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Healthy Workplace Awards

Welcome to this special edition of the Healthy Workplace Awards Ceremony E-Bulletin. It was such a fantastic day and we just want to keep on celebrating all your success!

Cornwall Music Service Trust - BRONZE
  • Setting up a small team committed to establishing a healthy workplace for all members of CMST & thereby enabling easy and open lines of communication between managers & staff.
  • Ascertaining individual needs through distributing a confidential questionnaire, & responding by providing several appropriate sessions
  • Holding a Christmas event for staff to celebrate an outstanding first year of trading; linked to the development of a greater sense of respect between management and teams by promoting the values of a happy & healthy workplace
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - BRONZE
  • Agreed organisation 'Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Staff‘
  • A Health & Wellbeing working group to implement the strategy & other health and wellbeing initiatives with Director leadership & front line staff membership from across the Trust.
  • Two pilot sites to implement health & wellbeing initiatives including, a questionnaire to identify priorities, healthy eating & a staff menu, get active & implementation of the NHS health check for staff at work.
Forms Plus Ltd - BRONZE
  • Free fruit basket for staff every week
  • Cornwall Beach Games
  • Healthy lunch at work (everyone brought a healthy recipe for us all to share)
Francis Clark - BRONZE
  • Health & Wellbeing programme set up – H&W Champions trained and a new section on our Intranet created
  • New staff room built and furnished
  • Nearly half of our employees participated in an ‘active’ event during 2015 (ROC 5K, Classic Quarter, Tuff Enuff, Get Active Cornwall, Marazion Triathlon, Cornwall Beach Games, Corporate Sports Day)
  • Focusing on our staff’s health & wellbeing as part of our business strategy, asking them in regular staff surveys how the Company can improve this
  • Promoting healthy eating by setting up a twice weekly fruit delivery for staff
  • Encouraging employees to donate blood and save lives, by providing paid time off for employees to attend a blood donation session and recovery time afterwards
Tempest Photography - BRONZE
  • Health Checks – 161 employees benefited from this between January and April 2015 (61% of the workforce)
  • The GetActive Challenge – Tempest employees showed great commitment to this project. Over 10 teams entered from within the business. One team (Celtic Chicks) were runners up, we won a “Spirit of the Challenge” Award as well – a great achievement by everyone involved
  • Awareness of the importance of creating a Healthy Workplace – we have come a long way in a short period of time, now everyone in the business is aware of Workplace Health and what it means
Trewithen Dairy - BRONZE
  • Investment in staff training – wide variety available for staff at all levels
  • Organisation of the NHS Health Checks – MD leading by example and having his check first!
  • Introduction of a staff communication group led by MD & HR!
Asda Penryn - SILVER
  • Participation in the Cornwall Beach Games
  • Lots of events for charity e.g. Santa Run & Marathon Treadmill Challenge
  • Introduction of health insurance for staff
Ambrosia Creamery - SILVER
  • The site has a new HR manager and the OHA was off site for a few weeks in the summer and returned in September to a backlog! We are therefore very happy to have achieved a Silver Healthy Workplace award as we  had a short amount of time  to work towards the award.
  • The site have agreed to use "Workways " to provide training for line managers on "Being a mindful manager" and supporting staff with common mental health conditions.
  • Cornwall Healthy Weight have visited Ambrosia to provide weight loss support to staff.
BT Truro Consumer Sales - SILVER
  • 2015 was a period of considerable change and transformation with the introduction of a number of new products.  By ensuring the launch of these products was done in an exciting and engaging way the management team supported their staff to deal with these changes effectively and at the same time improved staff morale.
  • Sick reduced throughout 2015.
  • Staff supported the community through volunteering events, local charity initiatives and by getting involved in national fundraising days.
Cornwall Council - SILVER
  • Cornwall Council won the category for ‘Employee Health and Wellbeing’ at the annual National PPMA Excellence In People Management Awards in April 2015. The Public Sector People Managers' Association, PPMA, is the voice and association for Human Resources and Organisational Development professionals working within the public sector.
  • 740 employees had a health assessment including both clinical tests and lifestyle assessments for those staff expressing an interest.  
  • Follow-up surveys show that 60% of participants make positive lifestyle changes following the assessment and 91% of participants rate the health assessments as good or excellent.
Cornwall Development Company - SILVER
  • Developed and rolled out a Toolkit to support staff through an prolonged period of significant organisational change & relocation
  • Facilitated staff to take part in physical activity during the working day – yoga & bootcamp
  • Developed new personal development plan that embeds wellbeing into staff review and goal setting
Padstow School - SILVER
  • Two Health and Well Being Champions at Padstow School
  • Free NHS Health Checks  for all Staff
  • Bowen Technique taster sessions for all staff. 
Peninsula Community Health CIC - SILVER
  • Menopause engagement sessions
  • Women’s wellbeing days
  • Staff initiated and run weight loss group.
Whitemoor Academy - SILVER
  • Organised NHS Health Checks for all staff
  • Annually take part in the Rainbow Run to include males
  • Regularly take part in bringing and sharing lunch on Fridays!
A & E Rodda & Sons - GOLD
  • Becoming a ‘Mindful Employer’
  • 5 members of staff (including the MD) completing the 3 Peaks Challenge
  • To celebrate 125 years we launched a staff community volunteering scheme called “Community Giving”
Biscovey Academy - GOLD
  • All staff offered an NHS Health Assessment onsite during the working day.
  • Maintaining standards to secure a Gold award for the second year.
  • Supporting and providing necessary interventions to individuals and staff during crisis.
Cornish Mutual - GOLD
