ABOUT Sian Gwilliam

I am the Founder of Production Company BLOODY NORAH TV.

Check out our website here.

I have worked on a variety of broadcast programmes and consultancy projects. These range from long running Primetime Unscripted, Live Studio, Features, Physical & Adventure Game shows, Fact Entertainment, Comedy Panel shows, Cookery Shows, Quiz Shows, Documentary, Sport OB, Live Music, Live Events, Fixed Rig and Reality shows.

I have strong relationships with UK, US and International production companies and networks / broadcasters.

I’ve worked with teams and budgets of all sizes. Working in Sport and Unscripted I have set up and consulted on projects internationally.

I have launched, delivered and managed the International roll out of NBC hit format Game of Games, and Fox hit format Mental Samurai.

International Producers I worked with on the development and production of Game of Games;

Germany | Spain | Portugal | Australia | Thailand | Finland | Sweden |UK | Dubai / Lebanon | Greece | Italy | Belgium | France | China | Canada | Hungary | Latin America | Phillipines | Tunisia

I have spent time consulting on the set up of international hubs in Europe for Producers and 3rd parties.

I’m confident in launching, consulting and running the most difficult of productions both in the UK and internationally.

I have extensive experience in budgeting, scheduling, recruiting and managing teams, overseas filming, multi-cam, live OBs, PSC, OB, UHD, archive, compliance, insurance, H&S, and working with high profile talent and contributors.

I pride myself on my team management skills and always work in a calm and pragmatic manner. I am not daunted by any situation and I possess a friendly manner, which is always key in keeping a handle on all situations. I thrive on the challenge of creating and launching new projects.

I have held senior management roles;

International Consultant (Warner Bros International), Production Consultant (Syco & Shed), Head of Production (Outline Productions), Deputy Head of Production (Shine), Production Executive (Magnum, Olga, Alaska, STV, Studio Ramsey, Second Star, Electric Ray, Aphetor), Production Executive (Endemol), Unit Manager (Initial).

I am dedicated to managing teams to work to tight budgets and creative schedules, maintaining communication between all departments, developing project branding, working with cross-platform departments, and delivering consistent style, design and editorial themes.

Having worked as part of the  the Executive team on Big Brother and together with the formidable team, ran a ground breaking digital multi-platform event. This series was run by a 24/7 production crew, so I understand the importance of communication skills across all team and broadcaster departments.

I have dealt with my fair share of compliance issues and am constantly looking for new ideas and quality in my work and enjoys using my creative skills to ensure that each programme is on budget, gets recommissioned and thrives on teamwork.

I have also worked closely on project managing and consultation appraisals for companies, so can locate where potential problem areas for productions (hopefully). Having started in low Budget television I am confident I can manage any programme despite budgetary or schedule restrictions.

I’ve been key to the teams on these primetime shows (and worked on many pilots and the development of many large scale entertainment projects);

Game of Games (International), Masterchef (BBC2), Big Brother (C4), Celebrity Big Brother (C4), The Bafta Film Awards (ITV/BBC), Fame Academy (BBC), The Paralympics (BBC), The Commonwealth Games (BBC), Bring The Noise (SKY1), House of Tiny Tearaways (BBC3), The Priory (C4), The Simpsons Quiz Show (C4), The Lottery Show (BBC1).

Setting Up Production Hubs

WHY WORK WITH ME

  • I am a positive and creative thinker, I’m fast moving, have good judgement and strong communication skills
  • I have the ability to manage my own time and workload, including being able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment

WHY SET UP PRODUCTION HUBS ?

  • Running a production hub ensures strategic development of crews and production space, in line with the needs of the market
  • They are key to streamlining production knowledge of formats between Producers and Technical teams
  • They offer a way to secure investment in the production, or fast track a network commission
  • The production incentives landscape is highly active, and countries offer tax incentives for setting up large scale productions

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION CONSULTANT SERVICES

  • Knowledge and latest information of local tax incentives;
  • Knowledge of government relations for production development and infrastructure
  • Knowledge of business practice locally
  • I can advise on the planning of master leases of facilities
  • I have experience / expert knowledge in physical production management
  • I have knowledge of production facilities and service companies and vendors in diff markets
  • I can provide contract management, negotiation skills, business development
  • I have extensive experience and knowledge of production processes across Europe
  • An understanding of COVID-19 restrictions in production spaces and during filming

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION CONSULTANT DELIVERY

  • Planning, structuring and delivering project research, analysis, budgets, business plans and recommendations in the form of written deliverables, and client meetings
  • I can assist in the running of client meetings and facilitating project workshops between small stakeholder groups
  • I am continuously learning and and keep up to date on relevant market trends, industry news, and technical tools
  • I can make informed business decisions, and lead with confidence and influence in the context of TV production
  • I have an understanding of the production business environment and the challenges needed to enhance my clients competitive advantage
  • I have a strong network of industry professionals and contacts

LOCAL TAX INCENTIVES

  • High-end TV production can offer countries economic impact, employment, work-force, skills and infrastructure development, and benefits such as screen tourism and national branding
  • I can apply knowledge of corporate income taxes, VAT, PAYE, NIC and obligations arising under the Foreign Entertainers Unit (FEU)
  • I can research the best financing plan, whilst looking at local incentives covering up to 25% of eligible expenditure
  • Many countries around the world offer sizeable and refundable R&D Research & Development tax credits where a business is undertaking eligible R&D activities (as prescribed in the relevant tax law of that country)

FUTHER READING

Image credit : Dominic Jackson – Steadicam Trinity

Covid-19; Reads & RESOURCES

If you have any articles or guidelines that can be added to this post, please leave a comment with the details or the link below. Many thanks.

https://iosh.com/coronavirus/

https://www.aeo.org.uk/covid-19

https://bectu.org.uk/coronavirus/

https://www.equity.org.uk/support

https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/coronavirus

https://www.itc-arts.org/resources/covid-19-support

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers (gov.uk)

