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What is an Occupational Health Assessment?

February 28th, 2023 posted by staywelloh

One of the most common questions that we get from our clients on a regular basis is “what is an occupational health assessment?”  An occupational health assessment is generally used as a blanket term, often a vital part in sickness absence management or in situations where an employee’s health is affecting their work or there…

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Neurodiversity: A Guide for Employers

January 25th, 2023 posted by staywelloh

Why is it important? At least 20% of the adult population have a diagnosed neurological condition such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia and/or dyspraxia. Therefore, it is essential that employers are aware of how to support such employees in order to create a diverse, productive workforce which values everyone’s…

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Emotional Support Animals; Can I Bring My Dog To Work?

September 22nd, 2022 posted by StaywellAdmin

How OH can help to address this important question? The increase in pet ownership in the UK has increased with an estimated 3.2m households now having a pet. Young people are the main drivers of this trend, with more than half of new owners aged 16 to 34.  Animal welfare organisations have been warning that…

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Men’s Health Week: Time for your MOT

June 13th, 2022 posted by staywelloh

It’s Men’s Health Week and the focus this year is on health checks, and the things that these can pick up. One area of this we feel it is important to highlight is waist measurement. Carrying a paunch may not be top of your list of things to tackle in this fast-paced, modern world we…

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Anxiety triggered by adverse world events

June 6th, 2022 posted by staywelloh

When news breaks and we see images of death and destruction in the media it can be overwhelming. For some people this can affect emotional health and triggers symptoms of stress and anxiety. The reduced emotional health typically stems from worrying the same things may happen where you live or to your loved ones. Triggered…

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The benefits of longer appointment times

May 25th, 2022 posted by staywelloh

Occupational Health management referrals are usually triggered when an employee has a health condition that has either caused them to be absent from work or is affecting their performance at work.  The occupational health assessment is undertaken to support employers and employees, to enable the employee to get well enough to return to work or…

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Health benefits and expenses which are exempt from tax

May 16th, 2022 posted by staywelloh

There are a number of health benefits and expenses which can be offered by an employer to their employees, without the employer being required to report these to the HMRC, pay tax or pay National Insurance on them.  Where these exemptions or concessions apply, the employee’s tax is not affected, and the payments or expenses…

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Sickness Absence: What are my responsibilities as an employer

May 4th, 2022 posted by staywelloh

As an employer dealing with long term sickness absence and frequent absences, you have a variety of legal responsibilities. Several laws are relevant when managing sick leave and return to work, such as the Equality Act, the Employment Rights Act and the Health and Safety at Work Act.  Employees are more likely to return to…

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How to provide support to employees who are anxious about a COVID-19 second wave.

October 6th, 2020 posted by StaywellAdmin

By Paul Hinckley, Occupational Health Nurse Advisor at Staywell Occupational Health – October 2020 We have all been on a challenging and difficult journey so far in 2020, we may have come to terms with the immediate urgency that coronavirus has brought, but now what? The threat of COVID-19 remains with us, and whilst research into…

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Coronavirus Shielding Advice explained

April 22nd, 2020 posted by StaywellAdmin

By Jane Lavery, Senior Occupational Health nurse at Staywell Occupational Health – 22nd April 2020 There has been a lot of confusion about the requirement for self-isolation, social distancing and shielding.  Self-isolation is required when individuals and others in their household have symptoms.  Shielding is required for those who are considered extremely vulnerable and is…