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Stress at Work
This issue is the next big thing to cause concern to all industries.
Many companies are becoming aware of the growing risk from disgruntled employees, bringing lawsuits for suffering unnecessary stress at work. Respected Companies often feel the need to settle out of court to prevent damage to their reputation and costly copy cat claims from other employees.
 
For many years, employers of workers in high stress areas, such as the Emergency Services, have offerred counselling and therapy to help their staff and prevent lawsuits for Post Traumatic Distress Disorder.
 
Stress is an unpleasant but constant by-product of modern day business life. Companies can do little to eradicate it, but by providing stress management counselling for staff; they can be seen as caring employers; not only reducing time off through sickness but reducing their potential liability for negligence.
 

I can provide one off or a series of stress management workshops on ways to manage and reduce stress levels easily. These can be tailored to customer requirements. Particularly popular is a talk and relaxation demonstration that many people really enjoy.
For workers, who suffer an attack , witness an unpleasant incident; such as sudden death or serious injury, common reactions are to suffer from disturbed sleep, high anxiety levels and flashbacks. This can be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and is treatable.
I can offer counselling after such incidents, as a preventative measure, and on going treatment using EMDR, a standard remedy.

Smoking at Work
 
Now smoking is banned in all work places, including company vehicles; employees, who still smoke are suffering increased stress levels. Many responsible companies help by offering or recommending 'Stop Smoking' assistance. The benefit to employers is less time off work, due to smoking related illnesses, and less risk of having to take disciplinary action , due to breeches of the legislation.

Hypnosis could save NHS cash, experts claim By Daily Telegraph ReporterHYPNOSIS could be used to treat a range of medical conditions and save the NHS money, a group of medical experts has claimed.The Royal Society of Medicine's hypnosis and psychosomatic medicine section believes the therapies help relieve pain and stress.Jacky Owens, the president of the sec­tion, said: "Conditions such as depres­sion, pain and irritable bowel syndrome affect millions of people in Britain and are a great cost to the NHS. Hypnosis can often work where other treatments have been unsuccessful." Mrs Owens, a qualified nurse who uses hypnosis in her work with cancer patients, added: "If doctors were able to refer patients to properly trained hypnothera­pists, it would save the NHS a great deal of money."   She said making hypnosis a standard part of NHS treatment would also mean that vulnerable patients would be less likely to turn to unqualified practitioners, whose work is not properly monitored.   The group fears non-medically trained hypnotists often lack the understanding of the diseases their patients have and can cause real harm.   The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has recognised hypnosis as a possible intervention for irritable bowel syndrome, when other treat­ments-are not having an effect.Mrs Owens said: "That's a small step but we're confident that with more research, hypnosis will be recognised as an extremely useful tool to be used alongside mainstream medicine.

"What we need are doctors, dentists, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, radiotherapists - the whole gamut of people who treat patients - trained in using hvpnosis."

 Copyright Daily Telegraph 6/6/2011


Nicotine patches via a helpline 'does not' help more smokers to quit

Giving smokers nicotine patches through the NHS quitline does not increase the numbers who stop smoking, a trial has found.

A nicotine patch on a patient's arm: Giving smokers nicotine patches does not improve their chances of quitting, a study has found.
Giving smokers nicotine patches does not improve their chances of quitting, a study has found. Photo: GETTY

A study found that six months after quitting a fifth of people admitted smoking and the rate was not significantly different if they had been given nicotine replacement therapy or not.

In 2011 nicotine replacement therapy cost the NHS £31m in England and Wales and it is thought all smoking cessation services cost around £80m.

A team at Nottingham University's Centre for Tobacco Control Studies randomly assigned 2591 smokers who had called the NHS quitline for help to stop into four groups.

They received standard support with preset messages at intervals and information materials, standard support plus proactive counselling, and standard support plus nicotine replacement patches for six weeks or a combination of extra support and patches.

Six months later around a fifth of the people in each group admitted they were smoking.

Lead author, Professor Tim Coleman of UKCTCS, said: “This important trial has shed useful light on how telephone quitlines can be used to help smokers wanting to quit.

"I think the results highlight just how hard it is for most people to break their addiction to tobacco and just how powerful and damaging a drug this is.

"On the basis of this study, giving out free nicotine patches and more intensive telephone counselling through the English national quitline just doesn’t seem to work.

"It brings into sharp relief the need to find other ways of using quitlines help smokers give up and so to reduce the terrible effects smoking has on people’s lives and the costly burden to the NHS.”

Large number of smokers did not complete the trial and were assumed to be still be smoking.

The findings were published in the British Medical Journal.

Also some people allocated to receive nicotine patches did not collect them, although the authors said this is not thought to affect the results significantly.

GPs and practice nurses currently prescribe nicotine patches and other replacement methods and this was not tested in the trial.

A previous study has suggested that nicotine replacement therapy, which also comes in the form of inhalers, gum and lozenges, increased the chances of quitting smoking by 70 per cent, in people who smoked ten cigarettes a day.

Three out of four people started smoking again.

In 2010/11 NHS Stop Smoking Services received 788,000 pledges to quit smoking with callers setting a date when they would stop.

Fewer than half of these had successfully stopped six weeks after their date.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said: "The NHS Stop Smoking Helpline currently provides smokers interested in quitting with information and referral to their local stop smoking service. This research does not in any way suggest that the current helpline is ineffective.

"The Coleman study looked at what would happen if the helpline also offered extra services to smokers such as free nicotine patches. It found that there would be little additional benefit so we won't be adding this to the helpline."


Copyright Daily Telegraph Thursday 23 March 2012