Domestic Abuse advice toolkit for employers

As part of a suite of toolkits aimed at employers, PHE has worked with Business in the Community (BITC) to produce a toolkit on domestic abuse. In the UK, nearly two million people experienced domestic abuse in the last year alone. At least one in four women and one in six men suffer domestic abuse at some point. With one third of a working adult’s life spent in work, employers are in a unique position to create a supportive workplace culture that encourages the identification of health and wellbeing needs and in turn support those affected by domestic abuse in their workforce. This toolkit give practical advice and guidance for business of all sizes on just how to do this.

18th – 24th June is Cystic Fibrosis week

This week 18th – 24th June is Cystic Fibrosis week, a weeklong national campaign to promote the awareness of Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition affecting more than 10,400 people in the UK. You are born with CF and cannot catch it later in life, but one in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing. The gene affected by CF controls the movement of salt and water in and out of cells. People with cystic fibrosis experience a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing a wide range of challenging symptoms affecting the entire body. Wear yellow day 2018 A4 POSTER

People with cystic fibrosis often have to undergo a rigorous daily regime of treatments to stay healthy. This can include taking inhaled and injected drugs to clear mucus and fight infections, taking dozens of enzyme pills to digest food and having physiotherapy morning and night. People with cystic fibrosis may also need a transplant. Lung transplants are the most common type for people with cystic fibrosis, as usually these are the organs most affected by cystic fibrosis. However, some people will have problems with their liver, kidneys or pancreas, and may need these organs transplanted.

The (work) week ends with a Wear Yellow Day on Friday 22nd and the Trust is asking people take a #CFYelfie and post to show your support.

It would be great if people could get involved and don your sunniest yellow outfits to raise awareness and vital funds to support people with Cystic Fibrosis.

For more information please visit or visit the Facebook page and see all the Yelfie’s

LGBT+ Durham County Council Consultation Survey

Durham County Council wants to help improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of LGBT+ people in County Durham.  “LGBT+” refers to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.  More recently, the + has been added to be inclusive of all identities including people who identify as non-binary, questioning, intersex and asexual.

If you identify as LGBT+, are a friend/family member of someone who identifies as LGBT+, or work for an organisation dealing with the public (and therefore LGBT+ people) we want your views!

To find out more or to take part in the consultation please visit by 29th June 2018.

The survey for people working in a public facing organisation has 8 questions so should be quick to complete and asks about priorities, information needs or workforce development needs.

The results will be used to identify actions Public Health or other partners can take to improve the wellbeing of people who identify as LGBT+.  This could, for example, involve providing relevant information/training to help organisations become more LGBT+ friendly.

Better Health At Work RSPH Awards Winners 2017

County Durham were celebrating this week after a double win at the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Awards.

County Durham Better Health at Work team were the winner of the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Award 2017.  A special surprise was being awarded one of only two National Public Health England (PHE) Commendations for their efforts to Reduce Inequalities at a Community Level.

The Judging Panel said “This programme has impressive levels of engagement and participation, particularly from hard-to-reach groups in areas of high deprivation. Its engagement with local businesses at all levels enables best practice to be shared, while the range of campaigns and the outcomes demonstrated from these campaigns are also very impressive.”

Carol Gaskarth, PCP Chief Executive said “We are very proud of our partnership approach to help local businesses to understand the importance of workplace health.  This achievement showcases their brilliant work, well done to them all”.

Any business within County Durham can sign up to the award to achieve a healthier and happier workforce and become an employer of choice.



Better Health at Work Award Durham shortlisted for RSPH Award

The Better Health at Work Award team have been shortlisted for the RSPH Workplace Health & Wellbeing Award.  We’ll find out at the awards ceremony held in London, on the 19th October if we’ve been successful.  Fingers crossed!

Read more about the awards & those who’ve been shortlisted.

BITC – Reducing the risk of suicide: a toolkit for employers

Business in the Community along with Public Health England, supported by The Samaritans, have designed a toolkit to help organisations adopt a strategy to reduce the risk of a suicide that will have an impact on the workplace.  When you think about the statistic, that in England a person dies by suicide every 107 minutes, then this toolkit could play a part in preventing it.


Reducing the risk of suicide: a tool kit for employers

IPPR BITC Report- Millennials & mental health in the modern labour market

IPPR BITC ReportMillennials and mental health in the modern labour market, published last week.   The 60 second Summary offers some employer recommendations – the majority of which tie-in with the Award asks, but the suggestion of introducing a formal ‘workers’ forum’ for those with more than 50 employees is interesting… and maybe something for the criteria review?

The report shows younger workers (born since 1982) in part-time and temporary work – as well as those who are underemployed and/or overqualified – are more likely to experience poorer mental health and wellbeing, compared to those in more permanent, secure and/or fulfilling work.

To download the full publication & executive summary, click on the link below

Full publication & executive summary

Should employers be concerned with workers’ financial well-being?

Should employers be concerned with workers’ financial well-being?

The consensus from academic research, professional and trade associations, media, and leading employers is that employee financial problems negatively impact the employer’s bottom line. Employers who provide employees access to information and resources to increase their personal financial literacy and money management behaviors improve their profitability.

The strong correlations among personal finances, stress levels, health, and family relationships are well established. So are the correlations between financial well-being and the direct employee costs of absenteeism, administration, lost productivity, and turnover. An employee’s financial well-being conditions his or her job satisfaction, engagement, and productivity. Low engagement from just one employee impairs the productivity of co-workers.

Studies show that employee financial wellness can improve morale in the workplace. Benefits of financial wellness programs in the workplace include:

  • Improvement in workplace productivity
  • Improvement in employee morale
  • Improvement in organization loyalty
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduced turnover
  • Reduced workplace distractions

Financial education programs can be a cost effective benefit that can create a more focused, engaged, and productive workforce.

To learn more, visit the PFEEF (Personal Finance Employee Education Fund) website