A new, digital platform has been launched to help SMEs find workplace health-related services and expertise quickly and easily.
It’s been launched by the Better Health at Work Alliance (BHWA), which is the first UK organisation formed specifically to support workplace health, with the support of other experts.
The BHWA, which is the British workplace health industry’s first broadly inclusive membership body, says the new platform is an industry led, one-stop resource designed to make finding expertise and services easy, so that implementing workplace health practice becomes a simple and obvious step for all employers.
It says that, in the past, distinct collections of experts were limited to their own professions and trade organisations in insular fashion, but the BHWA represents a significant step-change.
According to BHWA, the wellness at work conversation is changing for the better. Employers are now increasingly inclined to take a more forward thinking approach to employee health and wellbeing. However, this risks the supply of services and solutions being outstripped by demand.
It says it creates a shared environment in which enterprising partnerships can be forged between professions and specialist businesses of all sizes and that this is a transformative step in the right direction for an industry that must now look to maximise its working resources.
The BHWA brings together a wide range of leading workplace health specialists and already has the endorsement of over 15 key industry organisations, including Medigold Health, one of the UK’s leading occupational health and wellbeing consultancies.
Alex Goldsmith, CEO of Medigold, said: “A forward-thinking initiative like this is long overdue in the health and wellbeing at work sector, which is sometimes guilty of being too inert.
“As pioneers in occupational health, we are excited to be part of an alliance which is at the forefront of developing our industry via the specialists, organisations and individuals that work within it.
“I believe that collaboration is the key to success as, ultimately, people learn from people. This principle underpins many of the features of BHWA’s offering and this shared ethos is what first attracted us to contributing.”
Ross Tomkins, clinical director of Therapy Direct, said: “The Alliance has huge potential to simplify workplace health for employers and providers alike. We think the BHWA can be a game changer in our industry.”
The BHWA is led by Charlotte Cross, who was previously instrumental in the set-up of the Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association in 2004 and the working group that formalised as the Council for Work and Health in 2009, both of which are successful to this day.
She said: “It is unprecedented, to my knowledge, for an initiative to have such wide scale industry backing even before it has formally launched. To have such a great scope of experts behind us is testament to the strength and credibility of the Alliance.”
Offering access to solutions, information, and guidance via a simple one-stop website, users will be able to tap into expert knowledge through free resources including an ‘Ask the Expert’ forum, collaborative wikis, and guides, all of which will be subject to peer review.