Aon Health Solutions award for managing health at work

first_imgAon Health Solutions award for managing health at workOn 1 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Theshortlisted candidates for this year’s award for managing health at work havereduced absenteeism, improved morale and made healthy changes in workplacecultureOccupational Health’s sister publication Personnel Today hosts an annualawards scheme that recognises innovation and achievement in people management. The award for managing health at work recognises organisations that havebeen proactive in improving employee health. The judge, Dr Noel McElearney, (see below) was looking for a clearexplanation of what action has been taken, who was involved, how and why. All three shortlisted candidates have brought positive benefits to theirorganisations. Category judgeBOXTEXT: Dr Noel McElearney is aconsultant occupational physician with a long track record in blue-chiporganisations. He has worked for Guinness, British Airways, the WellcomeFoundation and Marks & Spencer. He was appointed director of group health, safety andenvironment at Scottish and Newcastle in 1999, holds fellowships of theFaculties of Occupational Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians inLondon and Dublin, and has an MA in occupational health.He is a past president of the Society of Occupational Medicineand is chairman of its education panel.Standard Life HealthcareThe 800 staff at Standard Life Healthcare’s offices in Guildford andStockport are becoming significantly healthier thanks to a raft of initiativesput into place by the company’s 14-strong HR and OH department. Since early 1999, the company, which is the UK’s fourth largest privatemedical insurer, has been actively promoting the health and well-being of itsstaff through initiatives such as coffee mornings and quarterly briefings. Butearly last year it decided to up the ante by buying in an online assessmenttool from healthcare company Vielife for around £30,000 to £40,000. “We have been the first company to use the scores, anonymisedobviously, to give us an aggregate look at the health of our company,”explains head of HR Vince Mewett. The tool looks at stress, sleep and nutritional and physical health. Staff wereencouraged to fill it in with incentives such as raffle tickets and prizes,with 500 employees taking part in the first round. “We found we had an index of 49 out of 100 which was about average. ButI felt we needed to get a higher score and one of the things that came outclearly was that staff were concerned about their nutritional balance,”says Mewett. In response, the company organised initiatives, including a healthfair and nutritional drop-in seminars where staff could have their weight,height, body fat and body mass index checked. The staff restaurant was overhauled, with more healthy food offered at lowerprices and poster campaigns promoted the “five a day” message onfruit and vegetables. Employees were also given free water bottles to encouragethem to increase their water intake during the day. After six months, at the end of 2002, the survey was carried out again andthe index had risen from 49 to 52 from 300 respondents. But of the 200 who hadtaken part in the previous survey, the score had gone up to 54 and onnutritional issues the score had gone up by 35 per cent. Staff turnover at the Guildford office is now around 9 per cent and 6 percent at Stockport, having once been more than 20 per cent, although Mewett iskeen to stress this is not all down to the current programme. The company has also started piloting on-site massage, with employees paying£5 for a 20-minute session. The staff have implemented twice-weekly evening gymsessions, with the company making a conference room available for their use. Looking forward, Mewett is keen to encourage wider health and fitnessinitiatives beyond simply subsidising gym membership, particularly whereinitiatives could fit into the company’s corporate social responsibilityagenda. He would like to organise, for instance, a 10K run for charity or, forthe less energetic, a “corporate ramble”. The company is alsoplanning to extend stress awareness training to a wider range of employees. “This had much more of an occupational health angle to it than trainingor personnel, and our health and safety people have been closelyinvolved,” explains Mewett. “We have just carried out a third survey and we are now up to 54points, so we are continuing to improve. We sometimes bring round a cake trolleyand it’s interesting that we have to make sure we have more fruit on it nowbecause it’s more popular than the cake,” adds Mewett. Severn Trent Water”Manual handling is our bigissue. We wanted to start out with, if you had a clean sheet, what would youdo?,” says Neil Budworth, principal safety adviser with Severn Trent Water.The organisation, with 4,500 staff and a huge network of pipes,1,000 sewage and 20 water treatment works to manage and maintain, hadtraditionally taught manual handling techniques in a classroom setting.”But that is not what happens in reality,” stresses Budworth.”What happens is that you are in a hole covered in mud and it is slipperyand muddy. We recognised that we needed to do training on site,” heexplains.The solution, since September last year, has been to call in aspecialist team of “body mechanics” to look at the common situationsthat cause injuries and then train people, on site, accordingly. “Thesetrainers are charismatic, and we have seen a dramatic drop in accidents,”says Budworth.Beforehand, the accident rate for manual handling incidents wasaround 65 instances a year. Since the training began it has dropped to the low30s. Overall, the company has made savings of £8,200 based on days lost in onecounty over a six-month period. To ensure people are constantly reminded about the training,coaching and mentoring programmes have been put into place to observe andrefresh people at work.Getting people back to work more quickly after an accident orinjury is also a priority. When