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H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers
9 May, 2013
Submitted: 21 May, 2015
Please describe how you have supported staff with chronic conditions or those with unpaid caring responsibilities over the last year. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section
The Trust's policies on 'Managing Long Term Sickness and ongoing Health Problems' and 'Supporting Critical Illness' both set out the support offered to staff and the guidance offered to managers in order to ensure that staff experiencing long term/chronic conditions are supported appropriately. This includes provision of reasonable flexibilities and workplace adjustments. Line managers also have recourse to further support and advice from Human Resources and Occupational Health departments on a case by case basis.
The Trust is working, via its Policy Subgroup which includes staffside representatives, to review and update the above policies in line with the Chronic Conditions Guides developed by the Responsibility Deal's Health at Work network - by July 2015. The updated policies will then be communicated across the Trust to staff and line managers. This will ensure that the essential principles of managing chronic conditions, as outlined in the guides, are incorporated into existing people management training for new line managers.
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