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Velindre University NHS Trust signs up to TUC Dying to Work charter

The Charter is part of the TUC’s wider Dying to Work campaign, which aims to give employees with terminal illnesses more choice in how to spend their final months and offers peace of mind around job security.


Steve Ham, Chief Executive of the Velindre University NHS Trust said:

“Here at Velindre we understand the importance of respecting and enabling a dignified end of life. Caring is one of our organisations core values and we take pride in our compassionate approach to supporting patients and managing our people. We are grateful to the TUC for their work in this area and are proud signatories of the Charter.”


Darron Dupre, UNISON Regional Organiser said


“UNISON is proud to have worked with Velindre University NHS Trust and the Wales TUC to ensure that all staff have the maximum support and care that they need if they have a terminal illness.


“Velindre Cancer Centre is called ‘Hospital of Hope’ for a very good reason. Its staff cares for and supports thousands of cancer patients every year, some of whom have a terminal diagnosis.


“By becoming an ‘Employer of Hope’, Velindre University NHS Trust, in working with UNISON and the Wales TUC, is ensuring that all of its staff have the support to make the choices they need to make if they have a terminal illness. This will include protecting their employment if they choose to continue working”.


Tanya Palmer, UNISON Cymru Wales Secretary said:


“By signing up to the Dying to Work charter, Velindre University NHS Trust have committed to ensuring that any employee suffering a terminal illness will be supported and empowered to make decisions about their working life without fear of repercussions or loss of income.


“Some workers may choose to remain at work for as long as possible, others may wish to spend their time with loved ones. Whatever a person’s choice may be, having the support of their employer is crucial and we are pleased Velindre recognise this.”