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World Health Day – We Salute All Of Our Nurses

By Awareness, Coronavirus, Guidance, News

World Health Day is recognised on the 7th April to promote awareness on various health related topics from around the world. This day marks the anniversary of the World Health Organisation which was founded on the 7th April 1948.

World Health Day 2020 highlights the current status of nursing around the world – which at the moment has never been more crucial, therefore we should continuously support our nurses over the globe.

This year we are celebrating the incredible work of our nurses and midwifes, which couldn’t be more appropriate during the COVID-19 pandemic. This day is designed to celebrate the work of our nurses and health care workers to remind the whole world of the crucial role in which nurses from all sectors play to keep the world healthy, even more so than ever during this crisis.

Nurses and health workers are all at the forefront of the COVID-19 response and continuously providing high quality care when its needed the most.

These professions are the backbone of any health care team, whether nurses work in emergency services, child health, A&E, mental health, occupational health, NICU, schools, public health and elderly care (to name just a few) – we salute you all.

To honour #WorldHealthDay we have asked some of Acorns wonderful nurses to look at what guided them down their nursing path, previous experiences and what they love the most about being a nurse.

Isabel Burrows – Clinical Lead of Acorn Occupational Health

“When I was 4 years old my dad broke his leg in a road traffic accident and was in hospital for 6 months. During this time we used to visit him once a week. I became fascinated by the nurses. I loved how smart they looked and the discipline they demonstrated. I went over to one of the nurses and asked if I could put my name down on the waiting list so that I could become a nurse when I was old enough. She wrote my name down on the list. I truly believed I was on the list until I was a teenager.

“I was never in any doubt of what I wanted to do. I applied for a student nurse post at the same hospital (North Staffs Royal Infirmary) where my dad was nursed when I was 18 years old. I started work as a student nurse in September 1984. I qualified in December 1987. Our nursing set all passed the course together. We still keep in touch and meet up about 4 times a year.

“I have never regretted becoming a nurse. I have loved every job that I have had. I enjoy caring for people and the versatility of the work.

“My Dad who is sadly no longer with me told me ‘if you become a nurse, you will never be without a job’ and he was so right. My parents used to call me Matron with affection.

“I love working in Occupational Health because it concentrates on prevention rather than waiting for people to become ill.”

Isabel Burrows

Arlene Moss – Senior Occupational Health Advisor

“I trained in nursing from 1973 – 1976. I worked in A&E rising to a Sister over 18 years and I loved it. It always made you feel like you were making a difference and helping so many people.”

“Following having my 3 sons, now 28, 26 and 23, I trained and moved into Occupational Health. I then worked for 19 years as an Occupational Health Advisor and Manager for and FTSE 100 company and worked with a fantastic, forward thinking manager.

“After leaving there, I worked for a year at the Transport Police before joining the team at Acorn as a Senior Occupational Health Advisor, which I love. No day is the same and every case is so different. Spending so much time at work, you really do have to enjoy what you do.”

Arlene Moss

Sharon Proudlove – Occupational Health Screening Nurse

“From a young age, I was always surrounded by ‘medical’ stuff – my dad had spent the latter part of his army career working in the medical corps and then went onto become a First Aider for the Gas Board, taking part in numerous First Aid competitions up and down the UK. He became the go to person for anyone in the neighbourhood long before 111 came about!”

“I was torn between wanting to train as a nurse or to work with people with disabilities  so my careers teacher suggested I train as a nurse for people with Learning Disabilities, I didn’t even know there was such a qualification! So that’s what I did. From 1982 to 1995 I worked in a large hospital for people with very profound learning and physical disabilities and challenging behaviours with complex mental health issues too. I rose through the ranks becoming a Ward Sister and then a Night Shift Coordinator.

“But I still hankered to be an RGN – so in 2004 I retrained and gained my RGN qualification. I love doing all things clinical and medical, give me a mucky wound or an abscess to dress and I’m in my element.

