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UK Healthcare donation boosts the Bolton Society for Blind People

2014 was a record breaking year of charitable donations here at UK Healthcare, as we were able to donate a total of £139,000 to a variety of healthcare related charities, including the Bolton Society for Blind People (BSBP).

Previously known as the Bolton Social Centre for the Blind, the BSBP has been around since the late 1940s; providing advice and support services to blind or partially sighted adults in the Bolton area. They aren’t alone: BSBP is assisted by more than 80 hard working volunteers.

BSBP activities include social group meets, advice and guidance, IT courses, a befriending service, and various activities throughout the year.  . All services are provided to blind or partially sighted people for free; which means that the society relies on the kindness of local patrons and UK businesses to keep them going.

UK Healthcare donated £5,000 to BSBP in late 2014; and that donation is being used to boost the organisation’s Befriending Service; which sends a volunteer to visit a blind or partially sighted person who is isolated and in need of support. It could be a social visit, or a situation in which the person needs help; it could even be to support them getting out and about.

Glen Sheader, Project Development Worker for the Bolton Society for Blind People, was in no doubt that the donation would help even more people in the area than before.

He said: “The kind donation from UK Health Care will have a huge impact on our members.  More specifically, the Befriending Service.  This will allow BSBP to train and support many more volunteers and match them with members who are in need.

“Thank you from all at BSBP for thinking of our cause”.

If you know of someone who is visually impaired and who may need support from BSBP, or if you know somebody who would like to volunteer, contact the charity today.

To find out more, visit www.bsbp.org.uk.

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Find Out How UK Healthcare is Helping Kids at the Bolton Lads & Girls Club

If you’re a regular reader of the UK Healthcare blog you might know that we like to do our bit for charity, so when the opportunity arose to help the guys at Bolton Lads & Girls Club, we were more than happy to get involved.

We have donated £10,000 to the youth centre’s brilliant Inclusion Scheme, which ensures that young people living with disabilities and complex requirements enjoy the same opportunities as those who are able bodied.

Every single week, the BLGC provides almost 3,000 young people with recreational opportunities, performing arts programmes and a variety of sporting activities. This includes delivering intensive support, guidance and training to Bolton’s at-risk youths through one to one mentoring and group sessions.

Above all else the club is dedicated to including as many people as possible in their programs, respecting all cultural differences and catering to young people of all abilities. Our donation will help the club to make this happen.

Did you know that the BLGC has been providing the area’s young people with a safe haven in which to spend their free time for more than 120 years? The club is the biggest of its kind in the UK. Young people aged 8 to 21 years old are welcome to go along and get involved. Meanwhile, youngsters living with disabilities are invited along until the age of 25.

Why not pay a visit to the BLGC yourself and discover all of the great work the team are doing to entertain and educate the kids of Bolton and beyond?

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Treat Your Loved Ones to a Health Cash Plan this Christmas

If you’ve already bought your family all the knitted jumpers and socks they’ll ever need (and you probably have) why not opt for something more thoughtful this Christmas? Why not treat them to the gift of better health and wellbeing?

For less than £2 per week, you can purchase an individual or senior health cash plan, which can be used to claim back the cost of a wide variety of medical expenses, like dental and optical checkups, health screenings, hospital stays, prescriptions and much more; up to generous policy limits.

Paying for all of these treatments, along with a wide variety of wellbeing therapies and consultations would cost a small fortune. That’s why more people than ever are using health cash plans to manage their healthcare costs. They can also access confidential telephone counselling, if times are tough, or get money off a gym membership just in time for their New Year’s Resolutions.

In the run up to Christmas, you could spend hours trawling department stores for their next knitted bits and bobs. But it only takes a few minutes to apply for a health cash plan which can used to cover you, your partner and up to four children. If you’re from a bumper family, further children can be added at a manageable extra cost.

Nobody really knows what 2015 will hold, but a health cash plan will give you and your family the peace of mind that unexpected medical bills won’t cause unnecessary difficulties.

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28 Days Later - Stoptober Asks Smokers “Where Will You Be?”

 

According to the official Stoptober website, you are 5 times more likely to quit smoking for good, if you can hold out for 28 days. That’s why the national campaign challenges smokers to stub it out for 28 days throughout October, in a bid to help them make a lifelong change.

Stoptober is by far the biggest mass participation quit smoking challenge the UK has ever seen and this year almost 200,000 people will take part including celebrity smokers like Paddy McGuinness and Al Murray.

