Record & Report Service Model

Fusion HR’s Record and Report service provides organisations with all of the basic tools required to successfully manage and reduce absence. As part of the service, Fusion HR provide a 24/7 contact centre, staffed by specialist Absence Advisors who record the details of each and every absence. Instant notifications, via email, SMS and pager are then issued to line manager to keep them up-to-date and informed of absences.

In addition, absence policy alerts and wellbeing referral triggers signpost required actions, while line manager compliance with the return to work interview process is monitored and reported on.

Furthermore, all line managers, and HR personnel, have access to 'myFirstCare' a secure portal providing 24/7 online management information reports.

Finally, each of our clients is assigned an Account Management Team who provide support, guidance and advice on strategies to tackle and reduce absence.

Summary of Key Features:

• 24/7 Absence Recording
• 24/7 Notifications by Email, SMS and Pager
• 24/7 Access to online management information
• Absence Policy Alerts and Referral Triggers built to support existing policies
• Return to Work Interview compliance monitoring
• Assigned Account Management Team, providing constant guidance and support


Nurse-led Service Model

Fusion HR's Nurse Led Absence Management Service includes all of the features of our Record and Report service, but adds medical advice from Irish Registered General Nurses for every absence, regardless of reason of length, ensuring that employees are provided with 24/7 medical support.

In addition, Fusion HR utilise the unique ‘FirstTrack’ system to integrate with existing health and wellbeing providers, such as Occupational Health, to speed up referral processes and monitor the impact of treatment pathways on returning employees to health, and to work.

Furthermore, Fusion HR will provide Data Export files for Payroll system integration, provide dynamic Return to Work (RTW) interview forms to ensure that line managers ask the best questions possible, and launch Absence Monitoring, an online tool for managing employees through the absence policy and tracking as aspects of associated line manager activity.

Summary of Key Features:

• 24/7 Absence Recording
• 24/7 Notifications by Email, SMS and Pager
• 24/7 Access to online management information
• Absence Policy Alerts and Referral Triggers built to support existing policies
• Return to Work Interview compliance monitoring
• Assigned Account Management Team, providing constant guidance and support
• Registered General Nurse support for key absence reasons
• Push Reporting Suite
• FirstTrack: Health Service Integration with existing wellbeing services
• Payroll Integration to help improve the accuracy of sick pay
• Dynamic RTW Interview forms to ensure the most effective interviews possible
• Enhanced Account Management


Case Studies

The five sectors that have yielded the most significant benefits from our absence management service in Ireland and the UK are listed below. We have selected an organisation within each sector in order to demonstrate the specific ways in which our service has helped them.

• Health Sector – NHS (Oxford University Hospital)

• Transport Sector – Stansted Airport

• Councils & Housing – Shroud District Council, Somerset County Council & Watford Borough Council

• Manufacturing – Philips

• Education – Ten Group

Organisations from these specific sectors benefit significantly from our service, as absenteeism has had a major impact on these types of companies in the context of the following:

• Front line staff to be replaced
• Poor service levels and quality
• Delays in customer service
• Penalties from Industry regulators

The key features of our service for these organisations are as follows, and bespoke services have been developed for specific sectors:

• Consistent 24/7 recording of all absences
• Online, secure 24/7 management information portal
• Return to work interview compliance monitoring
• Alerts, triggers and absence policy monitoring
• Tailored push reports
• Proactive account management

Through working with our clients, FirstCare have been able to deliver the following benefits:

• Reduced absence
• Cost savings
• Mitigated risk
• Improved employee wellbeing



How does AMP work?

Fusion HR is delighted to introduce the AMP service into Ireland, powered by FirstCare in the UK. AMP is designed to support employees, line managers, HR and the organisation as a whole to reduce costs and improve wellbeing.

Employee Support and Wellbeing
• Employee calls AMP on a dedicated 24/7 absence line to report, update and close their absence through to our dedicated contact centre.
• Immediate and ongoing advice is provided by our An Bord Altranais Registered General Nurses or Specialist Call Handlers, who offer guidance and support from day one of the absence through triage.
• This support extends through the absence, returning the employee back to health and then back to work earlier than otherwise may have been possible.

