The first of its kind in the country, ‘Business Health Matters’ is a new workplace health programme that you and your organisation may be interested in.
Led by Active Lancashire, it aims to improve employee health and wellbeing in Lancashire-based SMEs via two innovative projects.
Workplace Health Screening Project
This will upskill gym and leisure centre staff to conduct physical and mental health screenings in workplaces across the county. The focus is on employees aged 50+ in SMEs.
It aims to deliver more than 15,000 screenings over the next three years, using a unique screening tool. This has been developed by specialists at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) School of Medicine and Lancashire Mind. The initiative recently received a £3million funding boost from the UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) healthy ageing challenge fund.
Workplace Health Champions
The second project is funded by the European Social Fund. It empowers employees across the county to drive change within their organisations by completing Level 2 and Level 3 Workplace Health Champion Training qualifications.
The NCFE-accredited courses also includes basic skills training in English, Mathematics and IT. They will aim to upskill 5,000 employees across Lancashire and create a community of health ambassadors who will champion health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Business Health Matters – Pilot Phase
The programme will enter a pilot phase over the summer. Businesses will be welcomed onto both projects from September.
As part of the launch, a brand new Business Health Matters website will be unveiled. There’ll also be a wealth of information on how organisations can benefit from each of the projects and the support on offer from the programme delivery partners.
Consequence of Poor Health in the Workplace
Poor health is responsible for £650million of lost productivity in Lancashire.
Business Health Matters has been developed to tackle this huge issue. The programme represents over two years of research, learning and hard work. It’s a huge step forward in improving the health and wellbeing of employees and aiding the county’s economic recovery following the pandemic.
Adrian Leather is Chief Executive at Active Lancashire. He said: “The programme truly unique in combining both physical and mental health elements across the two main projects. And with the support of our partners and leading experts, it will establish a legacy for businesses that will increase productivity and assist in reducing long-term costs associated with poor health.
“Every business which engages with the programme will be offered a range of supportive interventions for employees. These are based on the outcomes of their screenings, and will provide practical tools and guidance for employees to improve their overall health for years to come.”
The Business Health Matters programme is supported by the Chambers of Commerce and 20 local and national partners. They include Active Lancashire, The Lancashire Colleges, Lancashire Mind, UCLan and ukactive.
A number of local authorities and leisure trusts in Lancashire are also partnering with Active Lancashire on the programme. Their dedicated Business Health Matters staff will deliver screenings and interventions in workplaces across the county, alongside a team of qualified Workplace Health Champion tutors.
Businesses interested in the programme are encouraged to register with their interest here.
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