H1. Chronic Conditions Guide and Carers
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 2 September, 2013
The Drinkaware Trust’s Employee Handbook and Policies and Procedures include information on the support offered to employees. Health and safety procedures are covered during new starter inductions. This process includes delivery of instructions on what to do during emergency evacuations and in case of fire. Drinkaware provides up-to-date knowledge and practical experience to its fire wardens and first aiders with the provision of third party professional training courses.
There is a clear bullying and harassment policy which identifies the steps Drinkaware will take to deal with such a situation, and outlines what is deemed unacceptable behaviour in the workplace.
There is a self-certificate form which staff members are required to complete following a sickness-related absence, and a return to work interview is held with line managers if appropriate.
Compassionate leave, working from home and flexible working can be offered to staff, depending on individual circumstances and the needs of the organisation.
In addition, as an alcohol education charity, Drinkaware offers additional support to staff who require assistance in managing their drinking.
Drinkaware recognises that the misuse of alcohol can be a medical problem and in these circumstances will offer appropriate support to its staff members to help them make a recovery.
• If a medical problem is identified and accepted by the individual, then professional help will be sought. Drinkaware will meet the reasonable cost of medical treatment, i.e. counselling.
• If a period of absence from work is required for treatment, this will normally be granted.
• Employment rights will be protected during authorised absence and every reasonable effort will be made to support the return to work.
The Drinkaware Staff Handbook is being revised this year, and updated to reflect the organisation’s commitment to the chronic conditions guide and the mental health adjustments guide.