Archive | March, 2013

Free Event 11th April 2013 – Drug and Alcohol in the workplace

26 Mar

Can you say categorically that your organisation doesn’t have a Drug and Alcohol problem?

Does your organisation have a D&A policy in place and do you fully understand the benefits of having one?

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The cost of alcohol misuse to the UK economy is £6.4 billion each year and alcoholism effects 4% of adult UK workers. And according to one drug researcher, 1 in 30 employees in the UK has drugs in their system at any one time in the workplace.

So you can see that having a D&A policy in place can very easily and very quickly have many positive effects to any organisation from a wellbeing and legal point of view.

Implementing a Drug and Alcohol policy within the workplace is an easy thing to do, but there are consequences in getting it wrong, for employer and employee. It is easy to get help to get it right. We are here to help. Corporate Health, in partnership with Field Seymour Parkes LLP and Synergy Health, have the pleasure in inviting you or a colleague to our networking and HR community forum event on the 11th April in Slough, from 9am to 11am. This will be a great opportunity to firstly network amongst fellow HR peers as well as with a legal professional and industry expert, as well as with an Occupational Health specialist. During this open discussion, our team of experts will advise and discuss key problems areas for HR concerning drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

Substance misuse in the workplace can cause accidents, increase long-term sickness and bring about compensation claims. If you want the answers to these questions and related issues, we invite you to come along to our free event on 11th April here at the Corporate Health offices in Slough from 8.45am to 11am.

Event Details

Thursday 11th April 2013
08:45 – 11:00
At the Corporate Health head office, Slough

How to book?

Please email marketing@corporatehealth.co.uk with your full name, company name, email address and telephone number. Please also advise us of any dietary requirements. Note places are limited, so we will be issuing places on a first come first served basis.

If you would like to submit any questions or issues to discuss in advance of the event, please also include these within your registration email. If you have any questions, regarding this event, please call 0845 6807875 and ask for Nicole Martin.

www.corporatehealth.co.uk

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Senior OH Advisor Required – Corporate Health

25 Mar

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Corporate Health, specialists in providing comprehensive Occupational Health advice and support as well as health screening services, is looking to more than double in size over the next three years.

This dynamic organisation has an opportunity for an Occupational Health professional with excellent leadership skills and relevant experience gained at a senior level.

The main purpose of this wide ranging role is to improve organisational effectiveness by providing a proactive, fee earning OH service and also to provide clinical support and leadership for our OH Nurse advisors and RGNs.

We would look to the successful applicant to help develop the capability of the organisation to deal effectively with OH issues and legislative matters; work with the Medical Director to implement process, audit and quality control measures and work with the colleagues to grow the business and support on-going account management and service delivery.

If you are passionate about Occupation Health and delivering high quality service, we can offer you responsibility and accountability coupled with the support of a highly professional team of like-minded individuals.

A comprehensive job description is available to download from our website. To apply please email your CV to recruitment@corporatehealth.co.uk. Visit us at www.corporatehealth.co.uk

Defibrillators for Non League Football Clubs – Does you Business have one?

18 Mar

Question: 

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As Football reacts to the the events of last year when Fabrice Muambe collapsed in front of Thousands the real question has to be does you business have this life saving equipment available for your employee and visitors. The cost of a machine with training is around £1,500 and all you need to do is fix it to a wall and plug it in. It really is that simple to save a life.

To see this life saving equipment in actions and how easy it is to use <Click here> and watch our Bondi Beach video.

More than 900 defibrillators are being made available to clubs in non-league football and the Women’s Super League.

The FA and British Heart Foundation have joined up to launch the £1.2m fund, one year after Fabrice Muamba’s on-pitch cardiac arrest.

Muamba, 24, collapsed playing for Bolton during their FA Cup quarter-final with Tottenham on 17 March 2012.

The England Under-21 international midfielder was “in effect dead” for 78 minutes but survived the incident.

Read more about this story <Click Here>

Using the equipment is so easy yet so many of us are afraid of the unknown and shy away thinking what if I have to use it, can I make things worse! well the questions has to be what if I don’t have the equipment and don’t Try! the equipment really is that simple a child could use it and its self managing so wont shock the patient if there is a heart beat.

Senior OH Advisor Required – Corporate Health

15 Mar

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Corporate Health, specialists in providing comprehensive Occupational Health advice and support as well as health screening services, is looking to more than double in size over the next three years.

This dynamic organisation has an opportunity for an Occupational Health professional with excellent leadership skills and relevant experience gained at a senior level.

The main purpose of this wide ranging role is to improve organisational effectiveness by providing a proactive, fee earning OH service and also to provide clinical support and leadership for our OH Nurse advisors and RGNs.

