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Cornwall & Isles of Scilly PCT

NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly employs approximately 2500 staff across the county in a variety of settings.

From September 2008 a Workforce Health and Well Being Specialist Advisor has been employed whose role is to develop and deliver a range of programmes
and activities that will improve the health and well being of the organisation's workforce.
To date work done by the specialist advisor has included the piloting and introduction of a new absence reporting system that now includes the cause of absence
as well as the length of absence. This data is then analysed and reported back to managers and staff to help improve the working life of the staff.
The organisation has also run the Health and Safety Executive's Stress Questionnaire with the results being reported back to the managers and staff involved so
that they can tackle the issues raised by the survey.
As well as tackling the issue of stress the trust has been participating in the national campaign ‘Time to Change' that aims to tackle the stigma that surrounds
the issue of mental health and the discrimination that suffers face. This has included running roadshows across the county to bring the message to staff.
Taster events have also been run to bring new ideas to staff. These have included sessions on desk yoga which have been well received
The organisation is committed to talking to staff and has run a series of staff engagement events across the county

Sickness Absence

Annually the average sickness absence is 3.5% (8 days per employee) and the average cost of absence per employee is estimated at £666.  If you employ 100 people sickness absence is costing your business £66,000 each year.  (CIPD Employee Absence, July 2008). 

Cancer Support in the Workplace - Dec 2013

Almost one person in five with cancer who was employed full time when they were diagnosed felt that their employer could have done more to understand their needs and circumstances, a poll by insurer Unum and Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres found.  Better communication was the key, it added.  ( Occupational Health, December 2013)

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