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Compulsory vaccinations for frontline healthcare workers

10 December 2021

 This webinar took place on Friday 10 December 2021 and is now available on-demand. 

An on-demand webinar looking at the legal and practical implications for NHS employers of the Government’s decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for frontline healthcare workers. We looked at the key points around the requirement, calling on our knowledge and understanding of handling employee relations issues in the NHS and the regulatory issues that this can give rise to, and our experience of advising care home providers who have already battled with the implications of compulsory vaccination. 

Issues covered in this webinar include: 

  • Which staff will the requirement apply to? 
  • What are the exemptions and how are they applied? 
  • Can you compel workers to confirm their vaccination status to you?  
  • Are there GDPR issues? 
  • How do we engage with staff and when? 
  • Redeployment of staff: how to manage fairly and juggle competing priorities.  
  • Can we consider redeployment across the wider healthcare economy? 
  • Options and legal risks if we cannot redeploy - including dismissal. 
  • Handling complaints and grievances – and looking at the processes and practicalities for doing so. 
  • Onboarding – can we require new recruits to be double-vaccinated?

Who would benefit from this on-demand webinar?

HR practitioners and those who will support managers with implementing the changes. 

Compulsory vaccinations for frontline healthcare workers

Our speakers

Jacqui Atkinson

Jacqui Atkinson

Head of Employment Healthcare

Jacqui joined us as our national Head of Employment Healthcare in June 2018. She joined the firm having previously spent 10 years establishing and heading up the Capsticks employment team in Birmingham and wanted to move to a practice which would be ready to meet the changing demands of the NHS as it continues to transform itself into system working and integrated healthcare systems.
Jacqui has over 20 years’ experience in advising Trust Boards and senior NHS managers on employment issues in the health and care sector. In the last year Jacqui has provided thought leadership on many key workforce issues arising out of Covid-19 and has helped to support healthcare clients to support them as the system transformed to become flexible and agile to meet the demands of Covid 19. This has included supporting CCGs and NHS Trusts in sharing the workforce across the NHS and from the private sector. From a very early stage Jacqui was instrumental in setting up a Covid-19 information hub for clients and delivering webinars nationally on key issues to support the sector with one of the most challenging periods in the history of the NHS.
The expending employment healthcare practice now comprises a client base which ranges from CCGs, Provider organisations, care homes, dental and GP practices and independent healthcare hospitals. This enables us to provide employment expertise, policy advice and thought leadership which reflects our thorough understanding of the healthcare system as a whole.
Jacqui has built up a strong reputation for her strategic advice, tactics and expertise in advising Trusts on a whole range of employment issues. She is known within the region as the go to lawyer for managing Doctors performance, conduct and capability issues.

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Helen Badger

Helen Badger


Helen specialises in employment within health, social care and education.

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Dmitrije Sirovica

Dmitrije Sirovica

Senior Associate

Dmitrije Sirovica specialises in matters of public law including judicial review; experienced in planning and environmental law.

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