CCG commits to TUC’s Dying to Work Charter

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7 February 2020

NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group has added its name to a charter aimed at helping employees who become terminally ill at work.

The CCG’s Governing Body has approved the move for the organisation to become the latest employer to sign up to the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter, following in the footsteps of employers such as Rolls Royce, Royal Mail and the Co-op.

Dr Chris Clayton, Chief Executive Officer of NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re pleased to confirm the CCG’s support for the Dying to Work Charter.

“As an NHS Employer, we’re committed to supporting any colleague who becomes terminally ill.

“Through signing the charter we hope to raise greater awareness of this initiative across our workforce, partner organisations and the wider local communities we serve.

“We’re also aiming to make sure we do all we can to support any colleague who receives a terminal diagnosis while working for us.

“As a clinical organisation we understand the complexities and challenges this presents and by signing up to this charter we’re visibly demonstrating the support we offer.”

The charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Workcampaign, which seeks greater security for terminally ill workers where they cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition.

By signing the charter an employer agrees to:

  • Review sick pay and sickness absence procedures and include a specific statement that it will not dismiss any person with a terminal diagnosis because of their condition.
  • Ensure it has an Employee Assistance Programme that has the capacity and competency to provide support to any person with a terminal illness, including access to counselling and financial advice.
  • Provide training to line managers and all HR staff on dealing with terminal illness, including how to discuss future plans with any worker who has a diagnosis of a terminal illness, and on what adaptations to work arrangements that may be necessary.
  • Adopt the Dying to Work Charter and notify all employees that they have made the commitments contained in it.

The CCG already has an Employee Assistance Programme in place and provides support and makes reasonable adjustments for staff with a disability or serious illness.

Dying to Work was taken forward by the TUC following the case of Jacci Woodcook, an area sales manager from Derbyshire who was forced out of her job in 2015 after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The TUC asks employers to sign up to its voluntary charter to stop cases like Jacci’s happening in the future.

Lee Barron, TUC Midlands Regional Secretary, said: “Your job should be the least of your worries when you get a terminal diagnosis.

“I’m delighted that NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group has shown real leadership in this area, working with unions to guarantee fair treatment for terminally-ill workers.

“We now have a million workers being covered by the Dying to Work charter across the country, and we expect more employers to commit in the coming months.”

An official signing of the charter will take place soon - details coming shortly.

Published: 14/02/2020