19 July 2012

Award for healthy hospital staff

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 more active.

"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 cycling.

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 goal."

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
Cookie Disclaimer

Our website uses cookies to provide you with a better online experience. If you continue to use our site without changing your browser settings, we'll assume you are happy to receive cookies. Please read our Cookie policy for more information.