in due course.

 

All staff and students must attend in person to collect the test kits

 

Further information on Covid-19 Self-Testing is available on the Training Contractor’s websites and intranet

 

Covid Self-Test Help

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-self-test-help

 

Covid Self-Test Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9XR8RZxKNo

 

Timeline

Timeline

Activities

Mobilisation date (– 7 days)

Promotion of Lateral Flow Device testing to staff, apprentices / and trainees including;

  • Instructions on registering with the NHS portal
  • Access to information leaflets
  • Access to training videos

Mobilisation date:

07 June 2021

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question

Answer

How are the tests processed?

Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. A Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test detects the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.

What should I do if I test positive?

You should self-isolate following a positive LFD test result and book a PCR test at your local Covid-19 Testing Site.

Northern Ireland Book here

ROI book here

Follow the latest government guidance on self-isolation.

Do I have to take this test?

No, but we are hoping that many people will recognise the benefits of getting involved in local testing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in their workplaces and their communities.

Why should people take part?

We aim to identify people who do not have Covid-19 symptoms but who are infectious and could spread the infection to others unknowingly. Identifying and supporting infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms will help reduce spread and try to prevent the entire workplace being shut down.

What happens if I test negative?

You should continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus.

To protect yourself and others, you must remember: FACTS -

  • Face Coverings
  • Avoid Crowded Places
  • Clean Hands and Hard Surfaces Regularly
  • Two Metres - Stay two metres away from others
  • Self-Isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Will self-test or administered testing be available?

The chosen method is collect and self-test at home. The Training Contractor will provide the necessary equipment/advice/guidance/instructions to ensure these are carried out correctly.

How many people will be able to access this?

The Training Contractor will identify how many tests they will need for both staff and apprentices / trainees and order appropriately. If required, more tests can be ordered to meet demand.

The link below contains the letter for students -

/sites/default/files/documents/NSC%20Apprentice%20Trainee%20LFD%20Test%20Information%20July%202021.docx

The link below contains the letter for parents -

/sites/default/files/documents/NSC%20Parent%20LFD%20Test%20Information%20May%202021.docx

If you require any further information please contact us.