Partnership with Healix Health Services

Posted Posted in Early intervention, HCB News, Sickness Absence, Wellness

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Healix Health Services, enhancing their well-established health & wellbeing proposition.  Healix clients, including their Healthcare Trust clients will be able to access HCB Group’s nurse-led employee health management service under specially negotiated terms, which can provide: New employee screening Case management Absence management (long-term sick/ill health retirement) […]

Employee Consent – A thorny issue?

Posted Posted in HCB News, HCB Newsletters, Opinion, Sickness Absence

Employee Consent and Health Information When managing the health of an employee, one of the biggest areas of possible contention is that of Consent. There can be a real issue around gaining the consent of the employee to share the contents of a report with either HR or with their Line Manager. The Nursing and […]

Health trends in Ireland – Do they affect your business?

Posted Posted in Early intervention, HCB Ireland, HCB News, Opinion, Sickness Absence

In 2013 the Irish Government published a 60 page document entitled Health Ireland – A Framework for Improved Health & Wellbeing. Although this report was published 4 years ago, we know that little has changed and some of the statistics are truly frightening.  In common with many developed countries there are significant challenges for society, […]

Vocational Rehabilitation – THE BENEFITS

Posted Posted in Early intervention, HCB News, Opinion, Sickness Absence

IT WORKS! My apologies for shouting out loud in the subject title to this article, but having just seen an extremely interesting piece by Emily Perryman on healthinsurancedaily.com about Unum’s experience when people use their vocational rehabilitation service, I thought it needed repeating even if it does mean raising my voice. Emily’s article outlined Unum’s findings that 7 […]

Is there a cure for the Healthcare and Wellness marketplace confusion?

Posted Posted in Early intervention, HCB News, Opinion, Sickness Absence, Wellness

Joining up the dots Why are Insurance Companies and Intermediaries incapable of joining up Private Medical Insurance (PMI) and Group Income Protection (GIP)?  With the exception of Aviva, there isn’t a single insurer delivering both products, and even Aviva has two separate sales forces and administration teams. Most insurers run Group Life and GIP within […]

Is it all in the mind?

Posted Posted in Early intervention, HCB News, Opinion, Sickness Absence

In the week when all the news seems to be about EU referendums, the BBC has been running an excellent series of programmes about mental health that you may have missed called “In The Mind”.   The FT also ran an article called ‘Occupational Health: how employers can learn from Nordic countries”.  Two completely different subjects […]

Fit for Work – NHS or Private?

Posted Posted in Early intervention, HCB News, Sickness Absence

Over the many years that we have been delivering early intervention absence management, for Insurers and Corporate clients, we have learnt three very important things, all of which support our argument that a Fit for Work service is best delivered privately. Not all absence is sickness, indeed not all sickness is sickness. The biopsychosocial (BSP) […]

Early intervention – why wait until it becomes a claim?

Posted Posted in HCB News, Sickness Absence

A recent post by The Professional Insurance Brokers Association (PIBA) entitled “Income Protection & getting back to work” detailed some reasons why Income Protection (IP) planning/policies should be discussed with a Financial Advisor both at the new business and claim stages. The post rightly highlighted the features and benefits of IP and in particular of […]

Early Intervention – Does it matter?

Posted Posted in HCB News, Sickness Absence

It is often mentioned that Dame Carol Black’s Review of the health of Britain’s working population:  Working for a healthier tomorrow (Department for Work and Pensions: 17 March 2008) was the first time that early intervention came onto the Government’s agenda.  It may well be the first time that it grabbed the attention of the national media, […]