Hertfordshire Health Champions share best practice to support colleagues in the workplace

With 42% of employees reporting Musculoskeletal conditions as a reason for being off sick – Hertfordshire Health Champions share best practice to support colleagues in the workplace

The Hertfordshire Workplace Health Champions Networking Forum held on 9 September at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield brought together over 45 delegates who came to share best practice and to hear how musculoskeletal conditions can impact on UK workplaces.

National figures show that the estimated number of working days lost in 2013/14 due to musculoskeletal ill-health was 8.3 million and that on average, each person suffering from musculoskeletal disorders took 15.9 days off work.

Delegates heard from Pierre Carion, Health and Safety Advisor at Rothamstead Research about the impact of ergonomics and its impact on staff wellbeing. Adan Freeman from the Hertfordshire Sports Partnership also talked to delegates about the benefits of good physical wellbeing, and how this can improve musculoskeletal problems.

In addition, a number of Workplace Champions including Affinity Water, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, UK Power Networks and Hertfordshire Constabulary gave updates on what had been happening in their own workplaces providing a useful forum for sharing ideas and knowledge about wellbeing initiatives that could be transferrable to other local business.

The facilitators also gave an overview on the Hertfordshire Public Health Campaigns which are scheduled for the coming few months and updated delegates on current and new resources available for them to tap into.

The event was very informative, it was good to hear from other organisations about what they are doing in their own workplaces. It has given me food for thought and new ideas to take back to my organisation” Mary Windle, Affinity Water

Bringing together Workplace Heath Champions from across a diverse section of Hertfordshire organisations enables them to gain a better understanding of the health and wellbeing issues facing both the private and public sectors. By sharing best practice and ideas it encourages the Champions to think more creatively about how to implement wellbeing campaigns within their own organisations.” Debbie Longhurst, Head of Business Engagement