an injury is reported, a supervisor triggers animmediate referral process to the OH department, outsourced to contractorPrivate Health Care. If appropriate, a referral to the physiotherapist is thenauthorised.”The quicker they can be referred to a physio the better.We make sure we can get people referred for backs, necks or whatever it is. Wedo it even if it is not work-related because our view is that they will stillbe off work and that does not help us,” says Budworth.One of the difficulties has been getting a consistent messageout to employees. “Their first thought is ‘how am I going to cover forthat person’, and they often forget to refer,” he admits. Budworth makes apoint of speaking to line managers and supervisors whenever he can to reinforcethe message that proper support mechanisms are now in place.There are also issues of trying to rehabilitate workers tooquickly or putting them back into the situation or working environment thatcaused the injury in the first place, he stresses. “It’s about progressiveintegration. It may be restricting what they can lift or what they can do. It’sabout taking things a few days at a time, but the important thing is that theyare still in the social loop. The OH department will make recommendations thatcan be adopted by the line managers,” argues Budworth.Similarly, the organisation has now overhauled its buyingprocesses to ensure that if a piece of kit is being bought, it goes through apanel that includes ergonomists. “They will assess anything new coming in.How many people can lift it or should it only be lifted by mechanical lift, forinstance,” Budworth explains.As part of this, the company drafted in a masters student overthe summer to work out how best to lift manhole covers. “If they’re old ordirty and have been driven over for years, they can be very difficult to lift.But some of the kit for lifting them is heavier than the cover,” he says.Finally, the company has been looking closely at hand-armvibration syndrome. Traditionally HAVS was checked through verbalquestionnaires but this was hugely subjective and variable. After all, thepeople answering the questions often felt their livelihood was at stake. Now Severn Trent has bought in an electronic system that checksthe hands for any damage or loss of function. An HAVS clinic has also beendeveloped through Private Health Care.West Bromwich Building SocietyWest Bromwich Building Society wasformed 154 years ago, making it one of the UK’s oldest building societies, andthe country’s ninth largest, with 800 staff in 51 branches.It had offered staff private medical insurance for many years,but again, its initiatives were often not well promoted and take-up wasgenerally low.This changed with the arrival of people support officer JulieMalpass three years ago, who decided to have a look at what benefits thecompany offered and what could be done better in terms of staff health. One of the first changes was the launch in early 2000 of ahealth awareness programme, including promoting corporate membership of localFitness First and David Lloyd Leisure gyms.A dedicated OH department of both GPs and nurses has also beenintroduced, on a contract basis, carrying out medicals and, at a cost £2,500 ayear, flu vaccinations. Take-up of the vaccinations has been around 20 per centa year. “We had so many e-mails about it that we have been able toput forward a business case for doing it again this year. This will be thefourth year running we have run it, and we had 90 responses in the first hourand a half of publicising it,” says Malpass.Health assessments for height, weight, body mass, vision, lungfunction and urine are carried out by a nurse in a mobile clinic.Other initiatives included offering the services of analternative therapist, with staff paying around £7 for the first session and£12 per half hour after that. “It is very, very popular. The therapistoffers aromatherapy, reflexology and Indian head massage. It is a bit of aluxury being able to get a massage in your workplace, and it is fantastic as ade-stressor,” says Malpass.The society also undertook a review of its sickness absenceprocedures and policies, including making managers and employers much moreaware of the policy and how it worked and putting in better tracking andmonitoring systems. “This was particularly important for newer managers whohad never dealt with these things before,” explains Malpass. “Whilewe knew we would probably initially see an increase, because of improvedreporting, at least we knew people would have the tools to know how to reportabsence. Most people, for instance, felt that if a doctor’s note had beenissued, they could not question it.”There was a particular focus on return-to-work interviews andgiving managers the skills to ask the right sort of questions when dealing overthe phone with employees who had called in sick. Sickness absence at the firm had been running at around sixdays per employee per year – around the industry average – but still the firmfelt it could be managing its absence and sickness better. Rates are now downto fewer than four days a year.To help tackle issues particularly surrounding stress, anemployee assistance programme has been introduced, including a counsellinghelpline. The line takes some 11 calls a quarter, estimates Malpass. “Buteven if you get just one call it’s worth it,” she adds.Just as important is making sure staff know of all the benefitson offer. The office intranet as its main tool of communication in this area,supplemented by e-mail alerts, newsletters and group magazines.For the future, Malpass says she is keen to expand thealternative therapist services on offer, and is looking to bring in achiropractor and alternative therapies. “We have just done a day’s trialof sports massage. We have a cricket, football and netball team so there can bea great deal of sporting injuries.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Seabird colony effects on soil properties and vegetation zonation patterns on King George Island, Maritime Antarctic

