Staff health award for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals

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Staff health and wellbeing has been energised at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals as it gets its first Wellbeing at Work Award for inspiring its 6,500 workforce to live healthier lives.

The Trust received the ‘Bronze’ level award, from the Nottinghamshire Workplace Health Scheme, and is now powering ahead to achieve the ‘Silver’ level award in the coming year.

Since starting the award scheme, Trust staff have been benefiting from a new staff website called the Health and Wellbeing hub, launched to promote healthier lifestyles. The hub is designed to give staff information and advice at a touch of a button, on healthy eating, increasing physical activity, promoting specialist support services such as stop smoking and weight management. The new hub also signposts staff to where they can get emotional support and counselling if needed.

A key part of the Award was encouraging a large number of staff across the Trust to become Workplace Health Champions to do their bit to support and motivate their colleagues to lead healthier lifestyles.

Helen Houghton, Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing Health at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, said: “I am delighted that we have received this award. Looking after the health and wellbeing of our staff is very important, so that we can provide high quality care to our patients. Achieving this award is the start of our ambition to create a healthy working environment for all our staff.”

The Bronze Award is the first of the five award levels of the Nottinghamshire’s Wellbeing at Work award scheme. The other award levels include Silver, Gold, Platinum and Maintenance. Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals is now working towards the Silver Award and plans to continue through the other award levels in the coming years to give its staff the very best opportunities for better health and wellbeing in the workplace.