Decision details

Healthy Workplaces - AUG18/CMDN/30

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Public Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This report is for Cabinet Member for Public Health to consider exercising delegated authority under paragraph 3.4.3 of of Part 3 of the constitution in accordance with the terms of their portfolio at paragraph (e).


The Cabinet Member:


1. Approved the award of contract via Cambridgeshire County Council to Sports and Leisure Management Ltd. to deliver a Healthy Workplace Service in Peterborough for the sum of £68,000 from 1 June 2018 to 31 May 2021 with the option to extend for a further 2 years, following the completion of a competitive tender process.


2. Authorised a Memorandum of Understanding between the Council and Cambridgeshire County Council to be established to enable Cambridgeshire County Council to contract Sports and Leisure Management Ltd. on behalf of the Council.

Reasons for the decision:

The cost of absenteeism and reduced productivity in the workplace due to ill health at a national level and, more relevantly, at a local level is significant. Employer costs for absent staff, reduced productivity and staff cover are commonly highlighted as detrimentally affecting the business economy, while absenteeism due to ill health also places a significant burden on health and social care economies.


Evidence shows that health improvement initiatives within the workplace have positive impacts on employee health. Such initiatives can result in reduced absenteeism and increased productivity that in turn reduces the burden on business, health and social care economies.

Alternative options considered:

Issue a contract for one to two years. This was rejected as it was agreed that this would not enable a new service to be embedded locally and generate the required sustainable outcomes.

Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Background Documents:

- Healthy Workplace Service specification

- Healthy Workplace Market Test paper

- Memorandum of Understanding

Publication date: 20/08/2018

Date of decision: 20/08/2018

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