Hundreds more job losses at Rok

first_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Hundreds more job losses at Rok whatsapp Sharecenter_img Collapsed housing repair firm Rok will lose 268 more jobs on top of the 700 cuts already announced, administrator PwC said yesterday. The job cuts will fall in the Scottish plumbing, heating and electrical business. PwC said it was forced to make the redundancies after talks with potential buyers of the business fell through on Wednesday night, but that discussions about the remainder of the stricken business are ongoing. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutethedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solution Thursday 11 November 2010 7:44 pm KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Lloyds TSB Foundation announces £22.5 million income for 2005

first_imgThe Foundation for England and Wales supports charities that meet social and community needs, as well as those that promote education and training for disabled and disadvantaged people. £14.6 million will be allocated to regional charities and £2.6 million to England and Wales-wide charities through the main grant-making programme, the Community Programme.A further £1.4m is available for collaborative projects that actively encourage charities to work together to strengthen their knowledge and share good practice and resources. £624,000 is also set aside for new initiatives – innovative developmental projects where there is a clear intention to extend successfully piloted work across England and Wales as a whole.Since 1987 the Foundation for England and Wales has given grants of over £165 million to over 30,000 charities.The income to the other three Foundations is allocated as follows: Scotland £6 million; Northern Ireland £1.7 million; and Channel Islands £1 million. The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has announced that its income for 2005 will be £22.5 million, down slightly on 2004’s income of £22.7 million.The four independent Lloyds TSB Foundations, which also include Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, are amongst the largest grant-making trusts in the UK and receive one per cent of the Lloyds TSB Group’s pre-tax profits averaged over three years, in lieu of their shareholder dividend. The Foundations support underfunded charities that help disadvantaged and disabled people to play a fuller role in the community. Advertisement Tagged with: Research / statistics Howard Lake | 14 March 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.center_img  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Lloyds TSB Foundation announces £22.5 million income for 2005 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Tell City Youth Wins Beck’s Camaro Giveaway

first_img Tell City Youth Wins Beck’s Camaro GiveawayFrom left to right: Glendia Beck; Sonny Beck; Robert J. Harding; Sarah Harding; Shantel Beck; Scott Beck; Logan Harding, winner; and Patricia Harding.If you have been to a farm show or field day in the past 9 months, chances are you saw the Beck’s Hybrids 2012 Limited Edition Camaro Panther™ that was being raffled off for charity. The winner of that very special vehicle was announced at Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Logan Harding is 18 years old and from Tell City, IN.  He graduated from high school, was awarded a scholarship to Purdue, and won the Beck’s Camaro all in one week. Sonny Beck awarded Harding the key during a special ceremony in Victory Lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “This is the kind of thing you see on television happening to other people,” Harding said.  In total, there were over 79,000 entries, but the winning ticket was purchased by Harding at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville in February. Harding plans to attend Purdue in the fall, but will leave the car at home. “When I first found out I won, I could not believe it,” said Harding. “I really like nice cars and anytime I see one being given away, especially for a great cause, I sign up to win. But I never thought I would actually win the Camaro Panther. I plan on keeping the car and driving it around when the weather is nice.” Facebook Twitter The promotion raised money for We Care for Orphans, a charity that is very special to the Beck family. “After experiencing the adoption process first-hand, our family wanted to help as many families as possible make their adoption a reality,” said Shantel Beck, founder of We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund. “We’ve been able to help unite 76 orphans from 13 countries with adoptive families. The joint effort between Beck’s Hybrids and We Care for Orphans has been an incredible, life-changing journey for many families.” During the presentation, Scott Beck announced that Beck’s Hybrids has donated an additional $50,000 to We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund. This donation, plus another $6,800 received for the charity outside of the Sweepstakes, brings the grand total to $156,841. In addition, Beck revealed a new program for next year. Beck’s Hybrids will match every dollar donated to the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund through May 2014. Painted black with gold accents, the Camaro Panther that Harding will receive is the number one car out of only 100 Panthers produced in the 600 horsepower class. Customized by SLP®, a company that produces quality performance parts, the supercharged Panther is a convertible and has a 6.2 liter, 427 cubic inch engine with aluminum short block and heads. Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Tell City Youth Wins Beck’s Camaro Giveaway Previous articleCanada Not Backing Down on COOLNext articleABC Sportscaster Comfy around Farmers as well as Racers Gary Truittcenter_img By Gary Truitt – May 24, 2013 Becks VP Scott Beck said he would not be more pleased with the winner, “With the support of people like Logan, we were able to reach our goal of raising more than $100,000 for the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund through the Sweepstakes. We want to thank farmers, car enthusiasts, and the agricultural community for their support. Without them, this wouldn’t have been possible.”  Harding was the valedictorian of his high school class and plans to pursue  a career in mechanical engineering at Purdue and “help my dad on the farm.” Tell City Youth Wins Beck’s Camaro Giveaway SHARE SHARElast_img read more