first_imgSeabirds are among the most important vectors transferring biogenic compounds from the sea onto land in the polar regions and, consequently, influencing the properties of soil and vegetation. We studied the influence of bird colonies (Adélie penguin Pygoscelis adeliae, gentoo penguin P. papua and giant petrels Macronectes giganteus) on soil properties and plant communities on King George Island, Maritime Antarctic. We designated seven transects, each starting from the colony edge and running to a natural boundary feature, which were divided into contiguous sample plots where we identified specific plant taxa (Prasiola crispa, Deschampsia antarctica, Colobanthus quitensis, Usnea sp.), as well as hydrophilous and xerophilous ecological groups of mosses. Based on percentage contributions of each of these taxa, we distinguished six distinct vegetation zones along the transects, in which we measured physical (moisture, conductivity and pH) and chemical (NO3 −, NO2 −, NH4 +, K+ and PO4 3− content) soil parameters. Our study confirmed that, with increasing distance from bird colonies, the concentration of nutrients and soil conductivity decreased, while pH increased. The vegetation zones were clearly related to this gradient of seabird colony influence and occurred in the same sequence for all three bird species examined, although the largest colony of Adélie penguins had the strongest effect on vegetation. Similarly, the physical and chemical soil properties did not differ significantly between the colonieslast_img read more

Implementation of a geometrically informed and energetically constrained mesoscale eddy parameterization in an ocean circulation model

first_imgThe global stratification and circulation, and their sensitivities to changes in forcing, depend crucially on the representation of the mesoscale eddy field in a numerical ocean circulation model. Here, a geometrically informed and energetically constrained parameterization framework for mesoscale eddies — termed GEOMETRIC — is proposed and implemented in three-dimensional channel and sector models. The GEOMETRIC framework closes eddy buoyancy fluxes according to the standard Gent–McWilliams scheme, but with the eddy transfer coefficient constrained by the depth-integrated eddy energy field, provided through a prognostic eddy energy budget evolving with the mean state. It is found that coarse resolution models employing GEOMETRIC display broad agreement in the sensitivity of the circumpolar transport, meridional overturning circulation and depth-integrated eddy energy pattern to surface wind stress as compared with analogous reference calculations at eddy permitting resolutions. Notably, eddy saturation — the insensitivity of the time-mean circumpolar transport to changes in wind forcing — is found in the coarse resolution sector model. In contrast, differences in the sensitivity of the depth-integrated eddy energy are found in model calculations in the channel experiments that vary the eddy energy dissipation, attributed to the simple prognostic eddy energy equation employed. Further improvements to the GEOMETRIC framework require a shift in focus from how to close for eddy buoyancy fluxes to the representation of eddy energetics.last_img read more

