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H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers
5 April, 2011
Submitted: 22 May, 2014
Please describe how you have supported staff with chronic conditions over the last year. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section
The Department recognises that chronic medical conditions are becoming increasingly common among people of working age. Being in work can have a positive bearing on managing such conditions, and making allowances for these issues for staff, even if only small, can play an important part. The Department has policy guidance on how to support staff with long-term or chronic medical conditions, which is authored by the HR Policy, Diversity & Reward Team and operated by our HR Advisors.
The policy supports staff by signposting to various mechanisms the Department has in place for managing chronic conditions, including reasonable adjustments, managing sickness absence, and our mental health policy. The Department also provides an Occupational Health service through Medigold, and an Employee Assistance Programme through Workplace Wellness. All these options are promoted through the DH Staff Health and Wellbeing Programme, via the Departmental intranet and events. Furthermore, there is a staff disability network â€˜EnABLEâ€™ that provides a forum to help inform and support the Departmentâ€™s implementation of its guidance on equal opportunities and staff disabilities, including chronic conditions. This is aimed not just for staff with conditions, but also at their line managers and colleagues. EnABLE run regular awareness raising events, for example a â€˜Love DHâ€™ event held on Valentineâ€™s day with guest speakers on disability in employment and the opportunity for staff to learn about the wide range of policies, processes, and support which are available to help make DH a better working environment for all.
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