Critical Illness Protocol
Page udpated 28 June 2022
If a member of staff becomes seriously injured or critically ill and has supported medical evidence, additional support is available from UCD. The illness/injury will be assessed to for at least one of the following:
- Acute life threatening illness
- Chronic progressive illness, with well-established potential to reduce life expectancy.
- Major physical trauma requiring acute surgery
- In-patient hospital case of two consecutive weeks or greater.
The criteria for assessing whether someone is eligible for extended sick leave as a result of critical illness or serious physical injury are set out in the Critical Illness Protocol (CIP) - (.pdf UCD Staff Intranet)
If someone becomes critically ill or has a serious physical injury and is eligible for support under the CIP they may have access to:
- A maximum of 131 days on full pay in a year
- Followed by a maximum of 130 days on half pay
- Subject to a maximum of 261 days paid sick leave in a rolling four year period.
If you have exhausted 261 days extended paid sick leave under the CIP, you may be considered for a maximum of 261 days Temporary Rehabilitation Remuneration in the first instance. Management may then consider paying TRR for a further period of time not exceeding 522 days. This is subject to 6 monthly reviews and may only be granted where the occupational health physician has confirmed there is a reasonable prospect of a return to work.