The Corporate Alliance urges more companies to join battle against Domestic Violence as its cost to economy falls

NHS Trusts serve millions of people each year with their healthcare needs. NHS Employers have been members of the Alliance since 2010 and have worked tirelessly on addressing domestic violence and health and wellbeing issues for their work force.

One of their lead partners Cathy Marsh experienced domestic abuse first hand and has spearheaded the initiative.

Ann had worked for the NHS at a London hospital as a senior member of staff for five years. During her annual review, her manager who had recently received domestic violence awareness training asked her if there was a reason for her late arrivals.

Ann explained that she had recently left her partner and was now being stalked by him. She had been trying to come back to work later to make it more difficult for her partner to follow her.

Her manager, by having the policy and toolkit of resources, was able to find information to suggest how she could help Ann through this difficult period. She referred Ann to a specialist DV agency.

Partnership

In the short term Ann and her manager agreed that she could work flexi- hours and be escorted to and from home by one of the Hospital’s security team. Over the next several weeks Ann’s manager worked with HR and because of multiple site locations was able to offer Ann a trial placement at another office. Ann continued to perform her specialist role and contribute to the performance of the Hospital.

Result

By taking these cost effective, simple steps, the Hospital was able to retain a talented and skilled member of staff. Ann continues to thrive and be a productive member of the hospital.