Press Release | 29 Sep 2016

Employers Come Together to Promote Benefits of Workplace Wellbeing to Thames Valley Businesses

A new event roadshow, supported by public and private sector employers, shares insight and innovations for creating energised and productive workplaces

A new event roadshow, supported by public and private sector employers, shares insight and innovations for creating energised and productive workplaces

The Oxford Academic Health Science Network, established by NHS England to improve health and generate economic growth through innovation, is bringing together major employers including BMW, Johnson & Johnson, Unipart and Vodafone UK, to host a series of roadshows in the Thames Valley region focused on employee wellbeing.

The free linked ‘Workplace Wellbeing’ events are taking place in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire in November 2016. Vodafone UK is hosting one of these on 8 November at its HQ campus in Newbury, Berkshire.   Through practical sessions and table discussions, attendees will explore and share experiences, issues and best practice, with input from industry and the NHS to discover where health and wellbeing initiatives are delivering new ways of working and proven benefits both for staff and employers.

Business leaders and senior managers can register their interest in attending the Vodafone event at – – or by contacting Amy Shearman on 01865 784944.

The other events take place in High Wycombe (hosted by Johnson & Johnson) on 3 November and Oxford (hosted by BMW/Unipart) on 10 November.

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), workplace health is a significant public health issue. A 2015 report by the Health and Safety Executive found that each year more than a million working people in the UK experience a work-related illness. This leads to around 27 million lost working days costing the economy an estimated £14.3 billion.

Richard Aspinall, Regional Director for South East at Vodafone UK said: “Putting employees’ physical and mental wellbeing at the forefront of workplace management practices is proven to improve employee satisfaction and performance.  At Vodafone UK, this approach has helped us to create great places to work, both at our Newbury HQ and elsewhere across the country, which encourage more effective collaboration as well as better customer service and service delivery. By supporting the Wellbeing Roadshows, we look forward to sharing the learnings from our own initiatives, alongside other workplace innovators, to help business leaders discover new and effective ways they can transform their own environments.”

The events are part of the Get Physical campaign, which aims to advance the take-up of physical activity among NHS staff and patients and the wider workforce in order to improve staff health and wellbeing.  The roadshow builds on the success of the first Get Physical event held in December 2015, which brought together over 150 people from wide-ranging backgrounds across healthcare, sports and public health in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Coordination of this imperative work is led by the Oxford AHSN, Public Health England and the County Sports Partnerships. The focus has now spread to include all employers in the region, large and small, along with their counterparts in the public sector.

Dr William Bird MBE, a GP and Get Physical partner, is speaking at all three events. He said: “Physical activity reaches the very foundations of illness and helps prevent 23 diseases including depression, diabetes and dementia.

“An active workforce results in 27% fewer days lost to sickness with productivity increasing by up to 15%. It is therefore essential that we get our workforce more active and learn how to do it well.”

About Oxford Academic Health Science Network

The Oxford AHSN is one of 15 Academic Health Science Networks licensed by NHS England to improve health and prosperity through rapid adoption of clinical innovation. It does this through partnerships with industry, the NHS and     @OxfordAHSN

The Oxford AHSN coordinates Get Physical which aims to encourage take-up of physical activity to improve health and wellbeing    @GetPhys

Media contacts:

Martin Leaver, Head of Communications, Oxford Academic Health Science Network

07966 174183

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester and now have 5G in locations across Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain as well as the UK. Meanwhile, our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. Vodafone is the largest provider of full fibre in the UK – our superfast broadband services are now available to nearly 12 million homes across the UK.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

For more information about Vodafone UK, please visit:

Vodafone UK Media Relations

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