Yearly Archives: 2011

The dangers of drink driving at Christmas

According to a report from the Department of Transport (2008) 8,620 road accidents occurred in 2008 when a driver was over the legal limit for alcohol, and 2,020 people were killed or seriously injured as a result. Whilst these figures … Continue reading

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Risks to health during the festive season

So, Christmas is nearly upon us. The season of goodwill…or a period of increased stress? A time for charity and giving…or for feeling pressured to supply the perfect gifts for everyone? A time for happy families to enjoy the festive … Continue reading

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More should be done to help people return to work after long term illness, says David Cameron

David Cameron has spoken out strongly about his intention to end Britain’s ‘sick note culture’ after being shocked by the figures contained in the latest review of sickness absence (the Review) by Dame Carol Black and David Frost. According to … Continue reading

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Review of sickness absence (Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE)

The independent review of sickness absence (the Review – available on our knowledge base) by Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE, which was published on 21 November 2011, aims to minimise the loss of work resulting from ill health … Continue reading

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Ensuring safe working conditions during periods of wintery weather

As winter sets in employers need to be aware that workers who are exposed to cold, wet or icy conditions may be at risk of sustaining injuries or becoming ill. In the more mild regions of the UK people aren’t … Continue reading

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How the art of listening can improve employee health and wellbeing

The notion of ‘listening to employees’ sounds simple enough but it isn’t necessarily always easy unless managers have mastered the art of listening. A lot can be learned by truly listening to employees’ concerns, comments and even criticism of the … Continue reading

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Chronic disease would be easy to spot … wouldn’t it?

Many people suffer from invisible chronic illnesses, which can be extremely debilitating for the sufferer, but aren’t necessarily visually apparent to others. Living with invisible chronic disease can be particularly difficult for the sufferer because of the natural feelings of … Continue reading

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GP research into effects of fit note

On 6 April 2010, the Government implemented a new Statement of Fitness for Work (‘fit note’) across England, Wales and Scotland to replace the ‘sick note’. The new medical statement aims to: improve back-to-work advice for individuals on a period … Continue reading

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Independent assessment service to be responsible for signing people off on long term sickness

According to drafts of the Government’s ‘Independent Review into Sickness Absence’ by Dame Carol Black (UK National Director for Health and Work) and David Frost (the former head of the British Chambers of Commerce), which is due to be published … Continue reading

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BBC Radio 4 gives air time to cutting sickness absence

In anticipation of Dame Carol Black’s forthcoming review of the sickness absence system in Great Britain, the topic of sickness absence was the focus of yesterday’s edition of You and Yours* on BBC Radio 4 (Wednesday 16 November). The host, … Continue reading

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