Health and Safety

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Health insurance for children of overseas workers should be a priority

31st May 2018

Since 1925, 1 June has been designated as International Children’s Day. This year The Health Insurance Group is marking this by encouraging employers to consider the health insurance provisions they have in place for the children of overseas workers. It is well established that, as their immune system builds, children are far more likely than… Read more »

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New-look eyecare website central tool for employers

23rd May 2018

Specsavers Corporate Eyecare has updated its website, increasing its use as an eye care tool for employers. The new site is designed to be much more intuitive and user-friendly. Crucially, it enables employers to quickly and easily access information and tools to assist with managing workplace eye care. There is an FAQ section, with details… Read more »

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Employers can fill the bereavement support void for many, says RedArc

18th May 2018

Our much-overworked NHS does not have the resources available to offer mass support for the bereaved but employers are in a prime position to step up and provide this instead, says RedArc during Dying Matters Week (14 – 20 May 2018). Christine Husbands, managing director, RedArc says: “Bereavement support is fairly straightforward for an employer… Read more »

mental health

Employers should be promoting increased physical activity to improve mental health, says The Health Insurance Group

14th May 2018

During mental health awareness week, commencing 14 May, The Health Insurance Group is encouraging employers to give staff more support with looking after their physical health – in turn having a positive impact on their mental wellbeing. Link between physical and mental health It may seem at odds with mental health awareness week to focus… Read more »


The number of strokes affecting employees is set to rise, says RedArc, and offers advice to employers

8th May 2018

Traditionally we associate a stroke as a condition that affects older people, but in fact one in four now occur to people of working age or younger: that number is set to rise as the working population gets older. RedArc statistics show that 60 per cent of the stroke patients that the organisation supports are… Read more »

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Tailored support needed to avoid overseas assignments failing, says The Health Insurance Group

1st May 2018

Business travel and relocation abroad used to be the preserve of older more experienced staff, but this has changed. Today, staff in their 20s and 30s are just as likely to work overseas. The Health Insurance Group believes employers should consider the different needs of employees in different age groups and life stages to avoid… Read more »

mental health

Managers need to pick up the mantle of better mental health support, says The Health Insurance Group

24th April 2018

The potential impact of mental ill-health is well known, it is estimated to cost the UK economy upwards of £33 million* each year. For many businesses, the responsibility of health and wellbeing sits with HR, for smaller companies it may be the owner or managing director. And all have a pivotal role to play in… Read more »

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Stress is the main reason for absence, shows research from GRiD

23rd April 2018

Stress, and stress-inducing situations, are the main causes of short-term absence (i.e. up to 26 weeks) according to research from Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group protection sector. Home and family issues account for one in five short-term absences; dealing with childcare issues accounts for nearly as many absences at 17… Read more »

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RedArc runs pilot to support those with diabetes

17th April 2018

RedArc Nurses is running a pilot to help people with type 2 diabetes to manage their condition better. They have teamed up with Mapmydiabetes, a NICE-endorsed online programme designed to support diabetes self-management education. Mapmydiabetes provides the technological support, and RedArc backs this up with the human touch. About the pilot The pilot, combining the… Read more »

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Nine totally avoidable reasons your employees don’t speak out about needing mental health support, says RedArc

10th April 2018

Despite many organisations now offering mental health support and improving their communications on the subject, RedArc Nurses has found there are still barriers that remain in place that cause employees to either delay seeking help or, in some cases, prevent any support being sought at all. Christine Husbands, managing director for RedArc says: “We speak… Read more »