County Council wants community swabbers for its Covid-19 test and trace programme

County Council wants community swabbers for its Covid-19 test and trace programme

by Danielle Thompson (August 2020)

CHIEFS at Lancashire County Council are recruiting people to help with their Covid-19 test and trace programme.

They are looking for ‘community swabbers’ to carry out the tests and for Community Testing Support officers to log the results and to carry out admin functions.

These will be paid positions and the work will take place at test sites across the county.

Successful applicants will get full training and as they will come into contact with people displaying Covid-19 symptoms, full personal protective equipment will be provided.

County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We need to recruit around 150 people as quickly as possible so that we can continue to offer testing around the county.

“If we don't have enough people to do this, some sites may have to close so it’s vital that as many people as possible come forward.

“These are temporary, but paid positions. You'll be given all the training you need as well as PPE to ensure you are safe while carrying out this vital frontline work. We’re looking for people who have the skills to do this work in a community test site. If you're interested, visit our website to find out more.”

The community swabbers will need to correctly and safely administer nasal or throat swab tests. Testing Support Officers will need to be able to use Microsoft Excel. Applicants will need to be able to get to the test sites and be aware of the current Covid-19 government guidelines.

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