After Indonesia, CARAT kicks off in Malaysia

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today After Indonesia, CARAT kicks off in Malaysia The US and Royal Malaysian navies commenced the 24th iteration of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) on Kota Belud Marine Base in Malaysia on August 10.CARAT exercises focus on the full spectrum of naval capabilities and are designed to strengthen the close partnership between both navies while cooperatively ensuring maritime security, stability and prosperity.“In nearly a quarter of a century of CARAT exercises, we have continued to ensure forward presence, deterrence and sea control each time when US and Royal Malaysian ships get underway together and conduct cooperative exercises,” Navy Rear Adm. Joey Tynch, commander of Task Force 73, commented.The expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket and a P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft will conduct nearly a dozen at-sea exercises with the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), including a gunnery exercise to maintain sailors’ readiness with onboard weapon systems, visit, board, search, and seizure drills to increase and maintain proficiency in boarding vessels that may harbor illegal weapons and drugs, and division tactics to enhance cooperative fleet maneuvers, according to the US defense department.The exercise builds upon other engagements with Malaysia, including Pacific Partnership and Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training. These engagements serve to enhance information sharing and coordination and support long-term regional cooperation.“Annually for the past 24 years, our armed forces have engaged and exercised with each other in increasingly complex and sophisticated scenarios. Throughout this time we have learned much about each other — how we communicate and operate — and it is vital to effectively working together to ensure security, stability and prosperity in the region,” Navy Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 7, said.“The aim of this exercise is to enhance interoperability as well as individual capacity to conduct amphibious operations at a tactical level. It is also to provide good opportunities for all of us to reshape ideas and experiences so that we can plan and conduct operations in the region whenever something arises,” Malaysia army Maj. Gen. Dato Zulkapri bin Rahamat, the commander of Task Force 450, explained.Malaysia has been part of the CARAT exercise series since it began in 1995. The exercise remains a model for cooperation that has evolved in complexity and enables both navies to refine operations and tactics in response to traditional and non-traditional maritime security challenges.Also on August 10, CARAT began in Indonesia with the arrival of the dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) with elements from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. They will engage with Indonesian forces in at-sea and ashore exercises. Authorities Share this article After Indonesia, CARAT kicks off in Malaysia View post tag: US Navy August 13, 2018 View post tag: CARAT View post tag: Royal Malaysian Navylast_img read more

Adam Schiff Has Submitted His Recommendation on Whether to Impeach President Trump

first_imgAdam Schiff Has Submitted His Recommendation on Whether to Impeach President TrumpUPDATE: The White House has issued a response through Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham. “At the end of a one-sided sham process, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump. This report reflects nothing more than their frustrations. Chairman Schiff’s report reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing.”***Original post*** House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has released a report summarizing two weeks of impeachment inquiry hearings and months of investigation into President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.“This report reflects the evidence gathered thus far by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in coordination with the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States,” Schiff released in a statement attached to the report.“The decision to move forward with an impeachment inquiry is not one we took lightly.  Under the best of circumstances, impeachment is a wrenching process for the nation. I resisted calls to undertake an impeachment investigation for many months on that basis, notwithstanding the existence of presidential misconduct that I believed to be deeply unethical and damaging to our democracy.  The alarming events and actions detailed in this report, however, left us with no choice but to proceed,” he said.Schiff calls the report “evidence,” but hours of testimony about “presumed,” “I heard,” “I felt,” etc. don’t hold up to that claim. The report is essentially 72 hours of testimony repackaged by Schiff and his staff to justify impeachment.“As this report details, the impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection.  In furtherance of this scheme, President Trump conditioned official acts on a public announcement by the new Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, of politically-motivated investigations, including one into President Trump’s domestic political opponent,” Schiff continued. “In pressuring President Zelensky to carry out his demand, President Trump withheld a White House meeting desperately sought by the Ukrainian President, and critical U.S. military assistance to fight Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine.”As a reminder, Volodymyr has repeatedly stated he felt no pressure from President Trump to launch any kind of investigation into anyone, including the Bidens.Schiff has promised to continue his own investigations, despite handing the report over to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler.“There remain unanswered questions, and our investigation must continue, even as we transmit our report to the Judiciary Committee.  Given the proximate threat of further presidential attempts to solicit foreign interference in our next election, we cannot wait to make a referral until our efforts to obtain additional testimony and documents wind their way through the courts,” Schiff said. “The evidence of the President’s misconduct is overwhelming, and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress.  Indeed, it would be hard to imagine a stronger or more complete case of an obstruction than that demonstrated by the President since the inquiry began.”Schiff’s language about obstruction indicates the Judiciary Committee will draw up articles of impeachment on that issue.The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system. The Democrats are trying to impeach a duly elected President based on the accusations and assumptions of unelected bureaucrats who disagreed with President Trump’s policy initiatives and processes. They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats were discomforted by an elected President’s telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats chafed at an elected President’s “outside the beltway” approach to diplomacy.The sum and substance of the Democrats’ case for impeachment is that President Trump abused his authority to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, President Trump’s potential political rival, for President Trump’s benefit in the 2020 election. Democrats say this pressure campaign encompassed leveraging a White House meeting and the release of U.S. security assistance to force the Ukrainian President to succumb to President Trump’s political wishes. Democrats say that Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney, and a “shadow” group of U.S. officials conspired to benefit the President politically.The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

