Published Friday, 11th January 2019

Councillors being asked to approve the re-procurement of an occupational health service to support the wellbeing of staff across the council.

The service looks to ensure that staff have access to professional occupational health advice so they can work together to find solutions to keep colleagues healthy and at work.

The report, which will be considered at Executive on 17 January 2019, recommends that the council procures an integrated occupational health contract that includes the provision of an osteopath service. It also highlights that a more proactive approach to health management should increase productivity and staff retention and support staff so they can be healthy at work.

The current occupational health service provides work health assessments, the assessment and provision of professional advice, health observation and prevention and an employee assistance programme, which provides support including confidential counselling services where appropriate.

This is part of the council’s health and wellbeing provision, which is focusing on employee’s wellbeing and creating a more proactive and preventative approach to occupational health to keep employees safe and well when working.

Occupational health management of employee’s health and care issues, early intervention and clinical assistance can contribute to a number of organisational benefits. These include performance improvement, increased attendance and improvement in morale.

Executive are asked to consider the re-procurement, which would be effective from June 2019 and delegate the power to select an appropriate provider to the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Customer and Corporate Services, with a 2018/19 net budget of £113,200, including school usage of the service.

Cllr Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council, said: “The council is currently developing a workplace wellbeing strategy and a more complementary occupational health provision, which shows our commitment to caring for employee health.

We are a large organisation with such a wide variety of roles, therefore we need to focus on the wellbeing of the workforce and creating a safe and stable work environment.”

Cllr Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and health, said: “The council is focused on ensuring that City of York Council staff, including school employees, are cared for as part of their employment.

“This report follows consultation with stakeholders including unions and the council’s workplace wellbeing strategy group. We have and will continue to work with a range of stakeholders across the organisation to support the council’s occupational health provision and its focus on the prevention and treatment of ill health.”

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