Active Lancashire and UCLAN Collaborate on an excellent new scheme
Sep, 2 2020
They often say “two is better than one”. That same principle has recently been applied in order to enhance the potential of workers.
Active Lancashire and UCLAN have collaborated on a programme which will equip gym and leisure centre employees with the correct skills to conduct health screenings within the workplace.
This fantastic new initiative will become part of a broader programme called Business Health Matters and will be designed to prevent long term health problems crippling people as they age. Conditions such as back pain, poor mental health and diabetes will be addressed in this excellent new scheme. The benefits mean maintained employment levels and increased productivity.
UCLAN School of Medicine have already implemented a screening tool into the work environment. This will enable leisure services’ staff to administer the screening process, this format replicates the national screening programme provided by your local general practitioner. This particular screening tool will include a series of mental and physical health interventions that can support working aged individuals.
Professor StJohn Crean, UCLAN Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise),expressed these positive words in light of the news.:-
“The project has the potential to reduce demand on GP services, engage a new workforce in the delivery of health-related services at a time of shortages of trained health staff and reduce demand on high cost acute services. We are delighted to be collaborating on the ground-breaking programme and we look forward to working with leisure professionals throughout Lancashire.”
The scheme is being supported by a wide range of interested bodies including the following seven:-
- Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
- The county’s Chambers of Commerce
- The North West Coast Innovation Agency
- Lancashire Mind
- Sport England
- UK Active
- Lancashire County Council
Steve Fogg, Chair of the Lancashire LEP, responded happily to his inclusion in the scheme,
“This is a fantastic partnership which is bringing together so many of the county’s major organisations. The desire for all to work collaboratively to help the lives of Lancashire people is tremendous.”
The project, which will receive nearly £65,000, is one of only seven throughout the country which has received Government funding since last Wednesday, 26th August 2020, from the UK Research and Innovation’s industrial strategy challenge fund for healthy ageing.
For more information please visit: www.businesshealthmatters.org.uk
An innovative Lancashire based project to make employees’ lives healthier has received national funding.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger