NHS Plus Adviceline for Small Businesses goes National

A free ‘Health for Work’ Adviceline for small businesses, delivered by NHS Plus, has been extended nationally, following operation in seven locations across England since 7 December 2009.

Small business employers can now directly access free and professional occupational health advice to help with individual employee health issues by calling 0800 0 77 88 44.

Intervening early can help an employee with a health condition stay at work or return to work more quickly, so minimising the impact on the business. The effect that employee absenteeism and ill health has on profitability can often be overlooked in a small business, due to the daily demands of establishing and growing the business.

The cost of unexpected absences among employees should not be underestimated. Working-age ill health and sickness absence cost the UK economy more than £100 billion each year, with the worst performing businesses losing an average of 12 days per annum for every employee.

The most common recorded causes of absence are physical problems such as back pain, and mental health issues such as stress and depression. Mental ill health alone is estimated to cost the equivalent of £1,035 per year for every employee in the UK work force.

For free, immediate and confidential advice, small business employers and managers can call the adviceline on 0800 0 77 88 44.

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