One year on, as new deadline looms in Congress, RSF reiterates its call for net neutrality’s safeguard

first_img News June 3, 2021 Find out more Editor’s note: A previous version of this press release inaccurately stated that “newly-elected Democrats in the US House of Representatives are fighting” to overturn the FCC’s ruling on net neutrality. This article has been updated to say the “US House of Representatives faces a key deadline this Friday to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of net neutrality rules.” The move could further harm people in underserved communities, especially in rural areas where there is already very little or no choice in carriers. These areas may be hit hardest by pay prioritization, whereby broadband providers allow companies to pay for priority treatment. RSF is also concerned about the impact the measures could have on the plurality of online content and competition. Help by sharing this information News RSF is planning to look into just how the dismantling of protective regulations could harm media diversity in the US since the repeal took effect just six months ago. On our radar: how the lack of regulation could benefit larger outlets thereby increasing media concentration to the detriment of competition from smaller entities. As the US House of Representatives faces a key deadline this Friday to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of net neutrality rules, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for a neutral, accessible and equitable net. Receive email alerts When it comes to the information and communication space, RSF strongly believes in the virtues of political, ideological and religious neutrality as presented in its new Declaration on Information and Democracy. The net neutrality discourse has so far focused principally on commercial interests, to the detriment of the people and the core values of liberty, equality, diversity and self-determination. News December 20, 2018 One year on, as new deadline looms in Congress, RSF reiterates its call for net neutrality’s safeguard It’s been a year since the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality protection rules, and only six months since they took effect. The FCC reclassified broadband providers as an “information service” rather than a “telecommunications service” which is subject to nondiscrimination requirements. And this month, the FCC voted to apply the same classification for text messages. The controversial measure gives cellular carriers more power over SMS messages and means they will now have a legal right to censor text messages. SAUL LOEB / AFP Organisation RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistscenter_img United StatesAmericas Online freedomsMedia independence Internet The FCC’s removal of safeguards for a free and open net could also have damaging repercussions on the world stage given America’s online dominance. This could have a significant impact on the next generation of online services, which are already being fragilized across the world, especially with authoritarian governments and the rise of “digital authoritarianism.”    NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Under the previous protective provisions, Internet service providers were required to treat all data on the internet equally. Carriers were prohibited from blocking access or slowing down services or application on the web. The regulations also banned them from raising fees for faster access and allowed for a level playing field. Without these safeguards that protected consumers, much is at stake. April 28, 2021 Find out more “These deregulatory decisions are bad news for democracy. They make the internet, and now text messages, vulnerable to interference and censorship from internet service providers,” says RSF San Francisco director Sabine Dolan. “Carriers can now decide to block sites and prioritize content as well as the speed of content delivery. In our digital world, the internet is a forum of free speech. Net neutrality is vital to protect freedom of expression and media diversity.” Follow the news on United States to go further Meanwhile, recent revelations indicate that millions of comments posted on the FCC in support of deregulation were in fact fake. And while the FBI investigates the potential involvement of Russia in these postings, it turns out that, of the verified identity comments, the overwhelming majority of Americans favored an open and free web. To this day, 26 states cutting across political lines have passed their own net neutrality safeguards.  Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Much is at stake June 7, 2021 Find out more Net neutrality vs. cyber manipulation United StatesAmericas Online freedomsMedia independence Internet Newslast_img read more

Minister Coveney to chair EU meeting on horse scandal today

first_img Google+ Minister Coveney to chair EU meeting on horse scandal today Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Twitter WhatsApp The meeting has been called by Ireland, as holders of the EU Presidency, and will be chaired by Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney.The meeting gets underway at 4.30pm Irish time this afternoon.Ireland and the UK are to put together their own response to the crisis – while the EU formulates a wider plan.Henry Burns, Livestock chairman with the IFA, says Minister Coveney must ensure there are more stringent controls over meat processors here: Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton playpause RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Facebook News Previous articleObama pledges to narrow inequality and fight gun crimeNext articleNew legislation on December’s budget will be published today admin By admin – February 13, 2013 Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApplast_img read more

