Workplace Physiotherapy and Ergonomics

Physio - fit for work

Physio – fit for work

We are passionate about occupational health physiotherapy.

We have worked onsite with one of the largest global blue chip companies for over 20 years and have extensive occupational health and ergonomics experience.

There has never been a time when the role of the occupational health physiotherapist in the workplace has been so vital. Worker’s with musculoskeletal disorders account for 49 per cent of sickness absence. Physiotherapists are extremely well placed to provide a vital role in supporting employees and employers.

Modern day workplaces can be demanding and health and safety in the workplace is of paramount importance. At United Health we are able to offer expert physiotherapy treatment together with ergonomic assessment skills. It is well recognised that work is important for physical health, mental health and well-being and a healthy and productive workforce is good for business.

There is a growing recognition that sickness absence management is best tackled by services that are proactive in promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing illness and include early access to appropriate interventions. Physiotherapists already follow this model by working at every stage of the care system, from offering preventative advice to providing therapy and rehabilitation and empowering individuals to maintain their own health.

Benefits of corporate physiotherapy include;

  • Rapid physiotherapy intervention at the place of work with clinicians who understand and have direct access to workplace environments
  • No travel times to clinics off site ensuring less time away from work
  • Close monitoring of treatment and efficiency
  • Close liaison with other occupational health professionals and managers
  • Improved employee loyalty and positive regard
  • Cost effective as expensive inter mediating companies are removed from the process.

As we are a small company we are able to offer very competitive rates for our services. We have links to other health care practitioners including clinical psychologists, occupational health nurses and occupational health physicians. If any of these services are required we can assist in the appropriate referrals.

Research shows the average ROI for workplace physiotherapy is £3 saved for every £1 invested in the service.

Important news

The government has announced the introduction of a tax relief for health related interventions. This relief will be implemented as a tax exemption for up to £500 per employee, per year. Qualifying treatment includes Physiotherapy  (which is already tax-exempt) – this makes the use of such services even more cost effective for employers.

Health and Safety

If your company has five or more employees then The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on you to have a written statement on Health and Safety. In order to comply with legislation your company has to;

  • Risk assess workplace hazards
  • Reduce any risk as far as that is reasonably practicable
  • Provide training, including manual handling training to ensure that your staff has the necessary skills to perform their tasks safely.

We provide services which can help you meet these obligations.

Ergonomic Risk Assessment 

We offer ergonomic risk assessments for production lines, warehouses, laboratories, workplace equipment, DSE/computer workstations and car/vehicle assessments. All assessments include;

  • A consultation with the employee(s)
  • An assessment of the work carried
  • Advice and adjustments at the time of the assessment
  • A detailed written report
  • One month follow up contact after the assessment.

Manual Handling and Manual Handing Risk Assessment

We have extensive experience in manual handling and manual handling risk assessment. We also offer training and assessments in both of these areas.

Business examples of Workplace Physiotherapy

Anglian Water reduced direct absence costs by £289,000 through the use of a Physiotherapy based programme with a return of on investment of £3 for every £1 spent. In addition claims for back pain reduced by 50% and ill-health retirement by 90%.

York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust cut its long term sickness rates by over 40% through early intervention with Physiotherapy. The number of staff off work for more than four weeks dropped from 99 to 57 and the number of staff off sick for more than three months dropped from 52 to 28. The project cost £100,000 but saved the trust £200,000.

The Royal Mail introduced an occupational support and therapy programme, including physiotherapy that had substantial financial benefits, with the programme providing a return of approximately £5 for every £1 invested. Absence was cut by 25 per cent between 2004 and 2007.

Occupational health physiotherapy services are proven to be cost effective in reducing sickness absence (please refer to links below);

http://www.csp.org.uk/documents/physiotherapy-works-occupational-health-1

If you would like to discuss how we can help your business to save money and have a happier, healthier workforce contact us today.

E: info@unitedhealthkent.com

T: 01304 648967   M: 07855 742 402

All of our clients receive a 10% discount on all Osmond Ergonomics products using our discount code UHK136764