Attendance

The purpose of the Attendance policy is to encourage attendance and support staff where health issues are impacting their ability to be at work.

From 1st March 2020, a revised Once for Scotland Workforce Policy for Attendance has been introduced for use by all NHSScotland Boards. Please refer to the NHSScotland Workforce Policies website to access this along with supporting documentation and templates.

If the Attendance process had been instigated prior to the 1st March 2020, please contact HR for advice as to whether the existing Board policy or the revised Once for Scotland policy should be used.

National Services Scotland

Staff whose health problems give cause for concern may be dealt with under the Attendance Policy when attendance at work does not meet the required standards.

From 1st March 2020, a revised Once for Scotland Workforce Policy for Attendance has been introduced for use by all NHSScotland Boards. 

If the Attendance process has been instigated prior to the 1st March, please contact HR for advice as to whether the existing Board policy applies or if the revised Once for Scotland should apply.  To access the National Once for Scotland policy please refer to the NHSScotland Workforce Policies website

NHS 24

NHS 24 aims to create a culture of attendance at work and to provide support to staff when they are unfit or unable to undertake full contractual duties.

The aim is to ensure that NHS 24 achieves the optimum attendance for all staff, to meet the safe and effective delivery of patient care.

From 1st March 2020, a revised Once for Scotland Workforce Policy for Attendance has been introduced for use by all NHSScotland Boards. 

If the Attendance process has been instigated prior to the 1st March, please contact HR for advice as to whether the existing Board policy applies or if the revised Once for Scotland should apply. To access the National Once for Scotland policy please refer to the NHSScotland Workforce Policies website.

NHS Education for Scotland

NHS Education for Scotland Management of Sickness Absence Policy has been amended to reflect the new circular PCS (AFC) 2019-2 issued by the Scottish Government to ensure all Boards are complying with and implementing the same sickness absence triggers. The revised policy will be implemented from 1st of July 2019. The main change is the adoption of the new trigger points which are 8 working days and/or 4 absences in 12 months, different to the existing NES triggers.

From 1st March 2020, a revised Once for Scotland Workforce Policy for Attendance has been introduced for use by all NHSScotland Boards. 

If the Attendance process has been instigated prior to the 1st March, please contact HR for advice as to whether the existing Board policy applies or if the revised Once for Scotland should apply. To access the National Once for Scotland policy please refer to the NHSScotland Workforce Policies website.

Public Health Scotland

From 1st March 2020, a revised Once for Scotland Workforce Policy for Attendance has been introduced for use by all NHSScotland Boards. 

If the Attendance process has been instigated prior to the 1st March, please contact HR for advice as to whether the existing Board policy applies or if the revised Once for Scotland should apply.  To access the National Once for Scotland policy please refer to the NHSScotland Workforce Policies website

If you have been advised that the existing Board policy applies then please refer to the option below that best describes your circumstances to ensure you refer to the correct information. This is because from 1st April 2020 Public Health Scotland will bring together staff previously employed by NSS and NHS Health Scotland alongside new PHS employees, meaning different routes for staff to access HR information. 
 
• I have TUPE transferred from NHS Health Scotland into Public Health Scotland – Please raise your query with HR via Contact Us
• I have TUPE transferred from NSS to Public Health Scotland – please select the National Services Scotland tab above to access all information.
• I am an employee in Public Health Scotland – please select the National Service Scotland tab to access all information. 

 

Self-Certification form - please use this for absences up to 7 calendar days, and return to your line manager for filing.

Return to Work Discussion - this should be completed electronically on eESS with the line manager within 2 days of returning to work.  If the line manager does not currently have eESS access, this can be done retrospectively once access is activated by using the paper form in the tab below.

Scottish Ambulance Service

The Scottish Ambulance Service is committed to promoting the health, safety and welfare of our staff.  We aim to create a positive culture of attendance at work and to provide appropriate support to our staff when they are unfit or unable to undertake their full contractual duties.  The Service approach is to promote fair, consistent, clear and effective arrangements to facilitating recovery and return to work whenever this is possible.

From 1st March 2020, a revised Once for Scotland Workforce Policy for Attendance has been introduced for use by all NHSScotland Boards. 

If the Attendance process has been instigated prior to the 1st March, please contact HR for advice as to whether the existing Board policy applies or if the revised Once for Scotland should apply. To access the National Once for Scotland policy please refer to the NHSScotland Workforce Policies website.

The State Hospital

The State Hospitals Board for Scotland has a duty of care towards its employees for ensuring good standards of health, fitness and wellbeing and to provide appropriate support, intervention and treatment where required.

The employees of The State Hospitals Board for Scotland are its greatest resource and through them all services are delivered and improved.

From 1st March 2020, a revised Once for Scotland Workforce Policy for Attendance has been introduced for use by all NHSScotland Boards. 

If the Attendance process has been instigated prior to the 1st March, please contact HR for advice as to whether the existing Board policy applies or if the revised Once for Scotland should apply. To access the National Once for Scotland policy please refer to the NHSScotland Workforce Policies website.