Bon Secours has launched an employee absence management programme, the Bon Secours Health Partnership, to help companies improve efficiency and control costs.
The Healthcare Partnership has three objectives.
Firstly, it ensures that employees stay in the best possible health. Secondly, it aims to treat employees as quickly as possible when sick.
And finally it can control costs incurred when an employee is absent through sickness.
These objectives are achieved through a combination of medical services, an employee information and a structured reporting system.
Preventative medicine, a 24 hour medical helpline and counselling are available to reduce sickness absence.
If an employee becomes unwell they can speak to a company doctor to arrange the most appropriate course of treatment.
If required the facilities of a Bon Secours hospital, or those of one of its partner hospitals, can be used.
These facilities include out patient treatment, psychiatric counselling and a variety of alternative services such as homeopathy and osteopathy.
Bon Secours has hospitals in Glasgow and Sheffield, but companies with employees in other parts of the country can use the services of its partner charitable and independent hospitals throughout the UK.
Bon Secours has drawn on the experience of its hospitals in the USA to introduce this system. It is the first UK hospital to offer such a scheme.