Demonstrating commitment during Covid-19

Chamber strategic partner Morningside Pharmaceuticals has met its commitment to patient care after experiencing significantly increased demand for medicines during the Covid-19 lockdown. In March and April, the company dispatched over 120 million doses

of medicines from its Loughborough warehouses to support patients during the peak of the pandemic. As a key manufacturer and supplier of medicines to the NHS,

doctors, pharmacies and hospitals, Morningside’s teams embraced controlled changes in processes and working to ensure disruption to the distribution was kept to a minimum. Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, chief executive of Morningside Pharmaceuticals, said: “I would like to thank all our employees, who have been classed as key workers, because their roles are essential to the supply of medicines to the NHS and pharmacies. “Despite the challenges of having 50% of employees on site and

50% working remotely due to social distancing measures, they did an amazing job and were very adaptable, at a time when demand for medicines was substantially heightened. “This involved a huge team effort from all employees under very challenging circumstances, to ensure orders and our obligations to supporting patient care were met.”

Nik Kotecha OBE University launches home working study

The University of Derby and University of Nottingham have teamed up to launch the first research project focusing on employees working from home due to lockdown measures in the UK. The study aims to understand

the consequences of adjusting to new work environments and conditions, with a focus on three aspects of wellbeing – diet, exercise, and mental health – and their effects on work productivity. Dr Maratos, associate professor

and reader in emotion science at the the University of Derby, a Chamber strategic partner, said: “Substantial changes in working conditions, as well as stringent

The project will focus on aspects of wellbeing

social restrictions, are likely to impact upon all aspects of an individual’s life. As such, it is extremely important to understand what behaviours and indices of wellbeing have changed due to Covid-19, and how.

“Knowing this will not only allow

for the screening of certain factors that predict productivity and behaviour change, but also potentially help inform interventions to aid individuals during this and future crises.” An added goal of the longitudinal project is to identify aspects of wellbeing that can predict better physical and psychosocial recovery, and return to normal life when the lockdown is lifted. Abigail Tronco, PhD candidate in

the School of Health Sciences at Chamber patron, the University of Nottingham, added: “These unprecedented circumstances have led to a sudden, sharp increase in

the number of people working from home. “This has important implications

both for employers trying to remotely manage a workforce, as well as for employees whose wellbeing may be affected by the sudden change in work environment and potential lack of support. “These people are a pillar of any

economy, and yet very little research has so far focused on this demographic compared to, for example, essential workers. We need to understand how they are responding – physically, psychologically, emotionally – to the current circumstances in order to help them cope and recover.”


business network August/September 2020


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