“I’ve worked in various specialities within the hospital setting and am proud of my profession and my only regret is not having got into Occupational Health Nursing 15 years ago.

“I love being a nurse. When someone says if you had your time all over again what would you be? Well, I’d still be a nurse!”

Sharon Proudlove

Claire McMullan – Occupational Health Screening Nurse

“My dreams of becoming a nurse started when I was a little girl maybe at the age of 6 – seeing my auntie being a nurse in her dress, belt and cap. She was my first inspiration.

“I started my career in nursing as a Health Care Assistant in the NHS many years ago. I always enjoyed providing the best care I could to my patients and knowing they were comfortable and listening to everyone’s life stories and experiences.

“I eventually moved into Occupational Health as a Technician which I really enjoyed. I quickly outgrew this role, so I decided to go and do my access course into nursing and then went onto my nursing Degree. During this time I unfortunately lost a close friend who passed away suddenly. She always knew I wanted to be a nurse, where she always kept on my case trying to push me to do it. With her passing I decided to pursue my dream for her and myself.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student nurse over 3 years, I met a lot of knowledgeable, smart and caring professionals along the way which moulded me into the nurse I am today.

“I’m now back in Occupational Health and provide support to employers and employees, and monitor the health of the workforce. Again, I meet a lot of people on a daily basis and I know I make a difference to them. I’m there to support individuals, speak for them when they feel unable to and offer guidance that can be implemented into the workplace.  I still have a lot to learn in this area of nursing, but I know I will shine and continue to do the best I can. I work in a great team of other Nurses, Technicians and of course our Admin Team of whom all support me daily.

“All nurses will be committed, provide care, show compassion, have courage, communicate to others where required and are competent in what we do.”

“I know I contain all these qualities and I will always be the best nurse I can be … I am proud to be a nurse.”

Claire McMullan

To all of the nurses and health care professionals out there that are working hard, not just today, but everyday – we salute you!

Coronavirus Antibody Tests

By Coronavirus, Guidance, News

Acorn now have the opportunity to provide an instant, rapid antibody test for Coronavirus (Covid-19). Please find questions and answers regarding the test detailed below

This testing regarding coronavirus follows requests for this service from many of our customers.

Testing Times:

  • 5 minutes to take the blood sample
  • 15 minutes to read
  • 5 minutes to explain the result to the individual and write a certificate/report

Need to know:

  • The kits are ordered on demand and delivery takes 1-2 weeks.
  • Once the kits have been ordered, they cannot be cancelled.

For more information regarding the antibody test kits please get in touch with Acorn. You can call us on 01260 277797 or email: info@acornoh.co.uk


Questions and Answers:

How is the test performed?

This is a blood test taken from a finger prick. A nurse or technician will attend to employees who are not displaying obvious symptoms (cough and high temperature). The nurse or technician will be wearing appropriate PPE.

What does this test tell you?

The test will provide information on antibodies for Covid-19. This will give the employee information as to whether they have developed any antibodies. The test provides results for both the IgM and IgG antibodies.

What do the antibodies tell you?

  • If no IgM or IgG antibodies are detected it means that the individual has not been in contact with the virus but may be at risk if they do come into contact with Covid-19 or if they have mild symptoms they may be in the “window” with early stages of infection.
  • IgM antibodies detected in an initial blood sample mean that it is likely that the person became infected with Covid-19 virus within recent weeks or they are in the early stages of infection and should self-isolate.
  • IgG and IgM antibodies detected in an initial blood sample mean that the individual is in the active phase of infection but the human body is developing some immunity to Covid-19.
  • IgG antibodies are detected but the IgM is negative, then it is likely that the person had an infection sometime in the past and they are clear of infection meaning that they have gained antibodies and are safe to work.

Does the test need to be sent to a laboratory?

No, the test provides an instant result within 15 minutes. However, like all screening tests further laboratory testing may be required based on both current and future guidelines issued by Public Health England.

