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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Compliance Self-assessment Tool

26th February 2021

On 25 February 2021 the Scottish Government made available the Coronavirus (COVID-19): compliance self-assessment tool.  The tool is intended to assist workplaces to assess what measures they should have in place to ensure they are minimising the risk of transmission of the virus.  For businesses which are continuing to operate during the lockdown, such as…

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Funeral Director: Code of Practice Consultation Report

9th February 2021

In 2019 the Burial and Cremation Team at the Scottish Government carried out a consultation on the draft Funeral Director: Code of Practice. The Analysis Report of this consultation is now published here.   We appreciate the time given by respondents to the consultation. The results of the analysis will help inform future revisions to the…

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Funeral Attendance During COVID-19

8th February 2021

Throughout the pandemic, there continues to be a risk of transmission of COVID-19 wherever families and communities come together following the death of a loved one.   We understand that funerals are extremely important events and that is why funeral services are not caught by the general restrictions on gatherings.   However, funerals are highly…

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Third and Independent Health and Social Care Frontline Workers

29th January 2021

Mr Paul Hawkins, Director for COVID-19 Vaccination Delivery in the Scottish Government has issued a letter providing the vaccination scheduling contact details for each Health Board in Scotland.   You can read that letter here: JCVI Priority 2 Third and Independent HSC Staff Letter-28.01.2021   Self-assessment definitions are provided in Annex B.   Our guidance…

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Access to COVID-19 Vaccination in Scotland

22nd January 2021

Mr Paul Hawkins, Director for COVID-19 Vaccination Delivery in the Scottish Government has issued an interim communication to all Third and Independent sector health and social care staff listed in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) Priority Group 2, which includes frontline funeral operatives, mortuary technicians, and embalmers. JCVI Priority 2 Third and…

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Temporary Changes to the Death Certification Review Service

18th January 2021

  The Death Certification Review Service (DCRS), run by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, checks on the accuracy of a sample of Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCDs); also referred to as Form 11.   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on clinical services, the review of randomised MCCDs and Interested Person Reviews, were…

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Funeral Director: Code of Practice – Opportunity to Participate in Focus Groups With Scottish Government

13th January 2021

In 2019 the Burial and Cremation Team at the Scottish Government carried out a consultation on their draft Funeral Director: Code of Practice. The Report of this consultation is currently being finalised for publication, having been delayed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.   We welcomed, and deeply appreciated, the responses received to the…

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Stepping up the Scottish Government Key Worker Hub

7th January 2021

Part of the First Minister’s announcement of “lockdown measures”, is the use of remote learning until the end of January 2021, except in the case of vulnerable children and those of key workers.   The Scottish Government has reinstated the keyworker mailbox and it is now live at keyworkers@gov.scot   However the local authority should…

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Main Guidance Documents Updated – Lockdown Changes 5 January 2021

6th January 2021

On Tuesday 5 January 2021, mainland Scotland moved from Level 4 to a temporary lockdown. In areas under lockdown, from the start of Friday 8 January, post-funeral gatherings such as wakes or funeral teas are not permitted. These new restrictions were announced by the First Minister on Monday 4 January 2021.  The First Minister’s statement is…

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Supplementary Form For Cremation Applications – Update

5th January 2021

We previously blogged about when to use the supplementary form for applications for cremation on 3 April and on 17 September.  From 5 January 2021 mainland Scotland has been moved from level 4 to a temporary lockdown which is likely to mean that it will again be more difficult for funeral directors and cremation authorities…

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