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CSP response to media coverage of Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust

CSP press release published on 19 June 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has responded to media coverage of the video produced by Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust for Workout at Work Day 2013.

Phil Gray, chief executive of the CSP, said:

‘We realise that many NHS staff are under considerable pressure at the moment and that some might have felt uncomfortable about the timing of Mr Morely’s use of humour in this light hearted ‘Superman’ video.

'However, we believe that Mr Morely was well intentioned in using humour to convey an important message – encouraging staff in his hospital to take care of themselves and to try to find time for physical activity during their pressured working day.

‘This was a local initiative designed to support a wider campaign promoting the importance of staff wellbeing at work.

‘Employers across the UK are feeling the effects of the economic downturn. Those employers who are rising to the economic challenges best are often those who understand the value of having a healthy and motivated workforce.

‘The CSP’s Workout at Work day initiative reminds us all that longer hours, poor working postures and a lack of physical activity can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and stress – the two leading causes of sickness absence.

‘NHS staff are under pressure to maintain quality services for patients in challenging times. It is vital that employers take good care of them.

'By encouraging staff, as Mr Morely has, to take their allocated breaks and become more physically active, employers can help reduce sickness absence and improve productivity and morale in the workplace.’

For further media information about the CSP please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, head of press and PR (job-share) on 079172 40819, Jennie Edmondson, head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, Jon Ryan, media and PR officer on 07917 091200 or Paul Marston, media and PR officer, on 07766 994141.



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