Day One cessation trial extended

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The Day One cessation trial has been extended in Bedfordshire until Sunday 22nd September 2019, following a review and positive local feedback from staff and managers.   

This extension is whilst we consider options of further roll outs across the Trust and a decision on the future use of the Day One service.

Since Tuesday 9th July 2019, A&E operational staff, who work in Bedfordshire and Luton, have been taking part in a trial, which means on a temporary basis, they no longer have to call Day One to book sick or when booking fit to return to work. 

Instead, staff are asked to call their local management team, via a dedicated mobile phone number, so that their Leading Operations Manager (LOM) or Assistant General Manager (AGM) can offer immediate support and gain a better understanding of why the employee is not fit for duty.

Managers have been able to gauge how long the period of sickness is expected to last and make the necessary referrals to occupational health and wellbeing services, where appropriate. Any sickness discussed with a LOM remains confidential amongst the local management team and with any occupational health, or wellbeing providers, with staff consent.

Prior to agreeing an extension of the trial, consultation was undertaken with the local management teams, human resources, rostering services, Trust internal communications team and Unison, to discuss any challenges and feedback received.

No concerns or issues were raised in the trial period and all parties support the extension. 

Published 29th August 2019

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