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Workplace Health Awards

Welcome to this special edition of the Workplace Health Award Ceremony newsletter. It was such a fantastic day and we just want to keep on celebrating all your success!  Well done to all awardees and thank you to all that came. We hope to see you all again next year!

Bronze Award Levels:
3Whitehats - BRONZE
  • Included health as an item on the agenda of our weekly Monday meeting to raise awareness of relevant and key campaigns
  • Created a central online database that stores all relevant information, guides and links that staff can access
  • Arranged a visit from an osteopath who is part of a local natural health clinic to discuss issues with staff
Bugle School - BRONZE
  • The Health and Wellbeing Champions have been highly effective in supporting and signposting staff
  • All staff have found the NHS Health Assessments to be very useful in helping them to be aware of any lifestyle changes that they would benefit from making.
  • The School obtained Healthy Schools status with examples of our evidence being used as exemplars for other schools.
Connor Downs Primary School - BRONZE
  • We are having regular staff socials - country skittles has been a favourite so far!
  • We have enjoyed regular Yoga sessions - increasing body strength and a sense of wellbeing through quiet meditation.
  • Staff have received health assessment checks and some have changed their daily habits - For example:  Fitbits have been bought and a competition for most steps per day is in place!
Forms Plus - BRONZE
  • Volunteering for the day with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – The team worked together to clear bracken and open up sections of a wild meadow in Porkellis by hand in order not to disturb wildlife. They had to master scythes and also pull up Himalayan Balsam, an invasive species, which was really physical work and helped with the conservation of our local area.
  • Held regular healthy bring and share buffet lunches in the office which was great for team building, inspiring a bit of healthy competition and sharing recipe ideas.
  • The team ran the Night of Neon charity run in Helston in October with partners and family to help raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care and got covered in neon paint!
Mount Hawke Academy - BRONZE
  • All staff were given the opportunity to have a health assessment, which was really helpful in letting people know what they needed to do to be healthier
  • From this health assessment it was evident that we are all dehydrated. The school purchased a water tank for us to use.
  • All staff are aware of the Health and Wellbeing Champion and know who to go to for help.
Parcelforce Worldwide Cornwall LD - BRONZE
  • Organising a successful visit by the Stroke Association.  We were pleased at the enthusiasm our team showed for this and we had virtually 100% participation.
  • Taking part in our first ‘Get Active Challenge’.  We are going to start promoting this earlier next year to ensure we put more teams in.
  • Taking a far more proactive approach to supporting the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, which benefits them and the business.
Richard Lander School - BRONZE
  • The introduction of a ‘Healthy Breakfast’ during staff training days.
  • The introduction of ‘Mindfulness’ workshops during staff training days.
  • The introduction of Wednesday night Yoga Classes for staff.
Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust - BRONZE
  • Increased take up of Flu Jabs by frontline staff
  • Revitalisation of the Improving Working Lives Programme
  • Revitalisation of the Health and Wellbeing Group and Strategy
Truro Learning Academy - BRONZE
  • The introduction of a weekly staff Vera Flow yoga/dance session.
  • The introduction and effectiveness of the 'box and joy‘
  • All staff offered a free health assessment check.
View it, Love it, Live it - BRONZE
  • Be First, Be Daring, Be Different - First Estate Agents in Cornwall to be a ‘Mindful Employer’ and awarded a ‘Workplace Health Award’
  • NetWalking - Introduced weekly NetWalking to engage with businesses at Tremough Innovation Centre
  • Activity Lottery - Suggestions are put into pot and ticket drawn quarterly.   Team, freelancers and family are invited to each event plus Jan 2017 Football Golf at Killiow Golf Club
Silver Award Levels:
Cornwall Housing Ltd - SILVER
  • 186 members of staff attended free taster sessions including, Chiropractor, Physiotherapy, Chiropody, Bowen, Massage, and Reflexology
  • 146 NHS Health checks were provided to staff.
  • We have 7 trained Health Champions as well as 17 Health and Wellbeing reps who attend monthly meetings to raise the importance of Health and Wellbeing by communicating, planning and arranging initiatives and events for all staff.
Cornwall Music Service Trust - SILVER
  • Make it a priority to give staff the opportunity time to meet and talk at social occasions and training days 
  • Offer ‘looking after yourself ‘sessions during INSET – healthy weight, dealing with stress, posture scans, information on vocal & hearing health
  • Encourage staff to get involved in fund-raising initiatives: which have a dual purpose, in raising money for the cause and providing social benefit to participants.
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - SILVER
  • Health Checks for all staff done in work time
  • Provision of Resilience and mindfulness workshops to reduce staff stress
  • Free Fruit Friday scheme to encourage healthy eating
Frugi - SILVER
  • Great Frugi team participation in the Get Active Challenge
  • Introducing free weekly lunchtime yoga sessions for all Staff