Smoking charity ‘Action on Smoking and Health’, or ASH, says that two thirds of British smokers would like to quit. When you pledge to take part in Stoptober 2014, you will receive a support pack, access to a mobile app and a series of motivating text messages throughout the period. If you’d always thought about quitting but hadn’t made a proper fist of it, now might be the very best time to try.

ASH also explains that around half UK smokers will ultimately be killed by their addiction and every year around 100,000 smokers are. Smoking accounts for more than a third of respiratory deaths, over a quarter of cancer deaths and almost a seventh of heart related deaths.

Unfortunately, 60% of smokers say that they would find it hard to last for one whole day without smoking. For the remaining 40%, 28 days is all it could take to make one giant leap toward a smoke free life.

In addition to stubbing out, Stoptober encourages quitters to raise money while taking the challenge. It’s a wonderful cause with more than one benefit to UK smokers, their family and peers.

It’s ok to be a quitter this October. Just ask yourself where you could be in 28 days and by the time it comes around, you could be well on your way to a healthier, happier life.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Get to Know the Facts and the Warning Signs

Wednesday marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout October various organisations and individuals will be planning activities and events; not to mention wearing a lot of pink.

But don’t let the pretty packaging of this particular awareness drive fool you. This is a serious issue and a number of dedicated breast cancer charities are working hard to ensure that the UK public knows the facts about the disease; and also understand the warning signs.

One of the biggest challenges that Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Campaign and other bodies face is the amount of false information about breast cancer that is available online. These myths about the causes of the illness, and the telltale signs, prevent women and their loved ones from accessing the facts.

That’s why it’s so important to get the message out and, in turn, save lives.

According to Cancer Research UK, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. In 2011, 49,936 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, according to Cancer Research UK; and several hundred men were diagnosed too. With so many people affected, directly or otherwise, it is important to understand the truth about safeguarding yourself from the illness and addressing the early warning signs to improve your chances of survival.

Breast cancer is a complex disease which isn’t caused by a single stimulus. It is, in fact, the result of connections between our environment, lifestyle and genetic makeup.

In an article published on the Huffington Post website, Dr Lisa Wilde, Director of research at Breast Cancer Campaign told Huffpost UK that instead of focussing on the innumerable rumours shared online about the causes of breast cancer, it’s more constructive to be mindful of the signs.

The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed the better chances of survival. With that in mind, here are some of the potential warning signs you might encounter, as outlined by Dr Wilde. Note that there far more tell-tale signs than just lumps.

    • Lumps

 

    • Persistent pain

 

    • Changes in size

 

    • Swelling

 

    • Redness

 

    • Rashes

 

    • Changes to the nipple

 

    • Discharge

 

    • Inverted nipples



Not all lumps are immediately malign but the best way to ensure that this is not the case is to consult your doctor at the earliest possible time. To make things even more complex, redness and rashes might not be restricted to the breast area. If you see similar symptoms around the armpit area this could be another sign.

As we head into October, here’s hoping Breast Cancer Awareness Month encourages you to be mindful of this potentially devastating illness. Will you be donating or raising money for a worthwhile cause? Perhaps even more importantly, will you encourage the people around you to look out for the signs?

 

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Find out how a charitable donation from UK Healthcare will help Fortunatus

You might know by now that here at UK Healthcare, we pride ourselves on giving whatever we can to great causes from all over the country; causes like Fortunatus Housing Solutions.

Fortunatus provide housing solutions to vulnerable adults with learning difficulties and/or mental health issues. With their help, these adults can live successfully as a part of the wider community.

But in order to do their job most effectively, the Fortunatus team must maintain a huge network of contacts and communications; with care workers, partner organisations like social services and, of course, the vulnerable adults they look after.

That’s why UK Healthcare has provided Fortunatus with a cash donation which will fund the production of bespoke management software designed to make life easier for everybody.

Engage by process management specialists Capita, will allow Fortunatus to communicate directly with service users and supporters. The former will be able to access a Benefit Entitlement Calculator, while supporters will be able to donate to Fortunatus online thanks to the system.

According to Sara Pimblett, Event Manager at Fortunatus, the software will revolutionise the way the charity communicates with associates, supporters and vulnerable people.

She said: “We are thrilled at the prospect of introducing the Engage system to anybody who is associated with Fortunatus. It will allow everybody at the organisation to stay closer than ever to all of our service users and it couldn’t be simpler for patrons to offer their support.

“This project would not have been possible without the generosity of UK Healthcare and our other supporters throughout the country. They will make a difference to so many people’s lives.”

In addition to providing housing to vulnerable adults and ensuring that facilities are maintained, secure and safe, Fortunatus aim to provide mobile advice days across all local area authorities. But again, they rely upon the generosity of the general public and businesses like UK Healthcare.

