Whilst many of the Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted and we return to more familiar ways of life, we know the virus is still very much present across all our communities. No matter where you are in the UK, the pandemic is not yet over and cautious guidance remains. We must continue to act carefully in order that we protect each other and those in our care. This is particularly important across Cygnet’s services where we continue to apply the same PPE requirements and exercise particular caution to keep those in our care, and our staff, safe. Across all Cygnet health and social care settings, staff, service users and visitors must continue to wear face masks*, coverings*, the appropriate PPE and adhere as far as is practicable to social distancing rules. It is vital that we continue to do all we can to prevent the virus spreading and mitigate the risk of infection. Our teams support some of the most vulnerable people in society and I am immensely proud of how everyone has worked hard to protect the individuals we care for. Please, let’s continue to do so to ensure they are protected and our staff can work safely to support them. If you have queries about visiting someone in a Cygnet setting, please contact the service directly and ascertain the visiting guidance so ensure that you have all the information you need. We all have an important part to play in acting responsibly, wearing PPE and having the vaccine. Booking a vaccine is easy and we would encourage everyone to do so to keep friends, family, colleagues and the wider community safe. Please book your appointment without delay. We are aligned with the NHS and Public Health guidance in relation to the wearing of face coverings in our services. Please continue to stay safe. With my best wishes. David Wilmott – Director of Nursing *Exemptions may apply where the appropriate risk assessments have been completed.