Green Prescription | GP’s – could be just what the doctor ordered?
We aim to get people back to work in an efficient and more resilient way – helping not only the employee, but the employer too. Having valued employees absent for long absence periods is not good for the employer – or the employee. Our aim is to assist both.
We’re particular interested in supporting employees with mild/mild to moderate stress, depression or anxiety, but in a position to contemplate a phased return to work, and currently liaising with their employer’s occupational health professional (or GP) about going back to full time work.
Prior to making a commitment to attend the daily activity programme, participants may attend taster sessions (with a friend or family member), to sample the wellbeing activities that will be included within the 5 week programme. Activities will be based in the local Staffordshire green space landscape, with wellbeing activities like Nordic walking, traffic free greenway cycling, mindful photography/poetry walks and nature conservation activities. Participants will also learn about our ‘Nature’s Ways to Wellbeing’ approach to supporting ongoing resilience, building work-life balance skills that will help prevent future relapse.
We’re looking to run a full pilot study of our nature based intervention programme during 2019, and now seeking to link up with local Staffordshire employers or occupational providers, who may want to participate in our fully funded pilot – where there would be no cost to the employer or participating individuals
Employer & OH Provider Information | summary of benefits & savings
Contact Us now if you have employees who are on long term absence with stress, anxiety and depression – and may benefit from our service. This is an ever growing problem, which of course affects nearly all workplaces. We’re here to work alongside you, to support your staff as part of a structured phased return to work. We can help your employee re-establish a daily routine in preparation for getting back to work, and achieve this return in a much smoother and more assured way.
Summary of benefits for employee:
- Additional support – a complementary or additional service to medication or talking therapies/counselling
- Avoids waiting – a way to get interim support while on waiting lists for other therapies
- Re-establishes routine – a daily activity which keeps the body and mind active, reducing rumination and helping people sleep better
- Teaches resilience – a way to learn our Nature’s Ways to Wellbeing and identify new hobbies and interests that can help maintain health resilience beyond the end of the programme
- More effective – a more efficient way to help employees to prepare for a return to work
- More enjoyable – a nurturing and enjoyable personal growth experience as a way to recover from the unpleasant symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety
Summary of benefits and savings for employers:
- More efficient – a more efficient way to positively support and encourage absent employees back into work after emotional wellbeing illness
- More cost effective – a way to tackle ongoing business costs for stress, depression and anxiety (thought to be 45% of all long term absence costs)
- Lessens cost – reduces ongoing costs in sick pay, by avoiding employees languishing off sick for long periods without adequate support
- Reduces risk – helps avoid the possibility of losing a valued employee through job quitting – cost of re-recruiting and re-training are estimated to be around £30k for each exiting individual
- Avoids waiting – a way to get employees the interim support they need, who might otherwise wait for services through the NHS
- Good fit – a good fit with employee assistance programme (EAP) concepts
- More caring – a positive way to re-engage staff after illness. Efforts to support employee wellbeing in a caring way are proven to enhance levels of employee engagement and productivity
- Good CSR – A good way to demonstrate effective management of stress in the workplace under ‘duty of care’