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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.

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