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Test, Trace and Protect Public Health Regional Programme (Part 2 report)

Published: 08/07/2020

Flintshire’s Cabinet will be asked to support a report on full participation in a regional Test, Trace and Protect Programme when they meet on Tuesday 14 July.

They will also be asked to approve the proposal that Flintshire County Council acts as the employer for the regional programme on behalf of the six local authorities.

A Test, Trace and Protect (TTP) programme is critical to preventing a second surge in Covid-19, and to planning recovery from this emergency situation. 

The Health Board has formed a specialist regional team to lead TTP drawing on deployed employees, and the six councils have set up local tracing teams by similarly drawing on deployed employees. This is an intermediate model which has been running for five weeks.

The report recommends that the region moves from this unsustainable deployment model to an employment model, to be fully funded by Welsh Government, with Flintshire acting as the single employer for the six local authorities. The Health Board would act as the employer for the regional specialist team.

Welsh Government has confirmed funding to move to the employment model and recruitment for this model is imminent.

 


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