Update on Coronavirus Test Availability in Bristol and the South West.

Constituents, including those providing front-line services, have reported being unable to book appointments to receive a Coronavirus test, this week.

While the South West’s NHS Test and Trace network is actively processing a large number of tests, throughout the country laboratory capacity is being outstripped by demand. Darren has been working with MPs to raise these issues with the Government to urgently address this problem and remove bottlenecks. Public Health England advice is to immediately self-isolate if you have Coronavirus symptoms and you are waiting for a test.

Speaking about the unavailability of test appointments seen throughout the country Darren said:
To those that have contacted me about the unavailability of test appointments in Bristol, please continue to follow the rules that keep our community safe from this virus. If you are waiting for a test and have symptoms, it is vital that you self-isolate immediately. I have spoken with Public Health England and received this update (below) about Test and Trace in the South West.
Fixing the bottleneck currently experienced in our NHS Test and Trace system must be THE priority of Government. I join with MPs across the country in demanding this.

Darren Jones: No Excuse For Exams Fiasco

Writing in his regular Bristol Post column, Darren called on the Government to get a grip on its levelling up agenda and its handling of the Coronavirus pandemic. Ahead of a the most difficult Winter in peacetime, we don’t have the luxury of continued incompetence. The Government must do much better when anticipating and addressing the challenges our country faces. In his column, Darren gave an update on the work being done in Bristol to address the recession and his tour of essential services in Bristol North West.

You can read Darren’s full article below:

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Travel West: A37/A4018 Transport Corridor Engagement

Until September 11th, Travel West are looking for your thoughts and feedback as they prepare to plan improvements to travel corridors across Bristol, starting with Bus Route 2. This route goes straight through our constituency and connects  Henleaze, Southmead and Henbury to the city centre and Cribbs Causeway

These improvements go further than improving bus travel in Bristol though, it’s aim is to help people get around Bristol on foot, by bike, wheelchair and buggy too. It’s about making it easier, safer and quicker to travel in Bristol.

With social distancing in place, Travel West have set up a virtual engagement show-room to look at the route and propose feedback. This is an opportunity to contribute to this project at the ground floor before the formal plan has been written.

To get contribute feedback, please click the link below.


Alternative formats

If you would like to receive a paper version instead or would like the survey/ information in another language, Braille, audio tape, large print, easy English, BSL video or CD rom or plain text please  contact us:

Write to: Transport Engagement Team, PO Box 3399, 100 Temple Street, Bristol, BS1 9NE

Email: transport.engagement@bristol.gov.uk

Answerphone: 07775 115909 and leave your name, contact details and request

Phone calls

You will also be able to email a team member or receive a call back if you wish to ask any questions before submitting your feedback via the survey and interactive map. Please use the email address and phone number below.


We’re hiring! Administrative Officer

I’m hiring a temporary admin assistant to help with the increased demand for help from constituents over the pandemic period. We’re looking for an exceptional candidate to join our team on an initial 4 month fixed-term contract to help us offer the best possible constituent-service experience during this busy time. This Administrative Officer will help our team respond to constituent enquires, ensure casework and policy questions are administrated correctly and help us with print and postal mail-outs.

Due to the increase in requests for help and assistance during the pandemic period, our team are hiring an Administrative Officer for an initial four month fixed term period for 20 hours per week. Depending on demand, this may be extended to a six month fixed term contract.

The Administrative Officer will help the constituency team to:

  • Contact constituents to confirm address and contact details;
  • Set up new files for casework and policy requests on our case management system;
  • Print and post letters to constituents as required.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate: 

  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Evidence of good customer service;
  • An ability to manage busy and competing priorities;
  • IT literacy (including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel); and
  • An ability to use Microsoft Teams, Slack and Zoom.

The role is Bristol based but can be completed remotely. Line management and supervision will be primarily conducted over Slack and Microsoft Teams.

The roleholder will be provided with an office laptop, laptop stand, screen, keyboard, mouse, headset and desk chair to facilitate working from home. A fixed allowance of £26 per month will be paid each month to contribute to additional utility costs of working from home.

If the roleholder is unable to work from home we may be able to provide access to our Westbury-on-Trym office subject to our COVID-secure risk assessment.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: 10 August 2020

Interview/Start Dates: TBC (most likely w/c 17th August and will be online)

Start date: ASAP

Application Details

Please e-mail darren.jones.mp@parliament.uk with ‘APPLICATION: Administrative Officer’ in the subject heading.

In the body of your e-mail, please explain how your work and/or other experience evidences the requirements set out in the role description. Please attach an up-to-date CV with references (references will only be contacted with your agreement).