FirstCare is the UK's leading authority on employee sickness absence and its impact on business risk, productivity and cost. Established in 2004, it has recorded more than 15.6 million days' absence data - the largest privately held resource of its kind. With this data; unrivalled insight; expert account management and unique 24/7/365 nurse-led support, it supports clients in making informed decisions to improve workforce wellbeing while supporting corporate social responsibility. It even saves lives.
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NHS mental health absences last three times longer than Covid absences

Working time lost to poor mental health cost the NHS £371.2m over the last twelve months.

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Ready for the Second Wave: Our Covid Story

When Covid-19 hit in March, FirstCare faced a spike in demand that tested our systems, our technology and our people more than we could have imagined. In this article, Ed Lane and John Coyne explain how the we maintained critical services during the first wave pandemic... and how we prepared for the second.

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FirstCare’s CEO talks to Open Access Government about tackling mental health in the workplace

FirstCare’s CEO Ian Caminsky discusses how data can be used to tackle the rising epidemic of mental health-related absence in the workplace. With our data showing that 60% of workers will leave their job following two mental health-related absences, Ian explains how organisations can use data to inform wellbeing policies, ensuring vital conversations about mental health take place.

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As the pandemic emerged in March, FirstCare’s CEO spoke to Workplace Insight about historic absence levels in the NHS

The NHS lost nearly ten days per employee to absence in 2019. FirstCare’s CEO Ian Caminsky explains how our health service can use data to reduce absence and help support NHS workers. As the NHS looks to level up its technology, executives and policymakers should remember to look to the basics first: using data to understand why staff are having to take sick days and be absent from work.

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FirstCare’s CEO explains why workers in the public sector are more likely to miss work

In this article, published in March 2020, Ian Caminsky explains there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to the problem of public sector workers missing more work than private sector employees. He says leaders in the public sector must properly analyse available absence data and develop strategies to ensure employees thrive.

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FirstCare’s CEO explains to Mad World Summit the measures businesses should take to end the productivity decline

FirstCare’s CEO Ian Caminsky outlines how businesses can address the UK’s productivity problems by managing absence and supporting employees’ mental and physical health. Ian explains how in addressing the causes of absence businesses will reduce costs, improve employee wellbeing and increase productivity in the workplace/

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Britain's £5billion hangover: January 2 tops sickie list as one in eight workers is predicted to take a day off with illness – Daily Mail

People calling in sick on the first working day of the new year will cost the UK economy £4.9bn, FirstCare has found. The data was released exclusively to the Daily Mail.

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Worried about Blue Monday? Don't panic the most depressing day of the year is normally in November – Daily Telegraph

In advance of “Blue Monday”, which is labelled as the most depressing day of the year, FirstCare confirmed that workers are more likely to take time off for mental health reasons in November or December. The statistics on mental health-related absences featured in the Telegraph. To find out more click here: ...

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Employers brace for impact as coronavirus cases rise in the UK – March 2020

As cases of coronavirus became more prevalent in March, FirstCare was able to track the spread of the virus in the UK. They shared this real-time data with employers to help inform response strategies.

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FirstCare Index Report Q2 2020 - The COVID-19 Quarter


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