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"Work can be good for your health"

  • This is a statement made by Dame Carol Black in her report on the health of the working age population.


  • This is radically opposite to what has previously been the approach to the management of sickness which assumes that illness is incompatible with being in work.

Research from The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy shows that:

  • Anglian Water reduced direct absence costs by £289,000 a year with a return on investment of £3.00 for every £1.00 spent. Claims for back pain reduced by 50% and ill health retirements by 90%.


  • The Royal Mail achieved a net average saving of £1.1million a year in direct absence costs with a return on investment of 300%.


  • Yorkshire Water achieved a return on investment of 170% by providing a physiotherapy service.

Employee absence... The true cost

  • Sickness absence costs the UK economy £100m per year with 175m working days lost per year.


  • Companies with approximately 400 employees lose on average £54,000 per annum


  • Highly trained staff are lost


  • Leading to retraining on costs affecting continuity in the workplace

Overview of sickness absence nationwide

  • Musculoskeletal conditions have an average absence of 10 weeks


  • Mental health problems account for 40% + of total sick notes issued


  • Mental health conditions have an average absence of 15 weeks – twice as long as other conditions


  • Average absence of all conditions is 8 weeks

Contact us

For all enquires please telephone: 01254 831804


Total Physio

207 Blackburn Road




PR6 8EP  


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