Good musculoskeletal (MSK) health is integral to a full working life. There is a toolkit for employers on MSK issues at https://wellbeing.bitc.org.uk/all-resources/toolkits/musculoskeletal-hea... and the HSE has useful resources at http://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/index.htm.
Click here to view an excellent presentation on OH physiotherapy for NHS staff from Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (we have permission to share) and here for a briefing pack for managers from Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust, so they are educated regarding managing MSK issues.
The MSK at Work Network, established in 2019, aims to keep workers healthy via advocacy to:
- Policy makers (e.g. to mandate MSK at work strategies to support employees);
- Employers (e.g. to put in place MSK at work action linked with general work and health activities for employees);
- Health professionals (e.g. to ensure MSK at work is part of practice with patients) and
- Academics (e.g. to communicate MSK at work research and identify gaps).
Members of the Network include representatives from Charities (such as Versus Arthritis and NRAS), professional bodies and networks (such as the Council for Work and Health, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance), organisations such as The Work Foundation, the Institute of Occupational Medicine and ELC Works and Universities (including Manchester and Southampton).
If you would like to attend or join the Network or would like further details, please contact the SOM.
Minutes of 2019 meetings are below.