CTC Physiotherapy Limited
P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 29 December, 2011
CTC Healthcare offers proactive health and wellbeing services and specialises in injury prevention and management. As health and wellbeing providers, CTC aims to engage and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health. Physical health is a major focus of the service offered and initiatives designed to increase physical activity is integral to this. As a Responsibility Deal partner CTC is committed to delivering the physical activity pledge.Previous activities which support the physical activity pledge include involvement in the wellbeing@work program delivered by Better Bankside. This project was funded by the Department of Work and Pensions via the challenge fund and aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of employees within the SE1 business improvement district. A number of initiatives were offered to employees including cycling classes held by London Transport. This initiative aimed to improve the confidence of cyclists, encouraging individuals to utilise a more active mode of transport to travel to work. CTC played a fundamental role in the design, development and evaluation of this project which brought together the business community and encouraged individuals to engage in physical activity.CTC are currently developing a similar project which will be delivered over a 6 month period and is commencing in the new year. This project is for an international gas company who aim to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees. A bio-psychosocial approach will be taken in which physical activity initiatives will play a significant role in the project.The project is designed to increase awareness of health and wellbeing in the workplace via individual and group based activities which are fun, engaging and aim to create a sense of team cohesion. Physical activities such as lunch time walks, walking and rowing competitions and subsidised gym membership will be offered. Flexible working will be encouraged in addition to the physical activities, aiming to remove barrier to exercise during the working day.To ensure ongoing delivery and internal ownership health and wellbeing champions will be trained and promoted to continually deliver the message and engage staff on a regular basis. Communication of these initiates will be delivered via a comprehensive promotional campaign including social networking, advertising on internal intranet systems and face to face discussion. Information regarding health and wellbeing in the workplace will be made available and in doing so CTC will ensure the information regarding physical activity is underpinned by the Chief Medical Officers revised physical activity guidelines and promoted during the course of the project.In order to deliver a successful and effective project which engages employees in health and wellbeing initiates principally physical activity, CTC will be working with local partners from both the public and private sectors. The local council, NHS, Chamber of Commerce and local businesses such as corporate gyms and hotels will all be invited to support the project aiming to develop the local business community whilst promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace.