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Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Longreach House in Redruth is an acute mental health inpatient unit

What we do:

Longreach House in Redruth, Cornwall is an acute mental health inpatient unit, providing a safe environment for the assessment, treatment and therapy of people over the age of 18 years with a mental health problem. The vision of Longreach House is to aim to ‘provide a holistic approach to recovery and rehabilitation within a safe environment.   We value diversity and positive risk-taking to enable clients to move forward in their lives. The committed and hard-working team of staff team at Longreach House includes nursing, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and administrative staff.  A large majority of the staff work a shift pattern over a 24/7 week which in turn presents additional complexities ensuring that all staff are able to access health and wellbeing initiatives. 

Why we became a healthy workplace:

The healthy workplace initiative was first implemented at Longreach House during 2015 and was led by Coleen Woodley, Hotel Services Supervisor.

Recent health and well being activities:

The first step was to circulate a questionnaire to the staff team to request views and ideas from staff to improve health and wellbeing at work.

Staff at Longreach House responded positively to the questionnaire and lots of ideas and views were put forward.  As a result the healthy workplace champions arranged for a representative from the Health Promotions service to attend Longreach House to offer staff the NHS health check.  At the outset there was a low take up of the NHS health check however as staff began to talk positively about it and share their experience of the NHS health check with colleagues many more staff came forward and requested the check and as a result there was widespread positive feedback.

Following on from the implementation of the NHS health checks the health champions at Longreach House focused on healthy eating with an aim of ensuring health food options were available to staff during the working day.  As a result, a ‘Healthy eating lunch menu’ was developed which included food options such as baked potatoes, salads, sandwiches and puddings such as fruit salad and fruit and museli. Feedback from staff was again positive.

Costs

The annual cost of sickness absence and worklessness associated with working-age ill health in the UK is put at more than £100 billion (more than Portugal's GDP).

Costs of Ill Health

In 2006 around 175 million working days were lost due to illness and it is estimated that the annual economic costs of sickness absence and worklessness is over £100 billion.  (Working for a healthier tomorrow, Department of Health, March 2008). 

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