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Cornwall & Isles of Scilly PCT

NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly employs approximately 2500 staff across the county in a variety of settings.

From September 2008 a Workforce Health and Well Being Specialist Advisor has been employed whose role is to develop and deliver a range of programmes
and activities that will improve the health and well being of the organisation's workforce.
To date work done by the specialist advisor has included the piloting and introduction of a new absence reporting system that now includes the cause of absence
as well as the length of absence. This data is then analysed and reported back to managers and staff to help improve the working life of the staff.
The organisation has also run the Health and Safety Executive's Stress Questionnaire with the results being reported back to the managers and staff involved so
that they can tackle the issues raised by the survey.
As well as tackling the issue of stress the trust has been participating in the national campaign ‘Time to Change' that aims to tackle the stigma that surrounds
the issue of mental health and the discrimination that suffers face. This has included running roadshows across the county to bring the message to staff.
Taster events have also been run to bring new ideas to staff. These have included sessions on desk yoga which have been well received
The organisation is committed to talking to staff and has run a series of staff engagement events across the county

Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace

In the United Kingdom during 2013–2014 an estimated 1.2 million people who worked during the last
year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. Half a million of these appear to be new conditions which started during the year. 


Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace
A Britain’s Healthiest Company summary report
Marco Hafner, Christian van Stolk, Catherine Saunders, Joachim Krapels and Ben Baruch


“Public Health England South West is delighted to showcase the workplace wellbeing case studies from Cornwall and Isle of Scilly as exemplars of good practice in support of the: ‘Mental health toolkit for employers’, ‘Musculoskeletal health in the workplace’, ‘Reducing the risk of suicide: a preventative toolkit for employers’ and ‘Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention guide for employers’.  Cornwall and Isle of Scilly has a long track record of leading the way in supporting local employers develop approaches that create healthy workplaces which meet the quality mark standards required to receive the prestigious ‘health and wellbeing in the workplace’ award.”

Professor Kevin Elliston, Deputy Director Health & Wellbeing South West

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