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Intelligent Health and the College of Medicine have announced a collaborative partnership to build workplace wellbeing programmes supported by health specialists bringing their expertise from their professional fields. The new union sets into motion with a series of webinars delivered by Intelligent Health to organisations who have invested in the programme.

The comprehensive and evidence-based workplace wellbeing programme offers the latest insight and understanding in health and wellbeing. It is designed to educate, encourage, and empower people to consciously make healthier choices for long enough to transform into permanent health-promoting behaviour. It’s not just about how organisations and their employees could work better and healthier, it can also be taken into their everyday life.

Founded in 2010 by Dr Michael Dixon OBE, The College of Medicine bring together the experience of senior healthcare professionals and scientists who know the NHS from the inside; the lateral thinking and enthusiasm of the many students associated with the College and – centrally – the powerful voice of all those who receive healthcare, and their carers.

Intelligent Health was founded on the basis of creating resilience and improving health by connecting people to each other, their communities, and their environment. Renowned across sectors, Intelligent Health’s founder, CEO and practising GP Dr William Bird MBE has been a pioneer and leading light in increasing physical activity and improving health outcomes since the early 1990s.

Through this partnership, employees will have access to evidence-based strategies and tools to help build resilience and manage stress. This will not only benefit individuals, but also organisations as a whole, as a healthy and resilient workforce leads to increased productivity and job satisfaction.

The programme is led by Dr William Bird himself with a mission to help get people active and help them to deal with stress and build resilience, all through the latest evidence. He is passionate about the benefits of physical activity and the impact of nature on health. BBC Wildlife Magazine voted him as one of the 30 most influential conservation heroes in The Wildlife Power List along with David Attenborough and Chris Packham. In 2010 he was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle for his work on physical activity and health.

Dr William Bird said: “We are delighted to be working with The College of Medicine an established and thriving institution with some of the greatest thinkers in medicine of our time. Every workplace should be developing the health, wellbeing and resilience of the employee. This not only means that they serve the company better, but they will also become a happier individual contributing at home and in the community.

At intelligent Health we have learnt how to develop evidence-based interventions that help whole communities and global corporates become more active and healthy. Working with the College of Medicine we will bring their huge knowledge and expertise with our experience of delivery to create a first-class programme for every employer”.

External healthcare professionals make up a large part of the live webinars delivered during the programme.

Dr Kiran Sodha, GP specialist in lifestyle medicine and founder of Mahi.Health said: “I have been working with Intelligent Health and their wellbeing programme, providing talks across the globe to busy professionals. Intelligent Health is well organised, professional, supportive and friendly. I’m glad to say that I thoroughly enjoy working with the whole team at Intelligent Health. Their support in helping to elevate my skills and deliver high quality work has been excellent, and I’m grateful to know that I am able to make a difference as part of the Intelligent Health wellbeing team.”

Fellow programme health professional DR Radha Modgil is the medical expert for both BBC Radio 1’s daytime show, Life Hacks, and BBC 5 Live’s Mental Health Clinic. She said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be working with Intelligent Health creating and delivering webinars for their workplace wellbeing programme. True health and wellbeing includes what is happening for us in the totality of our lives – from our work to the relationships in our lives and everything in-between. Supporting people with the evidence, the tools, skills, and awareness to make changes in their lives that will help them feel better and thrive, has never been more needed.”

Chronic stress in the workplace can be detrimental to the overall health and wellbeing of employees. It can lead to burnout, anxiety, depression, and other physical and mental health issues. The collaboration between the College of Medicine and Intelligent Health is a step forward in addressing this issue.

Founder and Chair of the College of Medicine Michael Dixon said: “I am delighted that the College of Medicine and Intelligent Health are working together to improve resilience and health of employees. Since Covid there has been a worrying increase in chronic stress in the workplace. It is important to recognise the impact that workplace stress can have on employees and to take proactive steps towards addressing it. The College of Medicine and Intelligent Health are committed to supporting employees in their journey towards better health and wellbeing. With the combined evidence and significant experience of both organisations we look forward to equipping employees with the knowledge and advice to stay well and thrive.”

Sir Sam Everington, member of the British Medical Association Council and Vice President of the British Medical Association said:

“As a GP I often see my patients develop stress and poor health as a result of their job. I am therefore excited that the College of Medicine and Intelligent Health will be able to reach and work with employees to help prevent or treat underlying stress and correct poor working practice that can so often lead to more serious ill health. By identifying and addressing the root causes of workplace stress, we can help to prevent more serious health concerns from developing. Our goal is to create a healthier and happier workforce, where individuals can thrive and reach their full potential without sacrificing their health and well-being. Together, we can work towards a brighter and healthier future for all employees”.

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