Event Highlights: The impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on the UK workplace

Workplace Health Champions from almost 20 Cambridgeshire employers came together to understand the impact of Musculoskeletal disorders on business and how to help manage employees who may suffer from this disorder.

44% of the total of all work related illness is attributed to Musculoskeletal Disorders (Source: HSE 2015). This is a significantly high figure to seriously impact on workplaces and research shows that taking proactive steps to manage and promote employee wellness and engagement can improve the financial performance of business.

Very useful and enlightening event. I have come away with a greater understanding of Musculoskeletal Disorders and some ideals on how we can support our employees in the future.

- Delegate from Dart Products Europe

The companies represented at the Workplace Health Champions Network Forum are already actively engaged in supporting employee wellness by having dedicated and trained Workplace Health Champions within their workplace.

Presentations were provided by Business in the Community’s RSPH trainer, Sara Mudhar, who led a group session on health and wellbeing activities within the workplace. Delegates discussed the activities that businesses were currently undertaking and shared best practice with one another. This gave the attendees an opportunity to gain new ideas to take back to their own workplace.

Champions also gained an insight into the impact Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) have on the workplace, how to recognise the symptoms and work with employees to help them manage their condition.

On average, each person suffering from an MSD takes 15.9 days off work a year so it is an important area of employee wellbeing for the Workplace Health Champions to consider. Zoe Cross, of Public Health in Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, focused on the new offer availabel from Business in the Community to local workplaces. She updated the group on health campaigns for 2016 and the available resources employers can access.

Download the presentation from this event here.

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Presentation slides

PDF iconPeterborough and Cambridgeshire Workplace Health Champions Network February 2016