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H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 16 April, 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
HMRC delivery plan for pledge H.1. describes what is already in place to support employees with chronic health conditions.
We have continued to work with our Occupational Health and Employee Assistance Providers, forging closer working relationships in the support of employee’s management of their chronic health condition. Proactive contract management and established protocols continue to be at the forefront of our action together with clear terms of reference and joint meetings allowing for the provision of our holistic service.
A Health and Wellbeing Assessment on line tool which invites staff to complete a health related issue questionnaire and which will provide analysis and sign-posting to support areas has been developed. Monitoring will be undertaken providing statistical data which will enable areas for improvement and better targeted interventions.
HMRC introduced a one-stop on line service through its service provider, supplying practical help, information, awareness, action steps and resources to help support Carers benefiting employees and their families. In recognition of HMRC’s ageing workforce the tool provides proactive advice on age related issues.
A Wellbeing Stress Tool Kit is now in development for 2015/16 and will include a section on chronic health conditions, raising awareness, encouraging proactive management and signposting for further support.
HMRC promotes the Employee Assistance Providers web pages on” Living Well-Working Well-Achieving More”. The website has articles, downloadable fact sheets and sources of information on a number of health and wellbeing subjects such as cardiovascular risk.
Continued news article publicity provided throughout the year has included regular Wellbeing news items highlighting conditions and raising awareness, such as bowel cancer, diabetes, stress and multiple sclerosis. National awareness days and campaigns have continued to be supported through the Departments Wellbeing site. Examples include Parkinson’s Awareness Week 7th April 2014 to 13th April 2014 and Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week 28th April 2014 to 4th May 2014.
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