Health Shield has launched a health screening service for employers to offer to their entire workforce. Traditionally, such benefits are usually just available to senior management.
The health screening modules are available on Health Shield’s tailored company-paid Health Cash Plan products, and can be delivered within the workplace or at a suitable location nearby.
Screening is also available as a standalone product and the main benefits are:
* Tailored diet and lifestyle advice is offered.
* Immediate test results.
* Personalised follow-up reports.
* Telephone advice post-screening to allow the individual to ask any further questions and ensure they receive the preventative and diagnostic care they need.
*A report for the individual’s GP, if a follow-up is advised, with full technical data and reason for referral.
The screening is provided by Health Shield Wellbeing Services, which was previously known as Prevent plc, the specialist workplace health screening provider acquired by Health Shield earlier this year.
Health Shield Wellbeing is managed and staffed by experienced health professionals who have been managing occupational health strategies for companies and local government authorities for many years.
What They Say
Carl Laidler, director of wellbeing services, said: "Although health screens are still considered out of reach for most, times are changing. We use hi-tech screening machinery the size of a mobile phone and can deliver ‘point of test’ results instead of having to send samples to a lab. So it’s now possible for employees to gain immediate screening results from one 20-minute check in the workplace. This includes personalised advice on reducing risk factors – for example, in relation to conditions known to be associated with lifestyle factors.
"Health screening is already recognised by some employers as a useful benefit to help promote employee awareness of health and wellbeing. But considering only just under a third (29%) of respondents to [a recent] CIPD survey responded to this effect – 9% of whom also stating that access to health screening was dependent on grade/seniority – clearly there is room for more affordable and accessible screening that is open to the whole workforce."
What We Say
"The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development’s latest Absence Management Survey says conditions related to lifestyle factors are some of the top causes of long-term employee absence. Stress features at the top of the list, according to 29% of employer respondents, followed by acute medical conditions (i.e. stroke, heart attack and cancer) at 23%, and mental ill-health at 13%.
"It therefore follows that changing or improving lifestyle factors can have a direct effect on issues such as productivity and sickness absence and, in turn, that requires measuring and monitoring of a range of factors. That’s where health screening comes in.
"Health Shield’s offering is available standalone or as part of a health cash plan and offers low cost and ease, using miniaturised technology. The technology allows instant results, so avoiding the worrying wait for the ‘all clear’ but also allowing advice to be given just when it is needed, with follow-up questioning available later (how many of us remember what we should have asked our GP only once we have left the surgery?). The service also takes up minimum time, so avoiding too much workplace slowdown or disruption.
"Health screening is not a panacea though and it can lead to over-diagnosis. However, it’s a useful tool, available at low cost that should see, over time, a good return on the investment. Moreover, it should help employers build a healthier workforce – and that must be better for everyone."