We would look to the successful applicant to help develop the capability of the organisation to deal effectively with OH issues and legislative matters; work with the Medical Director to implement process, audit and quality control measures and work with the colleagues to grow the business and support on-going account management and service delivery.

If you are passionate about Occupation Health and delivering high quality service, we can offer you responsibility and accountability coupled with the support of a highly professional team of like-minded individuals.

A comprehensive job description is available to download from our website. To apply please email your CV to recruitment@corporatehealth.co.uk. Visit us at www.corporatehealth.co.uk

Charity Require Non Exec Director – Occupational Health Physician

15 Mar

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Corporate Health, specialists in providing comprehensive Occupational Health advice and support as well as health screening services, is looking to more than double in size over the next three years.

As part of our strategy to achieve this ambitious goal, we are looking for Occupation Health professionals to join our dynamic team based at our offices in Slough, and become actively and enthusiastically involved in our development.

NON-EXECUTIVE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PHYSICIAN

This voluntary post requires an experienced OHP who will commit time and energy to their duties as non-executive Director and guardian of the Charity and its aims.

You will be a member of the Board responsible for setting the direction and ensuring the proper management of the charity and the operating company and although you would only be required to commit to attending 10 Board meetings per annum, we are looking for individuals who would be available and willing to help at other times.

For more information about Corporate Health visit www.corporatehealth.co.uk. For more information about the roles and our aims and ambitions and for an application pack, please email recruiment@corporatehealth.co.uk.

Full Time Medical Director Required – Occupational Health

15 Mar

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Corporate Health, specialists in providing comprehensive Occupational Health advice and support as well as health screening services, is looking to more than double in size over the next three years.

As part of our strategy to achieve this ambitious goal, we are looking for Occupation Health professionals to join our dynamic team based at our offices in Slough, and become actively and enthusiastically involved in our development.

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

You will be providing medical leadership, governance and audit for the charity supporting both clinicians and the management team in meeting the business and charity objectives. Working closely with other members of the management team, you will ensure we continue to develop our OH offering, enhance our reputation and raise awareness of the OH profession.

For three days per week you will be working on fee earning OHP activity which will include remote case management as well as face to face appointments. As the business grows we would expect fee earning work to be replaced with Management/Medical Director duties

For more information about Corporate Health visit www.corporatehealth.co.uk. For more information about the roles and our aims and ambitions and for an application pack, please email Recruitment@corporatehealth.co.uk.

April is National Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – What impact does Bowel Cancer have on employers and employees

13 Mar

April is National Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

What is your business doing to promote this and how does it affect your employees

Click here to order our leaflets, posters, booklets and balloons for your bowel cancer awareness display. You can also place an order by phone on 020 7381 9711 ext 230.

http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

 

BOWEL CANCER- OCCUPATIONAL ASPECTS

Dr Sharon East-Miles – Occupational Health Physician

www.Corporatehealth.co.uk

National provider of Occupational Health Services to Corporate Britain

Introduction

Bowel cancer is also referred to as colorectal or colon cancer as nearly all bowel cancer develops in the large bowel. Approximately two-thirds occur in the colon and one-third in the rectum.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms are:

  • Bleeding from the rectum or blood in the faeces
  • A change in bowel habit to looser bowel actions or constipation lasting for 3 weeks or more
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • Pain or a lump in the abdomen.

Diagnosis

Several tests are carried out in stages. They include a rectal examination, blood and stool tests, x-rays, colonoscopy and biopsy and CT/MRI scans. The aim is to find the precise location of the cancer, to confirm the diagnosis and to stage the severity and progression of it.

Treatment

Treatment will be dependent on:

  • the type and size of the cancer
  • the individual’s general health
  • whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body
  • the grade or aggressiveness of the cancer

If there is early diagnosis and the cancer has not spread i.e. Stage 1, treatment may only consist of surgery to remove some of the colon. For later stages, a combination of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and biological therapy may be used. The chance of a complete cure depends on the stage the cancer has reached by the time it is diagnosed. If diagnosed early the 5 year survival rate can be as high as 90% and complete cure is usually possible.

Despite the effectiveness of treatment, there can be unpleasant side-effects which are severe enough to cause sickness absence from work.

