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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
Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.


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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