Find out more about Fortunatus with a visit to http://www.fortunatushousing.co.uk, and stay tuned to the UK Healthcare blog for more information about our work in the community.

 

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UK Healthcare Donation Helps Brainwave to Support Two Local Youngsters

Children’s charity Brainwave will help two more youngsters with a disability or additional needs to unlock their potential, thanks to a cash donation by UK Healthcare.

The children, both from the Bolton area, will benefit directly for 12 months, through the charity’s Guardianship Scheme.

Brainwave provides a bespoke service which aims to improve children’s mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a wide range of physical and educational therapies. The organisation takes a holistic approach to helping each and every child; first assessing them for two days to define their needs and design an individual home based therapy

From proceeds raised through our annual charity football tournament, UK Healthcare Risk Director Trevor Nicholls presented Carole Headley of Brainwave with a cheque for £7,000. This donation will ensure that two Lancashire children will receive all of the help and treatment they require for the next year.

Carole Headley, Development Manager of Brainwave, was in no doubt that the children would benefit from the help they received.

She said: “Brainwave are delighted to receive this donation from everybody at UK Healthcare. It will help two local children on our programme. Our aim is to help children living with various disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence.

“We are constantly discovering new ways to accomplish this, but we rely upon the generosity of patrons and businesses like UK Healthcare.

“Understandably we are extremely grateful for the funding we have received from UK Healthcare. It has been fantastic getting to know Trevor and the rest of the team and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Find out more about Brainwave with a visit to http://www.brainwave.org.uk.

At UK Healthcare, we don’t just provide personal and corporate health cash plans to the British public. We also work hard to provide much needed funding to a wide variety of healthcare related charities every year. Last year, we raised more than £100,000 for a range of organisations. We hope to beat that this year. Stay tuned to the UK Healthcare blog to find out more about the people we help.

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How a UK Healthcare Donation Could Help Tommy’s to Predict and Prevent Stillbirth

It’s heartbreaking to think that one in four families in the UK will suffer the loss of a baby. Thankfully, Tommy’s the stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage charity is working hard to improve these numbers.

UK Healthcare donates thousands of pounds to health related charities every year, as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting great causes. When the opportunity arose to lend a helping hand to the Tommy’s charity we were more than happy to do so. Since then, we’ve helped them out even more. Last year, we provided Tommy’s with a third donation of £5,000, safe in the knowledge that they would put it to amazing use.

Their work is truly pioneering and we are now delighted to announce that the team at Tommy’s have given us an update on their good work.

The funds that Tommy’s raised from UK Healthcare and other generous patrons funded the set up costs of a new clinical trial run out of the group’s research centres in Manchester and Edinburgh. This innovative study monitors baby movements in order to observe patterns and predict stillbirth.

If successful, the study could reduce stillbirth cases in the UK by 25-30%. That would be enough to save the lives of 1,000 babies every year.

So, how does it work?

When a pregnant woman notices that her baby is not moving as much as it used to, this could be a sign that the baby is experiencing difficulty. For this reason, reduced movement could be seen a warning sign for stillbirth.  But even with the ability to predict infant mortality, it is necessary to respond quickly.

Most women don’t appreciate the potential significance of the signs and according to Tommy’s just 5% of clinicians would refer women for tests on the basis of a reduction in baby movement.

The Tommy’s Trial aims to reduce stillbirth by educating women on their baby’s movements and introducing official protocols which maternity teams will follow in the event that a pregnant woman reports reduced movement.

As Dr Alex Heazell, Clinical Director at Tommy’s research centre in Manchester, explains there is a precedent for the study and reasons to believe that it will be as success.

He said: “When a trial like ours was run in Norway, stillbirth rates in the area fell by 30% but a clinical trial is needed to test the efficacy of the intervention and implications for service delivery.

“By the end of our three year project, 150,000 pregnant women will have access to our unique care package from 37 maternity units all over the UK. But we rely on the generosity of people and businesses like UK Healthcare to make this a reality.

“That’s why we’re so grateful for their ongoing support.”

If you would like to find out more about Tommy’s and their invaluable work, head over to http://tommys.org.

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Employee Health and Wellbeing Climbs the Senior Management Agenda - Poll

Senior managers are more likely to recognise the business benefits of employee healthcare and wellbeing than they were five years ago. That is the verdict of a poll carried out by Employee Benefits.

Last month, delegates at the Employee Benefits Summit, in Alicante, Spain, were surveyed on changing attitudes to employee wellbeing, with more than a quarter noting a marked difference in the attention paid by senior managers to the physical and mental health of their workforce. A further 57% admitted to noticing a change, but qualified the change as being slight.