  • Providing free head, shoulder and neck massages to staff at Frugi during October
St Mawgan in Pydar School - SILVER
  • Being able to offer all members of staff NHS health checks.
  • Entering a team in Race for Life's Pretty Muddy event. 
  • Trained members of staff as Health and Wellbeing Champions.
Padstow School - SILVER
  • Health and wellbeing on all staff meeting agendas teaching and teaching assistants weekly . 
  • Empty nest and menopause workshops organized and attended on request of need from staff. 
  • 2nd Bowen therapy day/sessions open for all staff. 
  • 3 X weekly run a mile challenge for pupils and staff. 
PKF Francis Clark - SILVER
  • Cornwall Sports Partnership Active Workplace of the Year award winner
  • Set up a weekly Boot Camp with a personal trainer
  • 60% of employees took part in at least one activity during the year
Proper Cornish & Furniss - SILVER
  • Achieved a culture change throughout the Company, breaking down barriers and significantly improving morale with increased participation in activities.
  • Increased awareness of Health and Wellbeing, with individuals making positive changes as a result of the information / tools / experiences provided e.g. Walk and Wheels Wednesday, Health and Wellbeing days (massage, reflexology, physiotherapy on site), Healthy Weight and Eating workshops, monthly Health and Wellbeing focus and communications.
  • Raised £6110.83 for our chosen charity in 2016 – biggest total yet, with different colleagues getting involved to support our charity fund raising.  The events organised supported the promotion of Health and Wellbeing.
Shortlanesend School - SILVER
  • A healthier lifestyle established through a slimming club, dog walking group and staff fitness clubs.
  • Staff shout out board which has provided a further lift to morale.
  • Increased social opportunities suggested by all staff and regularly well attended.
Summercourt Academy - SILVER
  • Summercourt Slimmer’s - Following some of the NHS health checks and general feedback from staff, we felt it was appropriate to set up a weekly slimming club offered to all staff who wished to attend. We have had a great response and now have 9 members. We meet weekly on a Wednesday after school and share tips and recipes and things that have worked/not worked for us. We all record our weights in a personal book and we have a board to show our achievements/weekly progress. All staff pay 50p per week and we have a monthly healthy hamper raffle. We have all decided to use the money that we make towards a healthy meal/activity somewhere each term. 
  • Shout out board - The shout out board has been amazing for our academy. It is used all of the time by all staff and is a chance for us to thank our colleagues for anything and everything. It has enabled staff to feel valued and we all enjoy reading them. It has had a huge uplifting impact on staff morale at Summercourt. 
  • Social gatherings- Christmas DVD night - Through our role as Health and well-being champions we feel that providing opportunities for staff to socialise outside of school is vital to staff moral and general well-being. We are excited to be thinking of different things to do each half term and we are really lucky that all of the staff fully embrace what we offer. We hosted a great Christmas DVD evening with nibbles and mulled wine. We began to get into the Christmas spirit and we all had a lovely evening chatting with each other and enjoying one another’s company!
St Stephens Churchtown Academy - SILVER
  • Successful NHS health checks  - Most staff took part in these which led to some staff being referred on to their GP for issues that came to light, that they were previously unaware of
  • Having been able to signpost staff to various services and see them access those and improve their wellbeing as a result.
  • Excellent mental health training that all staff have taken part in which has raised awareness of mental health issues/stress in the workplace and highlighted services available.
Tempest Photography - SILVER
  • The Monthly Newsletter – this has become a great communication tool for both internal and external staff as well as promoting topics such as health information and news, promoting awareness days, exercises and mindfulness techniques.
  • Increased support for staff coming back to work. A proactive approach from offering different duties, regular contact whilst off work and regular return to work meetings as well as Occupational Health support available.
  • Increased First Aiders in the lab who are also trained on the new defibrillators: 2 available now at the main lab and on the Causeway site. (We now hope to increase this training with “Mental Health First Aid Training).
Treverbyn Academy - SILVER
  • NHS Health Checks available for all staff
  • Team building activities at the inset days, team quiz’s encouraging staff to enter each other’s classrooms and mingle with different teams
  • Mental Health & resilience training and following the Time to Change mental health awareness campaign
Trewithen Dairy - SILVER
  • Motorway service station style health information stations. (Sometimes the simple things are the most effective)
  • Free fruit days. Ensuring all shifts have fruit available 
  • Free health check offered  for all staff at work and during their shift
Whitemoor Academy - SILVER
  • The head teacher paid for all the staff to enter the Santa Run at Eden Project
  • Recipe of the week, Salad Fridays and free fruit three times a week for the whole school, including staff
  • Netball matches between other schools within the Aspire Trust
Gold Award Levels:
Biscovey Academy - GOLD
  • Health and Wellbeing strategies were fundamental to the successful change management structure of Biscovey Academy
