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STRESS & WORK RELATED DISEASES


HealthScreen UK. A large proportion of Lend Lease’s employees work outside on construction sites and a survey had revealed that 52% of them did not use protection against the sun. HealthScreen UK’s task on this occasion was to help raise awareness of the issue and to offer skin cancer screening. Initially, the company offered 200 screening slots, but demand was such that they doubled this figure – and next year intend to double them again, to 800.


Gemma Bourne, Head of CSR at Lend Lease Foundation (EMEA), explains: “The checks took place on our premises all over the UK, and in our Milan office in Italy. They were conducted by a specialist skin nurse in designated meeting rooms and Portakabin offices on the construction sites. A consultation was 30 minutes, and the fact that it was at their place of work made it super- accessible for people.”


Feedback from those who took part was overwhelmingly positive – but more importantly, it also made a real difference. “About 10% of people were referred to their GP for further checks. One of my colleagues had a tiny malignant mole on the sole of his foot which he had to have removed. He never would have caught that – he didn’t even know it was there. That consultation effectively saved his life.”


Hewlett Packard is further down the line with preventative screening of this kind, having now implemented four such campaigns. As a result, 65 cancers – which may otherwise have gone undetected – have been caught at an early stage.


The impact this has on the individual can hardly be overstated, and the wider effect on the relationship between employer and employee is also of incalculable value. But there is a more prosaic value, too – one that is significant for businesses. Even though HP paid for these screenings on their employees’ behalf, they have found that, over time, this proactive approach will reduce their overall healthcare benefit costs. The question now, then, is not whether companies can afford to do this, but whether they can afford not to.


www.healthscreenuk.com


“AROUND


10,000 CANCERS IN THE UK ARE THOUGHT TO BE


DIRECTLY RELATED TO WORK.”


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