What happens if the test is positive?

We will provide advice according to the result

Is the test validated?

The test is validated and CE marked for professional use only. Public Health England have not validated the test yet and when/if they do it is possible that all the test kits will be redirected to the NHS.

What is the accuracy of the test?

This test is 99.2% accurate


If you would like any more information regarding the coronavirus antibody test, give us a call on 01260 277797.

Guidance For People Working From Home

By Guidance, News

A nurse from our team at Acorn has prepared the following guidance to anyone working from home.

There can be many benefits to an employee for working from home including increased flexibility, improved productivity, reduced travel costs, enhanced work life balance and a comfortable working environment. There are however things to consider in order to maintain your health,  well-being and productivity when working from home. Employees working from home are ideally: happy in their own company, self-disciplined and motivated, resilient, able to work without supervision and are able to separate work from home life.

Please see below some points to consider when working from home.

Ensure you have a dedicated work area. If using a laptop, consider having separate mouse and keyboard and continue good principles of good Display Screen Equipment (DSE) posture. If possible and available, use a computer desk and chair and sit with your back supported and arms horizontal to the keyboard.

Make the most of technology

There are many programs, apps and tools available to make it faster and easier to cross tasks off your to-do list. Use these tools to your advantage by setting reminders to be sure you accomplish everything on your list. Keep connected with other colleagues through use of Skype, Zoom and Whats App groups.

Be mindful of of technology distractions – There are so many things you can do with internet access — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, etc. The time you spend “screen sucking” during work hours translates into more time you’ll need to work when you should be done for the day. Occasional checks are okay but try to restrict these during working hours or use a timer to be sure an hour hasn’t passed without you noticing.

Take regular breaks

Breaks are crucial, even if it’s just to walk to the kitchen to refresh your coffee or check the mailbox, a change of scenery can greatly improve your ability to focus and concentrate. Just a few minutes of thinking about something other than work can help to re-energise and focus. This will also allow you to avoid eye strain and keep those headaches at bay.

Plan ahead

Schedule appointments and personal activities at the beginning or end of the day, whenever possible, as you would if you were working in an office. It’s more efficient to go to the dentist early in the morning and work a little later, rather than stopping your work flow in the middle of the day.

Making a to-do list whilst planning will help to prepare what you can to ensure that you can hit the ground running. It will help to kick start the day smoothly.

Enforce willpower

It can be difficult to work from home when you’re surrounded by chores you could do and hobbies or activities you enjoy. Add these into the planning of your day if required, but set boundaries for yourself so that you are continuing to enforce the correct balance when working from home.

General well-being

  • Eat Healthy – Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and drink 6 glasses of water each day. Try to avoid the easily accessible snacks where possible.
  • Exercise – Try to perform 30 minutes of exercise, 5 times per week. This can be a walk at lunch time or yoga in the morning, try something new.
  • Social Contact – Keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues via telephone or Skype.
  • Sleep well – Try to have 7 to 8 hours sleep per night and do not look at monitors and screens prior to bedtime.

Everyone works differently, but hopefully these points will help to guide you in the right direction when working from home.

Choose to Talk

By Mental Health, News

Cut the stigma around mental ill health

What does the term ‘mental health’ mean to you? Quite often, due to its stigma, it is linked to negative connotations – that someone is ’mad’ or to ‘avoid them, they are crazy’. Which in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Mental disorders can be triggered by a variety of genetic and environmental factors, of which one person cannot predict will happen to them or how it will affect them mentally.

Often, when someone is going through mental ill-health, it stems from a negative influence, which could be why there is a ‘grey cloud’ over the definition ‘Mental Health’. We are getting to a point now where people are openly talking more about mental illnesses, but there is still an immense negativity hanging over the term ‘Mental Health’.

