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Keeping carers healthy.

NHS staff can now access complementary therapies from their professional colleagues.

Improving staff wellbeing has always been important to Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust and this new initiative is just one of the improving working lives schemes it has adopted.

All complementary therapy treatments are on offer at a subsidised price to encourage mental health and learning disability staff to look after their own health and wellbeing.

Therapies include Indian head massage, hot stone massage, body massage, Swedish massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, therapeutic touch, reiki and hypnotherapy.

Jo Bowers, HR manager, equality and diversity, said: "The trust is committed to The Improving Working Lives Standard and ensuring that coming to work is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Having a positive approach to a person's physical well being can have a direct affect on their mental health."

Other Trust IWL initiatives include childcare vouchers, flexible retirement options, retreats, confidential advisors, exercise classes and flexible working.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2008
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