LFD Testing Parent Letter

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LFD Testing Parent Letter

07 June 2021

 

Dear Parent/Guardian

 

Up to one in three people who have COVID-19 can spread the virus without knowing. This is because they have no symptoms. To reduce the spread of the virus, we need to identify those individuals.

 

We can do this in Belfast Central Training by our apprentices / trainees carrying out Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests at home twice every week, 3-4 days apart. All Training Contractor apprentices / trainees are therefore now being offered tests to make the return to Belfast Central Training safer for everyone.

 

This does not replace symptomatic testing. If an apprentice / trainee has symptoms, he/she should self-isolate immediately, book a PCR test at a testing centre and follow national guidelines.   

 

Taking test kits home

Apprentices / Trainees will be able to collect home test kits from Belfast Central Training.

 

We would like them to take tests twice weekly before coming in to the training/work placement or employer site.

 

Apprentices / Trainees will also need to tell Belfast Central Training the result of each test by Belfast Central Training 

 

Test kits are free of charge and apprentices / trainees will be given a pack of 7 tests in a box with a separate leaflet on how to take the test and report the results.

 

Taking the test

 

Apprentices / Trainees should take the test, before coming in to the training/work placement or employer site, twice a week. We will give apprentices / trainees a leaflet with instructions on how to do the test with the kit. There is also a useful video of how to do the test here.

 

Help and support is available, including instructions in different languages on how to test and report the results and a video showing you how to take the test.

 

Apprentices / Trainees should make sure they have enough time to do the test before going to the training/work placement or employer site. Preferably this would be in the morning before going in to the training/work placement or employer site. However, we understand that for some apprentices / trainees this may be challenging. Therefore, tests can be taken the evening before attending training/work placement or employer site, if needed.

 

Apprentices / Trainees need to report all test results.

 

Supporting apprentices / trainees to take the test

 

Apprentices / Trainees aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it.

 

Apprentices / Trainees under age 18 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the apprentice / trainee to take the test if they need support using the guidance videos noted earlier.

 

Reporting each test result 

 

The result of each test needs to be reported using the NHS Test & Trace self-report website: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

 

AND

 

Apprentices / Trainees will also need to tell Belfast Central Training the result of each test by Belfast Central Training. 

 

Why take part

 

Taking part in testing is voluntary and apprentices / trainees will be able to attend their training//work placement or employer sites whether they take part in testing or not.

 

I am strongly encouraging all apprentices / trainees to take part. Testing at home will allow apprentices / trainees to attend their training/work placement or employer sites as safely as possible and to reduce the spread of the virus.

 

Please contact Beth Ogilvie/Karen Beggs if you have any questions or concerns about home testing. 

 

Consent

 

Please complete and return the attached consent form to Beth Ogilvie by 14 June 2021 to ensure that your son/daughter/dependant is provided with test kits to take home for use.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Beth Ogilvie

 

CONSENT FORM for COVID 19 Testing

 

This Covid-19 testing programme is being led by the Department of Health (NI) and the Department for the Economy (DfE) to provide asymptomatic testing in training sites for staff and apprentices / trainees.

Taking part in testing is voluntary. There is no expectation or obligation to participate. Nobody should be required to undergo testing without consent, and nobody should be excluded from training if they do not wish to test.

Please read the following sections, answer the questions below, sign and return this form to Belfast Central Training by 14 June 2021:

 

I have had the opportunity to consider the information provided to me by Belfast Central Training about this testing programme in the letter dated 07 June 2021.

I have had the opportunity to ask any questions about the programme and, if I have, I have had these answered satisfactorily.

I have discussed the testing with my son/daughter/dependant and my son/daughter/dependant is happy to participate in home testing for Covid-19. If on the day of testing they do not wish to take part, then they will not be made to do so.

 

Please sign below if you agree to the following:

  1. I consent to my son/daughter/dependant participating in this testing programme.
  2. I have understood that my son/daughter/dependant’s data will be held and shared in accordance with the data privacy notice.
  3. I agree that if my son/daughter/dependant’s test results are confirmed to be positive, I/ my son/daughter/dependant will inform Belfast Central Training to support contact tracing.
  4. I agree to support my son/daughter/dependant to accurately record all of his/her test results at www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or by calling 119.

     

    Parent/Guardian name: (PRINT) ……………………………………………………………………

Signature:  ………………………………………………………………………………………………

Date: …………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Name of Apprentice / Trainee: (PRINT……………………………………………………………

 

 

Some frequently asked questions

 

What should Apprentices / Trainees do after the test? 

 

If an apprentice / trainee tests positive he/she, their household, any support bubbles he/she is part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. 

 

The apprentice / trainee should report their result to both NHS Test and Trace and Belfast Central Training.

 

The apprentice / trainee should order a confirmatory PCR test if he/she have tested positive. The confirmatory PCR test should be taken within two days of the positive LFD test.

 

If the result of the test is unclear (void) the apprentice / trainee will need to do another test. 

 

Positive, negative and void results should be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and Belfast Central Training.

 

A negative result does not guarantee that the apprentice / trainee is not carrying the virus. So, the apprentice / trainee should continue to follow social distancing and other measures to reduce transmission such as regularly washing their hands.

 

If the apprentice / trainee or anyone in their household gets symptoms of the virus he/she should follow national guidelines on self-isolation and testing. 

