Information for employers, health & wellbeing advisors

Screen your workforce for hazardous alcohol consumption and mental health issues.

Alcohol misuse has a major impact in the workplace and has been estimated to cost the UK economy up to £6.4 billion per year - double the cost to the NHS.

Mental ill health is accepted as one of the major challenges in the workplace today, resulting in over 70 million working days lost each year.

Most organisations are yet to fully recognise the significant benefits that can be made by improving employee's health and wellbeing - benefits both to the individuals themselves and the direct and indirect business benefits.

Wellcheck is built with speed in mind, enabling it to work on a range of devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

Screening is made easy by the inclusion of a 'Drinks Carousel', a unit calculator that is based entirely on visual prompts, which enables individuals to estimate their alcohol consumption without thinking about units first. It also provides feedback and educates as part of assessment.

For Mental Health four simple evidence based questions are used from the ‘Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ 2) for depression and the 2-item Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD 2), which makes the screening process quick and easy for the end user.

The screening process will provide employers with detailed anonymised aggregated data across their organisation, which will give a snapshot of the extent of alcohol harm and mental health issues faced by the workforce.

Using this information employers can target interventions in a structured way, to address the most significant health challenges faced by your workforce and so help to reduce the burden of sickness, absenteeism and presenteeism affecting your organisation.

Repeating the screening process following a programme of workplace interventions/activity will determine the extent to which these interventions have impacted upon alcohol and mental health problems in your workforce.

Individuals completing the screening tool will be provided with very brief advice depending on their results, which is a tried and tested method effective of reducing health risks in individuals.

Bespoke feedback could also be developed which is organisation specific, where staff could also be signposted to local support services as well as in-house sources of support, guidance and health promoting activities/interventions.

With regard to alcohol harm, Wellcheck allows the measurement of outcome over time, as it incorporates the AUDIT-O (outcome) tool and 'Readiness to Change Ruler'.

Subsequent screening at different time points (e.g. 6 months or 12 months) will help to determine the extent to which individuals have changed their behaviour in terms of their harmful behaviours due to excessive alcohol consumption.

Repeating screening at future time points incorporating the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 and the 2-item Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale, will also provide an overview of the extent to which the very brief advice and/or workplace interventions have impacted on the mental health of the workforce.