Coronavirus Prevention and Candidate Care

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Candidate care is paramount at Octopus Personnel.  Lucie, Office Manager, explains how Octopus Personnel are supporting Coronavirus prevention and safeguarding the wellbeing of our candidates and clients.

Octopus Personnel is working intensively with our clients to ensure all reasonable Health & Safety measures are being taken to safeguard the wellbeing of everyone.  Below is our guidance on COVID-19 and what to do if you feel unwell.

If you have:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

You should self isolate for 7 days and you must follow Octopus Personnel’s sickness reporting procedures, calling 01747 825568.

You have an obligation to notify Octopus Personnel if you have travelled abroad in the last month.

Coronavirus / COVID-19


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.  The NHS provide public information about the virus and the latest advice on how to protect yourself. If you need medical help, please use the 111 online coronavirus service.

Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID 19)

What to do if you have symptoms

Self isolate for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

This will help to protect others in your community while you are potentially infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re self isolating. People who are are self-isolating with mild symptoms will not be tested for COVID-19.

What does Self-Isolating mean?

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • notify Octopus Personnel following normal sickness reporting procedures
  • this action will help protect others in your community while you are infectious
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure you can successfully self isolate
  • ask your friends and family to help you to get the things you need to self isolate
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
  • sleep alone, if possible
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible
  • you do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation.
  • If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111
  • For a medical emergency dial 999

Coronavirus Prevention – Preventing the Spread of Infection


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Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading Coronavirus COVID-19:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Further Information

Further information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.

Advice from the NHS on when to self-isolate is here:

Advice from the Government to Employer, Employees and Business can be read here:

Advice on travel and returning from travel is here: and from the Foreign Office Website: You should notify Octopus Personnel if you have been abroad in the last month. provides further information, including symptoms and the latest advice.

If you have any further concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the office on 01747 825568 for further support.

Lucie Golbourn

About the author

I oversee all parts of the Octopus machine. From registering candidates to site visits with clients, I love the fast-paced challenge of it all. Leading by example, we are not just recruiters; we are sourcing advisors, which means we are able to act as a friend who can efficiently guide you through productive recruitment drives.

I love being a crazy cat lady, whilst taking mindful moments and balancing on my head! Check out my blog about using mindfulness to drive productivity. Yoga anyone?