Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you to Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who signed the charter on 16th October 2017 providing protection for their 2,000 employees.

Chair of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Paul Devlin, said:
“It is important for us as an inclusive employer to ensure that we are representing each and every one of our employees - including those with a terminal illness. We want our staff to know that they can rely on the Trust to support them to remain in work if they wish to. This is why we are incredibly proud to be signing the Dying to Work voluntary charter and pledge to continue to help raise awareness of the campaign. We have always been supportive of our employees with terminal illness, so it was an obvious decision for us to commit to the charter, because it’s absolutely the right thing to do.”

Staff Side Lead at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Richard Holmes, said:
“It is our duty to ensure that employees with a terminal illness cannot be dismissed as a result of their condition, and allow them their dignity and freedom to choose how to spend the rest of their lives.Many individuals with a terminal diagnosis will want to continue working; whether this is for financial security, because it’s a distraction from their illness, or just because it’s what they enjoy doing – they should be able to make that decision and be supported by their employer.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service

Thank you to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service who signed the charter on 4th October 2017 providing protection for their 913 employees.

HR Manager, Llinos Gutierrez-Jones, said:
“North Wales Fire and Rescue Service are committed to the wellbeing of its staff and we are proud to sign this charter, as it is part of our ethos to treat our employees fairly and with respect. We want to look after the people who protect our communities – supporting our colleagues through difficult times is very important to us as a Service. By signing the ‘Dying to work’ charter we are formally committing to helping our colleagues who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness to remain in work. We are hoping that this will also encourage other organisations to commit to this pledge. We are very proud to be one of the first public sector organisation and the first Fire and Rescue Service in Wales to sign the pledge and hope this urges others to consider this positive step.”

Bolton Council

Thank you to Bolton Council who signed the charter on 4th September 2017 providing protection for their 3,810 employees.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said:
“We have seen cases across the country and there is a lot of personal connection to this from our staff. We have worked closely with all of our Trade Union representatives to enshrine this important protection in the council and I do urge other organisations to look at what they can do too to give staff peace of mind so they know their jobs are protected and guarantee future financial security of their family.”

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Thank you to County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service who signed the charter on 1st September 2017 providing protection for their 580 employees.

Chief Fire Officer, Stuart Errington, said:
“I’m really proud to be the first employer in the north east to sign up to this voluntary charter. It’s so important that anyone suffering a terminal illness has the peace of mind to know that their place of work is behind them 100% at the most difficult time.”

Royal Mail

Royal Mail

Thank you to Royal Mail who signed the charter on 30th August 2017 providing protection for their 142,000 employees.

Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability, Dr Shaun Davis, said:
“Everyone experiences terminal illness in a unique way, and at Royal Mail we want to ensure that any of our people diagnosed with such an illness is supported at work through a tailored and flexible approach. Signing up to the Dying to Work Charter builds on the policies and guides we already have in place to help employees, and their direct families, if they receive such a diagnosis.”

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Thank you to Scottish Qualifications Authority who signed the charter on 21st August 2017 providing protection for their 916 employees.

Director of Corporate Services, Maidie Cahill, said:
“We have always worked hard to ensure that colleagues that receive a terminal diagnosis are supported as much as possible, and the stress caused by such news is not compounded by issues caused by work. Being a signatory of the STUC’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign clearly sets out our commitment; we will ensure that our friends and co-workers have the security of work, peace of mind, and the right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families and help them through this challenging period with dignity.”

Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police

Thank you to Northamptonshire Police who signed the charter on 15th August 2017 providing protection for their 1,969 employees.

Deputy Chief Constable, Rachel Swann, said:
“The wellbeing of our people is a high priority to me and it is essential that we give each person facing a terminal diagnosis the choice and freedom to decide what is best for them given their own individual circumstances. The Dying to Work Charter shows our commitment to this and I am proud to have signed it today.”

University of Kent

University of Kent

Thank you to University of Kent who signed the charter on 14th August 2017 providing protection for their 4,056 employees.

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Alison Ross-Green, said:
“The University has a long standing practice of doing its utmost to support employees who are terminally ill and recognises the vital role that work can play in establishing some normality and social support as staff and their families the challenges and difficult decisions raised at end of life. For us, the Charter is an opportunity to formalise and make public our commitment to provide this support. In consultation with the Universities and Colleges Union we have also been able to use the structure of the Charter to think through some of the more detailed aspects of the support we need to provide. Developing the Charter has been a positive process and one that we would commend to other Institutions considering this initiative.”

City of Lincoln Council

City of Lincoln Council

Thank you to City of Lincoln Council who signed the charter on 8th August 2017 providing protection for their 660 employees.

Leader of City of Lincoln Council, Cllr Ric Metcalfe, said:
“We fully support the Dying to Work Campaign and are very happy to apply the principles of this charter to the policies of the City of Lincoln Council. Those who are going through such an incredibly difficult time in their lives don’t need any additional worries, and the council prides itself on being an organisation that has the interests of its employees at heart.”

Derbyshire Police Service

Derbyshire Police Service

Thank you to Derbyshire Police Service who signed the charter on 27th July 2017 providing protection for their 3,140 employees.

Deputy Chief Constable, Gary Knighton, said:
“We are pleased to be able to sign up to this charter to support terminally ill workers. We want to ensure that our officers and staff don’t have the additional stress of losing their job as a result of illness and the charter allows us to offer that valuable peace of mind. I’m proud that we are the first police force to sign the charter and I hope others will follow suit.”