Talking about feelings can often be the beginning of what can feel like a marathon for someone who is struggling with their mental health. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health related breakdown. The more open conversations that happen, the more myths that can be broken about mental illnesses.

As individuals, employers and human beings, we need to help end the isolation that can often come with a mental illness. Raising positive awareness of mental health issues will help managers to support colleagues and staff who are struggling at work whilst addressing the needs of the business.

It’s Time to Talk

It is important to understand that mental ill-health can effect anyone, at any time of their life. They can be linked to personal issues, work problems or relationship breakdowns. The ‘strongest’ of people can often be the ones suffering most, as a mask gets pulled down and a smile gets painted on, no one would know any different. Just asking how somebody is can really make the world of difference to someone on their darkest day. Time to Talk Day encourages individuals to do just that – talk to each other!

Time to Talk Day – 6th February 2020 has been developed and is led by the charities ‘Time to Change’, ‘Mind’ and ‘Rethink Mental Illness’. This day encourages everyone, including businesses to add to the larger conversation and address the sigma around mental health, especially in the workplace.

Games, social events, printable materials and small encouragements such as stepping away from your desks to have a coffee and a chat can be great opportunities to start up a conversation around mental health, and act as that first stepping stone which could potentially be life changing for someone.

Speak up if you’re struggling. Talking does not make someone weak. It makes them human” – Andrew Solomon, a motivational author who has suffered with anxiety and depression.

Something as simple as talking can be a great step forward for anyone who may be suffering in solitude with their mental ill-health. Time to Talk have some fantastic resources on their website such as posters, email templates, games and activities to encourage talking about all aspects of mental health in the workplace that you can find here:

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/sites/default/files/TtC%20Workplace%20Activity%20Pack%202020_0.pdf

Employee Assistance Programme – (EAP)

Alongside the face to face support within the workplace, there is also a professional service that can be offered to employees that is practical and confidential.

Acorn’s Employee Assistance Programme is a service that can help an individual at a time when they maybe don’t know where to turn.

The service is available 24/7 with trained service representatives at the end of every phone, ready to guide you to the best specialist support or counselling. Whether it’s a personal issue, coping with grief, workplace pressure, financial troubles, parenting challenges or a question that you just don’t know where to get the answer, the EAP system is designed to answer any questions immediately, where applicable, or refer you to the most appropriate advisor, counsellor or source of information.

This has proven a successful tool from start to finish for many companies. Having a number to call instantly when faced with troubles and being able seek guidance before a mental illness comes into the picture, an employee can speak to someone that is qualified to give accurate support.

But what is most important, it gives a person a safe place to talk to a professional. If an employee has been away from the workplace, they can use this service to help them comfortably get back into work knowing that they have the EAP system in place to support them through the process.

At Acorn Occupational Health, we like to practice what we preach and have an EAP for all of our staff as well as offering this as a service to other businesses.

We are also enthusiastically participating in Time to Talk Day 2020. Have a look on our social platforms to see what we are actively doing to cut the stigma of mental health in the workplace.

By changing how we talk about mental health issues, we can begin to impact negative mindsets and behaviours which affect so many people.

Let’s make a difference, today.

Blue collar worker

HSE Metal Fabrication Inspections January – March 2020

By News

Do you or your employees work in Metal Fabrication?

Is your Health Surveillance up to date?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be inspecting sites that carry out Metal Fabrication in January to March 2020.

The focus will be on control of exposure to welding fumes and metalworking fluids.

As an employer, by law, you should protect your employee’s health by controlling the risks from welding fumes. The process of welding produces smoke that contains harmful metal fumes.

