I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year and to thank you for your support for the Responsibility Deal and particularly your involvement with the Health at Work Network. The network has grown significantly to 516 partners to date with sign up from all of the Central Government Departments, 84 NHS Trusts and 103 organisations from the Construction Industry.
We have had a busy year during which we have continued to work with a number of representatives from specific sectors such as the Fire Service, Higher Education Sector, the Rail Industry, the National Health Service and Construction Industry as well as the wider network. This has resulted in an increase in the number of NHS Trusts signed up to the network, the launch of the EY health and wellbeing programme early in the year and to end the year as part of its health and wellbeing programme HS2 signed up to the Responsibility Deal and became the 100th partner to sign up to the Construction and Civil Engineering pledge.
A new pledge covering alcohol in the workplace went live on 21 January . We are also aiming to launch the broadened Chronic Conditions Guides and Unpaid Carers pledge. The current H1 Chronic Conditions pledge has been updated to include providing support for unpaid carers in the workplace around mid-February.
We are also looking for case studies to showcase all the good work you have been doing on delivering your pledges. Thank you to those who have already submitted case studies and keep an eye out for them on this website!
In July 2014 the network carried out an analysis of the annual updates and estimated that the 460 partners (at the time of the analysis) employed nearly 4 million workers, more than 10% of the UK working population. Going forward I would like to see an increase in the numbers reached so that healthy workplaces becomes the norm throughout the country. This will not only lead to a healthier UK workforce, but also a more competitive and productive country.