The Community Testing Programme is a major tool to work with regional governments and local authorities to support their wider strategies in tackling the Coronavirus.
Community testing using rapid Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) can help identify people who are infected but asymptomatic and unaware that they might be spreading the disease. Once identified, their contacts can be traced, they can be supported to isolate, and therefore prevent transmission to others. Identifying infectious individuals early and ensuring they isolate can significantly reduce transmission of the virus and break transmission chains.
In order to run this in Plymouth, around 30 volunteers are needed to assist healthcare professionals in the following two roles:
Helping manage the site and supporting subjects through the testing process. From queue management, to registration and supporting testing. The role has three positions: Queue Coordinator, Registration Assistant, and Test Assistant.
Conducting the processing and analysis of tests to ensure the process is conducted accurately and uploaded to the system. The role has two positions: Processing Operative, and Results Recorder.
It is likely that volunteers will be able to fill either role as needs dictate and training will be given so volunteers are very clear on what is expected. An online training session will need to be completed by all volunteers, this should take around an hour and there is a certificate on completion.
PLEASE NOTE: We are starting recruitment early for this role, please be aware that contact to invite you to training is likely to be the first week in March.
This is a great opportunity to get involved in a project that can really make a difference to the citizens of Plymouth. The start date for this project is likely to be mid/end of March.