Absence Management
• Following every employee interaction or absence update, appropriate Notifications and Alerts are sent to relevant contacts, summarising absence details and indicating the next steps to take and the appropriate time to take them.
• Where appropriate, AMP will signpost and manage Wellbeing Referral Integration to services such as EAP, Fast-track Physiotherapy and Occupational Health to ensure the right support is provided to the employee at the earliest opportunity.
• Available 24/7, AMP provide a suite of online Management Information ("MI"), covering absence trends, reasons, analysis and process compliance, allowing management and HR to monitor absence activity in real-time and make informed decisions that help reduce absence.
• Through analysis of the above, Proactive Account Management is provided to highlight emerging trends, identify hot spots, provide guidance and advice on actions to reduce absence and facilitate best practice workshops.

What are the benefits?

Through use of the AMP Service, Fusion HR will empower you to deliver several benefits to a number of key stakeholders.

• Absence reduction of up to 40%, average reduction of 20%
• Improved operational performance and reduced risk of liability
• Proactive support of staff, supporting the health and wellbeing agenda
• Visibility of problem areas by employee, department, demographic or reason
• Real time access to absence data
• Decreased administration time

• Access to 24/7 Absence Contact Centre
• Consistent treatment of every absence
• Efficient and immediate referrals to support services such as Occupational Health
• Assurance of accuracy of pay through real-time, robust reporting of absence

• Reduced administrative workload
• Trigger alerts, real time reports and notifications
• Complete breakdown of individual employee absence
• Forms (such as return to work) pre-populated and managed to ensure compliance

Human Resources:
• Reduced workload for data entry, through the introduction of automated processes
• Manager compliance with policies and procedures
• Ability to focus on the managers most in need
• Shared benefit of being part of a user group community

What is triage?

Nurse Triage

No telephone triage involves making a diagnosis; instead it collects sufficient data related to the presenting problem and medical history, matches the symptom pattern to the protocol, and assigns a category. Triage simply means to sort – those that need to be seen and those that don’t.

AMP Registered General Nurses use a robust, tried and tested triage system which generate Red Flags on the Nurse’s system screen that will enable the Nurse to make an informed choice when directing the employee to GP/WIC/A&E/Dentist etc. The criteria AMP uses:

1 Red Flag = Advised to seek medical advice from a GP
2 Red Flags = Attend a Walk in Centre, or Urgent Care Centre today
3 Red Flags = A&E ASAP, or an ambulance as dictated by severity of symptoms

On some notifications of absence you may see an additional option of advice given, which is Self Care that enables the employee to manage their illness on their own using appropriate over the counter medication or some rest and relaxation dependant on the symptoms.

What are AMP's reporting capabilities?


Following each absence call to our Absence Contact Centre, automated notifications are sent to all relevant contacts, ensuring that they are kept up to date in a timely manner and informed of the right steps to take and the right time to take them.

Like most aspects of the AMP service the content of notifications can be tailored to meet specific organisation requirements but as standard will include:

• Customised Instructions, telling the manager the next steps to take based upon the absence reason.
• Attachments, such as Stress Checklists, Referral, RIDDOR and HR forms.
• Sick Note details and information on alternative duties the employees feels they can perform.
• Nurse advice given to employees to assist their recovery.
• Referral form assessment and referral recommendation for agreed absence types.

Real Time Reporting

AMP provide all managers and HR staff with access to ‘myFirstCare’ an online management information portal available 24/7 and will provide all of the information required to manage and reduce absence in real time, including the following reports:

• Absence Management
• Absence Lists
• Staff Reports
• Trend Reports

Why is AMP so effective?

In some organisations it has never been made clear exactly who is responsible for encouraging and maintaining good attendance in the workplace.