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) (gov.uk)

Testing Guidance – Annex A: employer’s legal obligations (gov.uk)

Private providers of coronavirus testing (gov.uk)

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace – (gov.uk)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs for (Directors UK)

Supporting our workforce during the Covid-19 crisis (screenskills)

HSE Film, Television and Broadcasting (HSE)

GUIDANCE FOR SAFE WORKING IN POST-PRODUCTION AND VFX DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Altour Travel Guidance during Covid (Altour)

Performing Arts GOV UK – Covid-19 guidance (gov.uk)

Managing your workplace during Covid (HSE)

Making your workplace COVID-secure during the coronavirus pandemic (HSE)

British Film Commission Covid19 Guidance (BFC)

COVID-19 Guidance for Location Filming in London (Film London)

PACT Covid-19 guidance

Covid symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself? (BBC)

Coronavirus where you live in the UK: Check the number of cases in your area with our interactive map (ITV)

Next phase of NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) app announced (gov.uk)

gov.uk website

The Trace App (NHS)

Wired Website

COVID-19 production restart in Beijing — Follow up Q&A with Director Weiwei Si

Posted by POP Jun 5 · 4 min read

U.K. Film and TV Union Bectu to Consult Members This Week on Proposals to Restart Production (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety, May 5, 2020

British Production Sector Moves Forward Gingerly as Filming Resumes

Variety Magazine, Jun 17, 2020

UK Finalizes COVID-19 Production Guidelines – Read Them In Full

Deadline, May 31, 2020

​“Everyone took a Covid test”: ‘Eiffel’ producer on restarting filming in Paris

Deadline 11 JUNE 2020

Pinewood remains open

statement 25 March 2020

Industry Guidelines & Info

If you have any articles or guidelines that can be added to this post, please leave a comment with the details or the link below.
Please note this is not an ‘approved’ list, this is a collated list of published guidelines from UK industry bodies. Please refer to the publisher/ industry body with any feedback relating to the documents and information below. Many thanks.

INDUSTRY GUIDELINES

Brighton-based creative agency Tilt has created a short film to demonstrate how productions can follow Covid-19 shooting guidelines.

BBC Info on Antigen testing here

Antigen testing Q&A

Industry resources and advice (via the BBC)

Please note the BBC or SGC is not responsible for the contents of external websites.

Pact have produced a variety of resources and information including the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme. They are also producing a series of weekly webinars for their members rounding-up the latest sector-specific updates and answering questions. Find out more on the website

ScreenSkills are working with WiFTV, BECTU and RTS to set up a wide programme of free remote training including workshops, meet ups, mental health support, financial and career advice and coaching and counselling. Find out more on the screen skills website

The Film and TV Charity offer financial assistance, wellbeing support, and advice. They provide 24/7 mental health support to the industry via the Support Line 0800 054 00 00 or using Live Chat. They have also set up the Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund. The fund will be open to those working in production, distribution and exhibition. Visit the Film and TV Charity website

Creative Scotland have announced two new Bridging Bursary programmes – a Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund to help sustain creative practice by freelance creative professionals who have lost earnings due to the cancelation of work as a result of COVID-19 and a parallel Screen Scotland Bridging Bursary Fund will provide similar one-off bursary support to self-employed screen sector workers. Visit the website

Northern Ireland Screen have collated information and resources relevant to the Northern Irish animation and television production industry. Find out more on the Northern Ireland Screen website

Creative England has collated advice from across the sector to provide guidance to those in the creative industries who are affected by the Coronavirus and its fallout. Visit the website

Creative Cardiff is sharing useful resources, links and information to support, inform and signpost the creative community in Cardiff. Visit the Creative Cardiff website

Equity has created resources to help members understand their rights to the different kinds of financial support available during the Coronavirus pandemic and how to claim. Visit the website

Directors UK has produced a thorough FAQs for members on their website.

BFI has a Q&A with information and guidance for freelancers, exhibitors and productions. Find out more on the BFI website

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed have useful guidance on their website.

TV Production Guidance:
Managing the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in production making (Version 1)

PACT

British Film Commission – Working Safely During COVID-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production.

This document is intended to provide high-level guidance to manage COVID-19 specific risk in producing film and high-end TV drama in the UK.

BFI industry advice and guidance on Coronavirus COVID-19

BFI

APA Covid 19 Shooting Guidelines

APA Version 1.5 -3rd June

APA Covid 19 Office Guidelines

APA Version 1.5 -3rd June

Film London COVID-19 and Code of Practice

Film London

HSE Website – Film, TV and broadcasting

HSE

POST PRODUCTION & VFX GUIDELINES

Guidance for Safe Working in Post-Production and VFX, produced in consultation with, and endorsed by, the British Film Commission Recovery Group.

1 June 2020

SAFETY POSTERS

APA Safety Posters

APA

Social Distancing – What You Need To Know 

NHS

First Option Safety Consultants – Covid19 Production Info Graphic

PPE & FACE MASKS

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: When and how to use masks

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Q&A: Masks and COVID-19

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Face coverings and face masks during the coronavirus outbreak

Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

FIRST AID

Resuscitation Council

FORMS & LEGAL ADVICE

UK Screen Alliance – daily health declaration template

Appendix-1-Daily-health-declaration-template

Read law firm Wiggin’s Returning to Production

Wiggins Law Firm

HMRC EMPLOYER SUPPORT

HMRC updates to support employers and payroll agents through the Coronavirus pandemic

HMRC – Download document here

FILM & TV INDUSTRY RESOURCES

Covid-19: help and advice

Film & TV

Covid19 Resources

Women in Film & Television UK

Production Guild Covid 19 advice

Production Guild

The UK Screen Alliance Guidance for Safe Working in Post Production and VFX during the COVID-19 Pandemic was produced in consultation with the following organisations:

