LATEST ARTICLES

NHS mental health and Covid-positive absence virtually equal, FirstCare tells APPG

As mental health issues become the second largest cause of lost working time in the NHS, our Director of Consulting Services, Steve Carter provided expert evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus in preparation for the winter.

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Jab Seeker's Allowance | Should employers relax the rules for vaccinations?

FirstCare data shows that Covid-related absences now last under 3 days on average - a dramatic reduction from 29 days in Q1 2020 - with most instances now owing to vaccination and recovery. But should employers be expected to shoulder that loss in productivity, or do employees have a responsibility to plan around the jab?

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Is it Long Covid? | A Case Study for Employers

Why is Long Covid so hard to diagnose? And what can employers do to support workers who are suffering? Our Clinical Governance Officer, Suzanne Marshall RN OHND shares her learnings from a real-life case study.

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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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FirstCare takes Gold in the ECCCSA Awards

Head of Operations Ed Lane explains what the win represents for our Team, and for FirstCare members.

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A step closer to compulsory mental health first aid

Our Clinical Governance Officer Suzanne Marshall RN explains why FirstCare supports a new parliamentary bill.

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Working from home with Covid: Advice for line managers

In the ‘old normal’, there was a clear line between working and being off sick. Things have changed. Zoe Machin explains how FirstCare have responded to a new grey area.

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Why businesses need Mental Health First Aiders

Our head of clinical governance, Suzanne Marshall RN explains why mental health first aid should be front of mind for leadership teams.

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5 reasons employers need to get closer to their staff

Practicing social distancing at work is a wise precaution for all of us. However, the pandemic has highlighted a more fundamental need to be closer. Steve Carter explains why leadership teams in large organisations need more engagement with their employees.

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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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