I’m just looking for some advice/thoughts on return to work interview at schools and how they are received by teaching staff.
At the start of this academic year I implemented a new managing sickness absence policy and part of this was that every member of staff recieves a return to work interview on their return from an absence due to sickness - standard practise I have found in the commercial sector where I’ve come from and it was well received by our recognised union when we broached them with the concept. However since implementation the Heads have received countless complaints about the process saying it’s not necessary it’s a waste of their time and the latest one it’s too personal and sensitive as we ask if they have visited a doctor, the address of the doctor, treatment received and date of visit.
The Head has asked if we can removed this part as it’s upsetting people but I can’t see the issue with the information requested? So I was just wondering if anyone else’s return to work forms asked for this information and whether it is common or not to request this in the education sector? I now have to justify to the Head (after justifying why we need RTW interviews at all as they were going to pull them all together!) Why we need this section I always thought it was in case we needed to contact their GP, and so we were made aware of the advice of the GP in case we needed to make any adjustments or in the care of threatment any medication someone was on in case of side effects etc. Am I wrong and we don’t need this information?
I have had absolutely no issue from support staff regarding the process and personally don’t see an issue especially considering the very generous sick pay teaching staff receive!!
Thoughts or example return to work forms very much welcomed as I’m starting to lose the will to live!
Thank you Freya