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September 20, 2017

VitalityHealth and Nuffield Health join forces to improve employee wellbeing

By Joe Pickard

VitalityHealth and Nuffield Health have launched a joint venture to provide large employers with a health and engagement solution for their entire workforce.

The offering will provide a range of tools to help employers understand their employees’ physical and mental wellbeing needs and motivations with the aim of improving productivity and boosting the business bottom line.

The solution is underpinned by research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace, one of the largest employee health and wellbeing surveys in the UK. The study, which was developed by VitalityHealth and delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge, RAND Europe and Mercer, has demonstrated a clear link between employees’ lifestyle and clinical health, their mental wellbeing, and their levels of lost productivity – through both absenteeism and presenteeism – while at work.

The research has shown the average UK employee loses the equivalent of 27.5 days of productive time each year, with a gulf in productivity between the healthiest and least healthy employees of over 30 days per year. The findings demonstrate that employee health is an issue which employers cannot afford to ignore.

Professor Dame Carol Black will chair the newly established joint venture board. Commenting on her involvement, she said: “Enabling workers at all levels in an organisation to be healthy, both mentally and physically, and to have a sense of wellbeing, is essential to achieving employee engagement and increased productivity. I am delighted to chair this newly-established group, which has the potential to benefit the employee and their family, the employer, and the community.”

Steve Gray, CEO at Nuffield Health, added: “There is a clear link between poor health – both physical and emotional – and low productivity.  With our extensive experience in supporting employers and our extensive range of healthcare experts, Nuffield Health has the expertise that will help employees get the personalised interventions they need on their individual journeys to better health. This innovative venture will help benefit both employers and employees.”

Neville Koopowitz, CEO at VitalityHealth, said: “We are delighted to be launching this new joint-venture which will enable large employers to provide their employees with the support they need to make positive changes to their physical and mental health. We feel this responds to the market’s demand for a comprehensive, behavioural based, standalone wellness product, which benefits all employees and not just those who are traditionally insured.”

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