Initiatives

LIHS team

Faculty of Medicine and Health Flexible Working Arrangements

We are pleased to be able to launch the Faculty’s new flexible working arrangements which are in addition to and complement the University’s arrangements. The aim of this policy is to allow all staff within the Faculty to reduce their hours with a guarantee of returning to their original contracted hours within a five year period. This policy offers additional benefits to those offered by the University’s policy – it does not replace any current arrangements. The guidance document can be downloaded here and the application form is here.

Breastfeeding Room

The School of Medicine is pleased to announce the first breastfeeding / expressing facility in the University. The breastfeeding room is based in the Thackrah building, has a lockable door and a separate fridge for storage. Should you wish to book this facility please contact reception in Leeds Institute of Health Sciences. There is also a breastfeeding room available in Bright Beginnings if you prefer.

Purchasing Additional Annual Leave

This scheme allows staff in the FoMH to purchase up to 10 additional leave days per year. These can either be taken as a period of unpaid leave with the proportion of salary to be deducted in the month the leave is taken or as a number of days leave to be available as additional holiday throughout the year and ‘repaid’ through salary deduction on a monthly basis. All staff should have received information regarding this in early September. Any questions regarding this should be directed to Angie Chatham in the Faculty HR team.

Return to Work Guidelines (following an extended absence)

This offers guidance for managers on supporting staff returning from maternity leave, long term sickness or other periods of long term absence. The document can be downloaded here.

Female Leaders Network

The female leaders network (Leeds Women in Healthcare and Clinical Academic Leadership Network) was launched in October 2014 and meets twice a year. The network “aims to bring together like minded people with the long term aim to develop, build and maintain strong female leaders across the health care and clinical academic sector in Leeds. We wish to inspire women, by building on confidence, capabilities and contacts, through linking in with other local and national initiatives and developing relationships with established female leaders’ networks from other sectors.”

The network is well established, and the Executive, together with leaders and managers across the Faculty should encourage female leaders, and potential future leaders to join and actively engage in the network. You can read more about the network here.

Academic Development Fund

The aim of this funding (up to £15k per person) is to enable academic staff to maintain their academic trajectory and advancement of their academic career whilst on a period of leave or to enable them to re-engage with it at the end of the break. It is intended that the additional funding will enable staff to maintain and develop their research and professional career whilst on leave.  Academic staff  within the Faculty of Medicine and Health can apply for this  financial to provide  support during  OR following a period of maternity, parental, adoption, shared parental leave or a career break taken to undertake caring responsibilities.

More information can be found here.

Download the application form here.

Exit interviews

We have introduced a new process of face to face exit interviews for staff leaving us. We hope by talking to staff who are leaving we can understand the reasons why and make positive changes to our working environment as a result of this feedback. In the past we have sent a link to an online survey but responses to this have been low.

The School of Medicine Athena SWAN Action Plan has introduced the principle of offering face to face discussions to supplement the existing University online exit survey. We are piloting this initially within the School of Medicine with the intention of rolling this out across the whole Faculty.

When HR receives notification that you are leaving you will be contacted with a list of independent interviewers and can choose who to meet with. The meeting is completely confidential. HR will use the data to produce quarterly anonymised statistical and qualitative reports to highlight trends or key issues which we need to address. All the relevant documents can be downloaded via clicking on the document names as follows: Exit interview questionnaire; Exit Interview Panel Members; Exit Interview Staff Guide or Exit Interview Interviewer's Guidance.

Get in touch

We would welcome all feedback so do get in touch with any comments, suggestions or questions to Ruth Buller