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H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 6 May, 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
A revised Sickness Absence Policy was introduced in January 2014 which have more robust processes to support staff and managers. In the autumn of 2013 an evaluation with the staff of the preferred interventions to tackle our high absence areas of stress, anxiety and musco-skeletal disorders was undertaken and as a consequence a number of initiatives were introduced, namely Mindfulness training course for all staff, supported by a â€˜Tackling stress & promoting good mental health at work for managersâ€™ - stress management training providing managers with skills and strategies to play a leading part in reducing individual/team stress, raising managerâ€™s awareness of their responsibilities for stress management, understand the causes and recognise the early symptoms of stress in the workplace. Moreover it will help managers in taking remedial and preventative action to reduce employee stress. In addition we provide staff with a mindfulness and chronic pain management course. This is an extension of the mindfulness course and is designed to teach participants strategies and approaches to help improve both physical as well as psychological outcome measures associated with chronic pain.
We have continued with the development of the dedicated wellbeing intranet page â€˜Our Wellbeingâ€™ which provides information to managers and staff on a wide variety of wellbeing matters, included a focussed section on the management of chronic and/or mental health conditions. We have continued to work closely with Start2, an interactive web based service which looks at making creative activity part of our lives to protect positive mental wellbeing and help to manage stress and illness. Our Wellbeing webpage has dedicated resources to support staff who may have difficulties with stress / mental wellbeing and a toolkit available staff, managers and clinicians.
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