New investors for EEF service

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Investors are pledging to broaden the range of services offered by the Engineering Employers Federation’s occupational health operations after taking a major stake in the Sheffield-based business.

A group of private investors operating under the name Collingwood Health say they plan to expand the service and ‘develop a comprehensive national offering’.

The EEF originally acquired the occupational health service from Finnish-owned stainless steel maker Outokumpu, at whose plant the business is still based.

The EEF Occupational Health Service operates throughout Yorkshire, working largely with major manufacturers and offering a range of diagnosis, rehabilitation and absence management services.

Collingwood plans to retain the EEF name, make the service more widely available to businesses and add online services as well as health and wellbeing consultancy services which it says are increasing in demand today.

Collingwood chairman and chief executive Mark Partridge said: “Our investment plan aims to innovate and embrace the very latest medical technology to build on EEF’s proud history in helping manufacturers address complex issues like high absence levels, increasingly costly litigation and stringent regulatory compliance.”