Firm wins contract to ensure council's workforce stays healthy

A private sector company has won a Wirral Council contract to provide counselling and health advice to town hall staff.

The move is revealed in a report that shows the local authority expects to spend around £300,000 on occupational therapy this year.

This is more than last year's £291,000 - but considerably less than the 2010 figure of £420,700.

People Asset Management Ltd - based in Warrington but with a practice at St Catherine's Hospital in Birkenhead - successfully tendered for the work.

The cash is considered money well spent as failure to have effective occupational health provision would leave the council at risk from litigation.

It would also mean Wirral could not meet its own policy requirements to support staff’s well-being.

The council's health, safety and resilience manager Mark Camborne says in a report that the auithority is about to undergo a significant period of change.

Several hundred staff will be made redundant next month and those who remain can expect major changes to their terms and conditions of employment.

Mr Camborne's report states: "In previous years the council had contracted various external occupational health providers including the NHS, Norwich Union/Aviva and more latterly Capita Health & Wellbeing, who provided services based on a price per unit/appointment basis.

"This has proved not only less effective in terms of proactive occupational health provision, but more importantly, has seen unit costs increase considerably over the previous 12-24 months."

A range of options were considered, including sharing other public sector bodies' occupational health resources.

But the report claims: "While there was potential for savings, these arrangements would take some time to put in place and for savings to be realised."

The contract will be discussed at tomorrow night's employment and appointments committee.

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12:18pm Wed 13 Feb 13

PaulCa says...

Presumably everyone involved, including the "health, safety and resilience manager" will have been booked in for their irony by-pass.

This private company may have a professional outlook, based on honesty, dignity, the Hippocratic Oath and the correct evaluation of staff's health issues. The problem is they're dealing with a broken council that is yet to usher in accountablity for its past failures.

For this process to protect staff it would be informed not just by getting "unit costs" down, but by past failures: the council's woeful history of proven bullying, failure, power abuse and systemic top-down crookedness.

Presumably, not having had any measure of accountability, we have the same failed people in situ. These managers are renowned for a long litany of internal bullying and harassment.

If they're still focussing on costs, then regardless of the private company doing the assessments, these will be "interpreted" to suit the twisted requirements of the bullies, and staff can expect to carry on being blamed and vilified for falling ill.
Presumably everyone involved, including the "health, safety and resilience manager" will have been booked in for their irony by-pass. This private company may have a professional outlook, based on honesty, dignity, the Hippocratic Oath and the correct evaluation of staff's health issues. The problem is they're dealing with a broken council that is yet to usher in accountablity for its past failures. For this process to protect staff it would be informed not just by getting "unit costs" down, but by past failures: the council's woeful history of proven bullying, failure, power abuse and systemic top-down crookedness. Presumably, not having had any measure of accountability, we have the same failed people in situ. These managers are renowned for a long litany of internal bullying and harassment. If they're still focussing on costs, then regardless of the private company doing the assessments, these will be "interpreted" to suit the twisted requirements of the bullies, and staff can expect to carry on being blamed and vilified for falling ill. PaulCa

12:34pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

Yet another load of garbage,who thinks of it?
Yet another load of garbage,who thinks of it? Positive thinker

12:43pm Wed 13 Feb 13

ginger26 says...

Get people in to look after the bullied rather than get rid of the bullys.....classic
Get people in to look after the bullied rather than get rid of the bullys.....classic ginger26

1:22pm Wed 13 Feb 13

WirralAl says...

If they are going to reduce the amount of staff surely the costs should be reduced.

Big question? How many sick days is the average per person at this council.

When they are talking about saving money at the council is this the top priority?
If they are going to reduce the amount of staff surely the costs should be reduced. Big question? How many sick days is the average per person at this council. When they are talking about saving money at the council is this the top priority? WirralAl

1:39pm Wed 13 Feb 13

smabo says...

Of course it's not the top priority, but it is an important thing for any responsible and decent employer to provide. And virtually every large employer, public or private sector, provides occupational health, this is hardly 'loony' policy making.

What an absolutely non-story, cynically plucked from the depths of a committee agenda purely for use as a stick to prod you reactionary sociopaths into snarling back again.
Of course it's not the top priority, but it is an important thing for any responsible and decent employer to provide. And virtually every large employer, public or private sector, provides occupational health, this is hardly 'loony' policy making. What an absolutely non-story, cynically plucked from the depths of a committee agenda purely for use as a stick to prod you reactionary sociopaths into snarling back again. smabo

3:20pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

You couldn't make it up,it's a wonder
Paulca isn't in a mental hospital for the abuse suffered
You couldn't make it up,it's a wonder Paulca isn't in a mental hospital for the abuse suffered Positive thinker

3:21pm Wed 13 Feb 13

bigfoot says...

PaulCa wrote:
My health took a real turn for the better when Dave Green's trumped up bullying charges fell apart and I took great pleasure in resigning from Wirral Council.

Some staff may find being removed from a serial abuser's control and never again having to bend to their will is the best thing that's ever happened to them.
Its even better when one goes before you and the others drop off the branch when you've gone and you can gloat from the sidelines-I did.
[quote][p][bold]PaulCa[/bold] wrote: My health took a real turn for the better when Dave Green's trumped up bullying charges fell apart and I took great pleasure in resigning from Wirral Council. Some staff may find being removed from a serial abuser's control and never again having to bend to their will is the best thing that's ever happened to them.[/p][/quote]Its even better when one goes before you and the others drop off the branch when you've gone and you can gloat from the sidelines-I did. bigfoot

6:10pm Wed 13 Feb 13

PaulCa says...

Positive thinker wrote:
You couldn't make it up,it's a wonder
Paulca isn't in a mental hospital for the abuse suffered
That's probably the most insightful comment you've ever accidentally made to these pages PT.

But true to form, you're wrong - again.
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: You couldn't make it up,it's a wonder Paulca isn't in a mental hospital for the abuse suffered[/p][/quote]That's probably the most insightful comment you've ever accidentally made to these pages PT. But true to form, you're wrong - again. PaulCa

9:59am Fri 15 Feb 13

Hugo1008 says...

Of course it is important to look after the wellbeing of the staff, and lord knows it is needed following the past ten years of abuse, lies, deceit, and bullying from the top down.

Not only must the staff feel valued for the work they do, it is most important that they are also assisted in areas of complete Honesty, Integrity, Clean Open Transactions, and upmost fair play to those who foot the bill for their wages, etc.

So it is abundantly obvious that this valuable work starts from the very top downwards at the same time of starting from the bottom upwards, with no exceptions.

Take Note Graham Burgess, you must show by example and make it very clear to your management that this is for real.
Of course it is important to look after the wellbeing of the staff, and lord knows it is needed following the past ten years of abuse, lies, deceit, and bullying from the top down. Not only must the staff feel valued for the work they do, it is most important that they are also assisted in areas of complete Honesty, Integrity, Clean Open Transactions, and upmost fair play to those who foot the bill for their wages, etc. So it is abundantly obvious that this valuable work starts from the very top downwards at the same time of starting from the bottom upwards, with no exceptions. Take Note Graham Burgess, you must show by example and make it very clear to your management that this is for real. Hugo1008

7:51pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

I don't know council cuts,and there wasting the best part of £500 K on a shower life coaches
I don't know council cuts,and there wasting the best part of £500 K on a shower life coaches Positive thinker

7:51pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Positive thinker says...

I don't know council cuts,and there wasting the best part of £500 K on a shower life coaches
I don't know council cuts,and there wasting the best part of £500 K on a shower life coaches Positive thinker

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