JUST IN: Many Americans May Have To Wait Months For Coronavirus Relief Checks

first_imgThe first Americans to get relief payments from the government under the coronavirus legislation signed into law last month won’t see the money until at least the week of April 13, according to new estimates from the Trump administration provided to House Democrats and outlined in a memo circulated this week by Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee.Many people who don’t have direct deposit information on file with the IRS might have to wait months to get the money.The memo, obtained by NBC News, says that Americans who have their direct deposit information on file will receive their payments in mid-April, “likely” the week of April 13.The document estimates that about 60 million Americans will receive checks at that point. About three weeks after those deposits go out, the IRS will start issuing paper checks, likely the week of May 4, according to the memo. The office that issues paper checks can process about 5 million checks per week, so it could take 20 weeks – nearly 5 months – to get them all out.The office will process paper checks for the lowest-income Americans first.The memo also notes that people on Social Security won’t have to do anything to receive their payments – the rebate will be sent to them just as their Social Security checks are. mask with moneymask with money JUST IN: Many Americans May Have To Wait Months For Coronavirus Relief ChecksThe first Americans to get relief payments from the government won’t see checks til mid-April and many will have to wait longer. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img April 2, 2020, 1:22 PM CDTBy Kasie Hunt and Alex Moelast_img read more

The Governor’s Week in Photos

first_imgimage004 image001 image003 3) Governor Pence Cuts Ribbon on New Manufacturing Facility in Northwest Indiana // March 31, 2016.Governor Mike Pence joins executives from Hoist Liftruck Mfg. in East Chicago to cut the ribbon on their new manufacturing operations in Indiana. Hoist Liftruck Mfg., a manufacturer of high-capacity material handling equipment, announced plans last August to relocate its manufacturing operations from Bedford Park, Illinois, to Indiana, creating up to 500 new jobs by 2022. 2) Governor Pence Cheers on Valpo Crusaders // March 30, 2016. Governor Mike Pence joins Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas in cheering on the Valparaiso University Men’s Basketball team before they took on George Washington in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship at Madison Square Garden. 4) Governor Pence Welcomes New Manufacturing Facility to Northwest Indiana // March 31, 2016.Governor Mike Pence joins executives from Pratt Industries in Valparaiso to cut the ribbon on their new manufacturing operations in Indiana. Pratt Industries, the only major American paper-making company in the industry to produce only 100 percent recycled paper, announced plans in September 2013 to locate a new recycling facility in Valparaiso, creating up to 137 green-collar manufacturing jobs by 2018. 1) Governor Pence Dedicates New Medical Clinic at Camp Atterbury // March 30, 2016. Governor Mike Pence joins representatives from the Indiana National Guard and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Centerto dedicate a new medical clinic, called the Wakeman VA Clinic, at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana. The Wakeman VA Clinic is the first of its kind in Indiana, and offers primary medical care, as well as physical therapy, mental health assessments, and technology-based, long-distance clinical health care. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare image002last_img read more

Notre Dame-Wake Forest game rescheduled for December

first_img Twitter Notre Dame-Wake Forest game rescheduled for December CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Facebook WhatsApp Google+ By Tommie Lee – September 23, 2020 0 430 Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Google+ Twitter (Photo supplied/ABC 57) The University of Notre Dame announced Tuesday afternoon that the scheduled game with Wake Forest for September 26th was postponed after seven additional positive COVID tests were announced for the team on Monday.There are currently 13 players in isolation, and 10 in quarantine.The ACC and Wake Forest were notified and the rescheduling process was underway. Both schools had a scheduled bye week for October 3rd, but the ACC has a strict quarantine and contact policy of 14 days, and Wednesday morning it was announced that the game will happen on December 12th.Head Coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday that the health and safety of student-athletes continues to be the main priority at Notre Dame. WhatsApp Previous articleSuspect sought in Sep. 2 robbery at 7-Eleven on S. Main St. in ElkhartNext articleNiles vet facing charges after dead animals found in trailer Tommie Leelast_img read more