Councillor urges people to raise NoW DOC’s future with their GPs

first_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Previous articleDonegal County Council Boston trade trip could cost €10,000Next articleDerryman cleared of indecently assaulting and raping female child News Highland Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – October 24, 2011 Facebook Newsx Adverts WhatsApp There are more calls on the  HSE to clarify its plans for the future of the NoWDOC service in Donegal, and clearly state whether or not the service is to be cut.Concerns were raised on Friday that the NoWDOC service could be cut completely after midnight, and concerns were also raised that the four NOWDOC centres covering all of Donegal could be reduced to one centre based in Letterkenny.That would mean one car to cover all areas of Donegal.Cllr John Campbell says the HSE should stop using their usual jargon, and make a clear statement. In the meantime, he’s urging people to contact their GPs and find out where they stand on the issue………[podcast][/podcast]center_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Councillor urges people to raise NoW DOC’s future with their GPs PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme last_img read more

Buncrana to Derry public feedback submission deadline extended

first_img Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The public feedback submission deadline for the Buncrana to Derry Greenway has been extended.Both Derry City and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council has announced the extension following two public consultation events in Fahan and Derry last month.The Buncrana to Derry section is one of three routes being developed as part of the North West Greenway Network, along with Derry-Muff & Lifford-Strabane.On completion, the three routes will comprise 46.5 km of new cross-border greenway that will help reduce carbon emissions by encouraging commuters to leave their cars at home. The c.€18 million project is part-funded under the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).The submission deadline for feedback on route 1, Buncrana to Derry, has been extended to Friday 31 August. Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNewscenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – July 30, 2018 Previous articleGovernment must review broadband plan – Mc ConalogueNext articleBoyce and English named on Team Ireland for European News Highland Google+ Buncrana to Derry public feedback submission deadline extended Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Give peace a chance

