March 6, 2020

1st April 2020 at 16:00

Today we have launched our new Coronavirus Help Centre to give you information about how we're approaching the pandemic during these unprecedented times.

If you need more information or think we've missed something off, please contact the Digital Services team on Dane.Hamilton@nacollege.ac.uk.

20th March 2020 at 12:00

We have released a statement about the closure of our campus to learners and apprentices. You can read this statement here.

NA College have not taken this decision lightly but believe it is the best thing to do to ensure the safety of our staff, learners, apprentices and the wider community. Over the coming weeks, our Brand & Marketing team will continue to liaise with the Senior Management Team and Board to ensure that you are updated on the situation. At this point, we do not have a date on when the campus will reopen to our learners and apprentices.

For more information on the closure of our campus, please contact Kevin Lewis, Operations Director on Kevin.Lewis@nacollege.ac.uk.

17th March 2020 at 15:30

We are continuing to follow Government advice and at the moment all of our campus remains open. As always, our learners and apprentices are our number one priority, ensuring we continue to provide outstanding opportunities through our innovative and creative curriculum is a must.

At the moment, the current advice is for students and staff to come into college as normal unless they have a high temperature or "new, continuous" cough or are within a household that is self-isolating or are at increased risk as per the information below.

Yesterday the Government released additional guidance with regards to those people who have an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
  • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • diabetes
  • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • those who are pregnant

People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:

  • People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

For more information on this, contact Ian.Bell@nacollege.ac.uk.

10th March 2020 at 9:00

Students will be asked at the beginning of each AM and PM session how they are feeling and if they have any flu-like syptoms.

All line managers will conduct a daily health check on their staff at the beginning of the day. Staff will also be asked how they feel and if they are suffering from flu like symptoms, this will help us monitor staff wellness during the COVID-19 outbreak.

If a member of staff, student or apprentice is suffering from flu like symptoms, Ian Bell (Health & Safety Officer) must be informed immediately for further action and advice.

Any staff members or students who phone in sick with flu like symptoms must contact NHS 111 and inform their line manager/tutor of the outcome.

A COVID-19 process flow is in development for reference during the length of the evolving outbreak.

6th March 2020 at 11:45

NA College is committed to keeping our staff and students safe.

You can read the latest information about the Coronavirus on the Government website.

We are carefully monitoring advice from Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the World Health Organisation.

There are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) amongst our staff and students. NA College continues to operate normally and students and colleagues should continue their college business as normal.

Further information regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 can be found on the NHS England website