News story: Maximising Human Performance – Market Exploration

first_img Novel ways to optimise training and enhance readiness for deployment. Work under this challenge could include, but is not limited to, research into the following areas: the use of novel ergogenic aids, ways to make novel methods of training more accessible to defence and security trainers. The aim is to enhance cognitive and physical readiness to deploy and maintain performance on deployment. Any future challenge end goal is to ensure the Ministry of Defence has the most powerful capabilities available to enhance the physical and cognitive performance of personnel. The aim is to provide a toolkit of techniques, demonstrated to be effective, to apply during complex training and operations, leading to improved overall system performance and mitigation of information and physical overload.What we wantWe are interested in innovative capabilities and ideas that aim to address one or more of the five challenge areas, at any level of maturity. Submissions should be provided by teams with the experience and knowledge necessary to establish sound scientific evidence for any potential technology or intervention. By completing the Capability Submission Form neither the government nor yourselves are committing to anything, but your submissions will be used to help the government focus the direction of the work and shape the requirements for a possible themed call in this area in the future.What we don’t wantWe are not interested in receiving ideas for literature reviews, plans for paper-based studies or marginal improvements to existing capabilities. This is not a competition and therefore we are not asking for costed proposals at this stage. This is a market engagement request for information exercise and we do not commit to subsequently launch a formal DASA competition.How to submit a Capability Submission FormComplete DASA Capability Submission Form – Maximising Human Performance (MS Word Document, 887KB) (noting the word limits) and then email it to [email protected] by 16 November 2018 with Maximising Human Performance in the subject line.Please only provide details of one product/capability per form. If you have a number of potential solutions then please submit multiple forms.If you have any questions then please email [email protected] with Maximising Human Performance in the subject line.How we use your InformationInformation you provide to us in a Capability Submission Form, that is not already available to us from other sources, will be handled in-confidence. By submitting a Capability Submission Form you are giving us permission to keep and use the information for our internal purposes, and to provide the information onwards, in-confidence, within UK Government. DASA will not use or disclose the information for any other purpose, without first requesting permission to do so. Novel methods and interventions to optimise performance of people undertaking prolonged complex work (work that involves sustaining performance over long periods of time, weeks/months and possible cumulative effects). Work under this challenge could include, but is not limited to, research into the following areas: optimising sleep quality through the use of novel techniques/technologies, investigating new methods of improving performance when operating under sleep disrupted conditions, looking at novel approaches to maintaining alertness/countering fatigue, improving the quality of rest, enhancing speed of recovery/regeneration and enabling relaxation during any ‘down’ time. We are not looking for advice on sleep hygiene or how to manage jet lag; we want to see truly novel investigations into new techniques, tools, technologies and approaches in this area. Novel strategies to sustain or improve performance of complex cognitive tasks and ways to mitigate potential overload (investigating factors that can impact on performance of a complex cognitive task during a single ‘shift’). Work under this challenge could include, but is not limited to, research into the following areas: investigating training methods that help personnel manage multiple diverse sources of information and assist decision-making, methods, tools or techniques to manage physical and cognitive fatigue that results from time on task, and maintain/improve performance during long shifts. We would also like to see ideas for research which aims to advance our ability to identify times when personnel are likely to become cognitively ‘overloaded’. For example, research in this area might look at ways to measure cognitive ‘load’, improving our understanding of the links between cognitive performance, cognitive fatigue and workload and methods of measuring all of the above without interrupting a task. The role of nutrition for enhancing performance. Work under this challenge could include, but is not limited to, research into the following areas: novel nutritional supplementation as an ergogenic aid – investigating novel supplements which might enhance physical and/or cognitive performance during long duration training and operations. Submissions should be based on a sound scientific understanding of the basis of the potential effects (for example, understanding of the metabolism or neuroscience) and the ability to scientifically investigate any nutritional intervention. The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are scoping the potential for an innovation challenge in maximising human performance, for the Ministry of Defence’s Future Workforce and Human Performance Programme. To aid in the design of the potential challenge we are undertaking market engagement to provide us with an understanding of capabilities that currently exist or innovative ideas which could potentially address this challenge. This request for information is not a commitment to subsequently launch a formal DASA competition.BackgroundDstl is seeking to research and develop new and innovative techniques to safely enhance performance of human operators. This research will investigate factors which limit or degrade the effectiveness of the operator, whilst delivering evidence-based guidance to sustain, enhance or augment their physical and/or cognitive performance at times of operational imperative. These techniques will be exploited directly in support of the UK’s defence and security operations maximising the effectiveness of UK Government’s investment in its personnel.Challenge AreasSolutions will support personnel during training and operations, in preparation for rapid reaction response or for deployment on long duration, complex operations to a variety of different challenging environments. There are five challenge areas where we’re looking for innovative capabilities to sustain, enhance or augment cognitive and/or physical performance: Novel techniques to enhance human cognitive performance. Novel interventions for improving cognitive performance are in development, however, these interventions often lack the evidence base to be able to support their use, or they have an existing evidence base which doesn’t go far enough from the point of view of defence and security. For example, a training intervention may have good evidence that it improves performance in a well-structured scenario, such as a set piece in sport, however, the evidence base doesn’t exist to demonstrate that the intervention will translate into an improvement in performance in a complex operational situation, or that it could be widely applied to a broad spectrum of users with differing cognitive abilities. Work under this challenge should aim to address these types of issues and develop the evidence base needed to either support (or dismiss) existing and novel interventions.last_img read more

