Injury Map

As an employee of the University of Kent, you can have one year of FREE access to the digital physiotherapy app INJURYMAP. This app can be downloaded on your phone by scanning the QR Barcode.

 Exercise is the proven method for treating painful muscles and joints.

We all encounter pain in our muscles and joints from time to time. Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, or one of the many other common forms of muscle and joint pain, are conditions that can severely impact your quality of life.

The app contains recovery exercises, picked by medical specialists, that allow you to safely treat the most common forms of muscle and joint pain, wherever and whenever you want to.

This is why we are pleased to offer 12 months of free access to the digital physiotherapy app Injurymap + free exercise bands. Value: £30

Practical information

  • Exercise bands (required for some of the exercises) are provided for free and can be acquired in the gym lobby or from Occupational Health.
  • After creating an account in the app, Injurymap will send you an invitation to join a research project administered by Professor Ben Lowe and Dr Des Laffey from the University of Kent.
  • Injurymap is a CE marked medical device.
  • Need help? Write to support@injurymap.com
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Blood Pressure UK: Know Your Numbers Week 09-13 September 2019

Blood Pressure Checks by Occupational Health

Canterbury and Medway Campuses

Do you know what blood pressure is? More importantly, do you know what YOUR blood pressures is? Having your blood pressure taken is a simple and excellent way of gauging the health of your cardiovascular system, that is, your heart and your blood vessels.

Blood Pressure UK campaigns to increase knowledge of how to stay healthy and manage blood pressure. Each year they run a Know Your Numbers campaign encouraging people to have their blood pressure checked. Occupational Health has engaged once again with this campaign and is offering blood pressure checks for staff at both Canterbury and Medway Campuses. The checks are only available on certain days across the week of 09-13 September.

A check is straightforward, doesn’t involve any invasive testing or needles and only takes 5-10 minutes of your time. You’ll be advised straightaway of what your blood pressure reading. If it is higher than expected you will be recommended to visit your GP to have it checked again.

If you are interested in booking an on Campus Blood Pressure check please contact Occupational Health either by ringing Pat Armstrong, the OH Technician, on extension 4691 or by emailing occupationalhealth@kent.ac.uk

See Poster for full details

For more information on blood pressure, follow these links:

http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/BloodPressureandyou

https://patient.info/heart-health/high-blood-pressure-hypertension

https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/lifestyle/what-is-blood-pressure/

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Belong and Grow Week 13-17 May 2019

A SERIES OF WEEK LONG EVENTS FOR STAFF AND STUDENTS FOCUSING ON WELLBEING AND LEARNING

Join up to this wellbeing initiative organised by Learning and Organisational Development.  It is a week long series of  activities and events open to staff and students. The aim is to give people the opportunity to sample new experiences and thereby enhance their wellbeing and widen their appreciation of diverse ideas.

Click here to find out what’s on offer and to sign up for a workshop, session or activity

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STAFF WELLBEING ZONE

Focus for December: good relationships are the foundation of good mental health

 

 

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Staff Wellbeing Zone

The University of Kent Staff Wellbeing Zone is being launched today 1st November 2018

For more information follow the Link

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Extremely Hot Weather

‘It’s a scorcher!!!’ to quote The Sun, (even more appropriate!).

 

The temperatures have been rising for some weeks now. Many of us love this hot weather but all of us find it’s very different having to work in these temperatures rather than simply lazing on a sun-lounger with occasional dips in the pool.

 

Here are the NHS Tips for Coping in Hot Weather:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

 

Links to other advice on managing health in the hot weather:

Met Office Heat Health Watch

Public Health England Hot Weather Health Warnings 2018

NHS Choices: Heatwave: How to Cope in Hot Weather

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Help to Give Up Smoking

Sometimes there are things we really want to do but know they will be really hard so it stops us even trying. Giving up Smoking is one of those things.  It can be easier with assistance or doing it with a friend.

NHS Stop Smoking will be on Campus running clinics on Monday afternoons for 7 weeks from 08 January 2018. The clinics will be held in Occupational Health in Keynes College.  You can have a 1:1 session or you can come along with a friend or two.  NHS Stop Smoking provides most smoking cessation products (at the cost of a prescription or free if you are exempt) alongside the support of their fully trained adviser.

Come on….make 2018 your year to pack in the evil weed!

 

For details on how to book an appointment follow this link:

Quit Smoking

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What’s going on ‘downstairs’?

With an ageing population and the effects of today’s lifestyle, urology conditions, diseases and cancers are becoming more prevalent. The Urology Foundation is spreading knowledge of urology health, breaking down the stigma associated with many of its conditions and persuading people to talk about these issues. 

 

Email Link: http://www.theurologyfoundation.org/urologyhealth

 

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WHAT IS WORLD HEPATITIS DAY?

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July and brings the world together under a single theme to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change.

 

Email Link: http://www.worldhepatitisday.org/en/2017-campaign

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What is One You?

Around 40% of all deaths in England are related to everyday habits and behaviors – such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking too much alcohol, not being active enough or continuing to smoke. They also cost the NHS more than £11 billion every year.  By encouraging the nation’s adults to take control of their health by eating a healthier diet, drinking less alcohol, exercising more, and quitting smoking, One You will help them enjoy longer and healthier lives.

 

Email link: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou#5cOMF53Y1E1VulBS.97

 

 

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