P_HR_44 Roster Policy

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust recognises the value of its workforce and is committed to supporting staff to provide safe high quality patient care and service delivery. Whilst acknowledging the need to balance the effective provision of service with supporting staff to achieve an appropriate work life balance, it is recognised that the Trust needs to be able respond to changing service requirements. Flexible, efficient and robust rostering of the workforce is key to achieving this objective.

The Trust supports the principles embedded in Improving Working Lives (IWL) regarding work life balance, flexible, and family friendly working.  However, this should be set against the need to ensure safe levels of staffing to maximise and maintain the quality of patient care and service delivery.  The Trust will seriously consider requests for flexible working, but may decline them if this pattern cannot be accommodated into the service needs.  Achieving adequate staffing numbers and skill mix must always be the priority.  All other factors are secondary to this, including requests, personal preferences, and study leave.

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