For further information on welding fumes and metalworking fluids, please visit the HSE website for advice on how to protect your employees:

Metalworking fluids (MW) – Please click here

Welding fumes – Please click here

Acorn Occupational Health Ltd can assist with your health surveillance needs to ensure you are ready for a HSE inspection. We can complete a Site Needs Assessment to establish what health surveillance is legally required for your working environment and roles. Acorn also offer a variety of Health Surveillance including Spirometry (lung-function assessments) and Skin Surveillance. For more information and advice on how we can help, please contact a member of the Team on 01260 27797 or info@acornoh.co.uk

Saving lives with PSA testing

By News

For males in the UK, prostate cancer is the most common cancer with 46,700 new cases ever year – Cancer Research UK

A PSA test is a blood test that helps detect prostate cancer. It measures the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood.

The PSA blood test is one of the main ways, along with a rectal exam, that doctors can look for signs of prostate cancer. And while it’s normal for men to have some PSA in their blood, a raised level can be a sign of prostate cancer. However, PSA can be raised for lots of other reasons too, meaning a man might get an abnormal result when he doesn’t have cancer. If PSA is undertaken this must be made clear to the employee so that unnecessary worry is not caused. There is an argument that some of the cancers detected – if left undetected – wouldn’t cause a person harm. The alternative argument is that early detection means less evasive cancer treatment such as hormone medication and surveillance.

Case Study – Urinalysis and PSA Health Screening

An employee was having their annual health surveillance screening and the urine test was positive for blood. The employee was referred for a review with his General Practitioner and he required further investigations, which diagnosed a bladder tumour, this was successfully treated.

Having the occupational health service enabled early detection of the tumour which otherwise did not show any other symptoms and allowed prompt and successful treatment for the employee.

Case Study – PSA Testing

One of our clients offers PSA blood tests to their male workers over the age of 45 years every other year. In the last 4 years, this test alone has detected Prostate cancer at an early stage in 4 of their employees.

This early detection has allowed for successful and less evasive cancer treatment and arguably has saved these employees lives.

Supporting employees health and wellbeing is a key focus area for Acorn Occupational Health and many of our clients. Although a PSA test is not mandatory, many companies now offer this to their male employees over 40 as part of a health promotion and wellness package.

Acorn offer blood profile screening which includes the following:

  • Full blood count – This checks white and red cell count. White cell count can be an indication of many different diseases including infection, viruses, leukemia and other blood disorders. The red cell count can indicate anaemia and other blood disorders.
  • Kidney profile – Urea & Creatinine checks the kidney function.
  • Liver profile – Liver function tests are important to check to see if the body is breaking down toxins. It will indicate the health of the liver and provide information to the person if their liver is fatty because the person is overweight or if they are drinking too much alcohol.
  • Lipid profile – This checks both good and bad cholesterol and will indicate if a person has high cholesterol which increases the risk of heart disease.
  • Glucose – This can indicate if a person is developing or at risk of diabetes.
  • PSA (males) – It measures the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood for early detection of prostate cancers.

For more information on our Health and Wellbeing packages that include blood profile screening please contact us on 01260 277797 or email info@acornoh.co.uk.

Working With Mental Health

By News

Mental health affects us all. How we think, how we feel and how we live our daily lives. The illness refers to a wide range of conditions that relate to how a person feels, perceives a situation and behaves. These range from mild levels to really quite severe depending on the strength of the illness, of which there are over 200 classified forms.

If you have poor mental health you may find that the ways you react to certain situations and feel about things becomes difficult, and in some cases impossible. The same as if you had a physical illness, a broken wrist would affect your daily tasks such as driving, lifting and even eating. The majority of people would see their Doctor and undertake appropriate treatment. However, mental health hasn’t always been looked upon in the same efficient way.

Looking after your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.

Getting to know the Facts and Figures

Mental health has become mainstream in the press and media over recent years, with more and more people opening up about their past and current difficulties with their mental health. However, few of us know how to differentiate between one disorder to another.

