Thames Water make longterm investment in employee health & wellbeing

Thames Water have announced plans to continue their partnership with Health and Wellbeing Provider of the Year Healthy Performance. The partnership will see Healthy Performance deliver health and wellbeing initiatives for Thames Water employees for the next eight years.

Thames Water have been working in partnership with Healthy Performance since 2014 and the ongoing success has contributed to the company’s decision to extend their relationship until 2028.

Karl Simons, Health, Safety, Security and Wellbeing Director at Thames Water explains:

“Healthy Performance provide us with a level of service that I haven’t seen before in any of the organisations that have worked for or on our behalf in terms of the medical field”.

Wayne Campbell, Managing Director of Healthy Performance commented:

“We are delighted to have secured a long-term contract with our friends at Thames Water.  Over the last six years, we’ve developed a fantastic relationship and have seen an increased uptake in both health assessments and flu vaccines.  Pascal® (our mental health support platform) landed very well last year to support the industry-leading work that Thames Water already does in this area.  We are really looking forward to inspiring more and more of the Thames Water team to become healthier in the future”.

As part of the commitment, all Thames Water staff will be offered a health assessment in addition to flu vaccinations/vouchers and access to Healthy Performance’s mental health support platform, Pascal.

The health assessments that are conducted on behalf of Thames Water cover the main health risks including blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, body composition and also additional blood tests for thyroid, liver function and prostate cancer.

After completing their assessment employees receive a same-day health report which allows them to identify areas of improvement and inspire positive lifestyle changes.

In addition to Thames Water’s staff receiving a health report, the management team also receive an anonymised company report. The report gives a holistic view of overall company health and can also be broken down by location/department which has helped Thames Water to develop and improve their health and wellbeing programme.

Here’s how capturing accurate health and wellbeing data has helped Thames Water improve their employee wellbeing programme.

Aimee Cain, Occupational & Wellbeing Manager commented

As a Health Manager in the workplace, I need to understand what the health risks are to my employees. A really good example of this was that this year 45% of our employees who had a medical assessment last year reported sleeping difficulties or ineffective sleep. Subsequently, we’ve planned a really big programme around sleep, fatigue and how we improve sleep for our employees. It’s a small example, but it’s really important on how we move forward”. Karl added “In the tens of thousands of assessments that we’ve undertaken Healthy Performance have provided us with a report that has been absolutely superb. It’s on the money, every year allowing me to invest in the areas I need to”.

It’s not just lifestyle either, the additional blood tests that are being conducted have resulted in the early identification of potential life-threatening illness.

Karl commented:

Healthy Performance came to us with a new way of testing for prostate cancer, which used to be done via a needle in the arm, now it’s just a little finger prick and a squeeze of the finger.  The outcomes have been remarkable. Since introducing this method we’ve seen participation go from 200-300 people a year to over 1,000 because of the simplicity.  Subsequently, we’ve had lots of abnormal results for prostate cancer which has then trigger people to go to their GP.

I’ve had 15 people within the company phone me up and say thank you very much, you’ve identified I have prostate cancer. There were no signs or symptoms but because it’s an early diagnosis these people now know about it and are getting help and support. To me that’s real proactive, wellbeing and Healthy Performance makes this possible”.

 

 

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