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 Is your company glaucoma aware?

This Glaucoma Awareness Week Specsavers Corporate Eyecare is encouraging employers to provide regular eye tests for employees, to help with the early detection of the potentially life-changing condition. Glaucoma Awareness Week runs from 17 to 23 June 2019

Contributor: Jim Lythgow | Published: 21 July 2019

New NHS chief calls for new approaches to tackle services troubles

At the heart of this is the need to break down barriers and work collaboratively as the NHS moves to greater partnership and system working. This in turn will require a new kind of leadership – those who can reach out beyond traditional boundaries and work effectively with a range of local partners.

Contributor: Niall Dickson | Published: 9 July 2019

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UK “most obese nation in Western Europe”

Harvard Medical School in the US**** says that the reasons behind obesity are complex - from overeating high calorie foods, snacking, genetic and environmental influences - some starting in childhood.  Our modern lifestyle also has an adverse effect, for example, driving not walking, lack of exercise and sedentary snacking.

Contributor: Professor Smith | Published: 9 June 2019

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 Female firefighters at a high risk of post-traumatic stress disorder

The research also found that PTSD symptoms were more common among female firefighters, with one in five (20 percent) female firefighters indicating that they had experienced such symptoms, compared to one in eight (12 percent) male firefighters. 

Contributor: Professor Consuelo Arbona | Published: 7 May 2019

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Can escalating work age ill health ever be reversed?

Three-quarters of ill-health related productivity loss is due to factors which can be influenced and addressed through health and productivity management strategies. British businesses lose £81 billion per year as a result of employees’ ill-health, with 35.6 working days per employee, on average, lost due to ill-health related absence and presenteeism in 2018

Contributor: Neville Koopowitz | Published: 16 April 2019

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Diverse members in tech are experiencing discrimination and stress

Tech workforce as stressed as those in the NHS and 5x more depressed than the UK average. Although the industry has a higher proportion of neurodivergent people than the UK average, 24 percent feel negatively discriminated against.

Contributor: Unknown | Published: 13 April 2019

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The irreparable eye damage of 24/seven screen time

British workers are spending 85 percent of their waking hours staring at screens. Nearly half (46 percent) of Brits admit that too much screen time during the day affects their sleep. The nation’s workers are jeopardising their sleep quality by spending 85 percent of their waking hours¹ staring at screens. 

Contributor: Sundeep Vaswani | Published: 11 April 2019

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Compensatory rest does not have to be taken in one uninterrupted period

Network Rail allowed rest breaks to be taken "between periods of operational demand when there are opportunities for 'naturally occurring breaks'". It provided that the 20 minute break could be an aggregate of short breaks taken over the course of a shift.

Contributor: Rebecca McGuirk | Published: 10 March 2019

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NHS mental health support plans “won’t stop exodus”

Following the Health Secretary’s pledge to overhaul mental health support for NHS staff – in an effort to boost retention, has praised the move as a promising step, but suggested that it may be missing the root cause of the problem

Contributor: Michael Johnson-Ellis | Published: 5 March 2019

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Urgent boost needed for UK Occupational Health capability

Annual Work & Health survey shows waiting time for treatment, surgery and tests and stress at work largest causes of long term absence. Britain’s manufacturers are urging the Government to use its review Occupational Health (OH) provision in the UK to ensure all companies have access to an OH service.

Contributor: Terry Woolmer | Published: 26 November 2018