Occupational Health July: news in brief

Adult ADHD concern

Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder do 22 days less work per year than people who do not have the disorder, according to research published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. So much work is being lost that researchers at Harvard Medical School recommended employers consider screening staff for ADHD and providing treatment to save money for their businesses.

Pathways to success

More long-term sick and disabled people are finding work, according to the government, following the UK roll-out of its Pathways to Work support programme. To date, 64,000 people have been helped into jobs, said the Department for Work and Pensions.

Managers’ behaviour

Research and guidance on the behaviour managers need to prevent and reduce stress in the workplace has been published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Health and Safety Executive and Investors in People. The research led to the development of a competency framework setting out the key behaviours for managing stress at work grouped under 12 competency headings.

Veterans’ support

Doctors at the British Medical Association’s annual conference, called for the creation of a new Veteran’s Administration to co-ordinate healthcare for servicemen and women who need support after leaving the military. Armed forces committee chairman Dr Brendan McKeating called for healthcare provision for armed forces’ members to be revisited.

Serco acquires Grosvenor

The occupational health sector saw a major consolidation in June when facilities management and services firm Serco bought independent OH firm Grosvenor Health. Serco’s Health division, will take over Grosvenor’s three operating companies.

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