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TNT signs up to NHS psychology pilot

By: David Howells
06 July 2011

Those with driving jobs will be involved in an NHS pilot to give HGV workers psychological therapy if they request it.

The scheme, set up by staff at NHS hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire, will provide support to "stressed, anxious and depressed" workers at TNT's Atherstone hub and three other TNT depots, the Coventry Telegraph reports.

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust has said that, provided the scheme is successful, it can put a case forward to roll the program out on a much larger scale across numerous industries and sectors.

Employees at TNT can volunteer themselves for the course and are given the choice of whether to undertake treatment over the phone or in person.

Speaking to of why the scheme was devised in the first place, Amanda Gatherer, associate director of psychological services at the trust explained: "It is often in a working environment, where people work together closely, that the impact of stress from other areas of their lives become most apparent and disruptive.

"This service provides TNT employees fast and early access to appropriate services."

Adding, TNT's director of health, safety and environment Neil Griffiths said: "TNT is extremely pleased to be working with the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust on this new and very important initiative which is designed to enhance employee well-being and improve attendance at work."

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