Chesterfield Royal Hospital commits to colleagues who are carers
The Chesterfield Royal Hospital has signed the Staff Carers’ Charter, recognising their commitment to colleagues at the Trust who have caring responsibilities outside of work.
The Royal signed the Carers’ Charter a few years ago that supports the Key Standards the Trust has put in place for Carers. This additional charter recognises that some of those carers will be colleagues that work here who also look after a family member with a physical disability, long term condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance abuse and may need help.
Rebecca Cowley is the Royal’s Carer Liaison Officer, she said: “We’ve put a lot of effort into recognising the role that carers play in the treatment and care of our inpatients. This charter aims to do the same for our staff in terms of offering support and advice for those who work here but have additional responsibilities as a carer outside of the hospital.”
“As a carer, being able to reconcile your work life with caring responsibilities can be difficult so this charter recognises our responsibilities as an employer to help facilitate that. For example we can help line managers to support their teams by being aware of carers’ legal rights and how our own policies and procedures could benefit them.”
“But it’s also about further awareness raising, ensuring that people don’t make assumptions about an individual’s capabilities as a carer. It’s about supporting flexible working where appropriate to help colleagues remain in work effectively and to benefit their health and wellbeing by reducing stress and anxiety. By giving teams, managers and individuals the tools to be able to resolve issues related to being a carer enables that individual to take a bit of control back in their lives and make the most of their work life and their own caring responsibilities.”
The original Carers’ Charter ensures that the Royal is committed to working together with the carers of patients receiving treatment at this hospital. It recognises that these carers are in a unique position because they know that patient’s personal needs and requirements on a daily basis and should be included in decisions about their care and treatment.
Rebecca added: “The charters complement each other very well and a lot of the work that has been done to raise awareness of what a carer is will help our staff to recognise that in themselves.”
“This Trust places a great emphasis on health and wellbeing, recognising that a happy and motivated team is more effective. This charter sits alongside that work and sends out the message that, whether it’s part of Appraisal discussions or regular catch ups, it is something that an individual should feel confident to bring up and talk about with their colleagues.”
By committing to the Staff Carers’ Charter, the Royal is extending that commitment to its workforce and recognising that a balance between work and personal commitments needs to be made.