19 July 2012
Award for healthy hospital staff
Nottingham's hospitals have been rewarded for their efforts to
help staff get - and stay - fit and healthy.
A team from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) has
received a gold certificate from Sir David Nicholson, the Chief
Executive of the NHS, in recognition of its work.
The award was part of a scheme inspired by the Olympics and
launched by Sir David to encourage NHS trusts across the country to
get 2,012 more staff into exercise. It recognises the Trust's
energy and enthusiasm in meeting the challenge and getting staff
"We've always done a lot of work in Nottingham to support our
staff with health and fitness," said Christine Woolley, Assistant
Director of HR at the Trust. "It's fantastic to now be recognised
for our hard work.
"Keeping our staff fit and healthy reduces sickness and absence
and means we can provide better care for our patients, so it's a
really important part of our work."
The health and wellbeing team at the Trust works all year round
to provide opportunities for staff to take part in physical
activities such as fitness classes, running, netball, and
They also provide access to support services such as a staff
physiotherapist, occupational health advisors, a staff counsellor
and a confidential helpline, and organise health promotion events
including free health check-ups, support with smoking cessation,
and advice on healthy eating and weight loss.
Steph Knowles, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, delivers much
of the Trust's programme. "David Nicholson's challenge was to get
2,012 NHS employees more active across the country," she said.
"Well just our 'learn to run' programme alone has got 60 people
moving, so we've made a significant contribution to achieving that