Ipswich Building Society

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H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers

Committed since:

1 January, 2013

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 12 April, 2013

In the first instance of sickness absence we conduct a return to work interview which seeks to investigate whether any changes to working pattern, conditions or responsibilities would assist the employee return to work in the short or long term.

We have an Occupational Health provider and would most likely call upon their services if we felt they could:
- Support the organisation by advising on work-related illnesses and accidents
- Assist with monitoring the health of employees
- Help manage absence situations
- Support staff returning back to work appropriately
- We might request the opinion of an occupational health specialist in determining how to manage a capability issue.

Some staff have been trained to deal with certain health issues, especially those around mental health. Because we are a small organisation managers do know their teams very well and are always encouraged to discuss any issues that may be affecting their staff health. Guidance is always available from the HR Department and our external HR Consultant.

All employees have access to our staff handbook which includes policies around stress, flexible working, absence, sick pay and more.

We will soon be issuing to all staff a ‘Health and Safety handbook’ which includes information on best practice in the workplace, healthy workplace conditions, correct posture, using VDU equipment and more.

Our employee wellbeing programme is already in existence to encourage both physical and mental wellbeing. One of the main aims of our programme in early 2013 will be on mental health, linking in with Suffolk Mind and Time to Change.

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