Macmillan Cancer Support
H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 21 December, 2011
We have reviewed our HR policies against the Chronic Conditions Guides and we believe that they reflect the principles of the guides. Our sickness absence policy recommends the consideration of workplace adjustments and provides guidance on returning to work following long-term sickness absence, including phased returns. As a cancer charity we have gone further and created policies to support employees and line managers within our organisation who are affected by cancer. This includes a working through cancer policy aimed at employees diagnosed with cancer or who care for someone with cancer and includes guidance on open communication between managers and affected employees. Our guide for managers on managing cancer in the workplace contains practical guidance and signposts to other organisations which can offer support. This, and our top 10 tips for line managers, are publicised on our external Macmillan website as a resource for other organisations. We have a carers policy which includes provision for employees to take carer's leave in order to fulfil their caring responsibilities and we offer a number of other leave options to support this. Our buddying scheme puts employees affected by cancer or caring for someone with cancer in touch with one another in order for them to provide support to one another. We use our own Macmillan support line to offer support to colleagues. All employees can use our free employee assistance programme which is available 24 hours a day and also provides face to face counselling sessions. Employees also have the option of joining our private medical insurance scheme.In future, we will ensure that our review of our hr policies continues to embed the principles of the chronic conditions guides. We intend to strengthen our wellbeing offer to employees and this will include further reinforcing the support available to staff who are affected, directly or indirectly, by a chronic condition.