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Don't get FOMO this Christmas


The festivities of Christmas can put A&E departments and blue-light services under increased pressure. For example, the London Ambulance Service responded to 5,526 alcohol-related incidents in December last year - over 20% of which took place in the City of London alone.

City workers and their employers can reduce pressure on the NHS by taking some simple steps when out celebrating. This is the premise of the City of London Corporation's "Eat, Pace, Plan" campaign, which launched last week.

The campaign, supported by the Mayor of London, London Ambulance Service, London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and TfL, urges party-goers to have fun, but in a responsible way that doesn't put themselves, or others, at risk of harm.

The message is clear: "think three wise things":
  • Eat: eating before drinking helps to slow down the absorption of alcohol. Christmas parties should include food of some kind, even if it's just snacks. If this isn't possible, staff should be encouraged to eat beforehand.
  • Pace: pacing and spacing drinks can slow the rate of drinking, whether this is with non- or low-alcoholic drinks, or water.
  • Plan: we all know that our decision-making can become fuzzy after a few glasses, so planning in advance how to get home from the party and making sure there's enough battery on the phone to order a taxi, can ensure a safe return home.
A toolkit is available as part of the campaign, which includes guidance, key messages and even draft social media posts, which can be used on organisational intranets, too.

A list of top tips on eating, pacing and planning is available on the City Corporation's website.

In addition, on Thursday nights during this festive season, an "SOS Bus" will be stationed at Liverpool Street station. The SOS Bus is staffed by a paramedic practitioner, supported by volunteers, and can provide a safe place for those who are intoxicated, or who need limited medical attention (i.e. stitching of minor wounds). SOS Bus staff can make informed assessments on whether an individual needs A&E services.
Quote of the week: "Support for mental health is rising up the employer agenda in the UK and it's important that this attention is extended to staff overseas. Stresses, anxieties and pressures can be quite different for staff working abroad and feeling isolated can make matters worse." -  "Key ways SMEs need to support overseas workers", Cheshire Media

Tackle discrimination and HIV-related stigma

The City of London Corporation's Health and Wellbeing Board has become the UK's first local authority to endorse the global "Undetectable Equals Untransmittable" ("U=U") consensus statement, aimed at tackling HIV-related stigma. "U=U" means that when someone is virally suppressed on HIV, they cannot pass the virus on to others, including sexual partners.

Aside from supporting physical and mental health and combatting stigma, the "U=U" message cuts across a range of other business issues, such as tackling discrimination and responsible business.

The City Corporation and Business Healthy is calling on the Square Mile's business community to support the "U=U" message. The City's workforce is highly diverse and employers - particularly large and international firms - have an important role to play in sharing the message that "undetectable equals untransmittable" externally and among their own employees.

If you represent a business that would like to become one of the first to back the U=U statement, please register your interest here and we will be in touch with guidance on how this can be done practically. Supporting U=U is easy and requires very little resource, but it sends a vital and loud message.

Shape the City

The City of London Corporation is currently consulting on proposals that will shape the Square Mile over the coming decades: the draft Transport Strategy and the City Plan 2036. Anyone working or living in the City is welcome to share their thoughts, so please feel free to pass on the below information to your colleagues and contacts.

Draft Transport Strategy
This will determine investment in and management of the Square Mile's streets over the next 25 years.

It aims to improve the experience of travelling to and within the City of London, ensuring that the area is a healthy and attractive place to work, live and visit. It includes ambitious proposals around:
  • prioritising pedestrians' needs and making streets more accessible
  • improving conditions for cycling in the Square Mile
  • improving local air quality and reducing traffic-related noise
  • eliminating death and serious injuries through the delivery of safer streets and reduced speeds
  • significantly reducing motor traffic and making the use of street space as efficient, effective and pleasant as possible
Please visit for more details and to comment on the proposals. The consultation closes on Sunday 13 January 2019.

The City Corporation's Transport Team is running drop-in sessions to answer questions and discuss the draft strategy. For more information please visit
City Plan 2036

The City of London Corporation's draft Local Plan - City Plan 2036 - contains policies on a wide range of topics relating to the planning and development of the City. This includes offices, open space and greening, culture and community services, shops, tall buildings and housing.

Have a look at this Story Map, which provides an overview of the City Plan through videos, maps and graphics.

There will be several events and drop-in sessions for City workers, business representatives and residents to ask questions about the Plan. Visit, sign up or email for more information. The consultation closes on Thursday 28 February 2019.

Planning ahead 

Business Healthy has refreshed its Health and Wellbeing Campaigns calendar for 2019, in partnership with the City & Hackney Public Health teams.

The calendar is a free tool for employers based in the City of London, Hackney and beyond to help plan internal activities to support the health and wellbeing of their own staff and even external activities to engage the wider business community. Aligning activities with these external milestones can help boost the profile of a specific issue, as staff may already be aware of it from the press and social media. Internal communications teams may also find it a valuable tool, to help draw attention to specific themes throughout the year. The interactive calendar includes links through to the leading organisations for each milestones, for more information. Access the calendar here and feel free to share it with your colleagues, contacts and networks.

Talking of planning ahead, the Business Healthy team is busy designing a programme of activities and events for our members in 2019. If there is a specific topic you would like to see covered, we'd love to hear from you! Please drop us a line here.

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