Collingwood Health – August 2019 Newsletter


August 2019


Occupational Health News

This month

  • Editor’s Note

  • Our History

  • Latest News

  • Why Training is Important

  • Mental Health Focus – Fortitude Front

  • Explaining the Flu Vaccine

  • Obligations to staff working with Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Editor’s Note

Welcome to the first edition of the Collingwood Health newsletter.

I am excited to be sharing stories from local people passionate about their work. Authors will include business owners, nurses, physicians, business professionals, and those in the healthcare field.

You will find helpful stories that will inspire and inform you as you navigate the worlds of HR and Occupational Health & Safety. Stories will be timely and relevant to your services, such as health surveillance, occupational health, employee health, business wellbeing plus executive team and employee training.

Enjoy this first run, and please feel free to leave any feedback in reply.
 Nichole Humphrey, Sales & Marketing Manager

Our History

Latest News

Collingwood Health has a newly branded Wellbeing mobile unit ready to pop up at our customer sites and deliver wellbeing programmes

Ideas for Wellbeing delivery

Make us part of a “family day”

Invite us for regular visits supporting your annual wellbeing strategy

Run a Know-your-numbers clinic: Blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, BMI, waist-hip ratio

Employees receive a health passport to refer to and update

Give your employees Mini-health checks

Have a theme: Cancer, Lifestyle choices, Nutrition, Mental Health

Have private One-to one health discussions for employees

Run your Flu clinic

Invite staff to an hourly health seminar


Why Training is Important

by Robin Turner, Communications Manager, Greencross

When times get tough for a business training can very often be one of the first things that suffer cutbacks. It’s a short-term solution that can have major long-term effects.

So why is training so important? Some of the reasons include:

Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees. All employees want to be doing a job they enjoy, alongside people who feel the same way. Knowing that the organisation has invested in training them to carry out their duties to the highest standard makes an employee feel wanted and motivated. It also gives both employee and employer something to measure performance against. At an annual review how can you praise or criticise someone for their performance if they haven’t been trained to an agreed standard that they can be measured against?

Reduced employee turnover. By achieving the above employees are more likely to remain in their current position. This cuts costs of recruitment and training up a new employee.

Increased efficiencies in processes, resulting in financial gain. A trained employee will operate both more efficiently and effectively, which can only lead to greater productivity and improved revenue.

Enhanced company image. In an era of social media, maintaining a good company image and public profile can be challenging. If a situation ever arises that brings into question the professionalism of the company and its employees, it is always good to be able to demonstrate the quality of training delivered. Also, happy employees will speak positively if the training they have been engaged in is satisfying and rewarding.

Collingwood Health has a wide portfolio of training that is aimed at helping businesses both large and small deliver at against the needs of a company, and fulfill their risk assessment. As well as being able to offer First Aid Training we can also deliver Paediatric First Aid courses, MHFA England First Aider courses, Fire Marshal training, HACCP and IOSH Managing safely.

Mental Health is a huge subject that every organisation should be looking at and ensuring that their management team are trained in appropriate aspects of Mental Health care.

To become a Mental Health First Aider, you must complete a two-day MHFA course. This is a comprehensive awareness and skills course, which includes a mix of presentations, discussions and group work activities. Every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor who has completed an Instructor Training programme accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health. Anyone can attend an MHFA course, but an interest in mental health and wellbeing is desirable.

When it comes to Health & Safety many UK businesses pay a high price for not complying with Health & Safety regulations. They risk their employees lives and in some cases members of the public. Fines can run into millions of pounds and the credibility of the organisation may be damaged beyond repair.

Helping companies become compliant is a big part of what Collingwood Health can offer, by carrying out on site assessments and giving recommendations on relevant training requirements.

All of this helps demonstrate the importance of training goes far beyond a box ticking exercise. The benefits to both employers and employees are immeasurable.

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Mental Health Focus

Each month we share a business story that is uplifting, inspiring and useful!

Collingwood Health offers a suite of mental health courses and programmes, including Mental Health First Aid, Resilience workshops, Stress Management workshops, and more. We are offering the following services to our customers and are proud to introduce you to:

Fortitude Front

by Darren Hardy, Owner/CEO

Mission Statement: To CHANGE the mind-set of mental health and INSPIRE others to speak out by DEVELOPING the right leadership and robust communications plan.

Fortitude Front was created by Owner/CEO Darren Hardy. Through his exceptional leadership skills as a Soldier in the British Army, where he was also a Physical Training Instructor ensuring soldiers were ‘fit to fight’, Darren received a recommendation for Her Majesty The Queen’s Commission and became a Captain at the age of 29. After 15 years service, Darren was medically discharged with physical and mental injuries received during the Iraq war. Darren went on to become a Gold Medallist and record breaker representing Team UK in the Warrior Games 2018 in the 100m and 200m sprint.

Darren created Fortitude Front in an attempt to decrease the growing number of veteran suicides in the UK. His desire to change lives in all industries came from his own personal experiences. Darren overcomes his physical and mental injuries through a number of coping strategies that he has developed over the past years which has led him to become an expert in Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG).

Focusing on strength instead of weakness is the fundamental of recovery, however, for people who have experienced trauma (physical and/or mental), this can be very difficult. There is a tendency to see themselves as inherently weak due to their experiences. Beginning to see yourself from a strength-based perspective is part of the process toward healing. Shifting your view of trauma as an injury shifts the perspective/belief away from “sickness” to “impact” and moves the conversation away from “what is wrong with you” to “what has happened to you”.

