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Lifestyle checks for staff introduced

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The first pilot site has been set up in a scheme to introduce health and lifestyle checks for NHS nurses.

Rotherham PCT in south Yorkshire started testing a new approach to support health and well-being in its 300 staff last week, as part of government anti-obesity plans outlined earlier this year (NT News, 29 January, p2).

The pilot will be run by a company called Vielife, a workplace health consultancy. It will carry out an initial online health and well-being assessment to identify health issues in the workforce.

Throughout the two-year pilot employees will receive advice on a range of health and well-being issues, including healthy eating and ways to improve stress management. At the end of the first year, staff will be able to reassess themselves to see what improvements they have made.

A further nine sites are due to be launched by 8 July.

Junior health minister Ann Keen said: ‘Not only is this good for staff, it is good for the NHS.’

THE 10 TRUSTS PILOTING THE SCHEME

  • Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • East Lancashire Teaching PCT

  • Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

  • Mersey Care NHS Trust, Liverpool

  • Rotherham PCT, south Yorkshire

  • Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester

  • Sheffield Care Trust

  • University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

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