The role is vaguely defined from the offset and falls somewhere between line managers and the HR department. Each assumes the other has control. It starts to drift and, very gradually, a dangerously high absence level is afforded a kind of tacit tolerance within the organisation - as it quietly erodes productivity.

Accountability and team spirit

AMP gives organisations the means to take control of absence in the workplace. Instead of responding to the problem in an ad hoc manner, absence is managed in a pro-active way to bring about much better results.

A properly structured approach to absence means greater accountability and a swifter return to work - leading to better productivity.

At it's simplest, it means you have more of your people, all of the time.

But the benefits go beyond the balance sheet. Team morale increases as the workload is distributed more equitably. This engenders a stonger sense of cohesion with everyone pulling together and working as one.

AMP also boosts staff welfare directly. Potentially debilitating health issues are identified early and treated before they develop into long term illnesses.

As is so often the case, prevention is better than cure – and also less costly.


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Absence Recording & Notifications

 Core element

Fusion HR provides each client with a dedicated absence line into our specialist, 24/7/365 Absence Contact Centre. Here we record the detail of every absence in a fair, consistent, complete and accurate manner before issuing timely notifications to all key stakeholders. These provide line managers with detailed absence information and guidance on the most appropriate steps to assist an employee back to work.

Key Features

• 24/7 Absence recording
• Complete and accurate capture of absence details
• Neutral, fair, and consistent treatment of all employees
• Human interaction at a time when employees require support
• Instant notifications to all appropriate stakeholders
• Day one guidance on the most suitable way to manage each absence


Online Management Information

 Core element

Details of every absence appear in real-time reports on 'myFirstCare', a secure online portal available to HR and line managers. It provides dashboards, trend reports, focus lists and task monitoring reports enabling users to proactively manage absence and make informed decisions.

Key Features

• HTTPS encrypted secure online access
• 24/7 online management information
• Real-time dashboards
• Weekly, monthly, quarterly absence trends
• Absence reason analysis
• Manager compliance reports
• Focus lists that draw attention to problem areas
• Online e-learning training videos


Policy Alerts & Referral Triggers

 Core element

Fusion HR map the triggers of it's clients' absence policy on to its system as part of the implementation process. Each time an absence is reported our systems refer to this policy and when appropriate generate alerts to relevant stakeholders, such as line managers, HR, health and safety officers and occupational health. These alerts can be fully customised with bespoke content and attachments to ensure that the recipient is fully aware of what actions to take and when to take them.

Key Features

• Absence policy alerts triggered in real-time
• Prompts to manager on their required actions
• Attachments and forms provided at the point of need
• Day 1 referrals to support services, such as occupational health and physiotherapy


Return To Work Interview Monitoring

 Core element

Engagement of individuals and the constructive use of Return to Work interviews is key to helping organisations engage with their staff, and reduce absence. Fusion HR tracks the completion of all Return to Work Interviews and produce reports on manager compliance throughout the organisation. This is done by organisational hierarchy area and absence reason to help identify areas of non-compliance.

Key Features

• Online submission and retrieval of all Return To Work forms
• Line manager compliance tracking and reporting
• Reminders issued for incomplete interviews
• Detailed employee reports for use in interviews
• Return To Work compliance by absence reason analysis
• Review and advice on Return To Work form content


Account Management

 Core element

Fusion HR assigns an account management team to each of its clients. This team consists of an Account Director, an Account Manager and two Service Delivery Advisors. The team will work with our clients key contacts to analyse absence trends, recommend best practice adjustments to policies and procedures, and discuss the best ways to manage and reduce absence.

Account Director    Account Manager    Service Delivery Advisors
Key Features

• Assigned Account Director
• Assigned Account Manager
• Two Assigned Service Delivery Advisors
• Quarterly service reviews
• Absence pattern analysis and recommendations
• Benchmarking reports and newsletters
• Membership of the FirstCare User Group


Medical Advice & Support

All employees will be spoken to by one of our Registered General Nursing team to assess every medical absence. The nursing team will provide the employee with primary care advice on how to return themselves back to good health and will agree a target return to work date, based upon an employees symptoms. In addition, employees will be able to call our nursing team for a free medical advice at any time of day.

