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Wellness Services & Consultancy

Jarvia’s Workplace Wellness Consultancy and Services are available as a complete set of services or a bespoke package can be arranged, tailored to meet the specific needs of individual companies and institutions.

With a career expanding over 23 years experience working within Radiology, Surgery and A&E as a Diagnostic Radiographer, as well as working as an Osteopath since 2004, Jarvia’s experience has afforded her precious insight into the negative impact workplace practice and culture can have on health and illness.

Jarvia offers consultancy, specialist care and support to promote and achieve greater Employee access to Wellbeing Services within the workplace. My selection of therapeutic interventions effectively target the two greatest causes of sickness from work in the UK today, namely Musculoskeletal Pain and Stress:

A report on Sickness Absence in the Labour Market

February 2014 by the Office for National Statistics reported:

  • The greatest number of days lost in the UK were due to Musculoskeletal problems.
    In 2013, at 30.6 million days lost.
  • The second most significant cause of days lost in the UK was due Mental Health problems such as stress, depression and anxiety.
    In 2013, at 15.2 million days lost.

As Wellbeing Consultant I offer an in-house, continuity of service and care, within a wide scope of practice, that addresses the many wellbeing needs facing employees in 2016. My approach towards wellbeing is a proactive and dynamic one, seeking to reduce sickness, disability and absenteeism with a flexible range of effective services to support a healthier, happier workforce. With a backdrop of changing work cultures, new technologies, alternative work environments, greater workforce diversity (in terms of weight, ageing, ethnicity, accessibility etc.) and generational differences, there has never been a more significant time for organisations to embrace new attitudes and guidelines to promote and achieve higher levels of wellness and long-term health amongst employees.

Within my own clinical practice, the nature of injuries I treat has shifted dramatically over the past 10 years. Without a doubt, those working in office environments (where too much sitting and long hours have become the norm) are the demographic presenting to clinics with a larger spectrum of physical and mental conditions. I am also seeing an increasing number of new graduates and millennials seeking treatment for a variety of injuries due to work practice. I am alarmed and sad to see these young professionals at the beginning of their careers, in professions they have invested so heavily in to qualify, both financially and personally, starting out with pre-existing injuries. I am invested in changing this by increasing our understanding through training and education.

A 2014 report on Sickness and Absence in the UK (see page 2) cited as a major concern that an overstretched and underfunded NHS service had left ‘unacceptable waiting times for those on waiting lists for specialist referrals’ and was causing delays in the UK workforce returning to work after sickness leave. This current systemic crisis within the UK NHS is a challenge and a real concern for all those dependent on it for future care. It is already having a negative impact on UK employers and employees alike, when considering the economic cost of absenteeism, long-term disability and delays in returning to work, as there is a dependency on a medical system that is already failing to cope with the demands placed upon it.

Since 1992 The Health and Safety (H&S) & Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Regulations as well as The H&S Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations in 2002, technology has advanced enormously. In 2016 these guidelines no longer reflect changing workplace culture. The introduction of shared workspaces and the use of smaller devices has created new injury patterns. Organisations need to inspire and instill a shift towards wellbeing by understanding the physical injuries workers are facing. This can be achieved through educating employers on the adjustments needed to improve the health of their staff. Recent workshops conducted by Orangebox with specifiers, occupational health experts, designers and educators revealed their biggest concerns from their investigations as follows: increased sleep deprivation, stress, musculoskeletal pain, new forms of RSI injuries, visual and hearing impairment and work overload.

A UK Sickness Absence Survey in 2015 stated the main concerns arising from this survey included:

  • GPs and medical professionals are not working closely with employers to help people return to work earlier, although just under a quarter (23%) of employers provided GPs with information about work adjustments they can provide.
  • Increasing concern about growing long-term physical and mental sickness levels.
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), NHS waiting lists, recovering from treatments and mental ill health top the list of long-term sickness absence issues amongst the UK workforce.
  • One-third (33%) of employers rely exclusively on the NHS to manage long-term employee sickness absence arising from medical investigations, tests and recovery from surgery.
  • Almost a third (30%) of survey respondents indicate that they do not have support systems in place to help employees with mental-health-related long-term sickness absence.
  • 75% of people in the UK suffering from mental health issues, which includes stress, have no access to mental health services, despite an increase in the reporting of mental illness and stress in primary care.