24.01.2018

Newcastle Hospitals awarded Gold Award from the North East Better Health at Work Awards

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has recently been awarded the Gold Award from the North East Better Health at Work Awards. The Gold Award follows on from successful consecutive awards at Bronze and Silver level.

These awards are unique to the North East and have been established to take positive action on health and wellbeing in the workplace. The awards have been taken forward by all of the region's twelve Local Authorities, the NHS and the Northern TUC, with the support and endorsement from Public Health England.

Newcastle Hospitals were commended by award assessors who said “Newcastle Hospitals have a very noble aspiration to become a major Public Health player in Newcastle and are clearly intent on delivering on this. There is no doubt that the organisation has a ‘big picture’ approach to the contribution and impact they make/have to Newcastle as a whole community; physiologically, economically, socially and environmentally.”

On route to their Gold award the Trust supported its staff by running many health and wellbeing campaigns. Campaigns included: Nutrition and Hydration week, Skin Cancer Awareness, World Mental Health Day, and Free Recipe Friday. Newcastle Hospitals also led the way in the city wide Campaign ‘Newcastle Can’, with staff achieving their target of 1,000lbs in weight loss. The staff running groups were also celebrated as a sustainable initiative having now been running for two years.

The Trust will now begin their application for the next step in the process, ‘Achieving Excellence,’ by looking at sustainable health projects that promote good physical and mental health for staff, and linking with national campaigns such as ‘Time to Change’ which aims to reduce stigma around mental health.

Frances Blackburn, Deputy Director of Nursing and Patient Services, at the Freeman Hospital said “We are delighted to have been assessed as having met the Gold Standard for Better Health at Work, this is recognition of all of the hard work that our Health Champions do in their departments and across the Trust to support colleagues to take positive steps to look after their own health and wellbeing.

"The support staff across the Trust receive from their teams and other colleagues including the Staff Networks, Staff Side and Chaplaincy makes such a positive impact on us all. We are committed to continuing this work as our hard working and committed staff are what enables us to deliver great care ”

To find out more about the North East Better Health at Work Awards please visit http://www.betterhealthatworkne.org

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