  • Support and mentoring through the Aspire Wellbeing programme provided to fellow Aspire academies
  • Additional Health & Wellbeing Champions trained for sustainability
BT Consumer Sales Truro - GOLD
  • Sporting - this year has seen a huge uptake on the Sporting Activities we have put on for our advisors. The biggest hit is our new Table Tennis table. It is constantly used for all to unwind and also tournaments. We have also started a football team, and have played against GE, Cornish Mutual and SKY. Cycle to work scheme has been a big hit.
  • Community  - We have participated in a number of volunteering and community activities. Our biggest activity was for Stand Up To Cancer where we completed a 12 hour spinathon outside of our building which was supported by anytime fitness. This was hugely successful and really demonstrated BTs commitment to the local community and charities. 
  • Engagement - We have stepped up our employee engagement activity. A new feedback loop, you said, we did, was launched where we can act upon anonymous feedback, we have also increased our social activities with many taking place in bowling, Raise the Roof, quiz nights etc. 
  • Our recognition framework has also been improved to ensure we recognise our exceptional people in the moment and daily as well as weekly with our weekly recognition and our vision cup which is awarded to the advisor living BTs values. We also introduced manager recognition to demonstrate the exceptional commitment that our managers give to the business and their teams.
  • Overall, all of this has helped reduce of sickness absence by 50% but also grow our employee engagement scores. 
Carnon Downs Surgery - GOLD
  • Vaccinated a higher percentage of staff against the flu this year – the NHS as a whole reported a better uptake but we have always been proud that our staff want to be protected.  This vital campaign has helped us feel very proud of the efforts being made by staff to keep colleagues healthy and protect vulnerable patients from the flu.
  • Friday Lunch Club has been created when we visit a local caterer, located in the village, who makes wonderful healthy varied lunches for the staff on duty using fresh local ingredients.  One member of staff will take orders and then go and collect the lunches so that we all sit down together and have a filling and healthy lunch.  It has been great to socialise and also help those of us on a new year diet plan not to go off track at the end of the week!
  • Challenges again feature highly on our team building and social calendar with the cycle ride along the Bissoe Trail (well it is on our doorstep) over to Portreath for a pasty lunch being a highlight this year.  The calories expended during the cycle didn’t quite balance the amount in the pasty but to be honest it’s as much about feeling good – we are not the food police – it was so much fun and all ages and abilities enjoyed the day.  (PS I am on a plan as I am the big 50 this year – 1 stone down already in week 6!!!)
Cornish Mutual - GOLD
  • Getting everybody engaged throughout diabetes awareness week and providing them all with the opportunity to have free diabetes health checks.
  • Supporting the ROC 5K and getting a big group of us signed up to take part in the fun run – we even had Cornish Mutual employees marshalling which was fantastic
  • Signing up 11 teams to the Get Active Challenge
Cornwall & IOS BCU, Devon & Cornwall Police - GOLD
  • Retaining the Gold Award
  • Governance and buy in from senior managers for wellness – i.e. HWB and also agenda items at management meetings – it’s now talked about at every meeting.
  • Workplace champions being in place at nearly every locality actively promoting healthy lifestyles
  • Collaboration between Workplace Health and D&C
Cornwall Council - GOLD
  • HSW Champion Programme - Our biggest achievement over the least 12 months has been the re-design and re-launch of the HSW Champion programme. There are now 52 trained, covering all main locations, quarterly network meetings, a support group lead group, a bid process for start-up initiatives, role profile with line manager sign off, coloured lanyards, re-designed training, better links to schools programme. All of which culminated in a HSW Champions Conference.
  • H&W Engagement - Increased staff engagement through a series of Health and Wellbeing awareness raising activities including the re-launch of a regular H&W newsletter and delivery of series of roadshows.  This year CC used a range of methods to improve raise awareness and improve engagement in wellbeing initiatives. Including re-launch of the regular Health & Wellbeing newsletter with input from key partners and delivered a series awareness raising roadshows including Know Your Numbers, Stress Awareness, Musculoskeletal Health and a Domestic Abuse Support roadshow.
  • Partner engagement - Greater partnership work with key partners both internally and externally. Including Public Health, HPS, WPH, CSP, Safeguarding team, L&D, Macmillan, Diversity & equality team, Volunteer Cornwall and Sustrans.
Ginsters - GOLD
  • Physical Fitness increase by the Introduction of a beginners running club, lunch-time spinning session, beginner’s kettlebell class. The 1st year anniversary of the beginner’s tap dancing class.
  • Awareness Event:  Macmillan Coffee break – raising money for a good cause plus raising awareness on different cancer topics with our Occupational Health Nurse on hand to give friendly advice.
  • Learning New Skills: The sewing group, expert sewing share their skills with beginner to create different projects from Christmas stockings to bedspread.
