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Responsibilty Deal - Health at Work Pledges

Date: 10 May 2011

The new Health at Work pledges embedded in the new Public Health Responsibility Deal, was launched on 15 March by Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley CBE MP. The Responsibility Deal has been established, to create an environment that supports people to make informed, balanced choices, and help them to live healthier lives, by tapping in to the potential for businesses and other organisations to use their influence in the workplace to improve public health and tackle health inequalities. Organisations signing up to the Responsibility Deal commit themselves to take action on a voluntary basis. These actions are expressed as a series of collective pledges covering health at work, physical activity, food and alcohol. Over 180 organisations have already registered as Responsibility Deal Partners, each signed up to at least one collective pledge.

 

For further information and to sign up to the pledges please visit:  http://responsibilitydeal.dh.gov.uk/

 If you have any questions or need further information please do not hesitate to ask. The best contact is Graeme Henderson (graeme.henderson@dh.gsi.gov.uk) of the Department of Health. We are also looking to develop further pledges, and your suggestions would be most welcome.

Employee Feedback

"Within 6 months of signing up the enthusiasm and potential of how we can promote Health and Wellbeing throughout the College has taken hold and now after receiving our Bronze, 2014 is looking to be a very exciting year.  The Award programme has enabled us to look into what our staff would like to access and benefit from in the future and ultimately will help towards maintaining a happy, healthy and motivated workforce"- Rebecca Smith, Truro and Penwith College

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LBP appears in all age groups, however is most prevalent in working age, followed by retired and then the under20s. A Large portion of LBP cases will have pain for over 12 months and be out of work for over 6 months. This has a huge strain on employer, Governemnt and NHS costs  

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