In response to increased pressure on stretched NHS HR teams, two occupational health business have joined forces to provide easy-to-access, essential support through a new NHS England framework.
By removing the intensive tender process, Connect Health, an independent community provider of MSK (musculoskeletal) services in partnership with Health Management Ltd, a provider of national Occupational Health services to businesses and Government, have aimed to make it simple for NHS organisations to buy-in additional support.
The hope is that it can supplement their occupational health (OH) and employee assistance programme (EAP) services, all while helping people safely stay in, and return to work.
Support available includes remote and on-site advice and assistance for clinical and non-clinical staff, work-focused assessment and rehabilitation programmes, tailored services covering prevention, assessment, rehabilitation and training, and a national telephone advice line.
The national contract means HR teams can call in help as they need it, or to add on to existing occupational health and wellbeing services, providing essential assistance to the wider workforce, by the creation of extra capacity in targeted areas of the service.
Commenting, director of Occupational Health Services at Connect Health, Alasdair Kerr said: “Our ethos is to do all we can to keep people fit and healthy and at work, which is more important than ever during these difficult times.
“Alongside HML, we are ready and able to help the NHS and are committed to doing so at cost to support the national effort.”
While Carol Lewis, sales director from HML, added: “We will be fluid and tailor the service to the needs of the NHS and remain committed to making sure those on the front line of the pandemic response have the advice and support they need.”
The framework is designed to support the NHS in providing a safe workplace for their staff in supporting physical ailments and mental wellbeing.
The focus of the framework is to provide support on:
• Returning to work after testing, isolation or illness
• Management of staff who have concerns about specific vulnerability
• Risk assessment of clinical work placements
• Deploying of temporary and returning staff
• Physical and mental health issues and concerns during and after the outbreak