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Nebulous and unacknowledged in law as the term might be, stress isnevertheless very real in the workplace and is estimated to cost Britishindustry £9bn each year.The Health & Safety Executive estimates 40 million working days a yearare lost due to stress-related illness. But there is no UK legislation thatcompels employers to defuse the working environment for their employees andaddress “stress” as an issue, despite one of the worst records inEurope for stress-related mortality, illness and absenteeism. “The Health& Safety at Work Act 1974 requires that employers must ‘ensure the health,safety and welfare of their employees’,” says the HSE’s Peter Morgan. “Yetthese are broad, general principles. Stress as a cause of illness would be verydifficult to prove.”Psychologist Brian Hill, who runs a private stress management centre inHarley Street, London, reckons everyday life has never been more stressful.”It affects every single one of us,” he says. “It affects ourhomeostatis, or balance, so we take energy from our physical, spiritual,emotional centres to balance ourselves. Relationships suffer as well.”Some organisations claim to have taken an innovative approach to the problem– eschewing the ubiquitous Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) in favour of aworkplace de-stressing area with names such as “anarchy area” the”quiet room” and the “break-out area”, which we profilebelow. The more radical even allow employees to take a nap during the workingday.But professor Cary Cooper of the University of Manchester Institute ofScience and Technology (Umist) takes a cynical view towards workplacerelaxation areas. He believes many of them allow for longer hours and points outthat it is the chronic problems underlying the causes of stress which should beresolved.”Nap rooms and massages at the desk are novel solutions, but they arenot solving the major problems,” he says. “These could be inflexibleworking hours, autocratic management styles or management directives. A regularaudit needs to be done to see if there is a problem and [whether] it is gettingworse.”Time management and prioritising are preventative measures which can help,says Cooper, and that counselling should be provided for those who “fallthrough the cracks and cannot cope”.The profilesBluewater shopping complex• Following consultations with the local Greenhithe and Kent community, LendLease Corporation, the property and financial services group which constructedand continues to manage Bluewater shopping complex, included the cost of theQuiet Room in its £350m construction costs.An average 25 employees and customers visit the room daily. “Thecommunity wanted something that could give back to the people who work here.The Quiet Room is interdenominational and staffed by various helpers fromgroups within the community,” explains managing director Adrian Wright.”Their concerns range from, ‘I just need 10 minutes to spend by myself’to ‘I have a personal problem that I would like to discuss with someone’.”The Quiet Room is not a chapel in a religious sense, but a place wherepeople go to reflect, seek help and assistance and generally talk through theirproblems,” he added. Microsoft UK• With a “work hard, play hard” ethos at Microsoft’s UKheadquarters in Reading, the human resources team has come up with an”anarchy area” where its 800 employees can go to relax and playgames. It has a pool table, coffee bar, TV, magazines, PCs and informalseating.Organisational effectiveness manager Denise Melvin says that the companyconstantly reinforces the message that employees should look after themselvesand take time out. “Stress management is very important to us atMicrosoft,” she says. “Our work environment is generally informal.Fresh fruit is freely available, our restaurant has a range of healthy food andwe do whatever we can to make the environment as conducive as possible.”Staff also have access to a doctor, occupational health advisor and canrequest a massage. The company also provides training on stress managementbased on Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People andFitness for Life which is intended to create physical well-being through dietand exercise.Clark Levy & Co solicitors• In contrast to a purpose-designed room, solicitors Clark Levy, Gravesend,has a spare room “below stairs” to which they can escape should thepressures of the working day become too much. The room had been sealed off andwas only discovered when a member of staff put their foot through the floor ofthe once-derelict building 20 years ago. Consequently a stairwell was added andthe room was designated as a working area for a part-time secretary, but also aplace to go to unwind. Staff talk over their problems there and the partners donot interfere.Partner Ralph Levy, who runs his practice without an appointment system, isaware there are times when his staff do need to get away to “talk thingsover, have a cry, or generally just be by themselves”.”The nature of our work is that we are dealing with people instress,” he says. “I often have to deal with cases urgently. Thatputs me under stress and this reverberates through the office. The roomdownstairs is used only four hours a day by my secretary and is known as anarea where people can go for privacy. If they do go down there, no one willfollow them. If the room is in use, a staff member may then say they are goingfor a walk, and of course I agree.”Cohn & Wolfe public relations• The directors of public relations firm Cohn & Wolfe based in London’sWest End, took the unusual step of getting the building’s designers to consultall 100 employees before the design was finalised 10 years ago.”The employees’ answers drove our final design,” says managingdirector Martin Ellis. “They wanted as much natural light as possible,open plan and an easily accessible, quick relaxation area.”Consequently, instead of the directors having the three-plate glasswindows, the oil paintings and the potted plants, we took the opposite approachand the executives are in the centre. This is truly a team environment, morelike a newsroom than an office, with an eye-line that goes right through theoffice.”The open area has two large sofas where people can read the paper and puttheir feet up. “We totally encourage that,” says Ellis. Team spiritlaps over into leagues for the football table, including single sex leagues andmixed doubles.”Things can get quite loud, particularly when there is an important match,or a grudge match on.”Discipline within the company is self-imposed and employees managethemselves. “We all know what we have to do and what the clientexpects,” says Ellis. “The stress comes from managing two or threedemanding accounts at any one time. We are aware that people in busyenvironments won’t take a break, eating sandwiches at their desks. Ourrelaxation area acts as a counterbalance to that.”Text 100 public relations• The pressures of strict deadlines and demanding clients is catered foralso by PR firm Text 100, which has offices in South Africa, Australia and theUS. Glen Goldsmith, manager of the London Office in Shepherds Bush, says thecompany came up with “duvet days” and a “break-out area” tocounteract the ups and downs of PR.With a maximum of up to five days allowed, which are not counted as holiday,employees can take a day off if they feel they cannot face work, while the”break-out area”, which cost £2,000 to set up, allows for time out toplay computer games, watch TV or chat on the sofa.”If anything, we encourage people to spend time down there,” saysGoldsmith, who admits he is concerned at the “epidemic of e-mailjunkeyism” of recent years. “We encourage conversation andinteractive human relationships.” He claims that as a result thatstress-related absenteeism is low.EMI• The nature of the music industry means that day often rolls into evening,because of concerts and entertaining. Senior HR manager Michelle Connolly saysthe majority of offices have sofas, which can be used for naps, and its 350employees are encouraged to take time out to de-stress and keep healthy. Anon-site gym also encourages this, with weights, steppers, bikes and treadmills.”We also have a big social area, restaurant and pool tables,” saysConnolly. “It is very much part of our planning to incorporate relaxationinto the working day. Offices are brightly painted, with music and colourfulsoft furnishings.” Give peace a chanceOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more


first_img A survey by the CIPD and employment law firm Hammond Suddards found only 76 per cent did so, and the percentage is even lower for other pieces of legislation. Only 40 per cent had training to help them implement the parental leave regulations.For data protection, the figure was 28 per cent while a mere three per cent received training in the issues covered by the Disability Discrimination Act.Asked if they felt their organisation had prepared for the parental leave regulations, 42 per cent said they were very confident while 47 per cent were fairly confident. Ten per cent were not confident and three per cent believe the legislation will only be understood when case studies become available.u 0161-830 5115, UpdateOn 25 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

