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This report covers the UK occupational health market. Occupational health is defined as healthcare provision provided in the workplace and includes both specific health and safety care and broader issues of health, fitness and preventative health care, often referred to under the heading of wellness. It remains the case, however, that a feature of the sector is a lack of clear definition and understanding of what constitutes occupational health and the boundaries of the sector are far from clear. Effectively occupational health comprises health services to employees that are paid for by the employer.

There remains much debate and confusion over the precise definition of what constitutes occupational healthcare and the boundaries of the sector remain vague. According to the joint International Labour Organisation/World Health Organisation Committee on Occupational Health, occupational healthcare is aimed at the following:

“The promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social wellbeing of workers in all occupations; the prevention amongst workers of departures from health caused by their working conditions; the protection of workers in their employment from risks resulting from factors adverse to health; and the placing and maintenance of the worker in an occupational environment adapted to his/her physiological and psychological capabilities.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggests “The term 'occupational health' conveys different things to different people. For some, it means simply the prevention and treatment of illness that is directly related to work, in which health education has no place. Others will emphasise fitness for work issues separately from health and safety. However the impact of any sickness absence on SMEs and their employees does not brook such fine distinctions. In those terms, it is of little importance whether the sickness is the result of an accident at work, long term exposure to risk or the conflicting demands of home and work. Only a holistic approach can make a difference to health inequalities.”

The HSE therefore reports that occupational health can embrace:

  • the effect of work on health, whether through sudden injury or through long term exposure to agents with latent effects on health, and the prevention of occupational disease through techniques which include health surveillance, ergonomics, and effective human resource management systems
  • the effect of health on work, bearing in mind that good occupational health practice should address the fitness of the task for the worker, not the fitness of the worker for the task alone
  • rehabilitation and recovery programmes
  • helping the disabled to secure and retain work
  • managing work related aspects of illness with potentially multi factorial causes (e.g. musculo-skeletal disorders, coronary heart disease) and helping workers to make informed choices regarding lifestyle issues

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. 1. Executive Summary

    • 2. Introduction

      • 2.1 Definitions
        • 2.2 Methodology
          • 2.3 Abbreviations
            • 2.4 Market Positioning
              • Table 1: Incidence of Sickness Absence Among Employees, 2011
              • Table 2: Government Estimates of Potential Savings from Establishing a Health and Work Assessment and Advisory Service, 2013
            • 2.5 UK Economy
              • 2.6 Market Factors
              • 3. Market Size And Trends

                • 3.1 Chapter Summary
                  • 3.2 Market Size
                    • 3.2.1 Introduction
                      • 3.2.2 The Public Sector
                        • Table 3: Analysis of Employment in the Public Sector, by Size of Company, 2011
                      • 3.2.3 The Private Sector
                        • Table 4: Analysis of Employment in the Private Sector, by Size of Company, 2011
                        • Table 5: Differences in Absence and Workforce Size, 2011 and 2012
                        • Table 6: Differences in Average Proportion of Absence, by Duration of Absence, 2012
                        • Table 7: Proportions of Organisations Monitoring the Cost of Employee Absence, by Type of Organisation and by Size of Company, 2012
                        • Table 8: Average Annual Cost of Absence, per Employee, by Type of Organisation, 2010-2012
                        • Table 9: Analysis of Payment of Occupational Sick Pay, 2011
                        • Table 10: Segmentation of the Cost of Absence to the Economy, 2010
                        • Table 11: Analysis of Cost of Workplace Illness and Injury, by Cost Bearer, 2007-2011
                      • 3.2.4 Industry Analysis
                        • Table 12: Average Sickness Absence by Sector, 2007-2012
                        • Table 13: Proportion of Respondents with Organisational Sickness Reduction Targets, 2006-2008
                        • Table 14: Industries Utilising the OH Advice Line, by Country, 2009-2011
                      • 3.2.5 Reasons for Absence
                        • Table 15: Common Causes of Short Term Absence, 2011 and 2012
                        • Table 16: Common Causes of Long Term Absence, 2011 and 2012
                        • Table 17: Days Off Work Due to Work Related Self-Reported Illness or Accident, 2008-2012
                        • Table 18: Causes of Work Related Stress, by Type of Organisation, 2012
                        • Table 19: Methods Being Used To Identify and Reduce Stress, by Type of Organisation, 2012
                        • Table 20: UK Regional Employment 2012
                        • Table 21: Regional Public Sector Employment in England, 2008-2012
                        • Table 22: Average Sickness Absence by Region, 2006-2011
                      • 3.2.7 Other Market Factors
                          • Table 23: Average Work Days Lost, by Age and Sex, 2008-2012
                        • 3.2.8 Market Development
                          • Table 24: The UK Market for Occupational Health Provision at Salary Costs for Non-Commercial Operators, 2008-2012
                          • Table 25: Segmentation of the UK Market for Occupational Health Provision at Salary Costs for Non-Commercial Operators, by Type of Provider, 2008-2012
                        • 3.3 Market Trends
                          • 3.3.1 Government Policy
                            • 3.3.2 Legislation
                              • 3.3.3 Business Practice
                                • 3.3.4 Health Screening
                                • 4. Industry Structure