  • Giving back to the community:  Charity sewing projects, made by the sewing group donated to local hospitals. Plus, every year with the help of the Salvation Army Ginsters organise a soup run. Ginsters supply the ingredients and staff to make and deliver soup and pasties to the homeless in Plymouth.
St Austell Service Centre - GOLD
  • Our Mental Health has been supported particularly this year with Change Agility & Stress and Resilience workshops, offsite DWP Engagement Days, onsite talks to keep us up to date, How Are You Feeling checks with routes for questions to be asked, DWP/HMRC Mingle Day, visits to DWP site (Blackpool) to see how things work, visits to colleagues onsite to see how Universal Credit is working locally, …… in view of huge changes in the workplace, moving from HMRC to DWP.
  • April 2016 actual rolling 12 months Average Working Days Lost to sickness absence 8.67 days.   27 March 2016 projected absence estimate 9.09 days AWDL for April 16 to March 17.   18 January 2017  we were actual rolling 12 months actual absence 5.94 days.  15 January 2017 we were actual 5.12 days AWDL.
  • The support from Kate Curtis our Site Manager, all our Senior Management Team encouraging staff involvement and engagement to organise, contribute and take part in activities both inside and outside the workplace.  Supporting a Workplace Champion with time and resources to promote awareness of health and wellbeing issues across the site, and contributing to learning events.
LumiraDX Care Solutions UK LTD - GOLD
  • 3 teams entered into the Get Active Challenge
  • Free lunch provided everyday for all employees (approx..45)
  • Providing all staff with fully supported access to a local life coach & mentor on-site and during working hours
NHS Kernow - GOLD
  • Allocation of a staff room at Sedgemoor
  • Engagement with the governing body and Executive Management team – including identification of a governing body member to support the group
  • Free mindfulness app for all staff
Pendennis Shipyard - GOLD
  • All employees enrolled on Simply Health’s ‘cash plan’
  • Introduction of The Galley offering a range of foods including healthy choices and never ‘chips’
  • Pendennis Health Education Week, leading to a complete overhaul of the gym and introduction of fitness classes.
Rodda’s - GOLD
  • The introduction of our table tennis league
  • The creation of "The Croust House" providing a restful area for staff to take rest breaks.
  • A growing community giving scheme providing volunteer opportunities for all staff.
Sandy Hill Academy - GOLD
  • Holding a health and wellbeing day for all staff. This included  - Badminton, Table Tennis, Archery, Bowls and lots of laughter!
  • Charity Day for Little Harbour - We all dressed in the colours of the rainbow, ran/walked a set route and held a cake sale. £700 raised!
  • Improved Staff moral and encouragement of a healthier lifestyle especially by introducing fruit into the staffroom. Very popular!
St Austell Brewery - GOLD
  • Setting up the HOPS (Health Optimisation and Promotion Scheme) initiative within the brewery to bring all workplace health benefits under one umbrella and to  ensure these initiatives are visible to all.
  • The development and running of the HOPS Voluntary Health Checks available to all employees and includes checks of BP, HR, Glucose, Cholesterol, BMI and respiratory peak flow. 
  • Developing a strategy of support for those experiencing stress including signposting, funded counselling and OH support.
St Minver School - GOLD
  • Active staff - mountain bikers, half marathon runners and an after work aerobics club for staff.
  • NHS free assessments - highlighted key areas for many staff, resulting in many joining and weight loss groups and taking part in a more active lifestyle.
  • Raising the profile of health and wellbeing within the school.
TRAC Services - GOLD
  • Introducing a system for colleagues to voluntarily report stress levels to line managers and encourage an open discussion on this during 1-1 meetings
  • Continuing to support local charities by taking part in the ROC 5k, CHSW Rainbow Run and volunteering at the Kehelland Trust
  • The introduction of ‘Traccolade’ an online platform which allows the team to recognise colleagues for delivering the company values, say thank you or congratulate them.  These is also the option to make a financial reward or offer them a perk (treat which they can choose form) on occasions where there has been an outstanding contribution.
Truro & Penwith College - GOLD
  • Lowest ever sickness absence rates (2 %)
  • Bi-annual Staff Survey showed improvements in moral and staff awareness of H&W
  • Sustaining the access to a wide range of free activities and Part Time Courses for staff 
YMCA Cornwall - GOLD
  • Signing up to the Mindful Employer Charter
  • Entering a team to the Urban Survivor Challenge in February
  • An agreement from the organisations Directors to fund Fitbits for existing and future employees to encourage physical exercise
Mentor Awards: for their contribution in sharing good practice and encouraging and supporting others in promoting a healthy workplace.
TRAC Services are fantastic role models to all companies, with continuing to promote new fresh ideas to engage staff with health & well-being in the workplace.  All members of TRAC Services are committed and engaged in the workplace health agenda and have wonderful examples of successful and innovative initiatives.  TRAC Services have supported 3 new businesses this year with information sharing  and are always encouraging  other companies to join the Workplace health programme as part of their partnership work and have a real passion for the importance of this agenda being the founders of the ‘challenge the workplace’ campaign we launched! They are truly great advocates of this work.

