Covid-19 Test Site Training and Management Course
In early November, the Prime Minister announced Liverpool to be the site of the first deployment of whole city mass testing for Covid-19. This followed Liverpool City Council inviting the Department of Health to work with it on a mass testing pilot due to the high number of cases of coronavirus in the city. The city has been under Tier-3 restrictions since 14th October 2020 as case numbers in the city were among the highest in England.
Since the 5th November, everyone living or working in Liverpool have been offered COVID-19 testing, whether they have symptoms or not. The testing pilot introduces new technologies to dramatically increase testing capacity in order to find more positive cases and break chains of transmission.
The tests are provided through a partnership between Liverpool City Council, NHS Test and Trace and initially the Ministry of Defence, with logistical support from Armed Forces personnel.
The pilot uses two testing methods:
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR): where a swab (special cotton bud) is taken of the nose or throat and the sample is then sent off to a lab to look for signs of the virus. This test has been most commonly used across the globe and is considered the ‘Gold standard’ by epidemiologists. This normally takes up to a day to receive the result.
- Lateral Flow Test (LFT): It involves a handheld kit that gives a result – a bit like a pregnancy test – in about 20 minutes, without the need for a laboratory. There has been some debate on the efficacy of rapid test and the pilot will support the research and knowledge base.
The Training Co has received training from the Army to deliver the following objectives to support Councils, Schools and Businesses to be ready for and support during the National Roll Out of this test facility. Although not all Modules need to be delivered to everyone, training can be split to suit needs:
|Module||Training Objectives – On completion of this phase of training operatives should have a working understanding of:|
|Task site construction||3.1 Assembly of testing bays|
|Site selection, route Recce,||4.1 Infrastructure requirements for an ATS.
4.2 Waste management area
4.3 Site permissions and J2
4.4 Route requirements to and from logistics hub
|Site construction||5.1 Design principles and layout of an LFD ATS.
5.2 Assembly of test bay.
Session b: 1pm to 4.30pm
|Online training||2.1 Methodology for swabbing of participants
2.2 Function and use of an LFD CV-19 Test
|Site construction||5.3 Siting of registration area.
5.4 Siting of test area.
5.5 Siting of Stores area.
5.6 Crowd management areas and participant flow.
5.7 Signage requirements.
|Site management||6.1 Staffing requirements.
6.2 Staffing functions, roles and responsibilities.
6.3 Participant management.
6.4 Queue management.
6.5 Specific considerations for schools.
|Registration, electronic registration and system operation.||6.1 Familiarisation with registration process.
6.2 Eligibility Criteria.
6.3 Onboarding and registration.
6.4 Recording test results.
6.5 Test notification process.
|Test Process, Donning and Doffing PPE,||7.1 Donning and doffing PPE.
7.2 PPE requirements for team members.
7.2 PPE rates of change.
7.3 eligibility to be swabbed and management of under 18s.
7.4 Conducting a swab.
7.5 Conducting an LFD test.
7.6 Test parameters.
7.7 Reading test results, (positive, negative, weak positive, invalid).
7.8 Disposal of test, cleaning.
|Site cleaning, end of day drills, end of task drills.||8.1 Methods of cleaning.
8.2 Frequency of cleaning.
8.3 Actions on spillage of bodily fluids
8.4 Identification and management of clinical waste.
8.5 Disposal and management of waste.
8.6 End of day drills.
8.7 Site closedown and handback.