We’ll take good care of you

first_imgWe’ll take good care of youOn 1 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article With employees spread across different bases in various corners of theworld, the occupational health team at British Airways has a real challenge onits hands.  By Kate Rouy British Airways may no longer promote itself as the world’s favouriteairline but it can still justifiably describe itself as the world’s largest. Last year it flew 41 million people on 538,000 flights, covering 233destinations in 96 countries. The health of its employees is vital for itssmooth running and profitability, and that is in the hands of the 122-strongBritish Airways Health Service (BAHS) team, based at the company’s Watersidecentre at Harmondsworth, near Heathrow Airport. Director of health services Dr Sandra Mooney describes BAHS as “a coreoccupational health service, but with additional features within its hub”.These additional features include three travel clinics open to the generalpublic at Regent Street, Cheapside and Victoria in London, and a non-profitmaking general dental practice for BA staff. Indeed, OH provision at British Airways is as old as the company itself, inplace for the company’s forerunners BOAC and British Imperial Airlines. The BAHS is proud of this history and its involvement in the evolution ofthe airline, as well as its pioneering work in aviation medicine. For example,working with the health aspects of supersonic travel prior to the first flightof Concorde. Any traditional aspects of the service, however, lie very firmly in thepast. “We have moved a long way from that,” says Mooney, although thecriteria remain the same. “The occupational health service is essentiallythere to provide the appropriate service for everyone who works at BritishAirways,” she adds. That numbers 65,000 employees, approximately 50,000 of whom work in the UK. The service has undergone major restructuring over the past three years,along with the rest of the company, described by Mooney as “a huge seachange for us, but one that really made sure we focused on the business and theneeds of the business”. Enter advisers During this time, the occupational health adviser role was born, designed totake OH nurses out of a purely clinical role and into something more proactive.”We do have a very modest treatment service, but we do not encourageit,” says Mooney. “It is a valued service but it is not where we putour energy.” There are currently 15 OHAs on the team, responsible for providing OHservices to designated areas of the company. “One of the main parts of the OHA role is to work in tandem with otherhealth professionals,” says Judy Cook, head of nursing services. The teamof OH service nurses have taken on a more day-to-day clinical role, taking careof screenings, treatment and immunisation, as well as supporting first aidersand working with ambulance crews. Meanwhile, OHAs are more concerned with sickness absence, health and safety,health promotion and advising the different business groups within the airline,says Cook. “The occupational health advisers work in a very autonomous fashion,managed by me,” she adds. “They liaise very closely with the doctorsand we are continuing to encourage joint working practices, something we aredoing to increase levels of partnership within BAHS. All of the directorate within BAHS work to key performance indicators inline with the rest of the business, such as good business understanding inother areas. “I think that is an important point,” says Mooney. “We areknown to the management team and also among the staff. And I think as anoccupational health team you only have legitimacy if you take the time tounderstand the work other people within the business are doing, theirpressures, their aspirations. This is fundamental, to take the time to talk topeople. And that goes for everyone. “I think the fact the occupational health advisers are detached alsogives them the opportunity to understand the people in the departments they areworking with and vice versa. It is a great strength.” Altered image Cook and Mooney agree that the perception of occupational health has changedwithin British Airways. “People do see the value of a professionalservice, and that is a mind change,” says Cook. Part of that perception comes from the fact BAHS is constantly reviewing itsservice, asking the rest of the company for its opinions about what is beingprovided. Profile also is not a problem for the team, says Mooney, who reportsdirectly to chief executive Rod Eddington. “I have access to anyone I wantto have access to,” she says. “That helps and facilitatesunderstanding. There are no barriers.” Cook adds, “The business accepts occupational health and the concept ofoccupational health. We are not struggling to justify ourselves about whetherOH should exist or not: it is accepted. But that does not make uscomplacent.” Mooney says, “That would be the most dangerous and irresponsible thingwe could do.” So while the BAHS team resides on the ground floor of the £200mpurpose-built Waterside Centre (with a small mirror image at Gatwick Airport),the employees it is looking after are scattered across the globe. “We