SimplyhealthnewsSpring issue 2013      The newsletter for Simplyhealth’s business clientsCIPD delighted                   ...
Hello and welcome                                       I would like to start by wishing you all a warm welcome to the    ...
Our new Simply Cash PlanWe have listened to the needs of our market                          a GP helpline, help with pres...
We’re bothered about our communitiesWe’ve always followed mutual values, so supporting our communities is at the heart of ...
Online news Fancy starring            on our site?We asked our clients for feedback onour website and were told that while...
Healthy Workplace Awards                                                                            Our Healthy Workplace ...
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The Spring newsletter for Simplyhealth’s business clients.

Each quarter we publish a newsletter for our business clients which is packed full of information on key issues that will be of interest to anyone responsible for managing healthcare benefits.

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  1. 1. SimplyhealthnewsSpring issue 2013 The newsletter for Simplyhealth’s business clientsCIPD delighted Good health is good business. We team up with the Charteredwith Government’s Management Institute to produce the latest white papercommitment to reduce Celebrating our communitities.long term sickness An insight into Simplyhealth’s Community Fundsabsence We’re launching new products for the corporate market WIN an Xbox 360 with Kinect, plus Just Dance 4
  2. 2. Hello and welcome I would like to start by wishing you all a warm welcome to the first Simplyhealth News of the year. 2012 was a good year for Simplyhealth, which has enabled us to start 2013 in the best possible position. We’ll be launching new products this year and improving the business section of our website. We’re also expanding our relationships with healthcare providers such as BMI, which will all help to improve the way we can help you and your employees. We’re also excited to be working with Robertson Cooper to release our latest campaign, ‘Resilience in the Workplace’. We know that workplaces are under pressure, andHoward Hughes employees are feeling the strain. That’s why we’re developing a pack for you to help yourHead of Employer Marketing employees cope with what their roles throw at them. You can find details of how to pre order your pack in this edition. Of course pressure in the workplace can lead to long term absence. That’s why it’s great to see the Government’s commitment to reduce long term sickness absence, which is supported by the CIPD. As a company that follows mutual values, we’ll be continuing to support our communities in 2013. You can find out more about how we do that in this edition. Finally, don’t forget to enter the competition for you and your employees. We have a fun prize up for grabs. Happy reading!Government commits to reducing longterm sickness absenceThe Government has announced plans to provide state funded Simplyhealth’s viewoccupational health advice to employers. This is a positive move, as keeping people in work is good for them,A health and work assessment and advisory service will provide advice to employers and the country asemployees, employers and GPs to help people back to work after a whole. Employee Assistancea period of sickness absence and prevent them falling out of Programmes are one way thatemployment. employees can get the support theyThe Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) need, while managing a return tohas welcomed the proposal. Ben Willmott, Head of Public work. The fact that the GovernmentPolicy comments: “Research shows that the longer people is to retain tax relief on theseare off sick, the less likely they are to make a successful programmes shows it realises thereturn to work; after six months’ absence from work, positive impact they can have.there is only a 50% chance of someone making a Don’t forget we also have asuccessful return. Evidence also suggests that managing absence module that youoccupational health services are the most effective can add on to your Simply Cashmeans of helping people with health problems back Plan. This gives you access to ato work, yet only a minority of small firms provide team of professionals who are thereaccess to these. The new service will therefore fill a to help get your employees backgap in the market by providing free, independent, to work. Speak to your Accountobjective assessment and advice to help people Manager to find out more.make quicker and lasting returns to work.”
