A. Yes, the line manager can be supported by an HR representative. However, not all Formal Absence Review meetings to discuss long term absence require an HR representative to be present. For example, if an employee has a fracture or undergone surgery there is no requirement for an HR representative to be present unless the recovery period becomes longer than the anticipated.
A. HR support will be available to managers when compiling outcome letters for long term sickness absence. Furthermore, comprehensive template letters have been drafted which should reduce the need to create/ produce lengthy letters which are available via NHSGGC : Attendance Management Tools & Templates
A. If amendments are received from the employee this will result in amending the outcome letter if the manager is in agreement with the amendments. This should not result in excessive admin work. If the manager does not agree with the employees amendments then both the original and amended letter will be retained within the employee’s personal file.
A. In most cases it is likely that a HR Representative will be present to support the presenting manager for potential dismissal cases. If there has not been a HR Representative involved with the case the relevant manager will require to contact HR Support and Advice Unit and request support.