The new service, being championed by Mike Penning, Minister for Disabled People, will offer employees support and assessments that are not designed to force them back to work but will, instead, give them practical help in their efforts to become well again.
Our test is already used by nutritionists to show patients, scientifically, whether their diet is adequate for the demands they make on their bodies - and the test can be repeated after the patients have made dietary or lifestyle changes to show how effective those interventions have been.
As those on long-term sick-leave want to be well again and get back to work, the test will be particularly useful to them because it can reveal a dietary or nutritional deficiency that they might have been unaware of which can then be addressed by a professional nutritionist as part of the Health And Work Service support package. The results are highly accurate and are therefore more useful when planning interventions than the patient's own anecdotal reports or responses to surveys.
Nutritionists using the tests have also reported that patients who become well after successful interventions have the extra psychological benefit of being given a piece of paper that proves their diet has become appropriate after the changes they have made.
We don't know which private operators will be tendering to run the service, but we hope they will see the sense of including our Wellness test as part of the standard package so that the intiative will succeed.
If anyone does want more details of our test and how it can help in employee sickness management, please contact us.