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Reduce the strain caused by muscle, bone and joint injuries

02 November 2017

In response to data from Public Health England (PHE)[2] which shows that as much as 7 million workers could be suffering from complaints relating to muscles, bones and joints by 2030, ECIS, the employee benefits specialist for the contracting sector is highlighting the role of early intervention services in reducing sickness absence and supporting a healthy workforce.

Claims for conditions relating to muscles, bones and joints outnumber all other types of health insurance claim managed by ECIS, underlining the prevalence of these health issues in the construction sector.  PHE, also reports that 9.5m days were lost due to muscles, bones and joints complaints due to work, in 2014/2015 with construction one of the sectors most impacted.

However, early intervention services which enable staff to get direct access to treatment without needing a Doctor’s referral is shown to reduce sickness absence.   

Vicki Leslie, Client Relationship Manager for ECIS said: “Direct access services available as part of employee benefit schemes enable employers and their workers to act fast on injuries.  By going through a direct access service, such as the scheme offered by ECIS, employers should see a 30% reduction in workers who require surgery for muscle, bone or joint related injuries[4].  In addition, research shows that those employers who offer access to early intervention services such as this can reduce absences by around 17%[5].

“PHE reports on a great example of the effectiveness of early intervention for staff at Wansbeck NHS Hospital. Absence length for staff on short-term absence was reduced by 31% when referred on first day of absence, compared to day 2 or more.  This really underlines the value of early intervention in reducing strains on business productivity.”

The ECIS direct access service is part of its employee benefits package for contractors. The employee simply calls a dedicated line to access expert support and guidance for treatment, with specialist referral as necessary.

 

 [1] The Benefits of Early Intervention, The Centre for Economics and Business Research

[2] https://wellbeing.bitc.org.uk/sites/default/files/business_in_the_community_musculoskeletal_toolkit.pdf

[3] http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/09/12/contractors-battle-it-out-for-shrinking-pool-of-staff/

[4] http://www.bupa.co.uk/newsroom/ourviews/brits-soldiering-on-with-muscle-bone-and-joint-pain

[5] The Benefits of Early Intervention, The Centre for Economics and Business Research