For the purpose of testing, the Scottish Government has divided key workers into 5 priority groups:
- Priority Group 1A: Staff delivering NHS services, providing social care to protect and care for the most vulnerable, all NHS staff and independent contractors working for the NHS
- Priority Group 1B: Staff with face-to-face roles in residential institutions with people in the care of the state and those who are working in essential services with niche roles, where service resilience is at risk
- Priority Group 2: Essential workers in critical national infrastructure fundamental for safety and security, and life-line services
- Priority Group 3: Staff directly involved in delivering other essential services
- Priority Group 4: Staff and volunteers in third or public sector organisations including unpaid carers, and staff in nationally or locally significant industry important to economic sustainability and growth
Health and care workers
Health and social care workers will continue to be primarily routed through NHS testing at local NHS facilities. However, if there are times when NHS testing capacity is at its maximum, then full use should be made of the testing opportunities offered by the UK Government Programme.
Health and social care workers who are self-employed – such as personal care assistants – should access testing through the UK Testing Programme self-referral portal route for essential workers.
Public Health Scotland has published information and guidance for care home settings (adults and older people) (PDF, 1.2 MB).