Press release: Justice Minister chairs roundtable on media access to courts

first_imgDiscussion on how to maintain and enhance media access to courts 18 media representatives due to attend Part of ongoing engagement between the MoJ, HMCTS and the media Legal Policy and Regulatory Affairs Director, News Media Association, Santha Rasaiah said: Open justice is a fundamental part of our legal system and impartial court reporting is crucial in maintaining public confidence. As we continue to reform our courts and tribunals, it is important that we work with the media to ensure access is maintained and, where possible, enhanced. This roundtable is an opportunity to do just that and I’m grateful to all those sharing their views with me. Today’s roundtable is due to be attended by the representatives from the following media:Press Association; ITN; BBC; Evening Standard; News Media Association; Huffpost UK; Johnston Press; Express and Star (Wolverhampton); Coventry Evening Telegraph; News UK; Associated Newspapers; The Sun; Guardian Media Group; Manchester Evening News; Newsquest; Daily Telegraph; Buzzfeed; Society of Editors. The Government is investing £1 billion in reforming and modernising courts and tribunals. We want to ensure that those who come into contact with the justice system not only have a fair system but that the process is as simple and straightforward as possible: Open Justice and court reporting cannot be compromised by Court Reform. The NMA therefore warmly welcome the minister’s initiative and the opportunity for local, regional and national news media to discuss direct the all important practicalities of maintaining media access and contemporaneous coverage.center_img The roundtable will be attended by representatives of a range of large and small news organisations from across England and Wales, including editors and reporters, to help support and promote the principle of open justice.This is part of ongoing engagement between the Ministry of Justice, HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) and the media to protect and enhance court access for journalists. It follows updated media guidance developed by a working group of media, MoJ and HMCTS representatives that was issued to all courts and tribunal staff last month.This group is now being reshaped to consider how the reform programme can support and enhance media access as part of our wider commitment to open justice.Notes to editors The invitation was extended by the government as part of its ongoing court and tribunal reform programme, which will allow people more efficient access to justice.The roundtable, to be held at the Ministry of Justice this afternoon (Thursday, 15 November), seeks to invite views and suggestions on how to maintain and enhance media access as modernisation continues.Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer, said: Whether you have committed a minor motoring offence so that you can make your initial plea online. Some 1500 pleas are dealt with online every week. Court staff and the police automatically receive the completed online plea form as soon as the defendant has submitted it, reducing delays. If you are a small business and you have a claim against a supplier you can make a small money claim online — with over 3,000 claims issued in the first month, cases moving through more quickly, and user satisfaction over 80% during the pre-launch pilot. Or you are getting a divorce you can apply for it online – this process has cut errors in application forms from 40% to less than 1%, saving people time and trouble during a traumatic time. Or your parent has died you can apply for probate online -which has also cut errors, sped up the process, and has a satisfaction rate of more than 90%.last_img read more