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Hart Lateral Flow Testing: Volunteer Opportunities (paused)

21/02/2021

22.02.21 UPDATE – THANKS TO THE AMAZING RESPONSE, WE ARE PAUSING FURTHER RECRUITMENT FOR THIS WEEK UNTIL WE HAVE HAD TIME TO PROCESS THE VOLUNTEER REQUESTS RECEIVED – THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE

Lateral Flow Testing (LFT) is an important part keeping coronavirus infection rates low and reducing the amount of transmission of the coronavirus within the community.  Hart District Council is hosting a temporary Community Testing site for essential workers and volunteers (any industry/business where employees have to go into the workplace to carry out their jobs).  This is part of a Hampshire-wide initiative set up by Hampshire County Council – more detail at this link

The Community Testing site is opening next week for 6 weeks, and is for asymptomatic testing (those who are not displaying any Covid-19 symptoms) only.  This activity may extend for a further 6 weeks. The site is at the Apex Centre, part of Hart Civic Offices, and will be supervised by staff from Hart District Council.   We are looking for volunteers to join the staff team.

The site will be open Monday – Friday between 9.00 and 17.00 by appointment with the opportunity for some on the day appointments to be offered as well.  Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes before their shift starts.  The site will accommodate 3 Testing Stations and a maximum of 30 people coming for their tests per hour.  The site is fully risk assessed, and PPE will be provided for all staff and volunteers in accordance with Public Health England Test and Trace guidance.

All roles listed below are available as volunteer roles.  Volunteer shift start and finish times to be confirmed, but likely to be half-day only (full day also available).  Completion of online training modules is a pre-requirement for each role, and the opportunity to carry out more than one role in order to be able to swap between roles is also available.  Out of pocket expenses such as mileage/public transport costs will be reimbursed.  Parking will be free of charge. Refreshments and toilets are available on site.

It is recommended that no-one over the age of 60 volunteers for these roles, and the minimum age to volunteer is 16.  All roles require standing for periods of time.

ALL VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF WILL BE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO A LATERAL FLOW TEST AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK  

Volunteer Marshal (Queue Coordination) :   First point of contact for people arriving at the Community Testing site and will be located just outside or inside the entrance to the Apex Centre.  Responsible for ensuring that people maintain social distancing, and are only admitted inside the Apex Centre once space is available in co-ordination with the Registration Assistant.  Can give information to people about booking an LFT appointment online if there are no spare appointments available.  Training module required: PPE & Infection Control. PPE: Fluid Resistant (Type 11R) Surgical Mask

Volunteer Registration Assistant : Greets visitors and asks them to sanitise their hands.  Checks visitors have registered and are eligible for testing using a smartphone app (smartphone provided). Provides assistance for people who might not have the relevant digital information such as phone number and email address. Guides people who are coming and for a valid reason need to test anonymously. Provides information on the testing process. Training modules required: Meet and Greet, Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) Recording, PPE & Infection Control. PPE: Fluid Resistant (Type 11R) Surgical Mask

Volunteer Test Assistant : Directs visitors to a testing booth and ensures they understand how to undertake their swab test, and verifies that visitors have cleaned down the booth after use. Extra booth cleaning may be required throughout the shift.   Training modules required: Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) Process, Guiding the subject through swabbing, NHS Test and Trace Resources, PPE & Infection Control.  PPE: Fluid Resistant (Type 11R) Surgical Mask

Volunteer Test Processor: Prepares test samples for analysis and interprets result.  Sets up samples for analysis.  Ensures the sample analysis is timed correctly. Awaits and reads result displayed, and marks it on Lateral Flow Device. Provides test result information to Team Lead (Hart District Council staff) to upload.  Likely to be overseeing between 4 – 6 Lateral Flow Devices at any one time.  Previous experience of working in a clinical or laboratory setting is desirable but not essential, as is being comfortable with digital technology to record results. Training modules required: Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) Process, LFD Results Recording, PPE & Infection Control.  PPE: Fluid Resistant (Type 11R) Surgical Mask, Disposable Gloves, Disposable Plastic Apron, Eye Protection – goggles or visor.

 

 

 

 

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