Key Features

• Advice, guidance and support for every employee 24/7
• Clinical assessments of every absence
• Nurse recommended Return To Work dates
• Initial reviews of potential occupational health referrals
• Emergency services access for severe issues


Absence Monitoring

Our absence monitoring service allows us to map an organisation’s attendance management procedures (or equivalent) onto our systems. We then monitor the actions taken by line managers when managing employees through these procedures. Compliance reports are maintained so the organisation can monitor how well managers are carrying out these activities so, that support and guidance can be given, as required.

Key Features

• Management procedures mapped on to the Fusion HR system
• Tracking of all manager actions
• Downloadable documents at the point of need
• Reminders to manager/HR of all review meetings due
• Full auditing of all disciplinary/attendance management actions
• Real-time reporting of employee attendance management status


Health Services Integration

Fusion HR not only trigger recommend referrals to relevant support services, such as Occupational Health, but will also complete initial assessments and referral forms for line managers. We then track Line Manager performance in making referrals to support services and track the service provider’s performance in actioning received referrals.

Key Features

• Online, pre-populated, automated referral forms
• Quicker referrals to support services for employees
• Online tracking of line manager performance and decision making
• Online tracking of supplier performance and response times
• Reporting on the effectiveness of supplier interventions
• Improved use of Occupation Health/Support Service expenditure


Payroll Integration

Fusion HR produce payroll reports to help the administration of sick pay payments for staff. This includes the provision of data files on any frequency required (such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly) for loading into an organisation’s payroll system. This reduces the need for any manual data entry and ensures all payments are as accurate as possible.

Key Features

• Improved accuracy of sick pay
• Data exports available on hourly, daily, weekly, monthly schedules
• Reduced administration time and manual data entry


Push Reports

Fusion HR's push reports form a suite of management information automatically emailed to recipients' mailboxes on set schedules. They are designed to complement the myFirstCare portal and provide recipients with summarised absence trends and focus lists. These are ideal for anyone with limited time who simply needs to see headline absence information. These reports run daily, weekly and monthly and can be set-up for all levels of the organisation's hierarchy.

Key Features

• Easy to open and access excel reports
• Automatic distribution of reports with no need for manual processing
• Focus lists to draw attention to the key areas
• Information pack ideal for meetings and reviews


Enhanced Account Management

Fusion HR's enhanced account management includes the addition of an 'Absence Consultant' to the account management team, who will review all absence related policies and procedures and provide advice on changes and improvements. In addition, service reviews will be held monthly rather than quarterly.

Key Features

• Assigned Absence Consultant
• Monthly service reviews
• Absence pattern analysis and recommendations


Dynamic RTW Interviews

The dynamic Return to Work interview feature moves away from the concept that one size fits all. In these forms, the questions and advice presented to the line manager are based upon the details of the absence the interview is being completed for. This helps to ensure that managers will always ask the most appropriate questions in each Return to Work interview. Furthermore, by asking questions specific to the health issue the employee has just recovered from, the line manger will be able to demonstrate a greater duty of care.

Key Features

• Improved quality of Return To Work interview form
• Valuable tool for increasing manager compliance
• Better demonstrates duty of care to employees
• Facilitates a more detailed discussion of absence causes
• Facilities improved employee-manager engagement

Objectives Covered

Ensure fairer and consistent treatment of employees

Impact: High

Increase line manager compliance with policies.

Impact: High

Ensure Data Accuracy and Integrity.

Impact: High

Increase efficiency of management time.

Impact: High

Better utilise Support Sevices, such as OH, Physio and EAP.

Impact: Medium

Facilitate improved and reliable resource planning.

Impact: High

Provide easier access to medical advice and support for employees.

Impact: Medium

Access tools that can help reduce absence and its associated costs.

Impact: Medium

Increase the accuracy of sick pay

Impact: Medium

Key:  Core element


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