The British Film Institute Screen Sector Task Force, The British Film Commission, COVID-19 Recovery Group Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport HSE (Health & Safety Executive), Pact, BECTU, Several US Studios, 5A Studios Aquarium Studios, Automatik VFX, Boom Cheat, Cinesite, Clear Cut Pictures, Envy, The Farm, Fifty Fifty Post, Fitzrovia Audio Post Production, Framestore, Glassworks, Gorilla TV, Grand Central Studios, Halo Post, Hireworks, Independent Post, Jellyfish Pictures, LMH, Lipsync Post, Molinare, Moonraker VFX, MPC, Roundtable Post, Salon, Silversalt Restoration, Storm TV,Technicolor, The Finish Line, West Digital, Wiggin

If your company has found this Guidance document useful and would like to be added to the list above please contact UK Screen Alliance

Guidance for Safe Working in Post-Production and VFX during the COVID-19 Pandemic

FURTHER READING & PRESS ARTICLES

Here is a link to some interesting articles about TV Production and Covid19 in general.

IMPORTANT NOTE 

Please check that any of the links and guildelines are the most up to date by checking with the respective industry body or company.  I cannot be responsible for providing any out of date information.

Always check you are working to the latest Government and industry regulations.

Check your COVID 19 Protocol is up to date, and that you have a company and network approved risk assessment and insurance in place before any production or filming starts.

LOCATION SOURCING

Need help in looking for a location?

I have extensive experience sourcing Studios and spaces in and around London. I can help you finding your ideal locations for a shoot, negotiate fees, terms and permission and if required manage the location during the shoot.

 

CONSULTANCY SERVICES

P R O D U C T IO N  &  E V E N T   C O N S U L T A N C Y

What I Can Deliver

  • Management from client briefing through to delivery all processes, procedures and operational requirements associated with production or event
  • Act as a point of contact for clients and all operational enquiries
  • Ensure the swift receipt and review of risk assessments, method statements and other supporting Health & Safety documents
  • Produce detailed pre and post budgets and cost monitoring
  • To attend management, department and event specific meetings with colleagues, clients and contractors
  • Work with the Senior Management, clients and operations with the creation and implementation of creative and innovative event strategies

I have:

  • Minimum 27 years experience
  • Experience of managing productions
  • Experience of working directly with key clients and stakeholders
  • Contacts with the most talented and respected production persons in the industry
  • Experience of producing pitch decks, feasibility reports, design tenders, designing budgets and schedules
  • Experience of compiling risk assessments, working with all Heads of Departments

What You Get;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Highly organised, able to multi-task and deal with high volumes of work
  • Manage multiple stakeholders effectively and considerately
  • Solution-focused approach and ‘roll up the sleeves’ attitude
  • Flexible and trustworthy
  • Expert use of MS Office packages, including Excel, PPT and Word
  • Confident with digital platforms including social media and marketing and PR departments
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BROADCAST CREDITS

RECENT PROJECTS

ALASKA TV – Executive / Consultant – Studio Entertainment Format

OLGA – Production Executive – Development – Studio Entertainment Format

BBC EVENTS – Production Executive – Various Live Events

STUDIO RAMSAY – Production Executive – Development Factual Ent Series

MAGNUM – Production Executive – Studio Pilot

LOVE PRODUCTIONS – Production Executive-  Development Live Music Series

STV – Production Executive – Development Natural History Series

APHETOR – Consultant – Development Physical Game Show – International Shoot

OUTLINE PRODUCTIONS – Production Executive – Fixed Rig Reality Series

SECOND STAR – Producer – Development Music Fact Ent Series

WARNER BROS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION (WBTIVP) – International Consultant – NBC – Primetime Series Ellen’s Game of Games

WARNER BROS INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION (WBTIVP) – International Consultant – FOX – Primetime Series – Mental Samurai

