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Legal & General announce new partnership with physiotherapy specialists Physioworld.

Diane Buckley - Managing Director - Group Risk
Diane Buckley
Managing Director
Group Risk

31 July 2012

Diane Buckley - Managing Director - Group Risk
Diane Buckley
Managing Director
Group Risk

Legal & General have announced a new partnership with physiotherapy specialists Physioworld. With over 100 clinics across the country, this new partnership allows Legal & General to offer an even more complete package of Group Income Protection to employers by increasing the treatment services available to their employees.

Physioworld are experts in providing early intervention evidence based physiotherapy and their rehabilitation model helps get employees back to work as quickly and effectively as possible.

The ethos of the company is to provide every patient with the same quality of treatment received by a Premier League footballer or elite performing athlete. The company was, in fact founded, by Neil McDiarmid, the former Lead Physiotherapist at Birmingham City FC.

In a recent survey, 94.5% of Physioworld patients said their treatment was effective or very effective and 98.1% said they had benefited from the treatment.

As the latest of Legal & General's specialist partners, Physioworld, starts working to get people back to work as soon as possible. They have a complete return to work solution commencing with immediate cognitive input to reassure the employee, to a phased return to work with activity specific functional rehabilitation.Sickness absence costs the UK economy around £15 billion every year. In 2011 around

131 million days were lost through absence due to sickness or injury.

These figures highlight the economic importance of early notification and specialist support to help employees and employers with absence. We draw on our team of specialist partners, like Physioworld, to help get people back to work.

Commenting on the partnership, Diane Buckley, Managing Director, Legal & General Group Protection said, "I am delighted that we have been able to announce this new partnership with Physioworld. It enables us here at Legal & General to offer an even more complete package to help employers get employees back to work as quickly as possible."

Neil McDiarmid, Managing Director of Physioworld said,

"Physioworld are passionate about delivering early intervention treatment into the corporate market. Working with Legal & General provides a fabulous platform to deliver this solution."

Notes to editors

The information contained in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not be relied upon by private investors or any other persons to make financial decisions. The Legal & General Group, established in 1836, is one of the UK's leading financial services companies. As at 31 March 2012, we were responsible for investing £378 billion worldwide on behalf of investors, policyholders and shareholders. We also had over seven million customers in or our life assurance, pensions, investments and general insurance plans.

Group Income Protection aims to provide insurance to pay income protection benefit to employees who cannot work because of long-term illness or injury. When appropriate, we'll provide early intervention and rehabilitation for employees who are absent from work because of long-term illness or injury. Benefit will only be paid if the employee meets our specific definition of long-term illness or injury.

Data provided by Physioworld
Sources:

Department of  Work and Pensions, "Health at work - an independent review of sickness absence", Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE, November 2011.

Cost to the UK figure taken from CIPD in partnership with Simply Health, "Annual survey report 2011", October 2011

Number of sickness days taken from ONS sickness absence in the labour market bulletin


For more information please contact:

Alyson Bowcott

Alyson Bowcott
PR Manager, Legal & General Group

t: +44 (0) 20 3124 2092
m: +44 (0) 7764 582574
e: alyson.bowcott@landg.com


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