Reference 2018-682

REF:           2018-682

Subject:       Deaths in service

 

Request:

1) Please state the number of deaths in service [ie: during employment, but not necessarily on the premises or during working hours] of nursing staff employed by your organisation since 2012.

2)(i) Please state how many of the total deaths were recorded, known or otherwise suspected to be suicide?

2)(ii) Please state what the different categories of cause of death were recorded as, for the purposes of the organisation’s own reporting and recording. For example; cancer, heart failure, suicide etc.

3) Please include copies of any ‘death in service’ procedure or policy the organisation uses.

4) Please describe if there is any work in progress to address mental health needs or suicide risk among your nursing workforce, or alternatively where there have been suicides whether there have been any changes in workplace practices as a result?

 

Response:

1) Please state the number of deaths in service [i.e.: during employment, but not necessarily on the premises or during working hours] of nursing staff employed by your organisation since 2012. Five
 2)(i) Please state how many of the total deaths were recorded, known or otherwise suspected to be suicide? Is not recorded, Death in service is the reason for termination, we do not hold their reason for death.
2)(ii) Please state what the different categories of cause of death were recorded as, for the purposes of the organisation’s own reporting and recording. For example; cancer, heart failure, suicide etc.
3) Please include copies of any ‘death in service’ procedure or policy the organisation uses.

 

There is no set policy for death in service as this is covered by the NHS pensions scheme.
4) Please describe if there is any work in progress to address mental health needs or suicide risk among your nursing workforce, or alternatively where there have been suicides whether there have been any changes in workplace practices as a result?

 

The Trust has increased the support to staff through increasing the mental well-being drop in sessions provided by Occupational Health. In addition a range of support has been put in place for staff such as financial wellbeing via an organisation, Neyber; and single point of access to staff benefits, health and well-being support through a single portal, in the New Year. Scoping of external offers to people living and working in Bolton is being carried out, including the potential to provide mental health first aid training for managers. This is in addition to support offered by OHS, chaplaincy and the counselling service.

 

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