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THE U WORD DELIVERY WORKPLACE PODCAST – EPISODE 2 – DOING THE JOB PROPERLY

THE U WORD DELIVERY WORKPLACE PODCAST – EPISODE 2 – DOING THE JOB PROPERLY

Dear Colleagues,

Please see below a link to the latest episode of our workplace podcast. This month we have focused on the critical issue of doing the job properly.

Over the coming months we plan to work with the Communications Department and re-launch this campaign in workplaces across the UK. With this in mind could all CWU Representatives share this link with members via social media, email, text and WhatsApp. We would also encourage Reps to bring the podcast to the attention of members during WTLL sessions or indeed any other any similar opportunity.

https://soundcloud.com/user-53225609/the-u-word-workplace-special-episode-2

Any enquires should be directed to the Outdoor Department, reference 535, email address: outdoorsecretary@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mark Baulch

CWU Assistant Secretary

LTB 111.19 – The U Word Delivery Workplace Podcast – Episode 2 – Doing The Job Properly

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Delivery Podcast No2

This month we cover the critical issue of Doing the Job Properly. It is vital we now relaunch the campaign and here Mark Baulch, Outdoor Secretary tells us why.

Please share this as widely as possible

TUC BLACK WORKERS CONFERENCE – 12 – 14APRIL 2019

TUC BLACK WORKERS CONFERENCE – 12TH – 14THAPRIL 2019

The TUC Black Workers Conference 2019 is being held from 12th – 14th April 2019 at the TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS.  The Conference sessions will be as follows:

Friday 12th April                 14.00 – 17.30

Saturday 13th April             09.30 – 17.30

Sunday 14th April                09.15 – 13.00

The CWU are allowed a limited number of visitors to attend the above Conference and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Due to the need for extra security at all TUC Conferences, names and addresses of those wanting visitor tickets must be supplied and tickets are not transferable.

Anyone interested in attending will need to contact their Branch initially for funding, to include a £10 visitor ticket fee. The easiest way to pay the £10 fee will be for us to transfer it directly from your Branch’s account through the rebate system, therefore please contact Angela Niven on conferences@cwu.org with details of which Branch the individual belongs to on application.  Alternatively you can send a cheque (made payable to ‘CWU’) addressed to Angela Niven at CWU HQ with a covering letter.  Please note that places will not be reserved until the £10 fee is received.

Please let me know if you would like to attend the Conference as a visitor by no later than midday on Wednesday 6th March 2019.

Any further enquiries with regards this please contact conferences@cwu.org or Angela Niven on 020 8971 7256.

 

Dave Ward

General Secretary

19LTB110 – TUC Black Workers Conference – 12th-14th April 2019


HSE Publishes Updated First Aid Guidance to Include Mental Health

HSE Publishes Updated First Aid Guidance to Include Mental Health

As part of their commitment to enhancing work-place mental health, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have updated their online first-aid guidance to include a section on managing mental health conditions.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published the updated online guidance to help employers support staff experiencing a mental health issue.

The HSE’s updated first aid guidance states companies should consider appropriate ways to “manage mental ill health in the workplace”.

According to the guidance, this could include providing information or training for managers and employees, employing occupational health professionals, appointing mental health-trained first aiders and implementing employee support programmes.

The updated guidance comes after businesses and trade unions including the CWU wrote letters to the Prime Minister which called for a change in the law to protect mental health in the workplace. The letters were co-ordinated by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England and specifically called on ministers to amend health and safety legislation to put mental and physical first aid on an equal footing.

The new guidance is a result of the government looking to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to progress in the workplace and achieve their potential, including those with mental health conditions, and follows the recommendations from the government commissioned ‘Stevenson-Farmer’ Report.

The HSE guidance suggests that following an employer’s first-aid needs assessment, it may be decided that it would be beneficial to have someone trained to identify and understand symptoms, and be able to support someone who might be experiencing a mental health issue. They advise on methods in which mental health can be managed in the workplace and how the method can vary dependent on the business. These methods can range from:

  • providing information and training;
  • employing an occupational health professional;
  • appointing mental health trained first-aiders; and
  • implementing employee support programmes.

Mental Health First-Aid training courses teach people how to recognise warning signs of mental ill health, and develop skills to approach and support someone, whilst also keeping the first-aider safe. The HSE hopes their guidance will help employers to better understand the need to consider mental health with physical health when undertaking a needs assessment.

The new HSE guidance is an important step towards supporting workers mental health but clearly that equality will only truly be reached when the law demands that every workplace must make provision for mental, as well as physical, first aid.

We look forward to achieving legislative change so that Health and Safety Regulations are designed to protect our whole health, mental and physical.

Mental Health First Aiders are a catalyst for engagement, helping to provide workers with the confidence to come forward and seek support at their time of need.

The HSE’s new guidance is a welcome step forward, but legislative change is needed if we want to see real progress across society. It’s essential that every workplace has access to first aid support for both mental and physical health.

St. John Ambulance has also welcomed the HSE news, releasing a statement which read: “St. John Ambulance firmly believes that taking care of our own and one another’s mental wellbeing, whether it’s managing stress, depression or another condition, is as important as looking after physical illness. As a practical starting point, employers can ensure they have an appropriate number of trained mental health first aiders among their workforces and for the last 18 months, St. John Ambulance has been helping them to do this.”

In a survey by the health-tech firm ‘Mynurva’ it has found that 32% of all UK adults in full-time employment have suffered from mental health problems in the workplace. Of those people who have suffered from mental health in the workplace, over a third (37%) have never sought any professional help for their mental health problems and 44% have never disclosed their issues to a manager at work. Mynurva’s research shines a light on just how many people in full-time work across the UK are suffering in silence with their mental health problems and clearly, workers still live in fear of what will happen to their jobs and colleague relationships if they were to open up about the problems they are facing, and this is a serious concern.

