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Take care with staff vaccination policies, lawyer advises

Care homes should take care when considering a care home vaccination policy, the first Finders International/Coole Bevis care home conference was told.

In one of four presentations during the event, Nigel Targett, partner – employment and dispute resolution at law firm Coole Bevis, outlined the challenges for care homes wishing to establish a staff vaccination policy.

He said that following the revocation of the ‘no jab, no job’ policy in social care, care homes could encourage voluntary vaccination by staff. However, any vaccination policy should avoid discrimination and should align to the data protection requirements of collecting sensitive (health) data.

Vaccination policy cannot be used to discipline or dismiss staff, force staff to be vaccinated or to disclose their health status to an employer.

He added that a key principle of sensitive data collection is that it should be reasonable, fair and proportionate. Care homes may wish to review their reasons for storing existing staff vaccination records, he advised.

View the presentation.

Other presentations were as follows:

Legal Health Check (wills, powers of attorney, the Court of Protection and tests for capacity): Claire Carberry, associate solicitor, Coole Bevis

How a genealogy company can help you: David Lockwood, senior business development manager, Finders International

Debt Recovery (tips for reducing late payment): Kelly Mills, head of dispute resolution, Coole Bevis

The conference was sponsored by Sussex/Surrey funeral directors Freeman Brothers

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