Published on: June 4, 2019
Compass in partnership with Loughborough University’s SHIFT programme to raise awareness of the high impacting issues prevalent in occupational driver health and to bring about changes to policy, stigma, commissioned services and practice.
The SHIFT Study stands for Structured Health Intervention for Truckers and has been designed to support lorry drivers to take steps to achieving a healthy lifestyle.
Lorry drivers who take part in the programme have access to 3 free health assessments and are required to attend a six-hour, interactive health workshop about healthy eating and physical activity. Lorry drivers are provided with physical activity monitors to track their movement and engage in ‘step count challenges’ and are also given exercise equipment and a workout routine that can be used in their cabs at service stations and other resting places.
Please click on link for more information about the programme.
This study is being conducted by researchers within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. The research is funded by the National Institute for Health Research which is linked to the NHS. The SHIFT study was a finalist in the Medipex NHS Innovation Awards 2018.
http://www.ncsem-em.org.uk/research/research-themes/exercise-intervention/shift-study/ (this link is from our school)
Driver mental health matters
As part of mental health awareness week (13 – 19 May), Paul Gardiner, an experienced driver describes how trucking can take its toll and gives tips for how to alleviate some of the negative impacts. https://roadstars.mercedes-benz.com/en_GB/magazine/2019/may/driver-mental-health-matters.html