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Cornwall Foundation Trust

As part of the work we are doing in our Organisational Development department workplace includes visiting teams to engage with them on a variety of OD related subjects, including workplace health and wellbeing.

We have a Staff Health Survey that has gone out to all staff - and we will continue to ask staff to complete as we visit teams. The idea being to begin to get an idea of the issues we can address, using the Workplace Health and Wellbeing award criteria as a starting point.

We have created a Staff Engagement Group (SEG) which meets monthly. This group is comprised of a range of staff from across our services at different pay bands and includes staff side and a staff Governor. No one is excluded from participation or putting issues forward for discussion or feedback, both upwards and downwards. The meeting is chaired by one of our Directors. The meeting will also be the place where staff can apply for access to our staff lottery funds.

The SEG discussed how we communicate with staff and have helped to create a new 'Staff Matters' newsletter that is published every two months, which showcases all things related to organisational development, i.e. health and wellbeing, leadership development, and is the place where the feedback we get from staff and are able to action is highlighted in a 'You said ... we did' section.

We have just booked a series of 'Wake-up' activity sessions with the owner of a local gym in Bodmin. Starting in January to encourage the post-Christmas slump. These will run from 8 - 9 a.m. for 6 weeks and be based on Tai Chi/Yoga/Pilates-type movement. We hope to get similar activity going in other areas of the county. Venue and timing are an issue though.

We are also about to book some staff health check sessions with Steve Smeeth and a series of Healthy Eating sessions in also in January.

We are arranging staff outing 'A day at the Races' probably in May for all staff.

I have two teams interested in the Pedometer challenge and some expressions of interest for the Beach Olympics.

So you can see it is beginning to pick up slowly and as I said, we have money available to fund events.



 “We have learned so much through the Cornwall Workplace Health Award Programme already, and are keen that we pass this learning on to our staff.  With many organisations already represented, we were surprised we haven’t got involved sooner as it’s so aligned to our overall ‘Wellbeing Ambition’ that working for the Environment Agency will improve health and wellbeing”

Steve Marks, Environment Agency


A reduction in cost of advertising and agency fees attest to the fact fewer people leave the company and that candidates now approach Ginsters direct as they are seen as an employer of choice.  Number of applicants in 2005 = 2481, in 2006 = 3641 and in 2008 = 3764.  Advertising costs reduced from £50,743 in 2005 to £33,805 in 2007 and £18,126 in 2008. 

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