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H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 24 April, 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
Over the past year Newcastle University continues to embrace the key principles contained in the Employer/Line Manager and Employee Chronic Conditions Guides as demonstrated by:
- Ongoing provision of comprehensive occupational health services including manager referrals to occupational health for advice on long-term absence cases; on site physiotherapy services for work-related or work-aggravated musculoskeletal problems and on site counselling support for mental health problems
- Ongoing support from the University Disability Co-ordinators Equality and Diversity Team and Just Ask team. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/justask/
- Provision of flexible working arrangements for all employees.
- Comprehensive sickness absence management processes including provision of case conference management discussions and reasonable adjustments/phased return to work schemes with 109 phased returns to work programmes completed Sept 2012 - March 2013.
- Training and guidance for line managers on sickness absence management, disability awareness; mental health first aid and stress management.
- Providing comprehensive wellbeing information for employees on our intranet site Keep Well @ NCL https://my.ncl.ac.uk/staff/wellbeing/
- Achieving the Gold level award in the regional Better Health @ Work award supported by a network of 45 health advocates across the university. We are currently progressing with the Continuing Excellence award.
- Providing a number of wellbeing initiatives across campus aimed at encouraging healthy lifestyles and enabling employees to be signposted to relevant services for any health conditions identified - Initiatives delivered September 2013 - March 2014 including Stress Awareness week, Movember Campaign; Mindfulness Awareness week ; Student Union Staff Awareness week; Dry January; Mental Health Awareness workshops for all staff covering Managing Stress and Mental Wellbeing for Managers.
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