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The Policy applies to employees of the University of Cambridge under a contract of employment, except for University Officers whose procedures are contained in Statutes and Ordinances. Individuals engaged through the Temporary Employment Service (TES) or external recruitment agencies and those paid through the University Payment System (UPS) are not covered by this Policy.

For employees holding honorary clinical contracts, capability issues will be managed jointly by the University and the relevant NHS Trust.

Performance issues identified during an individual’s probationary period should be dealt with under the relevant probationary procedure.

This Policy should not be used for managing cases of sickness absence or misconduct. For such cases reference should be made to the Sickness Absence Policy or the relevant disciplinary procedure. The purpose of the Capability Policy is to manage cases of underperformance, including those cases where ill health may be a contributing factor. Particular care should be taken when health issues are involved and advice sought from the University Occupational Health Service and the HR Division as appropriate. Please refer to the capability guidance for further information.