The updated HSE on-line first aid needs assessment guidance is attached along with HSE Guide L74.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB109 HSE Publishes Updated First Aid Guidance to Include Mental Health

First Aid At Work H

SE – First Aid Needs Assessment

Unit Representative Briefings – Signer Assistance

Unit Representative Briefings – Signer Assistance

Further to LTB 046/19 advising of the upcoming Unit Representative Briefings that will be taking place over the next few weeks, it would be greatly appreciated if Branches could advise as soon as possible if they have delegates attending who require assistance with auditory interpretation to contact Chris Webb, Head of Communications, who will make the necessary arrangements for a Signer(s) to attend the event.

For ease of reference, please find below the best contact details.

Chris Webb, Head of Communications, Engagement and Media
Email: cwebb@cwu.org

Any enquiries in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department.

Yours sincerely,

 

Terry Pullinger
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

19LTB108 Unit Representative Briefings – Signer Assistance

Unit Representative Briefings – London Division – Change of Meeting Date

Unit Representative Briefings – London Division – Change of Meeting Date

Further to LTB 046/19, due to unforeseen circumstances the London Divisional Representative Briefing scheduled for Friday 1st March 2019 has been postponed. This meeting has been rescheduled and will now take place on Tuesday 16th April 2019.

The details of the meeting are as previously advised (11am until 3pm) and arrangements for the venue are currently being finalised. Colleagues will be notified of the venue as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to Branches and Representatives.

Any enquiries in relation to the content of this LTB should be addressed to the DGS(P) Department.

Yours sincerely,

 

Terry Pullinger
Deputy General Secretary (Postal)

19LTB107 Unit Representative Briefings – London Division – Change of Meeting Date

Pat O’Hara – Former President, NEC Member and Postal Executive Chair

Pat O’Hara – Former President, NEC Member and Postal Executive Chair

Further to LTB 099/19 please find below details of funeral arrangements for Pat O’Hara.

 

Date:  21st February 2019

Time:   9.30 a.m.
Church:   Christ the King Church, Queens Drive, Liverpool L15 6YQ

Any enquiries on the above LTB should be addressed togsoffice@cwu.org.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Ward

General Secretary

19LTB106- Pat OHara

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TUC Equality Conferences 2019 – Vacancies

  • TUC Equality Conferences 2019 – Vacancies

Further to LTB 036/19 dated 1st February 2019, at the close of nominations on the 15th February 2019  the following have been received

 

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the Senior Deputy General Secretary’s Department on telephone number 020 8971 7237, or email address sdgs@cwu.org.

Yours sincerely,

 

Tony Kearns
Senior Deputy General Secretary

19LTB105

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Launches New Best-Practice Workplace Guidance For Employers on How To Implement MHFA in the Workplace and New Strengthened Guidance on the Role of the Person Trained in Mental Health First Aid Skills

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Launches New Best-Practice Workplace Guidance For Employers on How To Implement MHFA in the Workplace and New Strengthened Guidance on the Role of the Person Trained in Mental Health First Aid Skills

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has this week launched new best-practice guidance for employers on how to implement Mental Health First Aid in the workplace. This follows the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) recent enhancement of its First Aid guidance to clarify the existing need to consider mental health alongside physical health when undertaking a ‘needs assessment’.

To date over 15,000 organisations across the country have already trained staff in MHFA England courses but that figure could rise substantially if the HSE’s updated guidance is adopted by employers. According to the regulator, 15.4 million working days are lost due to mental ill health every year, and with its updated guidance, there’s now a need for employers across all sectors to understand how Mental Health First Aid training should be implemented in the workplace.‎

MHFA England state that their new guidance provides clear information to support employers in implementing Mental Health First Aid training in the workplace – ensuring that their first aid provision can effectively protect both the mental and physical health of their employees.

Mental Health First Aid training should always be one part of a ‘whole organisation’ approach to mental health – helping thousands of employers to implement the core standards for a mentally healthy workplace, as set out in the Government’s ‘Thriving at Work’ review, including improving mental health awareness and encouraging conversation about the support available.

Developed in consultation with leading employers PwC, Royal Mail, Thames Water and Three UK, the new guidance provides information on strategically embedding MHFA England training. It includes advice on how to recruit, promote and support staff trained in Mental Health First Aid as part of a whole organisation approach to workplace mental health.

By offering this guidance, MHFA England is providing a clear set of considerations for employers looking at how to implement Mental Health First Aid training – whilst also respecting that organisations of different shapes and sizes will need to take different approaches.

Alongside this new Employers Guide is a new strengthened guidance for employees on the role of being a Mental Health First Aider and being a person trained in MHFA skills. This second guide has also been published to support the role of the Mental Health First Aider. This covers the boundaries and responsibilities of those qualified at different levels; as Mental Health First Aiders, Mental Health First Aid Champions and Mental Health Aware.

To date over 15,000 employers and organisations across the country have already trained staff in MHFA courses and that figure is expected to rise substantially following the recent publication by the HSE of new mental health guidance for employers. According to the HSE, 15.4 million working days are lost due to mental ill health every year, and with updated HSE guidance, there is now a need for employers across all sectors to understand how Mental Health First Aid training should be implemented in the workplace.

Yours sincerely

 

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

19LTB104 Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Launches New Best-Practice Workplace Guidance For Employers

Being a Mental Health First Aider Guide to the Role

Implementing Mental Health First Aiders-Guide for employers


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