  • Depression – Around 3 million people in the UK are diagnosed with depression every year, making this the highest and most common form of mental illness not just in the UK but also worldwide. The mental health charity, Mind, have researched that more than half of these people will or have tried to commit suicide because of their illness.
  • Anxiety – In a lifetime, most people will have the feeling of anxiousness whilst coping with stressful events or changes, particularly if it has a big impact on your life. 25% of anxiety sufferers are between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. Spotting any early signs of anxiety is essential, especially for young people in order to support them and prevent further mental health illnesses.
  • Bipolar – Bipolar is a type of depression that is often characterised with mood swings from one extreme to the other. From feeling really high to crashing to a depressively low mood.
  • Stress – Most of us have, or certainly will experience some strain of stress in our lifetime. 85% of UK adults are experiencing stress regularly. Although stress is not a psychiatric diagnosis, it can cause and aggravate underlying mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. An individual may think that this is well controlled but added stressors can potentially pull these issues to the surface.

It has been noted that 1 in 5 people will call in sick due to workplace stress. Although it may not feel so at the time, starting a conversation about mental health doesn’t have to be difficult. More than 60% of employers said that they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but need specialist guidance of how to do so in the correct and most effective way.

Spot the Signs

Early intervention is key in the diagnosis of a mental health illness and supporting someone that may be struggling to come to terms with the illness. Many people suffer in silence when they have a mental health condition and reports show that just 21% of people with a mental health condition are actively in employment. By tracking absence, employers can identify when people are taking regular days off sick or more days than usual. This could be the first sign that there may be underlying mental health conditions.

Act now, before it’s too late

Statistics from ‘The Shaw Mind Foundation’ show that within the UK, mental health problems in the workplace cost the economy approximately £70 billion annually.

Training and resources focused around mental health are there to help enforce a workplace culture that encourages continuous development and self-improvement of staff, and in turn will help to maintain and control the mental health of your staff.

Acorn Occupational Health can provide the following services:

Well-Being Audit (Stress Audit)

This is a questionnaire based anonymous stress audit for businesses. It enables the employer to understand whether there are significant issues regarding employee well-being. It considers the most prevalent stressors in the organisation, whether they are real or perceived and an employee’s ability to cope. A report is then produced for the employer that offers advice regarding approaches that may reduce stress in the workplace.

BOUNCE Back Workshop

Acorn have recently launched a ‘BOUNCE Back Workshop’ which helps individuals with their mental health and resilience. This is a 1-day course where individuals will be given an understanding of stress, how to identify its potential sources, maintain focus in difficult situations and how to remain calm, in control and emotionally balanced. It also gives managers the correct advice in order to provide the appropriate support to employees and colleagues. All of the tools taught on the workshop enable an individual to ‘bounce back’ from setbacks that might occur at any stage.

Stress / Resilience Training

What does stress look like? What exactly is stress?  This training covers the effects of stress and how you as an individual or an employer can learn to help. It also covers personality types along with the factors affecting how someone reacts to pressure and how employers can help to support these situations.

Well Persons Medical

This is a comprehensive medical assessment where employees are reassured that they are in good health, or that early action could prevent ill health. Dependant on your requirements, the medical can include blood pressure, pulse, urinalysis, mental health review, vision, cholesterol and glucose checks, a musculoskeletal review, weight and advice about lifestyle, diet and fitness.

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)

Acorn’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, online and on the telephone. Designed to answer your questions immediately or to refer you to the most appropriate advisor, counsellor or source of information. The service includes legal, financial, consumer and personal advice and it is all completely confidential.

Counselling

Acorn can arrange counselling referrals with trained professionals who complete therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. We can also arrange appointments with Psychiatric specialists, depending on the individual’s requirements.

Whether it is yourself that is dealing with a mental illness or have an employee who is suffering, it is key to recognise that with the right guidance and help, a mental health illness is one that can be treated.

Don’t ignore your concerns, start your recovery now.  For more information on the services that Acorn provide, please contact the team on 01260 277797 or email info@acornoh.co.uk.

