27th March 2014 – Hospital provides university with health and wellbeing services
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has won a bid to provide employee health and wellbeing services to the University of Bradford Health Studies students.
Airedale Hospital’s employee health and wellbeing team will make regular visits to the University to support students studying various vocational courses including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, radiography, occupational therapy, return to practice and sport rehabilitation.
The team will assist managers with the management of sickness absence cases by providing advice to interventions, rehabilitation and any necessary workplace adjustments. In addition students will have access to vaccinations and blood tests. Students will also be able to access appointments at other venues, such as Airedale Hospital, in addition to the University campus.
The service, which started on 1 February, will run for two years and will support approximately 1,000 students.
Joanne Hoban, acting head of employee health and wellbeing services for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Employee health and wellbeing plays a key role in the delivery of safe and effective patient care through promoting and protecting the health and wellbeing of health care professionals. Employee health assistance has widespread benefits to both the students and the patients that they care for.”
Julie Sewell from the University of Bradford Health Studies said: “We are pleased to be working with Airedale Hospital and our students are already seeing the benefits the partnership creates.”