Community Testing Officers

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Casual / Seasonal / Bank / Permanently Variable hours
Working Pattern:
Please see advert text
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
10/03/2021 23:59
£10 per hour
Job Category:
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Alnwick, Ashington and Hexham
Number of posts:
Closing date:
10 Mar
Further Information

Northumberland County Council (NCC) has been selected to undertake rapid testing (Lateral Flow Testing) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rapid testing and tracing of residents is key to stopping the spread of Covid-19 to protect our most vulnerable residents, support safe working arrangements for our key workers, support economic recovery, save lives, and to return to normal life.

Northumberland County Council wants to make a difference and reduce the Covid-19 transmissions in our community. Therefore, a community rapid testing Covid-19 program will launch in Northumberland in February 2021 for an initial period of 12 weeks. This is community asymptomatic testing to help identify and isolate individuals who have Covid-19, but do not have symptoms and may inadvertently spread the virus.

Do you want to help your community return to normality? Do you have great customer service skills and a commitment to helping fight Covid-19?

We are looking for dedicated individuals who want to become the next:

Community Testing Officer

The site support element of the role is customer-facing responsible for supporting the customer through the end-to-end testing experience and supporting wider site operations. Working across several positions, key activities include managing social distancing through orderly queuing, supporting customers through registration, providing verbal guidance on the testing process and regular cleaning of the site.

The testing element of the role supports the preparation and analysis of test samples, and the recording of results. Tests are self-administered and results will be passed on to Local Contact Tracers or coordinated with the national program.

The safety of the workforce and residents is the upmost priority for all testing operations; full PPE and strict infection control measures will be in place to ensure a safe working environment at all times.

Applications will be open on an ongoing basis as the council looks to create a pool of people able to support community rapid testing across Alnwick, Ashington and Hexham. This remains an evolving situation.

We are looking for a mixture of full and part time roles, with some evenings and weekends. We are looking for successful candidates to start w/c 22nd Feb 2021. Training is condensed into two elements, online and a practical session. This will be given once all pre-employment checks have been completed.

To apply, please submit an application form found in the supporting documents section to the below email address.

If you would like further information, please contact our Staff Bank team on 01670 623 890 or via email on temporarystaffing@northumberland.gov.uk