BHWA's new infor service on Health at Work

Unique ‘one-stop’ resource on workplace health joins in [NEWS RELEASE 5 JUL]

  • 4-10 July is national ‘Health Information Week’ (#hiw2016). This year, newly launched initiative, the Better Health at Work Alliance (BHWA), throws itself into the mix.
  • The enterprise has received immediate support and recognition from peers and employers alike.
  • BHWA uniquely brings together experts spanning all fields of workplace health - crucially in one place- to offer free guidance and insight through a bespoke digital portal.

2016 has seen the arrival of an innovative information service, the Better Health at Work Alliance (BHWA), a newly launched industry body for workplace health. The organisation itself is an advice body for employers and a pivotal new alliance for experts with the role of making workplace health straightforward and its expert services easier to find. Health in the workplace is of undeniable importance and looking after employees is hugely important in the development of any business. The BHWA was created to help employers and employees alike leverage the benefits of productive healthy workplaces.

Purpose-built as an information initiative, the BHWA has been designed to bring the whole workplace health industry together to streamline intelligence and gather everything together in one place. It also forges a channel for cross-specialism interaction and insight, with specialist providers collaborating to offer a free information service to be fed-out to the public. Crucially, their goal is not to over-simplify a complex and diverse industry of professionals, services and solutions, but purely to make it much easier to navigate and access.

For employers needing to learn more about workplace health, get guidance on a specific issue, access service providers or find local expert advice, they have created a fully integrated digital platform that does the hard work for you. The BHWA is building the first and only one-stop-resource for workplace health, created to make finding help, information and useful connections easy. The goal is collective input from a range of specialists in one place.

Linking experts with employers UK-wide, this information service is for everybody and encompasses organisations of all sizes and across all sectors, as well as industry specialists to build bridges and form beneficial partnerships.

Why now?

The founders behind the initiative realised that as demand for health at work services increased, the broader health at work industry needed to establish a strong, collaborative and welcoming identity for itself. There are lots of recognised professions in workplace health and navigating the industry can be complex, time-consuming and therefore frequently frustrating as a result. This is especially true for employers contemplating entry, but also for those who are well-versed in the field and even the experts and professionals themselves can find the sector challenging when pursuing affiliations.

Co-Founder of the BHWA, Charlotte Cross commented:

“We’ve formed the BHWA because it’s high time to make accessing workplace health straightforward. Everybody is used to being told that they need to be thinking about employee health in all contexts – from safety through to wellbeing, and while that’s a good thing, we found that nobody was telling people where they can find help, or where to start.”

“Plenty has been said about health at work and we want to continue to raise the agenda ourselves through our own information services, but crucially also with links to solutions and experts varied enough to present lots of options. Our one stop platform will make it easier for both sides.”

Opinion

Amongst its expert ranks, the BHWA has a number of Founding members who have supported and heralded its arrival, all participating actively in the free information service.

Maygen Carruthers, spokesperson for Medgate UK, commented:

We're proud to support the BHWA's mission, which is the broadest if its kind to date. The resulting sharing of information and essential practical resources will open up a new world of communication which is vehemently needed - in a space which we might not otherwise have”.

“This initiative is worth making time for” agrees fellow Founder member Mark Braithwaite of Gipping Occupational Health. “It will encompass a superb blend of specialists, 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.”

The enthusiasm doesn’t rest with mainstream occupational health backing, founders also encompass field leaders in niche specialism like cognitive health, such as CANTAB corporate health.

Managing director John Picken remarked 

“As soon as we knew of this exciting initiative, we wanted to get involved.  Sharing our expertise and knowledge through the BHWA platform is a great way to help everyone make informed decisions.”

What's next

Existing features on the website already include a detailed directory of providers and information portal, as well as all the latest news and insight. Soon to be added will be an ask the expert forum, and quick reference information streams like their forthcoming A-Z wiki on ‘anything and everything health at work’, currently being written by the expert members involved in the Alliance.

Since its launch just recently in March, the BHWA has been very well received by the industry, with nearly 40 expert organisations joining and inclusion in approaching 50 publications and trade press combined.  The BHWA is already thriving as an information service, delivering upon its goal to make a difference by providing clear signposts for employers and putting a range of resources in one place.

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Editor’s Notes:

For more information on the BHWA, detailed membership information and interview requests, please contact Francesca Bonfiglio on  pr@bhwa.org.uk or 020 3633 2822

  • BHWA’s Founder membership already encompasses some of the UK’s largest Occupational Health and software providers, alongside niche specialists and established regional services, including: Trident medical Services, Capital Physio, Medigold Health, Fit Back, CBT Clinics Ltd, Medgate UK Ltd, Gipping Occupational Health, Caer Occupational Health, Ergability, Therapy Direct, SureScreen Diagnostics, Matrix Diagnostics, Heales Medical, RAISLY, PayPlan, Asclepius Occupational Health, and CANTAB Corporate Health.
  • Industry experts and employers recognise the substance behind the BHWA and the importance of the role it will play in making workplace health services simpler to understand and easier to find. It’s a win-win for employers and work health experts alike, so visit bhwa.org.uk to learn more about how you can benefit.

 

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BHWA Testimonials

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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
Heales Logo

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