What We Offer:

  • RV 1: Key Note Presentation: Motivational speech to positively impact your business
  • RV 2: Half day Briefing (one topic), Q&A and Team Building
  • RV 3: Command Tasks/Physical Training, Briefs (two topics) Q&A and Team Building
  • FRV: 6 or 12 months bespoke training program to boost productivity

Topic Choices:

  • Effective Leadership
  • Unlocking Your True Potential
  • Personal Growth, Mental Health & PTG
  • The Power of Communication
  • Developing Leadership Capabilities
  • Increasing Efficiency

A percentage of all earnings from Fortitude Front will go to Fortitude Front +. This is a charity, in the early stages of development that will focus on the mental wellbeing of overseas veterans that have served in the British Military.

PTSD challenges people in different ways, finding healthy coping strategies is key.

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Explaining the flu vaccine

By Sarah Jones-Payne, RN, SCPHN-OH, DipHE, BSc(Hons), PgDip, FRSPH; Nurse Manager
Traditionally, influenza vaccinations are part of an NHS led immunisation programme for individuals in clinical at-risk groups. The purpose is to ensure those with underlying health conditions, the young, and those with caring responsibilities are protected should there be an outbreak of influenza (flu).

The World Health Organisation determines which strains of influenza are most likely to occur in the northern and southern hemisphere. These viruses are attenuated and, with other vaccine components, form the flu vaccine. 
Until a couple of years ago, the flu vaccine consisted of two A-strains and one B-strain.

Influenza A is most likely to cause a pandemic, is considered to cause a more severe illness and, if it were to occur in society, then it is particularly harmful to those in the clinical at-risk group.

Influenza B causes a less severe illness and is unlikely to cause a pandemic but does contribute to the periods of ill health that we may be used to experiencing during the winter period. High temperature, general malaise, and respiratory symptoms are the most common. It is highly contagious and causes acute illness. 
When an Influenza A pandemic occurs, the Department of Health and Public Health England launch a rapid UK wide response. Think back to “swine flu” when there was an immediate campaign advising the public when to access medical care and how to self-manage at home.

Whether influenza A occurs or not, it is essential that those in the clinical at-risk groups are protected. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that annual epidemics can be responsible for three to five million cases of severe illness and up to 650,000 deaths per year worldwide.

If the NHS is managing this, then where is the benefit in a corporate flu campaign? Well that lies in the influenza B element.

You see, it’s those viruses that are most likely to cause short term illness that lead to an increase in sickness absence, GP attendance, and cost to the economy.  That’s not to say people won’t get ill once they have had the flu vaccine, but the risk is lower.

Over the last few years the quadrivalent vaccine market has developed, this is essentially different to the trivalent vaccine as it encompasses the usual 2 A strains but now includes 2 B strains, thereby increasing coverage.
In 2018, recommendations were made that the quadrivalent vaccine should now be used in the majority of groups. The World Health Organisation released the 2019 flu strains in February of this year.  They are:
  • an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus
  • an A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus
  • a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus (B/Victoria/2/87 lineage), and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).

Of course, it’s essential that the A strains are administered, as this safeguards your employees and your business should there be a pandemic, but the real benefit comes from the protection afforded by the B strain elements.
Therefore, when planning your corporate flu campaign, the value is in ensuring the quadrivalent vaccine is used.
For those over 65 years or those with allergies to a vaccine component, an alternative vaccine may be suggested, but wherever possible the quadrivalent vaccine should be administered by your occupational health provider. 
At Collingwood Health we pride ourselves on providing evidence-based practice to enhance our client’s relationship with their employees.  Collingwood Health is proud to be rolling out a flu campaign using the quadrivalent flu vaccine and have the ability to adapt to our clients’ needs.

Flu season is nearly upon us, so call for more information or place your order today.
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Obligations to staff working with Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

by Nichole Humphrey, Sales & Marketing Manager

You sit long hours at work going over data and emails, but you do the right thing and take breaks. Maybe you enjoy a walking lunch answering a work email with your smartphone. You avoid overtime and maintain a good work-life balance. Before hitting the gym, you might take five-minutes to finalise a few notes before tomorrow’s client meeting. It’s about being prepared in a healthy way.

Pretty soon you’re squinting with dry sore eyes. This leads to headaches and an overall feeling of fatigue, developing into a migraine. One day colleague Jane walks into the office concerned you’re upset about something. How come?

You may not have noticed, but you’re glaring at your screen. You may need glasses.

Time to schedule an eye test.

But how can this involve your employer?

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has legislated that employers must provide an eye test for any employee who requests one if they work with display screens. Furthermore, more than your eyes require protection from Display Screen Equipment (DSE).

Many people will be further affected by working with DSE, although eyesight changes are a clear indication of an issue (or is that unclear). Incorrect use of DSE, or a working environment that is not ergonomic, will lead to pain in muscles and joints, including the back, wrists, hands, shoulders legs and eyes.

The HSE is clear that employers are obligated to protect staff from the health risks of working with DSE, such as PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Their website states the law applies if users are, for example:

  • At a fixed workstation
  • Mobile workers
  • Home workers
  • Hot-desking

If an employer requires use of DSE, then they are required to protect your health. They must:

  • Conduct a DSE Assessment
  • Reduce risks, including making sure workers take breaks from DSE work (including work-based smartphones) or do something different
  • Provide an eye test if a worker asks for one
  • Provide training and information for workers

A staff member may require a Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessment, which Collingwood Health provides. We have specialists who can visit the workplace and provide the DSE Assessment, as well as make any adjustments and recommendations for new equipment.

Collingwood Health can also arrange onsite health surveillance, covering vision testing if required. We can train your staff to do their own DSE assessments, which could save you time and money.

By ensuring compliance with DSE regulations, the advantages to employee health and wellbeing become perfectly clear.

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I hope you have enjoyed August’s edition of the Collingwood Health Newsletter. Should you have any questions or want to speak to us, please give us a call:
01753 781600 nationwide!
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