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Sickness absence and attendance

The Trust is committed to supporting the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff to ensure the require attendance is met to provide a high-quality service.

Regular and reliable attendance at work is fundamental to the employment contract. However, the Trust recognises that there may be times when staff are unable to attend work due to sickness.

Knowledge of sickness absence notification and reporting procedures is important as well as identifying when an absence is unauthorised. All sickness absence will be managed sympathetically and sensitively. Although every case will need to be handled according to the individual circumstances.

This section aims to provide advice and guidance to both staff and managers in relation to the informal and formal procedures that should be followed for managing sickness absence.

On Tuesday 1 October 2019, the Trust implemented a new procedure for managing sickness absence and attendance at work. It is advised that both staff and managers familiarise themselves with the procedure which can be found on the policies and procedures section of the intranet.

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