Work Positive CI - South East Community Healthcare

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The HSE/South East Community Healthcare believes that its employees are one of the most important assets in the delivery of high quality health and social services.

Work related stress has been and continues to be a concern and can be due to several reasons e.g. role conflicts, workplace demands and continued exposure to emotional problems etc. Line Managers have a legal obligation to assess these psychosocial risks and to minimise exposure to these hazards.  South East Community Healthcare (SECH) is committed to protecting your safety, health and welfare at work. The HSE recognises that workplace stress is a health and safety issue and it is important to identify and reduce workplace stress.

As part of the development of the HSE’s “Policy for Prevention and Management of Stress in the Workplace, 2018” the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Unit have worked in partnership with others to adapt a framework enabling managers to protect their staff by proactively managing these risks. “Work PositiveCI” is a completely confidential psycho-social risk management process that helps management identify ways to improve employee health, safety and wellbeing.  The “Work PositiveCI” framework has been endorsed by the States Claims Agency and the Health and Safety Authority.

You will shortly receive an invitation, from your Line Manager, to complete an online confidential survey. It is the first such survey to integrate elements of employee health, safety and wellbeing into one resource that will provide managers with a comprehensive and actionable plan to improve your work area.

South East Community Healthcare (SECH) has agreed and endorsed the implementation of the pilot of HSE Work PositiveCI Framework. The Senior Management Team of SECH will use “Work PositiveCI” to support bringing about change within the health services, through the identification of areas of risk and the implementation of actions to reduce and where possible eliminate these. We will be supported by the HSE’s National Working Group.

All staff are being given an opportunity to have their say. Completion of the “Work PositiveCI” framework will allow;

  • All staff to have their input with regard to work related stressors.
  • Survey results to be benchmarked against Irish norms.
  • Provision of a specific, actionable plan to improve employee health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Signposting to the support services available within your area.
  • Provide a response to critical incident exposure to support staff.
  • Full implementation of this framework will provide legislative compliance and provide our Senior Management with a clear overview of where we are and what action needs to be taken to ensure employee health, safety and wellbeing.

To support you, we have created a managers guide and employee guide to HSE Work PositiveCI

A ‘Positive’ workplace can mean the difference between success and falling short of expectations and delivery for an organisation. A good relationship among employees leads to improved teamwork and, in turn, to a more responsive client/patient focused service.

Go to www.hseworkpositive.com to get involved.

Should you need help with creating a HSE Work Positive CI  survey or logging onto http://www.hseworkpositive.com you can contact the Health and Safety Helpdesk on 1850 420 420 between 10:30-12:00 and 14:00-15:30, Monday to Friday.

Relevant policies:

Policy for Prevention and Management of Stress in the Workplace 2018

Policy on Preventing and Managing Critical Incident Stress