CIPD backs well-notes scheme

11-04-2008

CIPD backs well-notes scheme
The well-note scheme proposed by national director for health and work Dame Carol Black has been welcomed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Aimed at tackling Britain's sick note culture, the well-note idea will mean GPs must focus on what an employee can do, rather than list the tasks they cannot complete due to illness.

Ben Willmott, an employee relations advisor at the CIPD, stated that this idea "has to be a good thing".

Well-notes may prompt GPs into helping long-term illness sufferers in a phased return to work, as well as improving communication between GPs and employers, he remarked.

"It will be part of the jigsaw that will help move this agenda forward and provide a better link between GPs and employers for the benefit of their employees," he said.

Mr Willmott added that it may be particularly useful for workers with mental health problems.

Commenting on the increasing importance of health issues in the workplace, ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg laid strong emphasis on tackling stress and creating an environment in which employees WANT to work.

"Facing up to work issues can have physical consequences that show up as illness or emotional apprehension," he says.

He adds: "To overcome this, it is vital that employers look to treating cause, not symptoms. For instance, is a person really sick? Or are there work pressures that cause the FEELING of being sick? Can such pressures be overcome with better training?"

"The well-note scheme is a good one, particularly if it focuses attention on employee motivation and going forward. If you are dealing with a willing and loyal staff member, then anything is better than pushing productivity at the expense of all else," he says.

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