Few could deny the direct business benefit of a healthy and happy workforce. In fact, last year the CIPD Absence Management Report 2013 explained that absenteeism could be costing businesses on average £595 per employee per year.
More UK employers than ever before are recognising the need for employee benefits and wellbeing initiatives.

They acknowledge that health and wellbeing initiatives are more than simply cherries on the icing on the cake; they’re crucial to optimum staff performance and productivity.

Some UK businesses are launching walking challenges or weight loss programmes. Others are introducing healthy food options, gym memberships and state of the art wellbeing facilities.

Whatever you choose to do, the health and wellbeing of staff should always be on the agenda.

The message from the latest Confederation of British Industry report is that businesses which promote a healthy happy lifestyle in their employees benefit from lower absences rates, higher productivity and better employee engagement.
The question for senior managers and HR managers is: is looking after the workforce on your agenda?

A health cash plan from UK Healthcare could be the right option for you and your business. For a no obligation discussion please contact us by completing the form below or ringing 0845 208 8631 to speak with an Account Executive.

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Switching to Corporate Health Cash Plan from UK Healthcare is Easy as 1, 2, 3

 Did you know that it costs just £1 per employee per week to provide your workforce with a UK Healthcare health cash plan? The problem for most HR managers or small business owners is that you can’t put a price on a whole lot of hassle. That’s why some choose not to sign up or switch providers; but signing up to one of our plans couldn’t be simpler.
In fact, signing up for a corporate health cash plan by UK Healthcare is as easy as 1, 2, 3.


1.    Call 0845 2088 631 or fill out an enquiry form and a member of the UK Healthcare team will call you or arrange to visit your workplace to discuss your company’s needs.

2.    You sign on the dotted line and provide details of your current health cash plan provider.

3.    We do all the hard work so you don’t have to. This includes handling the switchover from your previous provider and providing documentation to all of your staff to ensure that they understand their plan.

Once your corporate health cash plan is up and running, making a claim is simple too. You can claim back cash on a number of medical services and prescriptions, up to agreed policy limits, and you can do it from day one of the plan.
1.    First, complete and sign a simple claim form.

2.    Next, send this to UK Healthcare along with the original receipts for the treatment; or in the event of a hospital stay, a signed declaration from the discharging hospital. Receipts must include the employee name and must be submitted within 3 months of the treatment, prescription or hospital stay.

3.    A claim can be completed if employees have sufficient benefits remaining. It is advisable to check the level of benefit remaining before making a claim. Once approved we aim to pay all monies directly to your bank account within three working days.
You’ll be surprised at how simple it is to join the UK Healthcare family and doing so could save your company a fortune in the long run. According to last year’s CIPD Absence Management Survey, staff sickness could be costing you £595 per employee per year. In contrast, a UK Healthcare health cash plan could cost as little as £1 per employee per week and provide a healthier, happier workforce in return.

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As Cost of Healthcare Rises, UK Healthcare Reveal Fixed Prices for 5th Year

While the cost of some healthcare benefits might have increased in cost, UK Healthcare has confirmed fixed prices for a fifth consecutive year. This despite the fact that more than 10% of people surveyed by Towers Watson believed that their corporate health cash plan became more expensive. The findings were revealed in Employee Benefits magazine. It was reported that the cost of healthcare related benefits for employees had continued to increase in price.


According to findings 40% of respondents said the cost of private medical insurance had increased during 2013 and 30% said the cost of dental insurance had increased since the previous year. In addition, 20% had seen increases in the cost of critical illness insurance and employee health screenings.

With only 11% of respondents seeing an increase in the cost of a corporate health cash plan since 2012, it could be seen as one of the most cost effective forms of healthcare cover, regardless of provider. But UK Healthcare has gone further by fixing the cost of their corporate cash plans for a fifth consecutive year.

A company health insurance scheme is an accepted way to provide employees with an attractive benefit package and also keep them healthier. It could even boost their overall productivity. With a health cash plan employees can be included for just £1 per employee per week. Through the plan, they could claim cash back on a wide variety of medical services including dental work, health screenings and hospital stays, up to agreed policy limits.

At UK Healthcare, the families of employees can be covered for the same low price and receive access to the same entire range of benefits. This includes cover for up to four children free of charge. Plan holders do not have to wait for a defined period to make a claim and they can claim up to 100% of each medical service, in cash back, up to agreed policy limits.

Find out more about fixed price UK Healthcare corporate cash plans with a visit to http://ukhealthcare.org.uk.

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