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H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers

Committed since:

1 July, 2013

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 30 September, 2013

The principles of the Chronic Conditions Guide are embedded within DCLG HR policies and procedures. Our existing attendance management processes support managers to make reasonable work and/or workplace adjustments that support staff to remain in productive work and to help them return to work as quickly as possible following a period of sickness absence. DCLG managers and HR staff have access to a wide range of guidance and information on the staff intranet to enable them effectively manage staff with chronic health conditions. This is supplemented by specialist advice services including the HR Shared Services Team, HR Advisory Team, Occupational Health Service and the Employee Assistance Programme (for both individuals and managers/HR). DCLG will continue to promote these principles and practices through relevant channels.

DCLG promotes awareness raising of various chronic conditions through its staff intranet and through fund raising activities. We will run a chronic conditions workshop for interested staff, our Carers and Health and Wellbeing staff groups to ensure that staff with chronic conditions are provided with the necessary support they require.

The Department is currently undertaking an internal review of its reasonable adjustments provision in order to ensure that staff are provided with the required adjustments in a timely and efficient manner. The findings of this review are due to be shared with senior management in November 2013. As part of our commitment under this pledge, DCLG will ensure that any recommendations following the review accepted by the senior management team will be implemented.

The Department has also signed up to the Responsibility Deal pledge - P2 as a way of encouraging staff to adopt physically active life styles in order to help reduce the risks of developing long term chronic conditions.

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