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Government urged to prioritise mental health in the public sector

6 Jul 2017

The mental health charity Mind has urged the Government to make mental health in the public sector “a top priority”,...

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A study found that longer commutes appeared to have a significant impact on mental wellbeing

Long commutes to work take toll on employee health

6 Jul 2017

Long commutes are causing poor health and damaging the productivity of the nation’s employees, research from the Britain’s Healthiest Workplace...

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Flexible working is among the most commonly used wellbeing benefits, along with line manager training, carer support, home working and occupational health.

Three in four firms have an employee wellbeing strategy

5 Jul 2017

Nearly three-quarters (71%) of UK companies say they now either have or are implementing a wellbeing strategy during 2017, research...

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eyecare benefits

Women more likely to take up eyecare benefits at work

30 May 2017

Women are more likely to take up eyecare benefits than men, employers believe, with older employees (aged over 40) again...

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Society of Occupational Medicine business case for occupational health

Society of Occupational Medicine document makes the business case for occupational health

30 May 2017

The Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) has published a guide for employers and commissioners outlining the business case for, and...

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sickness absence rates

Annual sickness absence rates show little change

30 May 2017

Overall sickness absence rates have remained largely unchanged in the last year, at 2.3%, the manufacturers’ organisation EEF has concluded....

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Firefighters at a warehouse fire in Seven Sisters, north London in January . Research could explain why cardiovascular events – such as heart attacks – are the leading cause of death amongst on-duty firefighters. REX/Shutterstock

Firefighters exposed to extreme heat risk heart attack

30 May 2017

Firefighters exposed to extreme heat are at increased risk of blood clotting and heart attack, research has suggested. 
The study...

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sickness absence

Sickness absence drops to all-time low

4 May 2017

Workplace sickness absence is at an all-time low, the Government’s official statistics body said in March.
An estimated 137 million...

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risk of suicide

Latest figures show professions with highest risk of suicide

4 May 2017

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have for the first time revealed which professions have the highest risk...

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OH nurse training

Representatives meet with NMC to discuss disquiet over OH nurse training

3 May 2017

Occupational health professionals were set to meet officials from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) last month to open potentially...

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occupational health training

Report finds lack of clarity in occupational health training courses

4 Apr 2017

The current wide variety of occupational health training courses “reduces clarity for employers and potential students”, a report from the...

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thumbs down: training of occupational health nurses

Survey results critical of training of occupational health nurses

4 Apr 2017

Current Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) principles for the training of occupational health nurses do not adequately prepare them for...

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Mental health in the workplace

Mental health in the workplace: IoD calls on Government to target SMEs

4 Apr 2017

The Government needs to do more to work with employers and business leaders to “start a conversation” on mental health...

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occupational health confidentiality

Occupational health confidentiality: doctors welcome revised GMC guidance

2 Mar 2017

Occupational health doctors welcomed the General Medical Council’s (GMC’s) publication in January of revised guidance on confidentiality for all doctors...

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mental health and addiction

GPs gain support for mental ill-health and addiction

2 Mar 2017

A new service designed to offer support to GPs and GP trainees suffering from mental ill health and addiction has...

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