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Prize winning clinic boosts employees’ well-being

14 December 2012 - 3:01pm

A physiotherapy clinic has won first prize in a competition that was judged by the government’s top adviser on health and work.

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The CTC Healthcare team, left to right: clinical director Andy Leach, physio and healthcare consultant Paul Shawcross, senior physio and director of healthcare Nicola Suckley, managing director Richard Carter, senior physio and healthcare consultant Michael Emmanuel

Dame Carol Black, the Department of Health’s (DH) expert adviser on health and work, presented the prize to CTC Healthcare, which is based in Crewe, Cheshire, at an event that she hosted in London in November.

The event was part of the DH’s 'Public Health Responsibility Deal', which was launched last March and encourages businesses and influential organisations to play their part in improving the health of population. The CSP is a member of the Deal’s physical activity network.

CTC Healthcare has been working closely with a local company for the past six months in a bid to improve the physical, social and psychological well-being of its employees.

The case study it submitted caught Dame Carol’s eye in part because it showed that the proportion of employees who were classified as having an ‘active physical activity index’ rose by almost one third during the six-month period.

Physiotherapy plays central part

Those said to be hypertensive fell by almost one fifth, and three quarters of those who attended a stress reduction course showed an improvement in their stress classification. Physiotherapy plays a central part in the clinic’s approach.

Dame Carol said CTC Healthcare’s case study ‘clearly demonstrated the business benefits of implementing the health at work collective pledges’.

Commenting on the clinic’s success, Paul Shawcross, one of three physios in the team, said: ‘We believe that the success of the initiative was due to us recruiting well-being champions from within the company.’

For further information on the Responsibility Deal and the health pledges, and to visit the CTC Healthcare website, follow the links below.

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