                                  • 4.1 Chapter Summary
                                    • 4.2 Industry Development and Structure
                                      • Table 26: Structure of the UK Occupational Health Industry, 2011
                                    • 4.3 Company Profiles
                                      • 4.3.1 Abermed
                                        • Table 27: Financial Analysis of Abermed, 2008-2012
                                      • 4.3.2 Atos Healthcare
                                        • Table 28: Financial Analysis of Atos Healthcare - Occupational Health, 2008-2012
                                      • 4.3.3 AXA Icas Occupational Health Services
                                        • Table 29: Financial Analysis of AXA Icas Occupational Health Services, 2007-2011
                                      • 4.3.4 BUPA Occupational Health
                                        • Table 30: Financial Analysis of BUPA Occupational Health, 2007-2011
                                      • 4.3.5 Capita Health And Wellbeing
                                        • Table 31: Financial Analysis of Capita Health Solutions, 2007-2011
                                      • 4.3.6 Cigna Healthcare
                                        • 4.3.7 Duradiamond Healthcare
                                          • Table 32: Financial Analysis of Duradiamond Healthcare, 2011-2012
                                        • 4.3.8 Health Management
                                          • Table 33: Financial Analysis of Health Management, 2011-2012
                                        • 4.3.9 HCA International
                                          • Table 34: Financial Analysis of HCA International, 2007-2011
                                          • Table 35: Financial Analysis of Roodlane Medical, 2008-2011
                                        • 4.3.10 Medigold
                                          • 4.3.11 Serco
                                            • Table 36: Financial Analysis of Serco, 2006-2010
                                          • 4.3.12 Syngentis
                                          • 5. Forecast

                                            • 5.1 Chapter Summary
                                                • Table 37: Propensity of Occupational Health Advice Line Users to Pay for Services, by Organisation Size, 2010-2011
                                                • Table 38: Propensity of Occupational Health Advice Line Users to Pay for Services, by Country, 2010-2011
                                                • Table 39: Reasons for Not Wanting to Pay for the Occupational Health Advice Line, 2010-2011
                                                • Table 40: Forecast UK Occupational Health Market, 2013-2017
                                                • Table 41: Forecast Segmentation of the UK Occupational Health Market, 2013-2017
                                              • Diagram 1: Development of the UK Occupational Health Market, 2008-2017
                                                • Diagram 1: Development of the UK Occupational Health Market, 2008-2017
                                              • 5.3 Industry
                                              • 6. Further Sources & Contacts

                                                • 6.1 Trade Associations, Regulatory Authorities and Independent Professional Bodies
                                                  • 6.2 Trade Magazines

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