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Cornwall Council

Cornwall Council supporting 5000+ employees

What we do:

We offer a variety of Health, Safety and Wellbeing initiatives ranging from occupational health support, school based co-ordinators, HSW champion programme, staff benefits scheme, Lifestyle Clinics, Links to health promotion service and full programme of local and national health campaigns.



Why we became a healthy workplace:

Cornwall council champions a healthy workplace and recognises its responsibilities to securing a positive wellbeing culture for all staff. The healthy workplace award alongside the council’s wellbeing agenda is seen as a visible and active commitment to support employees throughout the organisation and keep our workforce fit and healthy.The Councils aim is to be known as an employer of choice and one which understands that when staff feel valued and engaged they will ultimately be healthier, more productive and a more resilient workforce, being better placed to deal with change.

Recent health and well being activities:

Here are just some of the activities/initiatives Cornwall Council have delivered and supported this year


Re-designed and Re-launched the HSW Champion programme – 52 corporate & 102 schools champions trained to date
Delivered a HSW Champion Conference for 100+ schools and corporate champions
Delivered a series Health & Wellbeing Roadshows – Know your Numbers, Musculoskeletal Health, Stress Awareness and Domestic Abuse support. As well as promoting series of other national campaigns. 
Regular corporate H&W newsletters to CC staff with input from key partners
Supported 3 teams to take part in the annual beach games
Rolled out Well at Work training for managers
50+ teams took part in the Get Active Challenge
Pilot Mindfulness programme in the Children’s, Families and Adults directorate

In 2016 Cornwall Council was successful in the below initiatives;

Occupational Health Service were re-accredited to the SEQOHS national standard
The HSW training programme was re-accredited by AOFA national standards. Supporting staff with a range of Health, safety and Wellbeing courses including Well at Work, DSE and first aid provision.
CC once again became a signatory of to the MIND Mindful Employer Charter

A positive health safety and wellbeing culture helps to ensure that risks are identified and managed, incidents and injuries are minimised and that the Council complies with its legal obligations. It also contributes to employees feeling engaged and valued, spending more time at work and being more productive whilst at work. Investing in employee wellbeing has a positive impact on the Council’s reputation which helps in recruitment and retention and as the Council is a large employer in Cornwall it also has an indirect positive impact on wider community health and wellbeing. Cornwall Council – People Strategy

- Director
Sickness Absence

Depending on the context, workers who are off work for between 4 - 12 weeks have a 10-40% risk of being off work at one year


Professor Dame Carol Black is Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England presented the awards. She said at the 2017 Workplace Health Conference and Awards“It always gives me great pleasure to return to Cornwall to present the Workplace Health Awards, which go from strength to strength each year. These awards show the commitment of organisations, public and private, large and small, to employees' health and wellbeing. They also acknowledge the relationship between health and wellbeing, engagement and productivity"

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