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New Developments in the Delivery of Occupational Health Services to Small Firms



Funding body

British Academy


Principal investigator: Dr Raffaella Valsecchi
Co-investigator: Prof Neil Anderson

Project description

The proposed research aims to create a different understanding of occupational health (OH) by investigating the new multi-channel "The Health for Work Adviceline” (telephone help-line/advice on-line) set up to support small medium sized entreprises (SMEs). The need to provide alternative ways of delivery of OH services across small businesses is important for two main reasons. First, the most common barrier to employers investing in the health and well-being of their employees is the lack of appropriate information advice. Second, managers in small business do not invest in occupational health service because they cannot see a convincing business case. This study seeks to examine the effectiveness of this service in meeting the needs of SMEs, so that improvements can be made. This is vital, since a better OH delivery could improve sickness absence management and other aspects of health at work.