ELECTRIC RAY – Head of Production cover

SECOND STAR – Line Producer – Music Entertainment Show

STV – Line Producer – Physical Reality Series International Shoot

SONY TELEVISION – Production Executive – Physical Adventure Format –

OBJECTIVE MEDIA GROUP – Production Executive – Crime Recon Documentary 

RACONTEUR ASSOCIATES – Production Executive – Fact Ent Make over series

MORE CREDITS

TWENTYSIX03 | SKY 1 -Line Producer on the new Primetime Friday night music studio based & comedy show for Sky 1 (Studio Show) OLGA TV | ITV Production Exec cover for Head of Production on The Paul O Grady Show (Studio Show)
FOUNDER Creative Bus Stop : Cultural Event Listings website for London Kids (Entrepreneur) EVENT CONSULTANT Millfield OM Foundation Ball for 1200 people at The Grosvernor House Hotel, 2015 (Event)
OUTLINE PRODUCTIONS. Head of Production. Worked closely with MD’s Laura Mansfield and Helen Veale restructuring the company. SYCO |SHED MEDIA | Production Consultant. Working with Executives at SHED, producing a presentation and budget for a unique, large scale, long term project. (Reality/ Event)
SHINE | Deputy Head of Production SHINE | DONT MOVE IMPROVE Production Executive on this new series for ITV1. TX 2005 (30×45). (Location Show)
SHINE | DIAL M (PILOT) Line Producer on this studio pilot for BBC1 Entertainment( 1 x 45 STUDIO). SHINE | THE SIMPSONS QUIZ SHOW Line Producer on this first series studio show for C4 (1 x 45 STUDIO). TX 2004. (Studio Show)
SHINE | BUILD A NEW LIFE Production Executive on this first series for C5. TX 2005. (12 x 60). (Location based) SHINE | MASTERCHEF – GOES LARGE Production Executive, Developed and negotiated this first studio & location based series. BBC2. TX 2005. (30 x 30)
SHINE | NICE HOUSE, SHAME ABOUT THE GARDEN Production Executive, First Series of this features show for C5. TX 2005 (8 x 30). (Location based) ITV | THE MINISTRY OF MAYHEM Line Producer for the production of titles and graphics for this new ITV Saturday morning children’s show. Producer – Steve Kidgell (Studio show)
INITIAL (Part of Endemol)46664 THE CONCERT  Production Manager – International Clients and crews for this worldwide event based in Cape Town on 29/11/03. Producer – Lisa Chapman (Music/ Events) 2DTV | ITV BOGNOR OR BUST  Line Producer for 2DTV on this pilot for the ITV Network, hosted by Angus Deayton. Giles Pilbrow – Producer, Joanna Beresford, MD.  (Studio show)
FULL FRONTAL FASHION Production of PSC shoots for London Fashion Week, 2003. (Location/ Event) DARRYL MACQUEEN | ITV SATURDAY MORNING SHOW PITCH Budget Consultation for Darryll Maqueen on this pitch for the ITV network.  (Studio show)
ITV CHILDREN’S PILOT Consultation for a leading animation company on this project for the ITV network.  (Studio show) AT IT PRODUCTIONS : SELECT-A-BEAU Line Producer for these 9 shows for Sky’s music channel FLAUNT, working to AT IT Executive Producer – Chris Fouracre (Music/ Studio/ Events)
LION TELEVSION | FASHION HOUSE: Production Consultant for Lion Television on this reality based fast turn around show for C4. Working to Series Producer – Nikki Wardell (Reality/ Event) AT IT PRODUCTIONS| T4 (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY) Line Producer for AT IT Productions, overseeing the new infra-structure and designing production systems for T4 for Channel 4. Working to Executive Producer – Tamsin Summers and Head of Production – Paul Day (Music/ Events)
C4/ ENDEMOL : BIG BROTHER 3 TITLES Producer working with Titles Director Chris Howe for Endemol UK Head of Reality – Phil Edgar Jones  (Studio show) ENDEMOL |CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER TITLES Producer working with Director Chris Howe for Endemol UK Head of Reality – Phil Edgar Jones  (Studio show)
C4/ UMTV : BOYS AND GIRLS TITLES Producer working with Director Chris Howe for UMTV Executive Producer – Chris Evans  (Studio show) UMTV | TERRY & GABY TITLES Producer working with Director Chris Howe for UMTV Executive Producer – Chris Evans (Promo)
ITV/ TALKBACK : DESIGN WARS Production Consultation for Talkback’s ITV reality, daytime commission working with Series Producer – Wendy Rattray (Location/ Reality) C4/ UMTV : BOYS & GIRLS – (SAT SHOW, FRIDAY SHOW, E4 SHOW) Line Producer – Boys & Girls Live Saturday Show. Boys & Girls Friday. Boys & Girls Do It With Dougie. Series 1 of Live Primetime Entertainment show for Channel 4 – 2003. Series Producer – Rob Clark  (Studio show)
ENDEMOL |CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER 2 Unit Manager – working closely with the Executive Team and all production staff and crew on the prep. and production of Series 2 of the 24 hr daily coverage and daily live shows for Channel 4. Editor – Helen Hawken  (Studio show) WALL TO WALL | CELEBRITY EDWARDIAN COUNTRY HOUSE Unit Manager – Budget preparation of this Wall to Wall proposal for Channel 4.
ENDEMOL | FAME ACADEMY LAUNCH SHOW Unit Manager – Budget development and consultation for this BBC1 Event. MD – Laurence Jones  (Studio show) ENDEMOL| BIG BROTHER 3 Unit Manager – Management of 3 management teams, covering daily shows, Live Eviction shows, and location and house supervision. Exec.P – Phil Edgar Jones
INITIAL | THE BAFTA FILM AWARDS 2001& 2002 Production Executive & Production Manager ( 2001 show ) of these Initial Events. Broadcaster, BBC1 & Sky One contact for all budgetary issues. Producer – Lisa Chapman INITIAL | FEAR FACTOR ( DEV) Budget and broadcaster negotiating /approval. EP – Tim Hincks
INITIAL | SPY TV ( DEV) Budget and broadcaster negotiating / approval. EP – Dominic English (Location Show) INITIAL | Q AWARDS Production Executive. Overseeing commission negotiation and production set up. Producer – Katherine Allen  (Event show)
INITIAL | PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE : Working to MD – Laurence Jones developing, staffing, managing and negotiating Music Events and Music programme proposals and factual ent. Productions – often last minute problem solving! (Location/ Events/ Studio/ Reality) INITIAL | C4 BREAKFAST SHOW PILOT Unit Manager of Endemol/ ITN bid for new C4 breakfast slot. Working closely with ITN HoD to produce 2 hr pilot within very tight schedule. Editors – Dominic English & Peter Barron  (Studio show)
INITIAL | BAR WARS Production Manager – Set Up 2nd largest international location based production for Initial Television. C4 & E4. EP – Tim Hincks (Location) INITIAL/ THE PEOPLE’S AWARDS | BBC1 Production Manager – Initial for BBC 1 Second largest TV & Music Event of 2000 recorded at Royal Albert Hall. Series Producer – Martin Scott (Event Show)
RDF TELEVISION | ALL SORTS Production Manager -RDF for Channel 4. 60 x 30 mins comedy lifestyle for Daytime. EP – Matthew Frank (Location Show) API | BBC : PARALYMPICS, SYDNEY Production Manager -BBC 12 x 1 hour full coverage of 2000 & 1996 Paralympics from Olympic Park. EP – Gary Imlach (Event Show)
RDF TELEVISION |ONE SMALL STEP Production Manager -RDF for Channel 4. 1x 180 mins live studio show about the Apollo Landings. EP – David Frank (Studio) ABSOLUTELY PRODUCTIONS. THE JACK DOCHERTY SHOW Production Manager -Series for Absolutely Prod. for C5. EP – Phil Edgar Jones (Studio Show)
GINGER TELEVISION |C4 : THE PRIORY Production Manager -Ginger TV for C4 (LIVE Series ) 1 hour celebrity chat show- multi camera OB with live music, presented by Zoe Ball & Jamie Theakston. EP – Phil Edgar Jones (Studio) C4/ INITIAL (part of Endemol) : DO NOT SLEEP Production Manager -Initial TV – 4 hour LIVE show for C4Later TX 23.12.00 from Sound Republic. Producer – Jo Pilkington (Studio)
GINGER TELEVISION | BBC1 : RED ALERT & NATIONAL LOTTERY : Production Manager -Ginger TV for BBC 1 Multicamera Studio Lottery Show (LIVE Series) with Lulu. EP – Dave Granger (Studio) VTV | BBC 1 : PARALYMPICS, SYDNEY Production Manager – working to Editor on this daily coverage for BBC Sport. EP – Trevor Morris (Event/ Sports)
RDF TELEVSION : DREAM TICKET Production Manager -RDF for LWT Series 10 x 30 minute Travel Show. EP – Matthew Frank (Location) API TV : COMMONWEALTH GAMES ’99, MALAYSIA Production Manager -API TV for Worldwide Daily Highlights programme, produced in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. EP – David Mannion (Event/Sports)
INTERFERENCE/ C4 : PINK PLANET Production Manager – Pilot Gay travel show for C4, Just TV and Interference Productions. (Location/ Travel) ACTION TIME : 1 TO 3 Action Time for Sky One – Production Coordinator. EP – Peter Usher (Studio)
HYBRID | NRG. Presenter, Aerobics show for HYBRID TV. (Location) ACTION TIME | THE LIVE SIX SHOW Action Time for Sky One – Production Coordinator. EP – Peter Usher (Studio/ Location)
TWI | OLYMPIC TELEVISION ARCHIVE BUREAU : Archive researcher, working in this department at TWI. (Event/ Sports) TWI | ATP TENNIS : Production Assistant, on this international show for TWI.
ACTION TIME | STARSTRUCK Production Coordinator on this pilot. Action Time Ltd., HYBRID/ HOME TRUTH’S : Production Manager, children’s studio show. Action Time for Carlton. Producer – Lisa Edwards. (Studio)
HYBRID | TELL TALES : Producer, children’s shows for HYBRID TV. (Studio) API TELEVISION : PARALYMPICS, ATLANTA Researcher/ Coordinator on this 2 week daily highlight show for BBC1. EP – Trevor Morris (Event/ Sports)
TRANSWORLD INTERNATIONAL (TWI) Researcher and Librarian : various duties at this successful Sports Production Company (Event/ Sports) HYBRID TV (part of HTV West)Year Long Apprentice Program : Producer, Researcher, Studio Coordinator, Stylist, Floor Manager : worked with Sacha Baron Cohen on his first ever TV show. (Studio/ Location)

