The NHS CBB was set up in 1996 to collect, process, store and supply cord blood
NHS CBB is for the sole purpose of providing a life saving product from something that is normally thrown away. Cord blood is the blood that remains in the placenta and umbilical cord following the birth of a baby. Following childbirth the placenta is normally thrown away along with the cord blood that is in it.
Cord blood is rich in blood stem cells, similar to those found in bone marrow, and these can be used to treat many different cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders.
A recent report by Business in the Community found that although progress is being made, there is a need for greater organisational awareness of the support required for better mental health at work.
The national survey found that:
· 3 in 4 employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health.
· 77% of employees have experienced symptoms of poor mental health at some point in their lives and 29% of employees have been diagnosed with a mental health condition
· 62% of employees attributed their symptoms of poor mental health to work or said that work was a contributing factor
· 35% of employees did not approach anyone for support the last time they experienced poor mental health
· 9% of employees who experienced symptoms of poor mental health experienced disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal
· 76% of line managers believe they are responsible for employee wellbeing, but only 22% have received training
This report also includes recommendations and calls to action for employers.
The workplace is often the first place signs can be seen of a mental health issue but many don’t know how to spot signs or respond to them. Equally, a stressful work environment might contribute to mental health problems for some and this does not need to be the case. We hear every day that employers have a real desire to tackle this and many are doing some great things that we want to share. Employers need to recognise the scale of poor mental health in the workplace and take significant steps to reduce the risk of their workplace being a contributor.