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Fit for Work to tackle long-term absence through advice and occupational health assessments

It’s been announced that Fit for Work will be launched by the Government later this year to provide health and work advice and an occupational health assessment to employees, employers and GPs in England and Wales to help people return to or … Continue reading

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Health and Work Service – helping those with four weeks’ sickness absence to return to work

The new Health and Work Service (the Service) has been receiving a substantial amount of news coverage in the past week or so as individuals, employers and organisations take stock of how the new service might affect them. Views that … Continue reading

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Sickness absence: the health of the nation

In the current environment of job insecurity, increased pressure at work and the subsequent increases in stress and stress related issues, occupational health services are more indispensable than ever. Occupational health is a term we’ve all heard and one that … Continue reading

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Chris Evans backs Fishwives Choir to raise awareness of perilous fishing industry

It’s an undeniable fact that some jobs are more dangerous than others. Those working in construction, agriculture or the fishing industries, for example, are arguably more likely to be affected by occupational illness or accidents than those who work in … Continue reading

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Occupational health? Who needs it?

There are many strong arguments to support an organisational focus on occupational health (often described as “the promotion and maintenance of physical and mental well-being of all staff and the prevention of ill health”). It is definitely in an organisation’s … Continue reading

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NICE guidance – improving the health and wellbeing of employees

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has begun the process of developing guidance (on behalf of the Department of Health) on improving the health of employees, with particular focus on the role of line managers (entitled ‘Workplace … Continue reading

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Occupational health support – could part time workers (and women?) be losing out?

According to research by Croner, which surveyed 2,009 working adults in the UK, part time workers are losing out against full time workers when it comes to protecting their health. The research found that 28% of full time respondents do … Continue reading

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Government announces extension of successful Health for Work Adviceline service

Yesterday, the Government published its response to the independent review of sickness absence jointly chaired by David Frost, former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce and Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health and Work, which was published … Continue reading

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Reducing the costs of sickness absence

The 2011 Black/Frost review of the sickness absence system in Great Britain reported that ill health within the working-age population costs the economy an estimated £15 billion per year. This cost comprises loss of production or output and other resource … Continue reading

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The importance of occupational health advice for SMEs

A very informative article appeared in ‘Occupational Health’ magazine (which can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/69laww3) and makes the case very clearly for the take-up of occupational health services by SMEs. The article discusses a number of the particular issues … Continue reading

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