Guidance for care employers to support BAME staff during COVID-19

Interim Guidance from NHS Scotland for health and social care employers on staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Risk assessments and support

Employers should ensure line managers have sensitive, supportive conversations with all BAME staff, that also consider their psychological wellbeing and personal views/concerns about risk.

Employers may be able to provide occupational health services and any advice from occupational health should always be followed. Wellbeing support services should be promoted to BAME staff.

For more information on wellbeing support for staff visit the national hub:

All BAME staff with underlying health conditions and disabilities, who are over 70, or who are pregnant should have been individually risk assessed, and appropriate reasonable or workplace adjustments should be made following risk assessment.

Depending on the outcome of the risk assessment, this could include placing staff in green rather than red zones, into non-patient facing roles, or asking them to work for home, where this is possible.

Health and social care employers should ensure individual assessments and practical support are offered to BAME staff, particularly where they are anxious about protecting themselves and their families.

Ethnicity data

Improved data collection on ethnicity and any related protected characteristics is critical in allowing employers to better know and support their diverse workforces. Health and social care employers are urged to encourage staff to disclose this information by setting out why collecting and monitoring this data is important, and also by providing assurances on how they use and safeguard that data.

Infection and protection control measures

For the latest information on infection and protection and control measures including PPE usage visit:

COVID -19 in the workplace, safe practice and protecting yourself and others posters.