Occupational Health News & Alerts


Healthwork Alert - Number 55 NEW State of the art MRI scanning and imaging facilities

NEW Imaging Facilities  – special offer to Healthwork customers
Healthwork has partnered with South Manchester Diagnostic Centre, enabling Healthwork and its customers to rapidly access the latest investigative diagnostic technology. 

South Manchester Diagnostics is a brand new facility that offers state of the art imaging facilities including a Siemens Skyra 3T MRI scanner plus x-ray and ultrasound facilities.  The centre located in South Manchester also offers consulting rooms and clinical laboratory tests.  The centre offers rapid appointments with rapid reporting of results.

Many employees are waiting for long periods for NHS investigations such as MRI scans and X-rays.  MRI scanning and X-rays investigations are often a bottle-neck in the care of a patient and accessing these privately can facilitate the care for patients.  The waiting times for these tests can increase sickness absence times significantly.

There is often a case for employers funding investigations for employees thus expediting their care and reducing downtime and sickness absence. 

Healthwork in conduction with this partnership with South manchester Diagnostics is able to facilitate this process and help with expedited return to work programmes. 

Healthwork customers can benefit from special
introductory offer rates for imaging as follows:

  • MRI scan single area    £299
  • MRI scan 2 areas           £499
  • MRI scan 3 areas           £699
  • X-ray single area            £85
  • X-ray 2 areas                   £100
  • Ultrasound scans          £325

To discuss investigations and imaging, and how this might benefit your staff, please contact us on 0161 831 9701.  You can also contact Sarah Whittaker at South Manchester Diagnostic Centre on 0161 738 1740 or at SMD@medicalimaging.org.uk

Please quote HealthworkMRI for the special offer rate.
For more information, please visit www.southmanchesterdiagnostics.co.uk

For more information on Healthwork, please visit www.healthworkltd.com


NEW Healthy Back ProgrammeTM

Healthwork has been liaising with researchers from Bangor University in relation to cost-effective interventions for back pain. 

New research from Bangor University shows that the Healthy Back ProgrammeTM (based on Dru Yoga) reduces sickness absence and provides cost savings for employers. 

Click here to see research results: 


Designed by expert health professionals, the Healthy Back Programme is a simple and highly effective stretching programme, which has had a positive impact on many organisations including Barclays Bank, Santander, Siemens, Merseyside Police, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Conwy and Gwynedd County Councils and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Of the hundreds of employees who have participated in the Healthy Back Programme, 95% recommend the programme and 90% report reduced back pain.  Led by qualified instructors, the Healthy Back Programme can be delivered as part of a ‘wellbeing’ day or as a stand-alone six-week programme in the workplace. Employees also receive an online programme and educational materials to facilitate daily practice of the Healthy Back exercises.  Research shows that just 10 minutes a day of practice leads to significant reductions in back pain and sickness absence.

Here is what some of the participants say about the Health Back Programme:

  • My back has felt a lot easier since getting into the exercises. In particular, I did a case in theatre last week, which I do every couple of weeks—it takes a good couple of hours and involves wearing a heavy lead apron and standing in a very awkward position. Usually my back is screaming by the end. Last week, I was pain-free. Extraordinary. Thank you!


  • Great for reducing tension, relieving stress and stretching out the back in a gentle way.


  • The instructors were excellent and motivated the whole class. The online programme was easy to access.” 


  • I cannot recommend the Healthy Back Programme highly enough. The effect of these gentle and easy-to-do exercises on my back pain has been amazing. I have had problems with my lower back, which even painkillers would not help, but I am now largely pain-free and far more flexible than I have been in years. I would urge anyone to give it a go.



HAVS Courses 21st - 22nd June 2018

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Faculty of Medicine

(FOM) approved Training Course 21st and 22nd June 2018

This is a two day Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) approved training course.

The course will take place in Central Manchester, and is designed for occupational health doctors, occupational health nurses, technicians, GPs and health and safety professionals.

The course has been developed by the team at Healthwork in conjunction and with full approval of the FOM.

The course is aimed at health professionals working in the occupational health setting. The course will provide full training in HAVS, and will cover:

•Legal requirements and risk assessment

•Occupational hygiene

•Health surveillance for a workforce exposed to hand transmitted vibration-   tiered approach

•Clinical assessment of HAVS

•Clinical management of an individual with HAVS

•Worked case examples

•Demonstration of tools, measuring equipment such as accelerometers and  clinical equipment/ clinical techniques.

Our expert educators will include Dr Tok Hussain, Dr Shaun Austin, Dr Adrian Hirst and Diana Kloss.

This course is designed to be practical in nature and will feature demonstration, small group work and workshop sessions.


New Service – Aviation Medicals

Healthwork are proud to announce that we are now able to offer Aviation medicals for private pilots and cabin crew. 

These medicals are compliant with the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) requirements and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards.

Medical and occupational health providers are only able to offer and perform these medicals if they have doctors who are authorised and appointed as Aero Medical Examiners (AMEs) by the CAA.

Furthermore, the premises from where these medicals are conducted must be approved by the CAA, as being fit for purpose and having appropriate medical equipment to perform aviation medicals. 

Healthwork, our premises and our AMEs have been approved by the CAA and we are delighted to say that we meet the high CAA standards. Healthwork can now therefore offer private pilots medicals and cabin crew medicals.   

We can now offer class 2, LAPL (light aircraft pilots licence), cabin crew medicals, ratings assessments and FISO (Flight Information service officer) medicals.  We can do initial, renewal and revalidation medicals.


New Liverpool Office

Healthwork are excited to announce that we will be opening a new office in Liverpool. This will allow our customers more choice for when looking at locations for Occupational Health services and appointments.  Our new Liverpool office will be centrally based on prestigious and historic Rodney Street, with easy access by public transport.  

At Healthwork we pride ourselves on the specialist occupational health support we can offer our customers.  Some of our most popular services and products are:

On site physician and nurse services
Health surveillance services
Pre-placement health assessments
Absence management and fitness for work assessments
Drug and alcohol testing
Pension services
Physiotherapy services
Counselling services
Specialist medicals such as PTS medicals, driver medicals, HAVS assessments, and appointed doctor medicals

We also offer a serology and vaccinations service, including travel clinics and flu programs.

All our services can be bespoke to individual customer requirements.

Our Liverpool team will be led by Jennifer Junglas - Regional Manager with support from our new Liverpool based dedicated customer service team. Our address in Liverpool will be Healthwork Rodney Chambers, 40 Rodney Street, Liverpool, L1 9AA. For more information please contact us on 0161 831 9701 / admin@healthworkltd.com.