CONTACT

Sian Gwilliam

Mobile : +44 (0) 7958 385 929

sian.gwilliam@me.com

TV Production Consultant, Executive Producer, Production Executive, Line Producer, Producer, International Consultant, Technical Consultant

Linkedin | Talent Manager | Production Managers Association

Please contact me to discuss your production needs. My rate is dependant on the length of day, production period and involvement.

I can work from my co-working office or home, and am happy to be scheduled in for all production meetings, and any other appointments.

I hold a full driving licence, first aid certificate, Covid 19 training and have Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS ) certification for working with children.

TV PRODUCTION SERVICES AVAILABLE

  1. Source all technical crew – camera, sound, assistants, jib operators etc
  2. Source kit including HD camera, sound, Jibs, cranes, dollys, steadicams, cherry pickers, helicopters
  3. Source all stock
  4. Provide production Staff, runners, chaperones and airport meet and greet service
  5. Provide production support staff including art department, make up, wardrobe, caterers and security
  6. Location Finding & Studio Hire
  7. Budgeting, Scheduling & Call sheets
  8. Extras, contributors, audience finding
  9. Accommodation to suit any budget
  10. International Transportation: visas, flights, excess baggage, carnets
  11. Transportation within the UK: flights, trains, car hire, taxis, couriers
  12. Permits, Local Permissions, Police Permissions & Parking
  13. Health & Safety – Risk Assessments & any insurance requirements plus on site medical staff
  14. Post production: Full edit facilities, Online and offline editors inc. Avid & final cut pro, sound mixers, colourists, Voice over artists, scripts and all paperworkWhat I

TV Production Services

Myself and colleagues, offer productions from all over the world a stress free shoot, production or event in the United Kingdom.

These are the areas or Production I have expertise in;

Hiring production personnel for TV

Technical/ Camera Crew hire

Camera/ Audio and Lighting hire

Designers and Art Direction hire

Local crew

Location Sourcing and Management

Post Production & Graphics

Music & Archive Clearance

Hospitality & Wrap Parties

Studio Hire

Casting Agents & Talent Agents

Filming Permits

Health & Safety

Hotel and Travel

Unit Drivers and Airport Transfers

Visa Assistance

Catering
I am a one stop service for Film & TV Production no matter how big or small your production is.

With 20 years television experience, I am able to offer you a full range of services that will facilitate your production needs for television, film or events.

I can assist companies within the UK and from overseas with all your production needs.

As each shoot or event will vary in size and budget, my rates will be specific to your filming requirements. Please call or email today telling me exactly what you need and I will provide you with a tailor-made quote.

Covid Update 29.Nov.21 & Omicron cases

GOV UK TRAVEL UPDATE

From 4am 30 November 2021, fully vaccinated people must self-isolate and take a PCR test before the end of day 2 after they arrive in England. They may leave self-isolation if their PCR result is negative. Lateral flow tests will not be accepted.

You cannot use an NHS test for this. You must use a private test provider

You will need to enter your COVID-19 test booking reference number on your passenger locator form.

If you will be in England for less than 2 days you still need to book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test.

OMICRON CASES

  • There are concerns that a new variant, known as B.1.1.529 – which was identified in southern Africa – may not respond as well to vaccines.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
  • This is regardless of a person’s vaccination status.
  • Anyone entering the UK will require a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and will need to self-isolate until they have a negative result.

UK’s RED LIST

  • Countries in southern Africa are being placed on the UK’s travel red list because of concern about this new Covid variant.
  • These are; South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini, Angola, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia 
  • Travellers from all of these countries will not be able to enter the UK unless they are UK or Irish nationals, or UK residents.
  • Arrivals will then have to pay for and self-isolate in a government-approved hotel for 10 days.
  • Rates are;
  • 10 days (11-nights) for one adult – £2,285
  • Additional adult (or child over 11) – £1,430
  • Children aged five to 11 – £325

FACE COVERINGS

  • From Tuesday 31.11.21, people will have to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport in England.
  • The changes do not include hospitality settings.
  • Rules are being tightened up as part of the government’s “precautionary measures” against the Omicron variant of coronavirus.
  • The PM said the new rules were temporary and would be reviewed after three weeks.
  • Under the government’s Covid “Autumn and Winter Plan”, face covering use has been recommended in crowded and enclosed spaces. 
  • Check the GOV UK latest rules here

USEFUL LINKS FOR PRODUCTION

BECTU TV rates

Employment Status Guidance – HMRC

PMA – Production Managers Association

TV Watercooler – Freelancer website for TV professionals (great for entry level)

Standard Broadcaster Budget Formats

HMRC Meal allowance rates

UK GDPR

Holiday Pay Calculator

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OFCOM CODE

BAFTA

HMRC Employment Status Manual

WFTV – The leading membership organisation for women working in creative media in the UK

US CASTING AGENCIES DIRECTORY

PACT UK – Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television – the UK’s trade association for independent producers

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BRITISH FILM COMMISSION

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COVID-19 ISOLATING GUIDANCE FOR PRODUCTION

COVID-19 ISOLATING GUIDANCE  – ((18.JUN.21)- always check the latest guidelines from GOV UK when isolating, and advising production teams and crew to isolate.

Info on isolation due to testing positive from COVID-19 from GOV UK

What are Covid-19 symptoms ?

a new continuous cough

a high temperature

a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

What types of covid tests are available ?

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests

Lateral Flow Device antigen (LFD) tests also known as Rapid Lateral Flow tests

What happens if I have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine?

While COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of severe illness for those who have received them, we do not yet know for certain by how much they reduce the likelihood of a vaccinated person spreading COVID-19 to others.

What happens if I have COVID-19 symptoms or have received a positive COVID-19 test result?

Your isolation period starts immediately from when your symptoms started, or, if you do not have any symptoms, from when your test was taken. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your symptoms started at any time on the 15th of the month (or if you did not have symptoms but your first positive COVID-19 test was taken on the 15th), your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th.

What happens if have a negative COVID-19 PCR test?

You can stop isolating as long as:

you are well

no-one else in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19

you have not been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

What do I need to do if I am isolating at home ?

You should spend as little time as possible in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas.

Use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household where possible

You should use separate towels from other household members, both for drying yourself after bathing or showering and for drying your hands. Keep your room well-ventilated by opening a window to the outside.

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable should be supported to minimise their contact with other people in the household during this period, regardless of whether others have symptoms or not.

You should make sure you wash your hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean your home to reduce spread of infection.

Keep indoor areas well-ventilated with fresh air, especially shared living areas

What should I do to look after my health and well being ?

There are many sources of support and information, such as guidance on looking after your mental health and wellbeing and on supporting children and young people.

Every Mind Matters provides simple tips and advice to take better care of your mental health, including a COVID-19 hub with advice for those staying at home.

Remember by staying at home, you are helping to protect your friends and family, other people in your community and the NHS.

If you need medical advice

Health and care services remain open to help people with all health conditions, including COVID-19. Most people with COVID-19 will experience a mild illness which can be managed at home. Find out more about managing the symptoms of COVID-19 at home

Resources;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

COVID SUPERVISOR CREDITS

  • NBCU / Covid Consultant
  • Snowglobe
  • ITV Studios / Covid Executive
  • The Big Breakfast
  • The Palooza
  • Get Me Out of Here
  • The Voice
  • Saturday Night Takeaway, Saturday Night Takeaway Drama,
  • Dancing on Ice,
  • Gary Barlow’s Night At The Museum and across all entertainment departments. Worked closely with ITV Risk Team.
  • Tiger Aspect / Covid Executive
  • Work across all labels/ scripted productions, Worked closely with Cat Fox HOP, and First Option Safety
  • Naked (part of Fremantle) / Covid Consultant/Supervisor
  • Tonight With Target, The Rap Game
  • Mitre Productions / Covid Supervisor
  • Ant & Dec social media shoots
  • Alaska Productions / Covid Consultant
  • Various development projects
  • ZNAKTV Covid Consultant
  • Masquerade Ball for FOX US
  • 2LE Media / Covid Consultant/ Supervisor
  • Language of Love for Channel 4
  • Next Of Kin / Covid Consultant
  • Primetime Pilot for ITV1
  • Entertainment One,/ Covid Consultant
  • Mousetrap for FOX US
  • LocazoPro / Covid Consultant

POSITIVE CASES AT WORK

Info for Positive Covid-19 Cases in the Workplace

The Virus

The virus can be spread by an individual 48 – 72 hours before their symptoms appear. It is therefore important to ensure open communication with other crew, cast and contributors who may have worked in close contact. However, it is also important to ensure that the individual’s privacy is maintained as medical information is deemed sensitive personal data.

Symptoms

If you have recent onset of any of the most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  1. a new continuous cough
  2. a high temperature
  3. a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19.

Confirmed Positive Case

If a case is confirmed, those crew, cast and contributors who have been in close contact and/or in the same cohort, should be identified to the best of your abilities. Those individuals should be advised to seek medical advice and be asked to work from home for 10 days to monitor their symptoms, as a precautionary measure in conjunction with local health agency instructions.

What is a ‘contact’?

