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NHS Kernow 2015

A brief summary of why we became a healthy workplace

Whilst promoting this ethos to the people who access our services, it is our aspiration that our workforce is also healthy, valued, happy and safe. We are delighted to have achieved a healthy workplace gold award for the second year running.  However, this does not mean we cannot go the extra mile in 2015 to maximise the health and wellbeing of our staff. In 2015 we aim to further embed a culture that promotes workplace health, particularly linking this to the impact that positive mental health has on the workforce.   We will continue to participate regularly in events promoted through our Healthy Workplace events calendar.

 

          

Recent health and well being activities

In 2014 we were pleased to partake in the following initiatives:

  • Pedometer Challenge
  • Cornwall Sports Partnership Beach Games
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning
  • Time to Talk Coffee Morning
  • Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme Lunch and Learn
  • Healthy Workplace Staff Webpages
  • Regular Healthy Workplace updates promoting particular campaigns
  • Skin Scanner Tours across all our sites
  • Staff Flu Clinics

 

Plans/aims for the next year

In 2015 we plan to arrange:

  • Back Pain and Prevention Clinics
  • Staff Health Checks
  • Managing workplace stress sessions
  • Participate in the Beach Games
  • Take part in more physical activity challenges
It is a privilege to work for an organisation where the health and wellbeing of their staff is so high on the agenda. Our flexible working policy allows me to have a fantastic work life balance. Up to date IT equipment means I can work from home when necessary. However I find that I choose to work from the office a lot of the time because of the pleasant office environment and the social interaction that working with my colleagues provides

- Tracey Coles
Top Tip

“When we think of young people’s health, we think of schools being a key space for engagement, for adults the workplace is a similar space”- Dr Justin Varney, Public Health England Programme Lead for Health and Work.

Mental Health

The total cost to employers due to mental health problems among their staff is estimated at nearly £26 billion each year. That is equivalent to £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.

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