Manchester City Council

Agenda and minutes

Agenda and minutes

Personnel Committee
Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 10.10 am

Venue: Council Antechamber, Level 2, Town Hall Extension

Contact: Donna Barnes 

Items
No. Item

18.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting on 26 June 2019, enclosed.

Minutes:

Decision

 

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 26 June 2019 as a correct record.

 

19.

Ethical Employment Update and TUC Charter pdf icon PDF 208 KB

The report of the Interim Director of HR/OD that was to follow is now enclosed.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer which presented an update on a number of areas of ongoing work to strengthen the Council's position in terms of delivering an ethical and supportive workforce environment and as an exemplar for other major employers in the City on both practical and strategic levels.

 

The report included a specific suggested amendment to the Council’s Managing Attendance Policy to strengthen the organisational commitment to supporting employees who are diagnosed with a terminal illness. The proposed revision was aligned with the Council’s commitment to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Dying to Work Charter (to which the Council had become a signatory on 5 October 2018) for the purpose of protecting and guiding staff following a terminal diagnosis in order to provide continued support to terminally ill employees who wish to remain in work, and are deemed medically capable to do so. 

 

No Trade Union comments were submitted for consideration at the meeting. The Committee agreed the recommendations recognising that the changes would provide assurance, dignity and respect to terminally ill employees throughout every stage of their life and be supported to make informed decisions about work based on their individual needs.

 

Decision

 

1.         To note the update on activity to strengthen the Council's position as an ethical employer of choice.

 

2.         To approve the suggested revisions to the Council’s Managing Attendance Policy as set out in the appendix to these minutes:

 


 

Appendix

 

Approved revisions to Manchester City Council’s Managing Attendance Policy

 

We want to ensure that every one of our employees feels supported throughout every stage of their life. The Council will treat employees diagnosed with a terminal illness with the utmost dignity and respect and recognise and support them with any physical and psychological challenges arising from their diagnosis.

 

As part of this commitment the Council is a signatory to the TUC Dying to Work Charter. In line with the Charter the Council is committed to providing employees with the security of work, peace of mind and right to choose the best course of action for themselves and their families which helps them through this challenging period with dignity.

 

The Council will work with employees so that, where possible, they are able to consider and make informed decisions about their current and future working arrangements. Managers will be provided with tools to support and signpost employees to relevant support mechanisms, including financial support.

 

The Council recognises that safe and reasonable work can help maintain dignity, offer a valuable distraction and can be therapeutic in itself.

 

The Council will endeavour to provide continued support to terminally ill employees who wish to remain in work and are deemed medically capable to do so. This will include reasonable adjustments to support the employee’s physical and psychological health. Support mechanisms and planning will be delivered with the employee at the centre of the discussion and will be tailored depending on an individuals’ circumstances and diagnosis. Long term/Short Term absence associated with  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning Phase II pdf icon PDF 410 KB

The report of the Chief Executive that was to follow is now enclosed.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report of the Chief Executive which discussed the next phase of the development of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC).  The changes included the transfer of some functions that are currently undertaken by MHCC to Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO) with a resultant change in deployment for 32 Manchester City Council employees.

 

Senior role changes had also arisen following a series of structural streamlining changes to the MHCC partnership requiring realignment of Executive portfolios which the Personnel Committee was asked to agree.  The impact on senior roles were set out in detail in the report.

 

The Committee agreed the proposals. No Trade Union comments were submitted for the item.

 

Decisions

 

1.         To note the key changes arising from the Phase 2 review ofManchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) partnership including the change of deployment for 32Manchester City Council employees from MHCC to Manchester Local Care Organisation.

 

2.         To agree the re-focusing and re-designation of the existing vacant and funded role of Director of Adult Services SS4 to become Deputy Director of Adult Social Services SS4 andagree that the post should be a non-designated Deputy Chief Officer, anddelegate authority to the Executive Director of Adult Social Services authority to appoint the Deputy Director in consultation with a mixed panel of officers and members in line with Annex 1 of the Officer Employment Procedure Rules.

 

3.         To note the redesignation of the Strategic Lead Commissioning role (SS2) to Head of Service Strategy SS2 (within MHCC).

 

4.         To note the change of deployment of two roles of Strategic Lead (SS2) from MHCC to MLCO, and that the specific portfolios of these roles will be further reviewed by the Executive Director of Adult Social Services as part of a process of co-design within MLCO.