Many congratulations go to Sarah, Matthew and the whole of TRAC Services team for this award.
Carnon Downs Surgery have been great advocates at promoting Workplace Health to other GP practices across Cornwall.  Sally and Alison strongly believe that although resilience certainly plays a huge part in how people adapt to new ways of working, however the NHS, have so many facilities, experience and knowledge at their fingertips that they can utilise in-house.  Over the past 12 months Carnon Downs have worked closely with St Austell Healthcare, Dentists, Practice Nurse and Practice Manager Conferences and they both say they will continue to shout it from the rooftops!

Well done both!
Biscovey Academy – this year we have had 15 schools achieving a workplace health award, who are all part of the aspire trust.  Roger Green and Lucy Wright have the driving force behind this and truly believe in the workplace health agenda.

They are constantly providing RSPH Health Champion training in house as well sourcing outside providers in fields such as Mental Health and Stress in with workplace.  Aspire Trust have invested in staff health and wellbeing at every opportunity and feedback from staff is that they certainly feel valued & supported in the workplace.
Sandy Hill Academy – have been instrumental at sharing their best practice and showing all the fantastic work they do for staff and well-being via a health champion conference.  Many initiatives Natasha and Michelle have run at Sandy Hill Academy have been replicated at other schools throughout Cornwall, with great success.

