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This page provides useful links that are available to your organisation. These will help to improve your health and wellbeing strategies and provide examples that are recommended for you to use to establish a successful organisation and motivate productive staff. 

Fit for Work 

Mindful Employer

NHS Choices

Public Health England

One You campaign

Public Health Responsibility Deal

Start2

Fit for Work employer referral service

Employers in England and Wales can refer employees facing long-term sickness into a support service, known as Fit for Work. It is designed to help working people who face lengthy sickness absence return to work. Fit for Work provides the services of occupational health professionals to employed people if they have been, or are likely to be, off work for four weeks or more. 

Employers could also get a tax exemption of up to £500 (per year, per employee) on medical interventions that are recommended by the service. For more information on the service go to the Fit for Work website.

Mindful Employer 

This service helps employers to support mental wellbeing at work and is run nationwide, as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. 

Mindful Employer provides businesses and organisations with easy access to information and support for staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. Their website aims to help an employer find the correct information that is required.

NHS Choices

This NHS website includes A-Z definitions of conditions and treatments available with exemplar healthy living plans for weight, smoking and alcohol.

If you require information about the services available, help towards your health and wellbeing initiative or the latest health headlines then visit the NHS Choices website. 

Public Health England (PHE)

PHE is an executive agency sponsored by the Department of Health, which aims to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. It is responsible for making the public healthier by advising, sharing information and expertise, and supporting government actions for organisations by setting out how to deliver core functions.

The PHE website consists of resources and publications, campaigns, news articles and contact information that could be useful to any member of the public for health and wellbeing concerns.

One You campaign

Public Health England's One You campaign aims to help adults across the country avoid future diseases caused by modern-day living by tackling everyday habits and behaviours, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough.

It encourages adults to start making a difference by taking a new online health quiz called ‘How Are You’. This innovative quiz provides personalised recommendations based on your results and directs people to tools and advice to help them take action where it’s most needed. To find out more information on how you can, or encourage your employees to, create a healthier lifestyle, then visit the 'One You' website.

Public Health Responsibility Deal

PHE recognises that to make an improvement to the public’s health requires health promoting environments. To create health promoting environments and to support people to change behaviour, collaboration is needed between many different partnerships. Likewise those partnerships require support. With 766 partners signed up to the Public Health Responsibility Deal, it provides a space where organisations can get support, share ideas and provide evidence of effective interventions.

Signing up to the Public Health Responsibility Deal is a voluntary act which means organisations are committed to helping people live healthier lives in one or more of the following areas:

  • alcohol
  • food
  • health at work
  • physical activity.

Examples of pledges range from Morrison’s running ‘Miles for Smiles’ campaign to Kings’ Health Partners actively changing the work environment to improve mental health and wellbeing. The ‘Miles for Smiles’ campaign supported employees to see how far they could walk, run, swim or cycle. It was a simple fun way to encourage employees to reach their personal best. 

The Kings Health Partners is an organisation that partners with NHS organisations to improve the nation’s health. It created wellbeing spaces and used the Public Health Responsibility Deal to provide a thorough analysis and evaluation of the project. This has helped other organisations learn from their experiences, and adjust their own working environments. 

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust supports its staff through a range of interventions that promote a healthy workplace. These include encouraging staff to cycle to work, weight watcher programmes which are well attended and a team activity challenge. In the team activity challenge organisations competed to see how far they could swim, walk and cycle over 16 weeks. To find out more about the Public Health Responsibility Deal visit the PHE website.

Start2

Start2 aims for you to live life more creatively by showing individuals how they can use their natural creative skills to maintain and improve your wellbeing. This helps workplace wellbeing as allows for employees to boost performance through short breaks of fun tasks.

There are dozens of creative activities designed by experts in the field of arts and health to get involved with. Start2 website allows you to direct around the resources available and choose the creative wellbeing activity that will best suit you.

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