Physiotherapy has been highlighted in a new bid to tackle long-term sickness absence in an article published by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
The cost of absence to UK employers is estimated at £9 billion per year and totals a massive 137 million days off work. As employee health and wellbeing continues to take the spotlight, physiotherapists are the best equipped professionals to keep UK workers healthy and in work, or return to work sooner if they are unwell.
The recommendations, which are currently in draft guidance have been published by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
The article highlights that in addition to the high cost of absenteeism, a number of those who take long term sick leave do not return to work at all – in fact 45% of claimants of Employment and Support Allowance took a period of sickness absence before they left their employment.
For those with musculoskeletal illness, physiotherapists can ensure a smooth and lasting return to the workplace, delivering ROI for employers and career longevity for workers.
Our team at Back in Action UK were delighted to be recognised as leading specialists in occupational physiotherapy by SME News, a quarterly publication for small and medium sized UK businesses. With a circulation in excess of 78,000 – we were thrilled to be shortlisted and win our award.
The Awards Programme
This awards programme celebrates small and medium sized businesses – at times cited as the backbone of our economy. Often overlooked by mainstream awards for big business, SME News organisation focuses solely on small business – and its significant contribution to commerce and the economy.
SME News Award Categories
The category awards span business, enterprise and legal and are either for the whole of the UK or split between the British Isles.
We were entered in the UK Enterprise Award category, which encompassed a variety of exciting and diverse UK businesses. Leaders within each category were identified, shortlisted, evaluated and judged before a winner was chosen. All winners are currently published on the website, in the magazine and in the SME News newsletter.
Our team were thrilled to win the award for Leading Specialists in Occupational Physiotherapy 2018.
As a company we strive to deliver the best in service; forming innovative partnerships, delivering consistent return on investment for our clients but most importantly, keeping employees pain free, in work and well. It’s fantastic to be recognised for the work we do. See our feature here.
We are proud to have partnered with GPDQ to supplement our occupational physiotherapy service and provide closer links to GPs for our clients. Physiotherapy and GP-related needs often go hand in hand and we believe we can make our service even more effective through this partnership.
Where is the service available?
The service is available nationwide across the UK.
What is on offer?
With this service clients can take full advantage of;
- GP consultations
- Audiology tests
- Blood tests
- Health check
- Onward specialist referrals
In addition to our corporate physiotherapy services of course!
Who are GPDQ?
GPDQ provide highly experienced NHS GPs available to patients in a new, on-demand format. Patients can be seen more quickly and treated effectively. Bookings are made via their website or app with video appointments, visits or clinic appointments available. The service is open from 8am – 11pm 7 days a week.
The cost of absenteeism and presenteeism is sky high for employers and reducing this through keeping employees in work is why Back in Action exists. This underpins GPDQ’s model too and we’re excited to add GP services through this organisation.
View more information on our website.
Absence within the workplace is a daily occurrence for most employers, whether it be a cold, neck strain or stress. However, an employee’s health and wellbeing can heavily affect a workplace, with an estimated 137.3 million working days lost due to illness in 2016. There are measurements in place when returning to work, but are companies investing in their employees’ wellbeing in the first place?
Return-to-work interviews and monitoring absences are essential, but being proactive and preventing the absence before it happens will have a far more positive impact. A person’s wellbeing can be determined by their home life, relationships, and their job. A recent government study showed that employees can be more creative, cooperative, and have better general health if they experience a higher level of wellbeing. Looking after your employees’ can come in many forms and will vary depending on the industry and the type of work being carried out. For example, wellbeing schemes can include healthy eating advice, gym memberships, physiotherapy services,or a health care plan.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are one of the main causes for absence at work within the UK. This is where having a wellbeing scheme could be used to its full effect. Prevention is key, we give staff training to make sure they are doing the best job possible, but keeping their wellbeing at the forefront of the working day could prove invaluable. Precautions can be put in place to bring down the number of people affected by MSDs in the workplace, such as an on-site physiotherapist to help with any injuries that could affect a staff member, ensuring all workstations are assessed and fit for everyday use or even an on-site manual handling course to ensure confidence and good practice. Focusing on people’s wellbeing could be the difference between a day of absence and a productive day’s work.
A survey conducted by Aon Employee Benefits has shown that employers are aiming to promote workplace wellbeing schemes: their Benefits and Trends Survey 2018 showed an increase from 36% to 42%. With that in mind, it shows employers are aiming to take steps in the right direction. Combining return-to-work interviews, the monitoring of data and an appropriate well-being scheme could be the ticket to a healthier and happier workplace.
BIA UK’s very own Kenny Butler has co-authored a study that has made it into the British Medical Journal (BMJ) as part of his work with Active Health UK. The piece has been covered in numerous press including The Sun, The Times and iNews.
Focus on Physical Activity Can Can Help Avoid Unnecessary Social Care
You can read the finished article here but in summary, the study explains how physical activity for older adults can help maintain their health and reduce the spiralling cost of social care.
The cost ramifications and shortage of social care services are rife in the UK and with direct links between “the parlous state of the NHS and the social care crisis”, it’s important for the nation’s future health to address this and reduce the impact.
This write up shows that there is a cost-efficient and effective way to start reducing the social care cost by simply focusing on increasing the amount of physical activity completed by older adults.
Within the published piece is a discussion on the effects of ageing and loss of fitness. It is noted that the two are often confused and mistakenly, people tend to think that exercise may make health conditions worse whereas this is rarely the case. By working on strength, stamina, suppleness and skill the benefits for older adults can span cognitive, physical and social aspects.
An important report from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges wrote: “Exercise may reverse the decline and keep a person above the threshold for needing increased care”. This is an important statement and indicative of how important exercise can be in reducing social care cost.
The piece then goes on to discuss the role of healthcare and policy in supporting these findings as well as specific statistics around physical activity and health benefits.
Read the full post here.