WORKFORCE: The foundation is to offer physiotherapy services to help staff with musculoskeletal problems, in an effort to reduce its sickness absence levels.

Its May performance report states: “The Trust set a sickness target of below 4.5 per cent in 2010/11. This was not achieved and levels of sickness have run on average 0.5 per cent above this target.”

It continued: “Whilst this level does not compromise service delivery, the Trust is implementing a musculoskeletal physiotherapy service to enable staff to access a service which will assist them more speedily back into the workplace where the absence is due to physical problems.”