About flexible working


01 / 4 / 2009 11.16am

Not only does flexible working open up opportunities for parents and people with carer responsibilities but it may be relevant to many people in the workforce at various stages in their working life.  Employees may prefer different working patterns for reasons such as further education, voluntary work or other interests outside the workplace.

The UK workforce is now more diverse than ever before, reflecting changes in society and the make up of the population so NHS organisations are required to demonstrate that:

  • Flexible working is making a difference to service delivery through greater access to services and improvements in staffing levels
  • Career progression is not hindered by work/life balance choices and flexible working patterns
  • Managers at all levels enable their staff, including doctors, to work in ways that meet their personal needs, and the needs of the service, at different times of their careers and structures are in place to support flexible working practices
  • Attitudes and behaviour of managers and staff, as individuals and as teams, promote and support flexible working
  • Flexible careers are established across all staff grades, including GP’s to support service delivery
  • Staff approaching retirement age are informed about the options to take up flexible working patterns, retirement and are encouraged and supported

Our flexible working A to Z

To see a full list of the options for flexible working see our flexible working A - Z





Further guidance 

Specific guidance, advice and policy for employers and employees about options, rights to apply and considerations for the implementation of flexible working practices can be found on the following websites:

  • Department of Health: offers guidance on a range of flexible working options including flexible retirement
  • ACAS: offering information and advice on a wide range of issues including publications on employing older workers, ageism and flexible working.

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