New initiative set to change the health landscape

New initiative set to change the health landscape

The first organisation formed specifically to be a one-stop-shop for workplace health, offering free guidance to employers and addressing the need to make finding expertise easy, will launch in February 2016.

Industry led, The Better Health at Work Alliance (BHWA) will bring together a broad range of leading organisations and individual experts to collaborate in offering their knowledge and insight. From niche services to mainstream health & wellbeing specialists, the experts will span occupational health, wellness, risk and safety, insured solutions, mental health, rehabilitation and wellness technology amongst other key fields.

BHWA’s mission is to make finding expertise and services easy, so that implementing workplace health practice becomes a simple and obvious step for all employers, through their integrated digital platform and membership opportunities. Offering access to solutions, information, and guidance via a simple one-stop website, users will be able to tap into expert knowledge with free resources including an ‘Ask the Expert’ forum, collaborative wikis, and guides, all of which will be subject to peer review.

For the expert participants themselves, BHWA will generate idea sharing in its best form. The alliance will underpin the evolving multi-disciplinary approach to workplace health service delivery, becoming the industry’s main cross-sector channel for networks, learning updates and ultimately strategic partnerships. Aiding industry-wide progress and individual business growth, BHWA will also serve to champion the bottom line benefits of investing in employee health and wellness.

BHWA has a double message for employers:  Safeguarding the health of your workforce is essential; but beyond that, nurturing and improving the health of your staff, and thus being valued as a caring employer, has significant bottom line rewards for any organisation. The intended impact of this initiative is to improve the health and wellbeing of the UK working population - to the benefit of all.

Charlotte Cross, Project Lead at the The Better Health at Work Alliance, says of the launch:

“Making workplace health services simpler to understand and easy to find is a long overdue essential for our industry.

“For employers seeking help it’s an easy way to find solutions and guidance. Even those well versed in work-health will find it a useful ‘one-stop’ resource for the latest insight; and for the experts themselves, it is a place to be found but more essentially a place to learn and evolve their service.

“We've tried to think of everything to make this a truly helpful resource to employers and experts alike. Our plan is to make this service so useful that users can't ever imagine being without it!”

Mark Braithwaite, Managing Director of Gipping Occupational Health, a founder member, says of the plans:

“This initiative is worth making time for. It will encompass a superb blend of specialists, underpinning every essential to modern and progressive workplace health. As working environments now demand so much more from us all, it’s excellent to have effective solutions made readily available, providing employers with access to so many ideas to help them thrive and stay competitive.

“We’re happy to share our expertise and proud to be founders. I’m looking forward to being part of an enjoyable community and building many strong and lasting working partnerships.”

Alex Goldsmith, CEO of Medigold Health, a founder member, also commented:

“I am delighted we are founding members of BHWA. I believe a forward-thinking initiative like this is long overdue in the health and wellbeing at work sector, which is sometimes guilty of being staid.

As pioneers in occupational health, we are excited to be part of an alliance which is at the forefront of championing and developing our industry via the specialists, organisations and individuals that work within it.

“I am personally a firm believer in collaboration being the key to success as ultimately, people learn from people.  This principle underpins many of the features of BHWA’s membership offering and this shared ethos is what first attracted us to contributing.”

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Game Changer

The Alliance has huge potential to simplify Occupational Health for employers and providers alike. Therapy Direct Healthcare now has a greater opportunity to help with physiotherapy and MSK services throughout the OH Arena.  We think the BHWA can be a game changer in our industry.

Ross Tomkins, Clinical Director, Therapy Direct Healthcare
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This has got to be good news

We’re really pleased to be part of this important new initiative. The health of workforce has never been more important than now and so an initiative which helps make health and wellbeing services more accessible has got to be good news. We look forward to working with BHWA and promoting these important services to employers.

Paul Guy, PayPlan
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Forward Thinking

As the CEO of Medigold Health, I am delighted we are Founding Members of BHWA. I believe a forward-thinking initiative like this is long overdue in the health and wellbeing at work sector, which is sometimes guilty of being too inert.

As pioneers in occupational health, we are excited to be part of an alliance which is at the forefront of championing and developing our industry via the specialists, organisations and individuals that work within it.

I am personally a firm believer in collaboration being the key to success ultimately, people learn from people.  This principle underpins many of the features of BHWA’s offering and this shared ethos is what first attracted us to contributing.

Alex Goldsmith, CEO, Medigold Health
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Perfect Vehicle to Help

We're excited to work with BHWA as we believe that more can be done by employers to engage with their staff and promote wellness at work. 

BHWA is the perfect vehicle to help and encourage employers to introduce health and fitness initiatives to help reduce absence and ultimately increase productivity

Paul Healey, Managing Director
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Worth making time for

This initiative is worth making time for. It will encompass a superb blend of specialists, underpinning every essential to modern and progressive workplace health. As working environments now demand so much more from us all, it’s excellent to have effective solutions made readily available, providing Employers with access to so many ideas to help them thrive and stay competitive.

We’re happy to share our expertise and proud to be Founders. I’m looking forward to being part of an enjoyable community and building many strong and lasting working partnerships.

Mark Braithwaite, Managing director, Gipping Occupational Health
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Proud to be a founding member!

We must always work hard to understand the changes our clients are going through and the challenges they face. BHWA will link employers with providers to support that journey. We’re proud to be a founding member of the Alliance, which will bring together the many different disciplines involved in OH and wellbeing, promote OH to both small and large employers and help us bring more innovation to the field.

Eamonn Swanton, Chief Executive, Heales Medical
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Enhancing awareness of workplace health

The BHWA is a great initiative. We look forward to working with fellow experts and organisations to enhance the awareness of workplace ergonomics and its ability to significantly improve the performance and health of businesses and their staff

Clyde Crawford, Director, Ergability
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Essential practical resources that support customers and experts alike

We're proud to support the BHWA's mission to provide essential practical resources that support customers and experts alike. By pioneering this venture, which is the broadest if its kind to date, the resulting sharing of information and opportunities to network will open up a new world of communication which is vehemently needed - in a space which we might not otherwise have.

Maygen Carruthers, Medgate UK – Founder member
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Exciting Initiative

As soon as we knew of this exciting initiative, we wanted to get involved.  There is a growing understanding that cognitive health determines what work we can do and for how long. Sharing our expertise and knowledge through the BHWA platform is a great way to help everyone make informed decisions.

John Picken, MD Cantab Corporate Health – Founder Member
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A ‘Must’ in today’s fast pace working environment

Caer Health are delighted to be a founding member of the BHWA, bringing workplace health specialists together to support those that need it is a must in today’s fast pace working environment.

Expert collaboration is only going to improve quality and service delivery, so having all this knowledge in one place just makes access to advice simple.

Neil Hill, MD, Caer Health Services