Mental health issues responsible for workplace absence over the festive period

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

FirstCare, the absence management specialists, predict that this December will see UK workplace absence hit a new high. Across the UK, the company predicts, a total of 23 million working days will be lost in December, delivering a huge knock-on effect to both UK productivity and increased pressure on the NHS. Increase will result in 4.6 million days lost in December Coughs, colds and flu remain at the same level as 2009 Importantly, this...

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New research emphasises medical professionals’ role in helping those with hearing loss

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

New research produced by an audiologist at charity Action on Hearing Loss has highlighted the important role medical professionals can play in encouraging people with hearing loss to take action and get hearing aids. The research, Experiences of hearing loss and views towards interventions to promote uptake of rehabilitation support among UK adults, sought to identify interventions that would successfully encourage the three fifths of those...

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Digital Health – European insurance companies moving into preventive health services

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

Leading European insurance companies are now helping their clients to reduce health risks with new Digital Health based services. Wellmo is emerging as a leading player in these flexible solutions. Wellmo’s customers have a combined base of 7 million clients.  In the near future, the preventive digital health service market will be worth several billion euros in Europe, according to Jaakko Olkkonen, the Managing Director of Wellmo. In Germany...

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Public Health & Well-being News – Reducing alcohol harm

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has welcomed a major new evidence review on the health impacts of alcohol, published by Public Health England (PHE) on 2nd December 2016). RSPH believes the findings should provide fresh impetus for the Government to take firm action to tackle alcohol harm, including the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP). The latest review indicates that 10 million people in England are drinking at levels that...

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Well-being and gross national happiness for policy – the happy index

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Public Health | 0 comments

In the early years of the coalition government, David Cameron lauded the measurement of happiness and well-being as an indicator of national performance, the happy index. Data on life satisfaction have been collected and publishedby the Office for National Statistics every year since 2012. Despite this, very little is said about well-being. It is not discussed at spending or policy reviews and rarely in the media. Gross domestic product (GDP)...

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