In 2015 Doug Jones was in the depths of despair. He had a brain tumour the size of a golf ball and faced the serious risk of life-changing disabilities, following surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Prior to Doug's illness, he worked in professional sport for 15 years with Sale Sharks, London Wasps, Red Bull and the senior international England Rugby squad. Having always been active himself, with Iroman Triathlons and Marathons, the support Doug received throughout his recovery showed him the importance of health, wellness and more importantly support from the right medical professionals. Doug’s previous experience in elite sports medicine and professional sport, combined with his recovery from his brain surgery was the inspiration to start Altius. He wanted to help individuals and companies improve their health and wellbeing and reduce their injury and illness as well as promote their sense of wellness, productivity and happiness. He believes this should be the same high level of care that an elite athlete has access to. Only 18 months after his brain surgery, climbing the summit of the Matterhorn, one of the highest mountains in Europe, was Doug's Altius moment.
4 years on and we at Altius treat over 1,500 patients a month across our 3 clinics in North, South and Central Manchester. Alongside this we supply clinical services and staff to a range of professional sports teams including Team GB, Sale Sharks, Mercedes AMG, Honda UK and most recently Stoke FC. These services include:
Podiatry & Biomechanical Gait Assessment
Acupuncture & Dry Needling
Women's & Pelvic Health
Wellness. A term often interlinked with health, wellbeing and happiness. Wellness is a fluid process of pursuing a healthy lifestyle which is shaped by our choices and actions. It is an individual pursuit, yet influenced by the environment we live and work in. In the UK in 2018, The Office of National Statistics estimated that 141.4 million working days were lost because of sickness or injury – things that can be linked to poor health and wellbeing. This is the equivalent of 4.4 total days per worker a year. The 4 most common reasons for sickness absence in 2018 were:
Employees will be provided with questionnaires and physical tests through our online portal, to carry out themselves at home. This will allow us to collect and analyse data within each of our 4 pillars, creating a report that is specific to the employee.
Using our traffic light system, a score will be provided for each pillar, highlighting any area's that may need more focus and attention. Anyone scoring as red on any pillar will be referred directly to the relevant wellness ambassador who is a specialist in their field. They will then discuss a one to one consultation with you in order to put together a strategy moving forward.
You will then have access to content within each of our 4 pillars, with fresh content regularly introduced. Content may come in the form of classes, talks, or blog posts from our wellness ambassadors. We will then be retesting across all pillars quarterly to check employee progress.