A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 10 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others).This includes anyone you have been within 2 meters of for 15 minutes or more. The same rule applies if you have been in a car or vehicle with someone.

Keep a Record

The recording of key dates, location of meetings, recces and movements of the crew, cast or contributor will help inform local health agencies and help the production to identify other staff/crew or cast members who may have been in close contact. 

Positive Result

positive result means the individual had COVID-19 when the test was done. If their test is positive, they must self-isolate immediately.

  • If they had a test because they had symptoms, they should keep self-isolating for at least 10 days from when their symptoms started. 
  • If they had a test but have not had symptoms, they should self-isolate for 10 days from when they had the test. 
  • Anyone they live with, and anyone in their close contact bubble, must self-isolate for 10 days from when you start self-isolating. 

Inconclusive Test

An unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive result means it’s not possible to say if the individual had COVID-19 when the test was done. Another test should be arranged as soon as possible. If the individual had a test but did not have not any symptoms, they do not need to self-isolate while they are waiting to get another test. People they live with, and anyone in their close contact bubble, do not need to self-isolate.

Self Isolating ASAP

They should self-isolate as soon as possible, if they are at work they should return home directly, and order a test online athttps://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test. If they don’t have access to the internet, a test can be ordered by calling 119 (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or 0300 303 2713 (in Scotland).

It is important that they do not get too close to other people and maintain a minimum of 2m distance from others in order to reduce the risk of transmitting infection.

Resources;

Isolating Guidance Gov UK

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

ICO Data Protection in the Workplace

https://ico.org.uk/global/data-protection-and-coronavirus-information-hub/coronavirus-recovery-data-protection-advice-for-organisations/

Gov UK List of Covid Testing Providers

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing

nations & regions productions uk

To count towards the regional production quota by hours, relevant productions must meet two out of the following three criteria:

(1) Substantive base

The commissioned production company must have a substantive business and production base in the UK outside the M25, and the production in question must be managed from that substantive base.

The base will be taken to be substantive if it is the usual place of employment of:

  • executives managing the regional business; and
  • senior personnel involved in the production in question; and
  • senior personnel involved in seeking programme commissions.

(2) Production spend

At least 70% of the production spend must be spent in the UK outside the M25.

Production spend should be based on the entire production expenditure including any funding from third parties and spend outside the UK, and excluding the cost of on-screen talent, archive material, sports rights, competition prize-money, copyright costs and any production fee (other than where some of the production fee is used to fund the costs of the production). Legal fees count as relevant spend.

(3) Off-screen talent

At least 50% of the production talent (i.e. not on-screen talent) by cost must have their usual place of employment in the UK outside the M25. Freelancers without a usual place of employment outside the M25 will nonetheless count for this purpose if they live outside the M25.

Resources:

UK TEST TO RELEASE SCHEME

SWAB TEST. Patient and medical supervisor preparing for a COVID-19 nasal swab test. Image created by Russell Tate. Submitted for United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives – help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Why Quarantine is important

Quarantining will help prevent family, friends and the community from contracting coronavirus, as well as helping to protect the NHS

What is Test-to-Release?

Any Travellers arriving into the UK must undergo a mandatory 10 day quarantine as per current Government Guidelines. This quarantine period can be reduced to 5 days by producing a negative result using the government approved Test-to-Release scheme on day 5 of your arrival.

How the Test to Release scheme works

If you arrive in England from somewhere outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival.

Under the Test to Release scheme you can choose to pay for a private COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

You cannot take a test until you have been in England for 5 full days.

The scheme is voluntary and applies to those quarantining in England only.

If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to quarantinefor 10 days.

What do I need to do to take part in the scheme?

To take part in the scheme you need to:

You will be asked to enter details of your test in the passenger locator form. You must do this to take part in the scheme.

When do I book the tests?

You should book your test before you travel to England. This is so you can enter details of the test when you opt into the scheme on the passenger locator form. If you decide to take part in the scheme after you have arrived in England, you will need to complete another passenger locator form.

Do I pay for the test myself?

Yes, You will have to pay the private test provider for your test. You will need to book an individual test for each person opting into Test to Release, including children.

The test provider will either send a test to your address or you can attend a testing site. You may leave your house to post your test or to travel directly to and from the testing site. You should follow safer travel guidance and avoid public transport if possible.

What do I do If me test is negative?

If the test result is negative you can stop quarantine as soon as you receive the result.

What do I do If I test positive for COVID-19?

If the test is positive you need to quarantine for another 10 days. Count the 10 days starting from the day after you took the test, or from when you first had symptoms if that is earlier.

People you live with in the UK, or people you are staying with, should also quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test.

You do not need to take the coronavirus test on or after day 8.

What happens if my test is inconclusive?

If the result from your test is inconclusive you must continue to quarantine. You can choose to take another privately provided test to find out if you can stop quarantine early.

You may be fined if you do not quarantine. The fine is £1,000 for the first time, up to £10,000 for further breaches.

Resources;

GOV UK Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/ending-self-isolation-early-through-test-to-release

Private Test Providers

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing/list-of-private-providers-of-coronavirus-testing

Fill in the Passenger Locater Form

https://www.gov.uk/provide-journey-contact-details-before-travel-uk

Travelling to Northern Ireland

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-advice

Travelling to Wales

https://gov.wales/how-isolate-when-you-travel-wales-coronavirus-covid-19

Travelling to Scotland

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-international-travel-quarantine/pages/overview/

COMMON COVID QUESTIONS

1. Will the vaccine give me COVID?

The short answer is “no”. That’s because the vaccines approved for use so far in Australia and elsewhere don’t contain live COVID virus.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine contains an artificially generated portion of viral mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid). This carries the specific genetic instructions for your body to make the coronavirus’s “spike protein”, against which your body mounts a protective immune response.

The AstraZeneca vaccine uses a different technology. It packages viral DNA into a viral vector “carrier” based on a chimpanzee adenovirus. When this is delivered into your arm, the DNA prompts your body to produce the spike protein, again stimulating an immune response.

