Home Page About Us News & Events Our Services Contact Us
About Us
Awards
Events
Press office
Stepping Up members newsletter

News Details

Dying To Work – Supporting staff with terminal illness  

10 Aug 2021 - Press Release

 

Leaders at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust have pledged their support to a national initiative aimed at providing the best possible support for employees who have a terminal illness.

The trust, which runs Stepping Hill Hospital and community NHS services across Stockport, has signed up to the Dying to Work Charter together with trade unions representing staff working for their services.

The Dying to Work Charter was set up by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to ensure employers respond to the needs of terminal employees, recognising that these are people who require support and understanding, not additional and avoidable stress and worry. The Charter also recognises if staff want to continue working in safe and reasonable work, this can help maintain dignity and offer a therapeutic distraction.

It aims to provide employees with security of work, peace of mind and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves during challenging times, with dignity and without undue financial loss. This includes being able to have time off, having adequate employment protection, and having their death in benefits protected for any loves ones they leave behind.

Trust Chair Professor Tony Warne and Chief Executive Karen James OBE signed the charter and showed their public support alongside David McAllister, UNISON Branch Secretary on the Stepping Hill Hospital site.

In addition to UNISON, other unions and organisations representing Stockport NHS staff who have signed up to the charter are the Royal College of Nurses, the Royal College of Midwives, The British Medical Association, Unite, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Representatives, the British and Irish Orthoptic Society, and the Trade Union Conference.  

Chair, Professor Tony Warne said; “People who have had a diagnosis of terminal illnesses are going through a terrible and traumatic experience, and they should be given the respect and support they need.

“We are proud at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust to sign up to the Dying To Work charter to show our commitment to supporting our staff at their time of greatest need.”

 UNISON Stockport Health Branch Secretary and Healthcare Assistant David McAllister said;  "The TUC Dying to Work Charter is close to my heart. I am so pleased the trust has signed up to it.

“My dear friend and fellow UNISON Branch Secretary Jean Blevin worked with The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust who signed up to this before she sadly passed away from a terminal illness in August 2020. It is an honour to continue Jean’s legacy who wanted to make sure that no one who receives a terminal diagnosis would suffer additional strife at work or financial concerns.”

“Every person battling terminal conditions deserves the choice of how to spend their final months. When staff are faced with such a tough diagnosis, we are committed to ensuring that they are treated with respect in a supportive work environment.”

UNISON branch secretary David McAllister, Chair Professor Tony Warne and Chief Executive Karen James



Other news

Top national honours for supporting patients in pain

27 Oct 2021 - Press Release
Stepping Hill Hospital's service for supporting inpatients experiencing pain has ...

Progress on endoscopy unit expansion as planning is confirmed

26 Oct 2021 - Press Release
Plans for major enhancements to Stepping Hill Hospital's endoscopy unit have tak ...

Inpatient visiting rules - help stop the spread of COVID-19

22 Oct 2021 - Press Release
Coronavirus hasn't gone away, and rates in Stockport are currently very high.Ple ...

Breast cancer awareness – mobile scanner service supporting women in Stockport

21 Oct 2021 - Press Release
As the nation goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women in Stockport ar ...

Your chance to join the Council of Govenors

04 Oct 2021 - Press Release
Nominations are now open to stand for our Council of Governors, which currently ...



© Stockport NHS Foundation Trust 2021. Stepping Hill Hospital, Poplar Grove, Stockport, SK2 7JE. 0161 483 1010