  • Surgery aims to remove all or part of the tumour. By itself, it may affect the way the bowel functions. There may be pain and temporary or permanent changes in bowel habits and the affected person will need to learn how to cope with these changes.
  • Radiotherapy uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells. Side-effects can be temporary and can get better a few weeks after treatment has ended. However, the side-effects can be delayed occurring months or years after treatment. These include effects on bowel, bladder or sexual function.
  • Chemotherapy interferes with the process of cell division and affects both cancerous and normal cells. It can therefore affect the way the entire body feels since it is not a localized treatment and is given either orally for up to 6-7 months or intravenously. It can cause fatigue for several months and changes in sensation in the hands and feet.
  • Biological therapy is a new therapy that can be used for some types of advanced bowel cancer where there is spread to other parts of the body. It helps the body to control the growth of cancer cells. It can help persons to live longer and is given along with chemotherapy.

Impact of Bowel Cancer on Work

Even prior to the official diagnosis the symptoms of bowel cancer may begin to impact on the employee’s capability and affect attendance levels. Following the diagnosis a significant period of sickness absence will take place in order to carry out treatment and to recover from that treatment. If the treatment is limited to surgery and there are no complications, then return to work could be between 6 weeks to 3 months depending on the physical demand of the job. If chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy are used to treat, it could take months before the employee is fit to return to work. However, there are some individuals who are able to continue working while receiving chemotherapy. Chemotherapy usually starts 6 weeks after the operation.

Side-effects of treatment     

Common side-effects are:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hair loss
  • Sore mouth
  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

 

The range and severity of side-effects vary with individuals. Perhaps the most common side-effect from treatment that will impact on work is fatigue. The employee may:

  • find it harder to perform some tasks
  • experience reduced strength and energy levels making it difficult for him/her to work for the usual hours
  • have difficulty concentrating and remembering
  • experience exhaustion during meetings or after only mild activity
  • struggle to control his/her emotions resulting in him/her being irritable and affecting interaction with others
  • experience dizziness or light-headedness

Legal Requirements

Under the Equality Act 2010, employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for persons with a disability. People with cancer in England, Scotland and Wales are covered under this law and in Northern Ireland by the Disability Discrimination Act. Reasonable adjustments will depend on the practicality and cost to the business and the effectiveness that the adjustment has on alleviating any disadvantage to the employee caused by their condition.

Adjustments that may benefit an employee during and after treatment

Even before the employee considers returning to work the employer can be supportive by providing information regarding support services available from the employer. These include:

  • Counselling through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Details of benefits including company sick pay, statutory sick pay, employment support allowance,  insurance and payment protection policies
  • Matters pertaining to job security, career progression and ill-health retirement
  • Impact of work adjustments on pay and benefits
  • Legal rights
  • Options for time off work to attend medical appointments during working hours
  • Maintain contact with employee while signed off work

Most persons will need additional support when trying to continue work while having treatment and when returning to work after treatment. It is prudent to have involvement from occupational health professionals to assist in risk assessment, to provide guidance regarding duration of absence, potential effects on work and to recommend adjustments or restrictions since individuals will vary in the type, amount and duration of adjustments from which they will benefit. It is even more important when there is a concern about health and safety issues. All employees will benefit from a supportive environment i.e. line manager and colleagues. Some of the possible adjustments that your occupational health provider may recommend are:

  • Flexible working
  • Working from home
  • Reduced hours
  • Lighter duties
  • More frequent rest breaks
  • Reduced commuting time by avoiding peak hour traffic
  • Phased rehabilitation
  • Additional support to help manage difficulties with mental tasks
  • Measures to minimise exposure to infection
  • Access to Work scheme to assist with mobility issues, commute and to help in providing special aids and equipment
  • Adjusting performance targets
  • Changes in the work environment, for example, to their workstation and its location
  • Alternative employment

Many employees are successfully rehabilitated back into work following a diagnosis and treatment for bowel cancer with the help and support of the employer.

Bibliography

  1. Understanding bowel cancer http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/understanding-bowel-cancer/
  2. Bowel cancer NHS choices http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Cancer-of-the-colon-rectum-or-bowel/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  3. Fatigue after bowel cancer treatment http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Livingwithandaftercancer/Lifeaftercancer/Lateeffectsbowel/Possiblelateeffects/Fatigue.aspx
  4. Living with cancer  http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Livingwithandaftercancer/Workandcancer/Workandcancer.aspx
  5. Working through cancer http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Documents/GetInvolved/Campaigns/WorkingThroughCancer/WorkItOut/WorkItOut.pdf
  6. Chemotherapy after surgery for bowel cancer http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/type/bowel-cancer/treatment/chemotherapy/chemotherapy-after-surgery-for-bowel-cancer
  7. Everyday Life During Chemotherapy http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/about-cancer/treatment/chemotherapy/living/everyday-life-during-chemotherapy
  8. Biological therapies http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/type/bowel-cancer/treatment/biological-therapies-for-bowel-cancer