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NHS Kernow

NHS Kernow is a Clinical Commissioning Group

What we do:

NHS Kernow strives to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It is widely acknowledge that people with improved health and wellbeing are less likely to need to access health and social care services. We continue to champion ‘Living Well, Pioneer for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’ which is a new way of working that enables everyone, especially those who are frail or vulnerable, to live the lives they want to the best of their abilities. The organisation helps everyone to make better use of the skills and resources from health, social care and voluntary sector organisations.

Why we became a healthy workplace:

It is our aspiration that our workforce is healthy, valued, happy and safe. We are delighted to have achieved a healthy workplace gold award for the 3rd year running. However, this does not mean we will not be taking significant action in 2016 to continue to maximise the health and wellbeing of our staff. We aim to further embed a culture that promotes workplace health and is underpinned by the learning from a number of staff engagement sessions held in 2015, the outcomes from our staff survey and the recommendations from the Healthy Workplace Report.

Recent health and well being activities:

• Back pain and prevention clinics held
• Dementia Friends lunch and learn session
• Pedometers and walking challenges for staff
• Bronze medal at the Cornwall Beach Games
• Staff flu clinics & Staff Health Checks
• Development of a quarterly newsletter
• Completion of a “You Said, We Did”

It is great news to win the Healthy Workplace Gold Award for the 3rd Year. With the support of a range of staff who make up the Healthy Workplace Group, we have made a real effort to provide opportunities for staff to improve their own well-being. The assessment provided a very fair reflection of where we are as an organisation whilst also giving us some new challenges to meet in 2016 - Andrew Abbott, Director of Strategy

- Director
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Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace

In the United Kingdom during 2013–2014 an estimated 1.2 million people who worked during the last
year were suffering from an illness (long-standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. Half a million of these appear to be new conditions which started during the year. 


Health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace
A Britain’s Healthiest Company summary report
Marco Hafner, Christian van Stolk, Catherine Saunders, Joachim Krapels and Ben Baruch

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