P_HR_54 Management of Relationships in the Workplace Policy
It is recognised that close personal relationships can and do sometimes form in the workplace and that as a large employer situations will arise within Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust where related persons or individuals with a close personal relationship are employed within the same team, establishment or work area.
Whilst recognising the right of employees to privacy and family life, the organisation has a legitimate right to protect the interests of the organisation, patients, service users and other employees and to take appropriate action when close personal relationships either have the potential to or do impact upon the Trusts services.
The purpose of this policy is to provide employees and managers with clear guidance of the standards of behaviour expected of all employees in their dealings with patients and service users and the professional boundaries that must be respected in those relationships.
To ensure that issues arising from close relationships are dealt with promptly, sensitively and effectively.