COVID 19 Tester

Job reference: 125462BR Previous
Location: Birmingham West Bromwich, Kelvin Way
Shift pattern: Full-time
Contract type: Fixed Term
Hours per week: Over 35 hours per week
What are we doing?

Boots has a strong and trusted heritage in supporting the Healthcare of the Nation and in this time of need we are stepping forward to work with the Department of Health, Amazon and a variety of organisations to set up and resource testing stations across the country to test for COVID 19. The primary objective is to test NHS teams and allow those who test negative to return to work on the frontline confident in the knowledge they are not positive for Coronavirus.

What is the context?

The global impact of COVID-19 has been profound, and the public health threat it represents is the most serious threat we have seen in a respiratory virus since the 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic (Spanish Flu). NHS Staff are working around the clock to get ready for the peak of this pandemic and it is only right that we use every resource at our disposal to bolster the frontline in the face of this unprecedented challenge for our NHS.

What will this mean to me?

You will be able to use your skills to make more of a difference than ever before.

You can play a crucial role in maximising our capacity as a country to fight this outbreak both on a national and local level.

Why aren’t the NHS doing this?

Screening is currently taking place however the volumes required to combat the virus are significant and it is clear more support is required for testing. We have been asked to support the countries efforts to understand infection rates and help with workforce demands to allow the NHS to continue caring for patients.

The Role

We are seeking to recruit up to 1000 Boots colleagues and volunteers to work as part of a team of test operatives nationally undertaking COVID 19 swab testing in locations across the UK. These colleagues will work alongside both Boots teams and other partners in the project in groups currently of up to 5 in designated locations with each site have a designated site manager.

Applicants must be in general good health and not classified as in any of the COVID High risk groups therefore:
  • Must not have a long-term condition
  • Must not be pregnant
  • Must not have a weakened immune system through medical conditions or therapy
  • Must not be over 70
In addition, applicants must consider the following: -
  • Ability to physically stand for several hours
  • Willingness to work outside (weather protection will be provided)
  • Mobility as will need to be able to reach into a vehicle to take swabs of both throat and nasal passages at potentially awkward angles.
  • Risk status of family members in the same household.
  • Must ensure short nails and no acrylics or false nails
  • Long hair to be tied back
  • Full training will be provided
  • Full Personal Protective Equipment will be supplied in line with NHS standards.
  • Hours of work to cover a working pattern over 7 days a week with rest breaks.
Staff facilities including refreshments provided.

First Aid Support and facilities onsite

Boots Colleagues

If you interested in applying please ensure you discuss with your line manager to ensure we do not compromise other colleague and patient business critical priorities. If you have been furloughed, this is an excellent opportunity to voluntarily redeploy and support the cause. You will be required to work your full number of contracted hours.