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NHS body gets award for helping own staff

Tom Ross from Northern TUC (left) with some Northumbria Healthcare staff and speaker Steve Black.

Tom Ross from Northern TUC (left) with some Northumbria Healthcare staff and speaker Steve Black.

An organisation has been rewarded for its efforts to improve the health and well-being of its staff across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which has 9,000 employees who work in hospitals and the community, has achieved a bronze Better Health at Work accolade.

Better Health at Work is a regional award scheme which recognises workplaces that motivate workers in developing and embedding a sustainable culture of well-being and actively promote healthy living to employees.

It was introduced to help increase productivity and reduce sickness absence.

Northumbria Healthcare’s initiatives include healthy lifestyle and fitness classes, a pedometer challenge, work-life balance support and weight management groups. The trust, which is now working towards the silver award, also makes healthy options available in its restaurants.

Ann Stringer, the organisation’s director of human resources and organisational development, said: “Within our trust, we pride ourselves on exceptional patient care and recognise that our staff are our most important asset in how this care is delivered.

“We are passionate about improving the health and well-being of our staff and are delighted to be recognised in this way.

“We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our initiatives as we begin to work towards the scheme’s silver award.”

 

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