  3. 3. Our new Simply Cash PlanWe have listened to the needs of our market a GP helpline, help with prescription charges, GP fees and vaccinations, which all form part of our new primary careand launched a new cash plan that will enable module.”businesses throughout the UK to offer their If you’re coming up for renewal, speak to your Accountemployees additional healthcare benefits. Manager to find out more. 1 up to four children under the age of 18, living at the same address as theOur revised Simply Cash Plan includes a new primary care policyholdermodule, free child cover1, discounted gym membership atmajor brands, online health risks assessments and a dentalaccident benefit. We’ll also be launching a new best of breedHoward Hughes, Head of Employer Marketing comments; private medical insurance offering for SMEs“Over the past few years the corporate paid health cash plan called Simply Employee Healthmarket has seen considerable year on year growth. In times of on 1 July 2013. Watch this SURANCEeconomic difficultly, organisations are choosing to invest further space to find out more! HEA LTH INin the health of their employees over traditional remunerationbenefits such as pay rises and bonuses.We have listened to the needs of our market and thelifestyle benefits we will be introducing in 2013 will includeGood health is good businessWe are working with the Chartered health and wellbeing need not be seen as a cost. Rather, they can be an investment in the organisation’s people: an investmentManagement Institute (CMI) to produce the with the potential to generate substantial returns. Recognisinglatest release in our white paper catalogue: the importance of employee health is not a luxury for the goodGood health is good business. times, to be jettisoned when the going gets tough - it can come into its own in tough times, helping employees when they need itHere is an exclusive extract from the paper: most and supporting higher performance levels.With organisational performance and individual wellbeing both You can get your own copy of this paperunder strain, it is high time that managers and employers take by going to our white paper libraryseriously the idea that good health is good business. which can be accessed through ourOf course, managers will be concerned at taking up an agenda website, under the free resourceswhich seems only to offer increased costs at a time when cost- section of the businesses page.cutting is the order of the day. But initiatives to promote betterOur partnership BMI Healthcare has a national network of hospitals which means that over 90% of adults with private medical insurance live within a 60 minute drive of a BMI hospital2.with BMI Healthcare It has 69 hospitals and healthcare facilities around the UK (including more than any other group in the London area) and employs over 6,000 consultants.We build strong partnerships with the major These facilities, together with its reputation for patient centredhospital groups in the UK to ensure our excellence, result in trust, confidence and reassurance for patients.customers get the most choice and bestpossible care. Here’s a quick overview of one BMI Healthcare tailors its health solutions to suit the needs of our customers. Its focus is very much on ‘keeping ourof our partners, BMI Healthcare. customers well’.As the UK’s largest1 independent hospital group, BMI Healthcare For any enquiries please call BMI Healthcare on 0808 101 0366has a track record of achievement and success. It’s committed or visit their website offering tailored products and services, easy patient access for further information.and management, and the highest quality of care. 1 - Laing’s Healthcare Market Review 2011-2012 2 - Data modelled using TGI data 2008-2011 and BMI Research Data Target Group Index © Kantar Media UK 2012
  4. 4. We’re bothered about our communitiesWe’ve always followed mutual values, so supporting our communities is at the heart of what wedo. With no shareholders, our profits are either reinvested into the business or given away to localand national charities. To us it’s simply about showing that we can be bothered.Each year we donate at least £1 million to UK charities and We also have Community Funds based at each of our officecommunity projects. Our Charitable Committee is responsible locations, in Andover, Bristol, Leeds, Letchworth, Manchesterfor deciding where to donate the money, from the many and Winchester. Our employees make up these dedicatedapplications we get every year. Their job is to ensure the money Community Funds and are given a sum of money from thegoes where it will make the most impact. Charitable Committee to donate to charities and good causes that will make a difference to people’s lives in their local area.Take a look at some of the charities and projects our Community Funds have supported already: We are always looking for new charities and projects to support nationwide. If you have any charities or community projects that mean a great deal to you, send as much detail as you can Manchester’s Community Fund donated £10,000 through to and to BASIC, a charity dedicated to helping brain injury we will pass them on to our Charity Committee survivors. The donation will help them fund a virtual to review. reality unit, which will be the first of its kind in the UK. Andover’s Community Fund The Bristol Community Fund donated £3,000 The Leeds Community Fund donated £15,500 to the Lions to Envision’s Pitch 4 Change project. They donated £4,210 to fund an in the Community to enable spent time mentoring a group of students awareness day for children who them to continue their excellent from Bristol Metropolitan Academy to have been diagnosed with diabetes work providing sporting events prepare them for a pitch to receive £500 to and to help with care management. for children. make a difference to their environment.Read our article below to see how our national donations make a difference.Fundraising to Feel Good Simplyhealth’s view With economic recoveryOn Friday 1 February 2013, we sponsored maintain high standards of performance, looking slow, and the demandsSamaritans’ fundraising day, Feel Good businesses are under increasing pressure and pressures of workingFriday, for the second consecutive year. to make difficult decisions… In this