Any vaccine side-effects, such as fever or feeling fatigued, are usually mild and temporary. These are signs the vaccines are working to boost your immune system, rather than signs of COVID itself. These symptoms are also common after routine vaccines.

2. Will the COVID vaccine make me test positive?

No, a COVID vaccine will not affect the results of a diagnostic COVID test.

The current gold-standard diagnostic test is known as nucleic acid PCR testing. This looks for the mRNA (genetic material) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This is a marker of current infection.

This is the test the vast majority of people have when they line up at a drive-through testing clinic, or attend a COVID clinic at their local hospital.

Yes, the Pfizer vaccine contains mRNA. But the mRNA it uses is only a small part of the entire viral RNA. It also cannot make copies of itself, which would be needed for it to be in sufficient quantity to be detected. So it cannot be detected by a PCR test. 

The AstraZeneca vaccine also only contains part of the DNA but is inserted in an adenovirus carrier that cannot replicate so cannot give you infection or a positive PCR test.

3. How about antibody testing?

While PCR testing is used to look for current infection, antibody testing — also known as serology testing — picks up past infections.

Laboratories look to see if your immune system has raised antibodies against the coronavirus, a sign your body has been exposed to it. As it takes time for antibodies to develop, testing positive with an antibody test may indicate you were infected weeks or months ago.

But your body also produces antibodies as a response to vaccination. That’s the way it can recognise SARS-CoV-2, the next time it meets it, to protect you from severe COVID.

So as COVID vaccines are rolled out, and people develop a vaccine-induced antibody response, it may become difficult to differentiate between someone who has had COVID in the past and someone who was vaccinated a month ago. But this will depend on the serology test used.

The good news is that antibody testing is not nearly as common as PCR testing. And it’s only ordered under limited and rare circumstances.

For instance, when someone tests positive with PCR, but they are a false positive due to the characteristics of the test, or have fragments of virus lingering in the respiratory tract from an old infection, public health experts might request an antibody test to see whether that person was infected in the past. They might also order an antibody test during contact tracing of cases with an unknown source of infection.

4. If I get vaccinated, do I still need a COVID test if I have symptoms?

Yes, we will continue to test for COVID as long as the virus is circulating anywhere in the world.

Even though the COVID vaccines are looking promising in preventing people from getting seriously sick or dying, they won’t provide 100% protection. 

Real-world data suggests some vaccinated people can still catch the virus, but they usually only get mild disease. We are unsure whether vaccinated people will be able to potentially pass it to others, even if they don’t have any symptoms. So it’s important people continue to get tested.

Furthermore, not everyone will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For instance, in Australia, current guidelines exclude people under 16 years of age, and those who are allergic to ingredients in the vaccine. And although pregnant women are not ruled out from receiving the vaccine, it is not routinely recommended. This means a proportion of the population will remain susceptible to catching the virus.

We also are unsure about how effective vaccines will be against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants. So we will continue to test to ensure people are not infected with these strains.

We know testing, detecting new cases early and contact tracing are the core components of the public health response to COVID, and will continue to be a priority from a public health perspective.

Minimum numbers of daily COVID tests are also needed so we can be confident the virus is not circulating in the community. As an example, New South Wales aims for 8,000 or more tests a day to maintain this peace of mind.

Continued vigilance and high rates of testing for COVID will also be important as we enter the flu season. That’s because the only way to differentiate between COVID and influenza (or any other respiratory infection) is via testing.

5. Will testing for COVID stop as time goes on?

It is unlikely our approach to COVID testing will change in the immediate future. However, as COVID vaccines are rolled out and since COVID is likely to become endemic and stay with us for a long time, the acute response phase to the pandemic will end. 

So COVID testing may become part of managing other infectious diseases and part of how we respond to other ongoing health priorities.

Credit : https://theconversation.com/will-the-covid-vaccine-make-me-test-positive-for-the-coronavirus-5-questions-about-vaccines-and-covid-testing-answered-155958

TEST and Trace & ISOLATING GUIDELINES (gov.uk)

(NHS – gov.uk website)

GUIDANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH POSSIBLE OR CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS INFECTION (COVID-19)

 If you have an NHS Test and Trace of a positive test result…

Your isolation period starts immediately from when your symptoms started, or, if you do not have any symptoms, from when your test was taken. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your symptoms started at any time on the 15th of the month (or if you did not have symptoms but your first positive COVID-19 test was taken on the 15th), your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th.

GUIDANCE IS FOR…

  • people with symptoms that may be caused by COVID-19, including those who are waiting for a test
  • people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result (whether or not they have symptoms)
  • people who currently live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms, or with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

SYMPTOMS ARE…

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, even if your symptoms are mild, stay at home and arrange to have a test.

We will ask you:

  • if you have family members or other household members living with you. In line with the medical advice they must remain in self-isolation for the rest of the 10-day period from when your symptoms began
  • if you have had any close contact with anyone other than members of your household. We are interested in in the 48 hours before you developed symptoms and the time since you developed symptoms. Close contact means:
  • having face-to-face contact with someone less than 1 metre away (this will include times where you have worn a face covering or a face mask)
  • having been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
  • travelling in a car or other small vehicle with someone (even on a short journey) or close to them on a plane
  • if you work in – or have recently visited – a setting with other people (for example, a GP surgery, a school or a workplace). The use of face masks and other forms PPE does not exclude somebody from being considered a close contact, unless they are providing direct care with patients or residents in a health and care setting

We will ask you to provide, where possible, the names and contact details (for example, email address, telephone number) for the people you have had close contact with. As with your own details these will be held in strict confidence and will be kept and used only in line with data protection laws.

If NHS Test and Trace identify you as a contact and you work in a critical service where the recommendation for you to self-isolate would have impact on providing that critical service, your employer will need to escalate this to the local health protection team (HPT) for a risk-assessment.

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