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
  • a new loss of taste or smell

You should self isolate for 14 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
  • a new loss of taste or smell

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?

  • Stay at home for 14 days after your last contact with the person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.
  • Do not go outside even to buy food or other essentials, and any exercise should be taken within your home.
  • Self-isolating at home for the 14-day period will help protect your family, friends and the NHS. Self-isolating at home in this way can also protect the most vulnerable in society, by reducing the chance of a second wave of COVID-19 in the wider community.
  • If you are living with children, keep following this guidance to the best of your ability, however, we are aware that not all these measures will be possible.
  • Not all these measures will be possible if you, or those you are living with, have significant conditions such as learning disabilities, autism or serious mental illness. Please keep following this guidance to the best of your ability, while keeping yourself and those close to you safe and well, ideally in line with any existing care plans.
  • If you live with clinically vulnerable people or clinically extremely vulnerable people, stay away from them as much as possible, following this guidance. For the clinically extremely vulnerable please follow the shielding guidance.

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:

  • try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with or anyone not in your support bubble
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • wear something that covers your nose and mouth when it’s hard to stay away from people, such as in shops or on public transport
  • 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.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the social media and website you see online to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of things, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!