Occupational Health Matters Wins £1.5 Million Contract to Supply OH Services to Telefónica UK

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Occupational Health Matters is delighted to have won the opportunity to support the Telefónica UK health and wellbeing strategy over the next three years. Occupational Health Matters has a reputation for providing high quality occupational health that is also cost effective. Over the years, the company has helped its clients manage sickness absence and provided innovative rehabilitation solutions to get workers back to work.

“Giving our people the best support available is really important to us. So I'm delighted we've agreed a new three year contract with Occupational Health Matters.” HR Director Ann Pickering Telefónica UK

As of October 2012, Occupational Health Matters extended its services to Telefónica UK, an integrated operator in the telecommunication sector. The company now provides a comprehensive range of occupational health services nationwide, including workplace assessments, health screening, health surveillance, management referrals, eye care vouchers and executive screening.

Recent reports show that people are living longer, but are far from being healthy. Physical and mental health problems are increasing, and there is a significant burden on employers, employees and taxpayers (The Good Work Commission, July 2011).

The landscape of occupational health is changing and Occupational Health Matters is strongly aligned to government strategy; the company uses the bio-psychosocial model to assess workers health and wellbeing, while promoting the idea that work is good for health. This model has been endorsed by the following eminent people who are changing the face of workplace health: Dr. Steven Boorman, nhshealthandwellbeing.org; Dame Carol Black, dh.gov.uk/health/dame-carol-black; Professor Stephen Bevan, theworkfoundation.com.

“Our aspiration is to work with organisations like Telefónica UK who want to improve the employer-employee relationship, who are looking to find ways of making work more meaningful and purposeful, and where both parties' essential needs are met. At the heart of a new vision for improving the health of a working age population is the prevention of illness and the promotion of health and wellbeing,” said Managing Director Marie Church, Occupational Health Matters.

Occupational Health Matters’ nurses are specially trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) so they understand workers in the context of the physical, social and psychosocial problems that impact work. This approach is at the cutting edge of good occupational health provision. This CBT inspired model allows nurses and doctors to deliver objective and expert occupational advice to managers, and at the same time, to therapeutically support workers to identify and resolve the problems that prevent them from working.

“Giving our people the best support available is really important to us at Telefonica UK. So I'm delighted we've agreed a new three year contract with Occupational Health Matters to provide a wide-ranging occupational health provision,” said HR Director Ann Pickering, Telefónica UK.

Customers who require further information on the occupational health model can speak with Managing Director Marie Church, an occupational health practitioner for 30 years. Contact marie(at)ohmatters(dot)co(dot)uk. Visit http://www.ohmatters.com.

For further information on all services and how to receive high quality occupational health, speak with Client Service Manager Stephanie Brown, Stephanie(at)ohmatters(dot)co(dot)uk, or contact the Client Support Centre at 0800 0280145.

About Telefónica
Telefónica is a world leading integrated operator in the telecommunication sector, providing communication, information and entertainment solutions, with presence in Europe and Latin America. It operates in 25 countries. As of June 2012, Telefónica’s total number of customers amounted to 311.8 million.

About Occupational Health Matters
Based in North Yorkshire, Occupational Health Matters Limited was incorporated in 2001 to deliver occupational health services nationwide that are cost efficient, high quality and professionally led. We provide absence management solutions and health surveillance programmes which are delivered to clients on-site with a centralised appointment booking service via our Client Support Centre. This means our clients have the benefit of an outsourced service which looks and feels ‘in-house’.

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