Occupational Health News & Alerts - Archived News - 2012


Healthwork opens new Occupational Health office in Leeds

Healthwork is pleased to announce our newest office premises have opened in Leeds on 1st November 2012.  The refurbished office are at 14 Park Place and Healthwork will operate occupational health clinics from these premises.  


Pneumococcal vaccine and welders

Recent research has shown that there is a strong association between welding and the development of pneumococcal disease, particularly lobar pneumonia. Therefore, welders who have not received the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) previously, should be offered a single dose of 0.5ml of PPV23 vaccine.


Flu vaccinations information

1. Flu kills

For the majority of people who catch it flu is unpleasant, but for some it can lead to chest infections, severe complications and death. Globally seasonal flu accounts for about three to five million causes of severe illness annually and between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths.

2. The vaccine is one of the safest in the world

Seasonal flu vaccine is given to millions of people in each year. The specific strains of flu that are included may change from one year to the next but vaccines are still thoroughly tested and are safe.


Emotional Freedom Techniques level 1 training day at Healthwork Ltd, Manchester - 27 October 2012 (09.45-16.45)

A 1 day training course will be hosted by Healthwork, Manchester on 27 October from 09.45 to 16.45.

EFT combines psychological targeting of problems, using techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, with fingertip tapping on acupressure points about the head and torso to bring simple, fast, effective relief for phobias, anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems. 


Stoptober – October 2012 campaign to encourage smokers to quit

Smokers are being asked to give up smoking for 28 days from 1 October in the first ever mass quit attempt launched by the Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies.

The innovative campaign, Stoptober, is backed by Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation, and is the first 28-day quit attempt of its kind to encourage the nation’s 8 million smokers to give up.

Seasonal flu vaccines at Healthwork for £12 per vaccine

Come and get your flu vaccine at Healthwork. The 2012 annual seasonal flu vaccine is now available. Healthwork can offer this vaccine to members of the public and to employees of our clients for a substantially reduced rate of £12 per vaccination. One of our fully trained nurses will administer the vaccination in our comfortable clinical rooms at 16 St John St, Manchester.


Diabetes and Driving

There have recently been some important changes regarding driving and diabetes.

As a result of changes in EU law in August 2009, DVLA has been considering changes to the riving regulations for people with diabetes.  The DVLA proposals eventually went out to consultation which ended on April 28 2011 and changes to the regulations came into effect in October 2011. 

Disabled Employee Awarded nearly £400,000 in a Disability Discrimination Case

This Employment Tribunal award, which is the largest recorded discrimination award within the Welsh Courts to date, was won by a Mr. Jonathon Jones (who was employed as a branch manager for builders’ merchants Jewson) following his dismissal on the grounds of incapacity five months after he suffered a stroke.


HEALTHWORK delighted to become first occupational health organisation to gain SEQOHS accreditation

Following the recent assessment, under the SEQOHS (Safe, Effective, Quality Occupational Health Standards) scheme, Healthwork has become the very first occupational health organisation in the UK to be awarded accreditation.  


‘Attitudes to Ageing in Britain 2010-2100’

Research published recently by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) shows that age-related discrimination and stereotyping remain rooted in British society. The findings are based on new analysis from the ONS (Office of National Statistics) Opinions Survey. The report looks at the factors that are associated with age discrimination and prejudice and compares attitudes between two key groups, people in their 20s and people aged 70 and over.
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