It is clear Natasha and Michelle enjoy their role as Health Champions and their enthusiasm is infectious to all!
NHS Kernow – Tracy Coles and the team have been wonderful at sharing best practice with other organisations in Cornwall.  They have worked closely with several trusts within the NHS and contributed to some police journals.  Tracy will always share their best practice with any workplaces and support them in any way she can.  The passion and the effort they put into workplace health could never go unnoticed. 

Congratulations to all at NHS Kernow.
Health Champions:
This year we had 11 nominations which is fantastic.  Often key people or a team of key people are the real champions who ensure things happen and health and well-being stays on the agenda with many opportunities organised and support on offer for staff to access.
  • Lorraine – 3whitehats
  • Chloe Coney – Cornwall Council
  • Dolcoath HSW Champions; Lucy Turner, Rachel Reid, Emma Turner & Jason Beaver - Cornwall Council
  • Tracy Carrol - Frugi (Cut 4 Cloth Ltd)
  • Becky Wood - PKF Francis Clark
  • Vicky Brooke - Cornwall Housing Ltd
  • Karen Frost - Cornwall Music Service Trust
  • Joanna Ramsden - Cornwall Council
  • Andy Kennedy - St Austell Brewery
  • Liz Sibley - Cornwall Music Service Trust
  • Steve Arthur - Ginsters
Tracy Carroll, Frugi (Cut 4 Cloth Ltd) Health Champion of the Year

"I would like to nominate our Managing Director at Frugi, Tracy Carroll for the Health Champion of the Year Nominations, she leads from the front, is always encouraging of the Healthy Workplace initiatives that we put on. She encourages participation from all staff and she is happy to allow staff the time to join in for example the lunchtime yoga sessions, the lunchtime walks, head and shoulder massages and fun run fundraising. She also works tirelessly to fundraise and support Organ Donation charity after having had a transplant herself. She truly wants our staff to get the best out of their time at Frugi and stay happy active and healthy at work. I couldn’t put all our fantastic initiatives into action without her enthusiasm and support from the top of the organisation, she truly deserves this award"

Best Newcomer 2017: This award recognises great progress in the first year of engaging and working with the workplace health programme.
Parcelforce Worldwide Cornwall LD

This award recognises great progress in the first year of engaging and working with the workplace health programme.  The workplace health team were so impressed with ‘Parcelforce Worldwide Cornwall LD’ based in Bodmin.  The support and commitment from management is excellent and it was clear Sam and Chris have gone above and beyond for certain team members to ensure they are looking after their own health and well-being.

Some excellent examples and case studies were given around supporting getting staff back to work. It is wonderful to see sickness absence rates already steadily reducing.  We were particularly impressed with the focused placed on mental health and that all staff had received briefing sessions on these and also that all managers had completed training on these topics.  It was also excellent to hear about the support services in place for staff such as ‘First Class Support’, ‘Feeling First Class’ and ‘My Bundle’. The organisations approach, commitment and enthusiasm have been impressive, an exciting year ahead.

Well done Sam and Chris at Parcelforce Worldwide!
"Let's challenge other workplaces to join us!"
If you are already signed up and have achieved Bronze, Silver or Gold - why not challenge another workplace nearby to you, to sign up too? #challengeaworkplace

If you are not already involved with the Workplace Health Award programme and you would like to be, please register your interest with us on our website at; and start your journey in becoming a healthier workplace!
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