COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise rapidly across the whole of the UK, the identification of a new and more easily transmissible variant of the virus has had a significant impact on infection rates to all areas of society. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. Legislation has already been passed in England and Scotland with both areas entering into full lockdown for varying periods of time.

These new measures have been carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed and saving lives. For further information on what the lockdown means for your area please follow the link:

5th January 2021 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

With the most recent government’s statements and legislation* in mind HCB’s small office-based team will remain working from home until such time whereby it is judged safe to return to the office. All members of the team have been issued with the equipment they require to complete their roles remotely. Whilst at home, staff will continue to follow advice to prevent the spread of Covid-19 including frequent hand washing and self-isolating within the home should they show any symptoms of the virus.

HCB will continue to engage with all our clients and partners and offer bespoke support to meet the needs of business and individuals during this difficult time. Whilst lockdown restrictions are in place, regrettably we will not be able to offer face-to-face contact services as we would normally do. However, we are pleased to be able to provide high quality video assessment, should this meet your needs. We are also able to continue providing our telephone assessment and case management support as usual. If you would like to discuss which provision might best meet your needs, please get in touch.

* Although this legislation is for England and Scotland, there are Covid-19 restrictions currently in place throughout the UK and Ireland and so the decision has been made for this HCB policy to be in place for all areas we are operating within

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