Flexible working option for all

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2012 Health Care Service Group Conference
15 December 2011

Conference notes that despite numerous attempts to ensure that employers have a consistent approach to dealing with flexible working requests, there are still widespread differences. As a significant number of health staff are shift workers, and therefore more likely to require flexible working patterns, it is important we are able to address this issue.

Particularly in the current financial climate where there is already anecdotal evidence of employers becoming less willing to agree flexible working requests, it is imperative we move to ensure consistency and fairness.

Conference therefore calls on the Service Group Executive to work with the NEC to:

1)Carry out a survey amongst health branches to identify the quality of data collected by employers with regards flexible working requests

2)Identify how this data is used to inform decisions on flexible working requests

3)Identify areas of good practice and develop guidance to advise how this can be consistently applied

4)Consider how this issue can be pursued through the NHS Staff Council