Occupational health

Health and wellbeing services are managed by the Occupational Health department in the Trust, which provides a wide variety of free or subsidised benefits for staff.

The benefits are not only felt by staff – surveys have shown an increase from 20% to over 70% in satisfaction rates among patients since the Trust introduced these benefits. The surveys showed improved morale among staff, more staff retention, lower patient mortality and lower infection rates.Β Β 

In fact the Trust has been so successful in this area that it has been chosen as a national example of best practice in delivering care and support for staff.

Other free services available through Occupational Health include:

  • Hypnotism services (for smoking, weight management or phobias)
  • Weight management programme
  • Smoking cessation
  • Nutritional Advice
  • Drug and alcohol dependency advice.
  • Subsidised services for staff include Holistic Therapy (massage, reflexology, Indian head massage and beauty treatments), and chiropody services.

Other services include:

  • health advisory sessions
  • rehabilitation following sickness absence
  • sports massage therapy
  • staff breast care clinic
  • headache specialist
  • ergonomics advice

The Occupational Health team publishes a monthly newsletter which highlights many of the activities and services available.