havea truly absent workforce,” says Mooney, which includes 3,500 pilots and4,500 cabin crew. Within the remit of BAHS are occupational physicians, including twospecialist registrars within the field of aviation medicine. As well as workingin partnership with the OHAs, their role includes specific areas, such asmonitoring radiation levels of employees involved in x-raying aircraft, thepassenger medical side, overseas medical service and working with other departmentsin the development of brands, such as new initiatives in onboard seating. Dr David Flower is a member of the team of occupational physicians. A formerGP and a graduate engineer, his role, as well as clinical work, is withoperations, sales and marketing. “I was working in the nuclear industry and began doing work on jet lagand its effects. British Airways invited me to join them and I have carriedthat work on, looking at aspects of jet lag and its effects with the crews, andalso on the marketing side with getting that information out topassengers,” he said. “I have been here for six years, and it is a great department to workin. The airline industry is very stimulating, a very exciting industry to workin. It is constantly changing and there is always something new.” In addition a four-strong team of hygiene advisers travels the worldinspecting catering establishments and water quality, as well as crew hotelsfor levels of noise and hygiene. Rigorous standards “They have the power to refuse catering if it does not meet theirrigorous standards,” says Mooney. “That then means that that routemay no longer be suitable to fly. And that is a very tangible part of thebusiness and a huge decision with far-reaching consequences.” Screening takes up a lot of the time of the department’s day-to-day work,with testing in place for pilots (every six months) as well as drivers andthose employees working with radiation. In an attempt to cut down on the workload, Mooney took the decision tocomputerise BAHS. “The intent is to be paperless,” she says.”Every health record is computerised and we work very much on e-mail. Itwas a huge leap, but actually it is very useable.” Immunisation is also a major part of the department’s work because of thevolume of people travelling abroad on duty. In addition, employees are alsoprovided with malarial advice, and information about general wellbeing whileoverseas. The department also operates a passenger medical clearance service fortravellers with significant medical problems who want to fly but may beaffected by the flight itself or its length. It also operates the BAHSHelpline, “like NHS Direct, but an e-mail enquiry line”, says Cook.”This is something that we want to develop.” It is also set to take its first steps into the Internet with the provisionof a health page for travellers. “It seems that generally people are becoming much more healthaware,” says Mooney. “And if there is an authoritative source thatpeople can get hold of, then that feels right in today’s climate.” “The people here have realised the potential of working in partnershipwith each other, that this is the right way to go forward,” says Cook.”We value everyone in the team and our staff turnover is very low. I thinkpeople see great potential in occupational health at British Airways for thefuture. There is so much that we can be involved in.” OH adviser Heather Tinker, who has worked for British Airways for 24 years,agrees. “There is a real buzz here, there is always something going on. Wework with so many different groups of people that we are always on a learningcurve. “You have to go with the flow to a certain extent if you want to enjoyyour job. But we are all very flexible.” Mooney says, “OH at British Airways doesn’t stay still. There is a realbuzz to it. The thing that I am most proud of is the commitment andprofessionalism of my team. The level of expertise here is second tonone.” British Airways Health ServicesTeamDr Sandra Mooney director health servicesWinnie Lobo personal assistant to director health servicesDavid Irvine epidemiologistMike Kelly chief hygiene adviser, heads team of hygiene advisersJudy Cook head of nursing services, heads team which includes, manager clinicalnursing services and clinical nurses, manager nurse training and development,occupational health advisersDr Michael Bagshaw head of medical services, team includes, specialistoccupational physicians, occupational physicians, travel clinics, aircraftmedical equipment and services, passenger medical clearance unit, ambulanceserviceJane Exelby head of dental services, heads team of dental surgeons and dentalnursesKay Talbot business support manager, responsible for secretarial andadministration servicesMissionTo provide the highest quality health service in support of BA’s corporatemissionGoalsTo provide the best advice and assistance to the company, its staff andcustomers:– On fitness for work and the prevention of work related ill health andsickness absence in ground, air and overseas environments– On compliance with accepted standards and legal requirements in relationto occupational health and safety– On health related matters associated with airline operationslast_img read more