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This policy forms part of Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s commitment to create a positive culture of respect for all individuals including staff, patients, their families and carers as well as community partners. The Trust’s Values (the ‘4P’s’) and Staff Pledge are integral to all aspects of day-to-day life in the organisation and underpin the application of all our employment policies and procedures.

The primary purpose of the policy is one of guidance and problem-solving, and aims to encourage employees to achieve and maintain high standards and to encourage improvement amongst employees whose conduct is unsatisfactory.



The policy applies to all staff employed by the Trust except medical and dental staff to whom the Conduct, Capability, Ill Health and Appeals Policies and Procedures for Practitioners (Doctors and Dentists), applies.

For staff who are required to maintain current registration with a professional body, (such as nurses, midwives and allied health professionals), disciplinary issues may be reported to the appropriate professional body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health Professions Council if appropriate.

This policy is intended to cover acts of misconduct. The Performance and Capability Policy deals with concern regarding insufficient performance. The Sickness Absence Policy deals with sickness absence.

In the case of disciplinary action against employees who are accredited trade union representatives, a full-time official of the union or organisation should be contacted by a Workforce & OD manager at an early stage and allowed to accompany the employee at any investigatory interviews and disciplinary hearings if the employee wishes.

Nothing in this policy affects employees’ legal rights or employers’ legal responsibilities.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Deputy Director of Workforce
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: January 2017
Date Issued: May 2018
Review Date: May 2020
Target Audience: All non-medical Staff
Contact name: Deputy Director of Workforce


See also:

  • Appeals Policy
  • Performance and Capability Policy
  • Sickness Absence Policy
  • Single Equality Scheme
  • Alcohol and Drugs at Work Policy
  • Dignity At Work Policy
  • Policy & Procedure for Grievance
  • Conduct, Capability, Ill Health And Appeals Policies And Procedures For Practitioners (Doctors And Dentists)
  • Smoke-free Site Policy
  • Professional Registration Policy
  • Temporary Staffing Policy
  • Social Media Policy