Did you know there is currently a push being  and categorise Long-Covid to assist in HR advice, with the possibility of registering it as a disability?

This pandemic has unsurprisingly created a host of new processes and hoops for us to jump through, both professionally and personally.

 the cost personally, we are certainly able to measure the cost to businesses. Issues with employees suffering the after-effects of Covid-19 are rising and it’s no surprise at this moment in time.

Businesses are seeing attendances fall dramatically, as well as productivity levels dropping like never before.

As employers, of course we cannot control the new employer legislation. However, we are able to help our businesses maximise their productivity by making well informed decisions about how to support employees who are in imperfect health due to Covid-19.

Did you also know that there are likely to be more Long-Covid sufferers without a positive test than with one?

This means that as well as dealing with employees that we know to be struggling with Covid issues, there’s still a huge danger that we have undiagnosed staff members that are too, struggling.

With this in mind and the current pressure on businesses, many employers may not have a large capacity to provide alternative duties or redeployment. The answer to this? Change the situation!

We’re able to offer primary investigations to exclude serious pathology and exclude other potential cause diagnoses (known as Safety Netting).

A. Onward referral to GP for further investigations

B. Breathing technique re-education (this is complex and needs careful analysis and correction)

 D. Thorax/chest mobilisation E. Musculoskeletal treatment

F. Referral to other services eg counselling/ CBT, nutritional therapy for those that need it

We have found that using a screening tool Tom Wilcox

prior to any appointment has become a very important feature of our practice. It ensures we gather lots of information on the person and their post-Covid-19 rehabilitation needs.  have the correct patient in front of us and not those who are either unsuitable or too medically acute, i.e. need medical help.

We are happy to help screen any employee unfortunate enough to possibly need Covid- rehab and we don’t work on a retainer basis.

Take good care and stay safe! 07825 255 151


As we move into 2021 after the turmoil of doing business in a region where 2020 was one of seemingly perpetual lockdown, there is a growing realisation that while vaccinations may pave the way out of lockdown, things post-Covid might never go back to “normal”.

As many businesses have simply been trying to survive over the last year, the agility required to do so may have changed the workplace forever. Many believe that the  both in terms of location and working hours  to organisations and by employee needs and preferences. At the same time, the importance of employee mental health and wellness has never been greater, as has the employer’s duty of care.

The changes to the way we work in a post- Covid world will inevitably present challenges for employers in Lancashire, but they could also present an opportunity. By offering  to attract and retain employees who would have previously opted to work in the larger cities outside the county.


can certainly help an employer manage these issues and really support employees; the challenge is how to deliver it effectively in the new workplace.

The challenge for organisations is how ensure their people are engaged while their management team is likely to be more remote. There can be no doubt that an engaged workforce will be even more critical for success in the future, given the days of management by attendance have gone.

Over recent years we have found, when meeting and speaking with many employers of all sizes, that those employers that fall into the SME category believe that a fully integrated online  their reach and purely the realm of large employers with substantial HR departments to handle the administrative burden.

As this market has developed over the years we have found that cost effective online solutions can be tailored to employers regardless of size or head count. Indeed, once  the initial data uploaded the input required from the employer is minimal with the “online portal” doing most of the work.

 employee engagement specialists, really understand how to make this work for you. With more than 600 corporate clients and two Lancashire based teams of experts, we understand your needs, cut through the myriad of options out there and pull together the right solution for you.

Whether you want to understand what your employees want, build a robust wellness programme, control or reduce your costs, understand what your competition is offering or engage with your employees online, Mattioli 

Simon Taylor

Nick Howarth

For more information, contact Simon Taylor at and Nick Howarth at or visit

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