 

Do I need to give consent? 

 

Apprentices / Trainees and parents do not give written consent to take part in the home testing programme. Please read the information below on how personal information and test results are shared and the privacy notice Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Once the apprentice / trainee opens the kit he/she should take and report the results of the tests to NHS Test & Trace and Belfast Central Training regardless of the result (positive, negative, or void).

 

Can apprentices / trainees take the test themselves?

 

Apprentices / Trainees aged 18 and over should do the test themselves and report the result, with help if they need it.

 

Apprentices / Trainees aged under 18 should do the test themselves with adult supervision. The adult may help the apprentice / trainee to take the test if they need support.

 

Reporting problems or issues with testing 

 

If there is an issue with the test kit, for example something is missing, please report it by calling 119 and please also tell Belfast Central Training.

 

If an accident or injury happens whilst using the test kit, please seek medical care by calling 111 (or 999 if it is an emergency). Please also report what happened using this website: https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/  

 

What type of tests will be used? 

 

We will be sending home Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. They are a fast and simple way to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but who may still be spreading the virus.  

 

The tests are easy to use and give results in 30 minutes.  

 

Further information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/understanding-lateral-flow-antigen-testing-for-people-without-symptoms  

 

Are LFD tests accurate? 

 

Lateral Flow Devices identify people who are likely to be infectious. These  

individuals tend to spread the virus to many people and so identifying them through this test is important.  

 

These tests have been widely and successfully used to detect COVID-19 in asymptomatic individuals and are approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The speed and convenience of the tests supports the detection of the virus in asymptomatic individuals, who would not otherwise have got tested. 

 

The tests are highly specific, with low chance of false positives. They are also very sensitive and are able to identify the majority of the most infectious yet asymptomatic individuals. Extensive evaluation has been carried out on the tests and it shows that they are both accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community for screening and surveillance purposes.  

 

It is important to remember that these tests are only an aid to help stop the spread of the virus and you should continue to follow other guidance such as on wearing face coverings and social distancing.  

 

 

 

How are LFD tests different to PCR tests? 

 

There are 2 main types of test to check if you have coronavirus: 

 

  • Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests check for the genetic material (RNA) of the virus in the sample - you send the sample for processing at a lab; and
  • Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests detect proteins called ‘antigens’ produced by the virus - they give rapid results within 30 minutes. 

 

What does it mean if I have a positive result?

 

If the apprentice / trainee has a positive antigen LFD test result the apprentice / trainee, their household and any support bubbles they are part of should self-isolate immediately in line with NHS Test and Trace guidance for 10 days. The apprentice / trainee needs to report their result to both NHS Test & Trace and to Belfast Central Training 

 

The apprentice / trainee should order a confirmatory PCR test if he/she have tested positive. The confirmatory PCR test should be taken within two days of the positive LFD test.

 

Apprentices / Trainees can book a test here

 

What does it mean if I have a negative result?

 

A negative result does not guarantee that the apprentice / trainee is not carrying the virus. So, the apprentice / trainee should continue to follow social distancing, and other measures to reduce transmission such as wearing a face mask and regularly washing your hands.

 

What if I have a void result?

 

If the result of the test is unclear (void), the apprentice / trainee should take another one. If the next test is also void, you should take a PCR test. Apprentices / Trainees can book a test here.

 

All test results need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and Belfast Central Training.

 

Do I need to send the test to a lab?

 

No. The LFDs supplied do not need to be sent to a laboratory to get a result and can give a quick result in around 30 minutes. Guidance on self-testing is contained in the ‘Instructions for Use’ leaflet, which comes with the test kit. There is also a useful video to show apprentices / trainees how to administer the test. 

 

How do apprentices / trainees report the result?

 

Once an apprentice / trainee has taken the test, he/she will need to report the result online (whether it is positive, negative or void) using this service. Apprentices / Trainees also need to tell Belfast Central Training the test result. Apprentices / Trainees will receive a text or email from NHS Test & Trace confirming that he/she has reported their test result. 

 

All test results need to be reported to both NHS Test & Trace and Belfast Central Training

 

Can someone else in my household use a test kit sent home from Belfast Central Training? 

 

No the test kits provided are for the use of the recipient only

 

How will personal information and test results be shared?

 

To report a result, apprentices / trainees will need to share some information about themselves, so that their test result can be traced.

 

Apprentices / Trainees need to tell NHS Test & Trace:

●     their name

●     their test result

●     the reference number on the test kit

 

Apprentices / Trainees will also need to tell Belfast Central Training their test result. 

 

Under UK law, Belfast Central Training will collect and store test result data because it is in the ‘public interest’.

 

Belfast Central Training will only share information with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) if the test kits used are found to be faulty. If this happens, DHSC will use our information to contact people who used the faulty tests, so that they can be tested again. 

 

When apprentices / trainee’s report test results online, he/she is sharing information with DHSC. They will share it with the apprentices / trainee’s GP, local government, NHS, and Public Health Agency. This is so that they can offer the apprentice / trainee health services and guidance if he/she needs to self-isolate. They might also use the apprentices / trainee’s data anonymously (without their name or contact information) to research COVID-19, and improve our understanding of the virus.

 

For more information on how personal data is used for testing please see the detailed privacy notice Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: privacy information - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)