Food and Drink Federation

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H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers

Committed since:

1 January, 2013

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 20 December, 2011

Food and Drink Federation (FDF) ensures that all employees are provided with the highest duty of care. FDF's human resources, occupational health and sickness absence policies, will be reviewed and redrafted to reflect normal practice within FDF.

The procedures and practices within FDF reflect the level of care and support contained within the employer/line manager and employer chronic conditions guide. It should be noted that all relevant procedures will be reviewed, formulated and/or amalgamated into existing or new written policies. Once policies have been approved by senior management, a training needs analysis is undertaken to ensure that appropriate training is designed and delivered to all staff concerned. The staff Intranet site, notice boards and team meetings will be used as a tool to champion the pledge.

In summary, FDF ensures that any employee who suffers from a chronic health condition is referred to an approved occupational health specialist, for in-depth assessment. Depending on the advice received from the occupational health specialist, an appropriate action plan will be implemented and reviewed and if needed any reasonable workplace adjustments will be implemented accordingly.

FDF has policies in place to ensure that dignity, respect and confidentiality are at all times maintained. After every period of absence, a return to work interview is undertaken, during the interview any concerns can be discussed or investigated further. After a period of long-term sickness absence, a phased return to work strategy may be considered.

Each newly appointed member of staff is asked to complete a confidential pre-medical screening questionnaire administered through BUPA. The questionnaire allows FDF to provide new employees with any appropriate reasonable adjustments, or work place modifications. FDF has a robust sickness absence policy in place, meaning that all periods of absences are recorded and monitored. FDF provides private medical insurance and a 24 hour confidential and independent advice and counselling helpline. FDF aims to be flexible regarding any employees that are suffering from a chronic health condition or are unpaid carers. If appropriate, options such as, flexible working, career breaks or reduced hours may be implemented.

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