Depression and Anxiety in the Workplace: How rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) can Treat Mental Health Illnesses and Save You Money on Sick Days

By News

This is a new treatment that Acorn have come across for treating Anxiety and depression. Please see below article from Dr. Nikhila Deshpande.

Sick days are costing UK employers £8,000,000,000 a year. A staggering 12.7% of these sick days are taken due to mental health conditions. Depression and anxiety in the workplace cannot be discriminated against. Some employees must have long stints off work due to their afflictions, resulting in companies paying sick leave as well as a the wages of a temporary replacement, needless to say that this can become highly costly. Antidepressants are only effective for a third of the individuals who are prescribed them. Furthermore, it can take a great length of time to find the right type of antidepressants and adapt to their side effects. Psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, are beneficial; however, they can take a few months to make a positive impact on an individual. What then is the solution?

There is however an alternative; rTMS is a painless, medication free and fast-working treatment for depression and anxiety. Along with this treatments efficacy, it can also act as a financial ally to companies who not only want to ensure the soundness of their employees mental well-being but save money in the process too.

Repetitive Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulations is a swift, pain-free, medication-free and effective treatment for anxiety and depression. Our patients dont require months to get better; we see results within a matter of days. This treatment for depression and anxiety has been approved by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), The RCPsych (The Royal College of Psychiatry).

Our Service

Tranquil TMS is the first center in the North West to provide rTMS treatment. We are delighted with the work we have been able to do over the last year and strive to continue to do so with our growing clientele. It is in fact not only our mission, but our passion to deliver our fantastic and effective treatment to as many of those suffering as we can. Our treatment does come at a price, but it is insignificant in comparison to the difficulties caused by mental health conditions and indeed the financial burdens which come with sick leave.

Our patient Mr. Smith had long history of depression. Mr. Smiths previous 6-month absence had cost his employer £35,000, as a result of paying sick leave and another to fill his role in the meantime. The treatment we provided him with cost £6,000. By the time we discharged him he had taken 1 month off work, for which his pay was £3,333. His expenses therefore for that period were £9,333. It is highly likely that Mr. Smith would have taken further time off work if not for his rTMS treatment. Another 6 months would have cost the company a further £35,000. However, with rTMS, the costs werent much more than a quarter of that cost; rTMS saved that company £25,667. Mr. Smith has been in work for a year since his treatment, without a relapse, side-effects of rTMS or need to take antidepressants which can cause lethargy.

If you would like to find out more about rTMS treatment and how it has helped our clients, then get in touch today. We also offer packages to companies to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments. These are often very well received by staff and can aid in discovering a mental health disorder before it has fully manifested itself in an individual.

Dr. Nikhila Deshpande

Founder& Director & Consultant Psychiatrist

Tranquil TMS

www.tranquiltms.co.uk

0800 193 0914

Acorn Occupational Health Ltd ‘Your Health is Our Business’ Occupational Health Services for Care Homes

By News

Acorn Occupational Health Ltd is a leading provider of Occupational Health services in the UK. Acorn’s experience lies in providing tailored Occupational Health solutions for our customers including Health Surveillance, Ergonomic Assessments and Sickness Absence/Management Referrals. SEQOHS accredited since 2012 Acorn provides Safe, Effective, Quality, Occupational Health Services. The services can be delivered onsite, in the mobile health surveillance unit or from Acorn’s clinic. Their dedicated team of experienced Occupational Health Nurses, Technicians and Physicians, deliver a flexible, proactive service assisting businesses to effectively manage issues in relation to the health and well-being of their employees, in conjunction with supporting the business’s legal responsibilities.

What is Occupational Health?

Good health is good business. Occupational Health is not only how work affects a person’s health, but also how someone’s health can affect their work, physically or mentally.

Investing in the health and wellbeing of employees is crucial to maintain competitive advantage. In the care industry high levels of absenteeism and the costs associated with retention rates in relation to staff turnover can add to other staff becoming stressed due to a heavy workload resulting in agency bills spiralling. The effect of wellbeing initiatives have shown that interventions do work and providing an Occupational Health service has a positive impact on a company as a whole and their workplace culture.

