A new register has launched to encourage environmental health officers to join the fight against Covid-19.
The Environmental Health Together register accepts applicants from a wide base of skills and experience, including people who are newly retired and want to contribute part of their time, and those who are looking for new opportunities.
It is hosted by the Local Government Association, quality-assured by Charted Institute of Environmental Health, and supported by NHS Test and Trace.
Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall MP said councils can use the register to meet their specific local needs.
“This will better utilise the valuable skills of our environmental health professionals, while giving local areas access to the knowledge and resources they need to protect their communities.”
Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said: “We are pleased to be supporting Environmental Health Together. The register will assist our member councils to tap into available resources as they continue to work tirelessly to tackle the pandemic.”
He added: “With Covid-19 having highlighted the lack of resilience in key services as a result of significant funding pressures, there is also an urgent need to look at ways to strengthen environmental health and other services in the longer term. We urge the Government to use the Spending Review to ensure councils have the resources they need to provide these vital services.”
More information on Environmental Health Together: bit.ly/3kHS4Rq
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