As returns to work increase, how prepared are employers to manage and monitor COVID-19 health risks and vaccination status among their workers?

The continued successful rollout of the vaccination programme seems to support the view that we are now on an inexorable path towards a ‘return to normality.’   At present, advice to work from home wherever possible remains in force. It will stay in place until a scheduled review before Step Four of the roadmap out of lockdown, no earlier than 21st June.   However, the return […]

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Managing the Risk of Return with individual Risk Assessments for staff

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How individual employee risk assessments for staff complement other COVID-19 workplace health and safety efforts. This week has seen the announcement of what seems an inexorable, if cautious, relaxation of lockdown.  Employers are now considering what this means in terms of the timelines and practicalities of returning staff to workplaces.   One of the most vital practicalities is how to recognise and remove […]

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Employee Health Trends 2021 – could better employee health strategy be the light at the end of the tunnel?

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Why 2021 offers HR directors opportunities to show strategic impact with smart employee health strategy Employee Health Trends for 2021 The past year has taught us just how hard it can be to predict what a new year might bring.  For HR Directors and people managers, 2020 brought unprecedented employee health hurdles. They spanned areas […]

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Helping NHS Trusts address staff COVID-19 vaccination management

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NHS sites, surgeries and hospitals around the country are now becoming fully engaged in attempts to accelerate vaccination of the most vulnerable against COVID-19 – something for all to applaud. We must never forget that among the priorities are our healthcare workers. It means that NHS Trusts are simultaneously grappling with a vast logistical, administrative […]

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Do you have your employees’ backs this Autumn?

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A home working health checklist for employers As Lockdown 2.0 looms across England, are employers ready to manage the home working health implications not just in the short term, but looking ahead?   Many employers initiated home working programmes in response to the pandemic and in April 46% of UK employees worked from home (ONS April 2020).  It is likely that a similar proportion will […]

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Latest employee mental health at work evidence highlights role of line managers during COVID-19

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Employee mental health in the spotlight in these tough times Organisations and their leaders are in many ways flying blind this year, thanks to the unprecedented events of the Covid-19 pandemic. Seeing ahead is harder than ever before in a situation where guidance for employers can change almost on a daily basis. Look ahead they […]

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Empactis enables MFT to meet rising tide of NHS Covid-19 absence reporting, testing and risk assessments at scale – a testimonial

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How we worked with MFT to support their management of Covid-19 absence, testing and risk assessments Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute trusts in England. It employs more than 25,000 staff across ten hospitals and community services in the North West, with the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West also falling under its […]

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Empactis helps University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust manage Covid-19 pandemic absence and testing – a testimonial

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Covid-19 pandemic absence management The sharp and significant rise in absence of healthcare staff has been a challenge shared by every NHS Trust during the Covid-19 pandemic. Like many organisations, in early March 2020, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) began to see absences far higher than the norm among the 11,000 staff […]

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NHS Microsoft deal delivers so much more than just Microsoft Teams – it opens up a new future

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This week has seen a landmark deal agreed and celebrated between the NHS and Microsoft. It represents so much more than agreeing a price for software. We believe it is a significant turning point that will see the NHS move quickly towards being a more digitally enabled and integrated organisation. The adoption of Microsoft 365, […]

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Pandora’s Box? Coronavirus Test, Track and Trace scheme opens up to employers

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Are employers prepared for the scale and long haul? Now that the Government has significantly opened up the Test, Track and Trace programme, employers of key workers can now register staff and members of their household for Covid-19 infection tests. Individuals can also self-refer themselves or household members to obtain either a home kit or a drive-in test.   Until we have a vaccine, employers need to think in the […]

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