Our services that may be relevant to you – ‘Your Health is Our Business’

  • Post Job Offer Questionnaires
  • Fit for Task – Night Worker, Drivers Medicals
  • Sickness Absence/Management Referrals
  • Well Person Medicals
  • Vaccinations
  • Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Work Station Assessments
  • Site needs assessments
  • Health & Safety Consultancy
  • Resilience Training
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Based in the North West of England, Acorn have identified the importance of handpicking a dedicated team of experienced Occupational Health personnel nationwide to assist businesses every step of the way. From the first steps of identifying any problems at work and managing direct issues affecting staff through to complying with legal responsibilities.

The real cost of ill-health for your business

Whatever the reason ill health comes at a cost not only to organisations through absenteeism and downtime but more worryingly through lost productivity as it has been found that employees continue to work whilst unwell (presenteeism).  As businesses cannot function without their biggest asset, their people, there is a clear case for senior managers to adopt well-being initiatives as part of the over arching business strategy.  The initiatives do not have to be costly and with the right support from line managers, occupational health professionals and colleagues work can be a happy, positive place to be.

According to the latest Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) survey published in April 2019, the average level of employee absence is 5.9 days per year. Stress-related absence has increased over the last year in nearly two-fifths of organisations and the most common methods companies are using to address this include improved work-life balance and employee assistance programmes.

Nearly three-fifths of organisations have seen an increase in the number of reported common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, among employees in the last 12 months. Sickness absence management has a significant impact on the damaging effects of the profitability and success of a business.

Once an employee has been off sick for more than six weeks, the problem is often compounded and the chances of returning to work at all are significantly reduced.

Early intervention and proactive management are vital to get employees back to good health and safely back to work.

Acorn’s sickness absence services include:

  • Reviewing and the writing of a sickness absence policy

  • Management referrals

  • Early intervention – limiting the possibility of any absence becoming long-term

  • Telephone consultations

  • Medical assessments

  • Clear management reports

  • Rehabilitation programmes to support return to work

  • Ongoing Occupational Health advice and support

Returning to work is an incredibly important part of the recovery process for any individual that may be experiencing health problems. Having the support from professionals in Occupational Health is a sound and reassuring way to confidently get back into a routine at work.

As well as referral appointments, Acorn Occupational Health Ltd offer a variety of Occupational Health services. Please visit our website www.acornoh.co.uk for more information. Please contact a member of Acorn team to discuss how we can assist your employee return to work on 01260 277797 or email at info@acornoh.co.uk.

Learning Points:

  • According to the latest Chartered Institute of Personal Development (CIPD) survey published in April 2019, the average level of employee absence is 5.9 days per year.

  • Sickness absence management has a significant impact on the damaging effects on the profitability and success of a business, particularly in healthcare.

  • Occupational Health services are essential to help individuals experiencing health problems get return to work.

  • Mental health and work-related stress are on the increase and this is unlikely to reduce any time soon as workloads increase due to financial pressures businesses are facing

  • Companies striving to become an employer of choice through the introduction of well-being initiatives shows to the outside world that the organisation cares about its people and has values which may give them competitive advantage.  Employee engagement and staff retention have also been shown to have improved where organisations have well-being initiatives

Myers & Co Solicitors for Acorn OH

Thanks to Myers & Co Solicitors

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An Overview of the legal aspects of managing sickness absence…

Thank You…

Big thank you to Sarah Everton from Myers & Co Solicitors for hosting an overview of the legal aspects of managing sickness absence and for inviting Acorn Occupational Health to be their guest speakers, Arlene Moss, one of Acorn’s senior nurse’s spoke about the benefits of Occupational Health and the management of the sickness absence.  Thank you also to Westport Lake visitor centre what a lovely location to host an event.

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