time, life increasing, stress in theThe aim of the day was to encourage we have seen a shift in the type of calls workplace cannot be ignored.employees up and down the country to we get, in the last three years calls about Feel Good Friday was a greattake part in ‘feel good’ themed activities, financial problems have doubled from one excuse to have some fun at work, and raise money for ain return for a donation to Samaritans, the in ten, to one in five calls to the service.” worthy cause at the same time.helpline for people struggling to cope. At Simplyhealth, we had a great day taking Our Simply Cash Plan is thereRachel Kirby-Rider, Samaritans’ part in a variety of activities across all our to support your employeesExecutive Director of Fundraising and offices, raising £2122.50 for this fantastic by providing counselling andCommunications said, “In the workplace, cause. health and wellbeing advice viathere is more demand on people to a freephone helpline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  5. 5. Online news Fancy starring on our site?We asked our clients for feedback onour website and were told that whilethe feel of the site is modern, brightand friendly, there is often too much We are delighted to offer you the opportunityinformation on the pages. So, we to star in a video testimonial to be publishedlistened and have launched a new, on our website. Raise your company profile asimproved, succinct business section a forward thinking organisation that takes theof our site – check it out at wellbeing of your employees seriously. Just us at and we will start the film rolling! Check out our blog According to Professor Sir John Beddington, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, it’s the first time there are more people actively participating on social networks than those who are not. We are embracing the online world and have launched a brand new blog aimed at our corporate audience to share our specialist knowledge on healthcare and offer our views on the latest industry developments and workplace matters. You can find it under the businesses section at a Good Day Award winningat Work We were delighted that the end of 2012 saw two prestigious awards heading our way. We were namedWe are sponsoring Robertson Cooper’s Good Day at Work Best Cash Plan Provider at the COVERAnnual Report 2013, which includes articles from leading Excellence Awards 2012 and Bestindustry experts on wellbeing, engagement and resilience. Health Care Insurance Provider at the 2012/13 Personal Finance Awards forYou can get a copy of the report for only £15, instead of £35, the third year going to We’re hopeful the winning streak willand entering continue this year, as we are in thediscount code running to win two awards in the Institute‘Simplyhealth15’ of Customer Service (ICS) UK Customerat the checkout. Satisfaction Awards at the end of February. Welcome new clients Resilience in We’re proud to welcome all of our new clients including: the Workplace Vodafone Stress is one of the most common causes of absence Llangollen Railway in the workplace (CIPD Absence Management Survey 2012, in partnership with Simplyhealth), so we Stones Solicitors LLP have teamed up with Robertson Cooper to develop information packs to help you address this issue. To The Challenge Network request your ‘Resilience in the Workplace’ pack in advance, please email
  6. 6. Healthy Workplace Awards Our Healthy Workplace Awards continue to recognise UK organisations, in both the private and public sector, that show they care about the health and wellbeing of their employees. Recent winners include: GISDA GreaterSport NG Homes GreaterSport NG Homes GISDA If you would like to enter, or to find out more, please visit: Competition The closing date is 28 March 2013. Entries received after this time will not be considered. The prize draw will be independently supervised, the winners will be chosen at random and will be notified by telephone by 5 April 2013. Oliver Lord, Only existing corporate clients can apply and only one In the spirit of feeling good in the workplace, Practice Manager at entry per company. having a giggle and getting active at the same Cleveland Surgery, was The prize consists of one Xbox 360 with Kinect, plus Just the lucky winner of the Dance 4 game for one winner, which will be delivered time, we have an amazing prize that will bring to the office of the winning workplace. Simplyhealth’s your whole office together. You could get your last competition and is decision is final and no correspondence will be entered hands on an Xbox 360 with Kinect, plus Just now the proud owner into. We reserve the right to replace the prize with an of an iPad. alternative prize of equal or higher value. This promotion Dance 4, for you and your employees to have a is only open to UK residents aged 18 or over and only blast during break times! open to mainland UK addresses. The prize is non- transferable and no cash alternatives are available. No purchase is necessary. Should you win, you are agreeing Using your body as the controller, your office to us promoting your name and company name via all can bop away to their heart’s content, and it doesn’t stop there, when everyone Simplyhealth communications channels. has danced their socks off, they can watch TV, movies and sport or listen to music The Promoter is Simplyhealth, Simplyhealth House, Derwent Avenue, Manchester M21 7QP. People – all selected with the sound of their voice! connected with Simplyhealth, their families or anyone else involved in the administration of this offer are not eligible to All you have to do to win this groovy prize is answer the following question: enter. For details of the winner, please write to Employer Marketing, Simplyhealth, Simplyhealth House, Derwent Avenue, Manchester M21 7QP. What award did we win at the 2012/13 Personal Finance Awards? Simply email your answer, along with your contact details to Good luck! Simplyhealth is a trading name of Simplyhealth Access, registered and incorporated in England and Wales, No.183035. Registered office: Hambleden House, Waterloo Court, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1LQ. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Your calls may be recorded and monitored for training and quality assurance purposes.