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Cornwall Council

The Council has developed a Public Sector Workplace Health and Wellbeing Strategy together with its partners with the NHS. The strategy was adopted by the Council's Corporate Leadership Team (CLT) on 29th June. The CLT also agreed to a prioritised work programme for the first year of the strategy.

Actions to date include
Formation of a Corporate Workplace Health Board chaired by a corporate director and membership including the heads of service of leisure, Human Resources, Communications and the Director of Public Health to oversee and monitor implementation of the strategy.
A Specific budget for Workplace Health initiatives agreed by CLT
Agreement to the recruitment of a Healthy Workplace project officer, initially for 1 year
Launch of monthly sickness absence trigger reports to managers
Attendance Management Training is delivered corporately and a 2 hour short course has been developed for managers on the effective use of occupational health services.
Review of Pre employment health process
A corporate potentially violent persons register is currently under development to help protect staff from the risk of physical and verbal assault.
The council has adopted a Corporate Health and Safety Improvement Plan which is monitored by a corporate group
A stress project due for launch in December has developed a new Corporate Stress Management Policy and associated manager and employee guidance. A Risk assessment form has been developed and together with a toolkit for managers around staff engagement including running survey and focus groups. A pilot engagement exercise, including a survey of 1000 staff and follow up with 10-12 focus groups is currently underway.
Delivery of blood pressure checks to staff as part of ‘Know your numbers' week
Targets for the new Workplace Health and Wellbeing Project Officer include the development of a Health and Wellbeing web pages, and the development of specific initiatives around physical activity, weight management, smoking etc.



Case study

“The health promotion bug has really caught on! Employees are constantly coming up with new ideas and it’s done a great deal to help with staff morale.”

David Wingham,
Coastline Housing

TRAC Services Ltd

"The healthy workplace toolkit has been an invaluable resource for TRAC. It is helped us review where we are as a company in terms of providing a healthy workplace and clearly identify new measures we can put in place. It is a very robust and easy to use resource that has united the team here in a common goal of improving the health and wellbeing of everyone. The website that support the initiative is easy to use and as lots of very helpful information and case studies. It is really easy to track your progress using the website. We have also benefited greatly from the support and enthusiasm of Rachel and the team in helping us on our journey and were delighted to be awarded silver following our recent assessment." - TRAC Services Ltd

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