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Support for your patients who work for Wirral CT

Issue 12 - Feb 2017

As a provider of health services in Wirral we are well aware of the benefits of good health and wellbeing and we encourage our staff to take responsibility for their own positive health and wellbeing. We also recognise that work is good for our staff.

We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our sickness absence rates whilst at the same time ensuring staff are appropriately supported when they are unwell. As a GP we know that you will often have limited information about your patient’s employer and the support they can provide. This letter aims to draw your attention to the arrangements that we, as a large local employer, have in place for our staff. We hope this information will assist you in supporting our staff who may be your patient by signposting them to other health professionals for additional support or in making recommendations for their return to work.

As an organisation, we deliver excellent care to our patients; but we know that at times our staff do not always put their own health needs at the top of their list of priorities. Our Managing Attendance policy ensures that we support all staff who are ill, not just those with underlying or chronic conditions and we aim to ensure that they have the support they require to allow them to sustain their attendance at work.

The attached sheet outlines the support services that we offer to our staff. We would like you to encourage any of your patients who work for the Trust to access these support services, as many have very short waiting times which allow staff to receive appropriate care and advice in a timely manner and to be assured that we will work with the individual to facilitate a sustained return to work.

If you have any queries relating to the contents of this letter or the supporting fact sheet then please do not hesitate to contact Karen Walkden-Smith, Deputy Director of HR on 0151 643 5306

Download - Staff Support Fact Sheet

Yours sincerely


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