  • More than 25% of the workforce taking part in Truro’s ROC 5k race and one employee starting jogging with us at work and going on to complete a half marathon.
  • Hit of the Year – Ping Pong Table in the office!
  • Team spirit showed off in buckets during Comic Relief 2015, a good morale booster for everyone!
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly BCU, Devon and Cornwall Police - GOLD
  • The Chief Constable signing the MIND Blue Light Time to Change pledge
  • Working with the Institute of Mental Health Nottingham to introduce Peer supporters for mental wellbeing.  We have 60 trained peer supporters across the force, volunteering to support colleagues with shared or lived experience of mental health issues in the workplace.
  • Introducing a new Health & Wellbeing Force Strategy which includes the principles of the BiTC Workwell model, Biopsychosocial  approach, NEF 5 ways to wellbeing and a Health and Wellbeing Delivery group at its heart influencing actions, decisions & behaviours.
Duchy Hospital - GOLD
  • Restarting Pilate’s sessions for staff
  • Piloting a new scheme offering Physiotherapy sessions which are accessible to all staff
  • Starting up a spinal service for Cornwall. Historically, everyone had to go to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
Ginsters - GOLD
  • Promoting physical fitness to all staff: On Site activities to include table tennis, kettle bell class, tap dancing, taekwondo, badminton, on-site gym, cycling club, walking bus.
  • Volunteering: We encourage our employees to share their skills and knowledge through volunteering, and we engage with local charities and support groups in order to give people the opportunity to get involved in voluntary work.
  • Charity Fundraising: Samworth Challenge  - The bi-annual charity challenge with 10 teams (40 staff members) from Ginsters participating in the challenge.  The challenge consists of 2 elements, first each team of 4 people raise £2000 which is donated to their chosen charity. The second element is a weekend of physical challenges where each team strives to finish first to be on the leader board. The event spurs employees to raise their physical fitness and also gives them a sense of wellbeing, not only through the fundraising aspect but also as staff support & encourage each other through the months of training and throughout the event.
HMRC St Austell - GOLD
  • Working collaborately with the charity committee to hold a Macmillan Coffee Morning. The event raised £297 and increased Health & Wellbeing awareness with an interactive stall using materials from the Resource Centre. This was great fun and well received.
  • During 2015 there have been more people cycling to work and making use of the office facilities available. This is combined with increased  interest and up take in the cycle to work scheme.
  • There was a successful Learning at Work Day held in November with Health & Wellbeing related workshops held on site. This included allotments and chicken keeping which proved very popular.
Truro Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre - GOLD
  • Using the new HWIC Common Room as a hub for Healthy Workplace resources and as a venue to engage with our external partners in promoting various health-focussed initiatives, for example Oral Health Awareness in November.
  • Getting 2 HWIC-based teams involved in a friendly competition as part of the 2015 Workplace Get Active Challenge. The teams included the Centre management as well as individuals from client businesses based in the building, so we were excited to get people outside of our team involved.
  • The success of recent workshops held near the end of 2015, for example Lunchtime Mindfulness, NHS Health Checks and Stress Management with a Difference. This has inspired us to organise more in 2016.
NHS Kernow - GOLD
  • Being able to hold the Staff NHS Health Checks as this has resulted in tangible changes to individuals’ health and wellbeing
  • Undertaking staff engagement work to be able outline the priorities of the Healthy Workplace Group going forward
  • Presenting at our Governing Body meeting ensuring that the work of the group is fully embedded at all levels of the organisation including promoting this to our lay members, executive team and members of the public
Red Hotels Ltd - GOLD
  • Commitment from our Directors to improving the work life balance of chefs, leading the way in the industry.
  • Introduction of new a Management Development Programme including coaching in Attendance Management.
  • Upgrade of staff accommodation and positive encouragement for long term residents to move towards independent living.
Sandy Hill Academy - GOLD
  • Macmillan Coffee Afternoon
  • Re-organisation of the staff room to include weekly fruit and a dining table
  • Dementia Awareness session
St Austell Benefit Service Centre - GOLD
  • On-going and regular NHS Health Checks  - all appointments fully attended throughout 2015.  Very positive feedback from all attendees.
  • Engaging with external charities and organisations to provide awareness/training sessions to staff, covering a wide variety of subjects
  • Resuming with the British Heart Foundation CPR sessions – having a member of staff on site delivering these sessions to six staff per month on an on-going basis is a fantastic achievement which we are extremely proud of!
TRAC Services - GOLD
  • The inclusion of a regular sporting activity to the calendar
  • Delivering the heart health and sun care campaigns in a completely new way
  • Maintaining a high level of participation in outside events
Truro & Penwith College - GOLD
  • Person Centred absence management techniques (reducing our sickness absence rates to their second lowest in 10 years)
  • Successful in house ‘Weigh-to go’ healthy weight programme
  • High staff participation in the ROC 5k in Truro in June along with many other events throughout the year including staff walks and mud runs.
YMCA Cornwall - GOLD
  • 3rd place result for Team YMCA in the 'Get Active' Workplace Challenge
  • No sickness due to workplace stress
  • 100% satisfaction rate (staff survey) of better work/life balance
TRAC Services - Mentor Award, for their contribution in sharing good practice and encouraging and supporting others in promoting a healthy workplace.

TRAC Services are a fantastic example and role model to all companies championing this award for the last 2 years, with new fresh ideas.  All members of the TRAC Team are committed and engaged in the healthy workplace agenda and have wonderful examples of successful and innovative initiatives.  TRAC have supported a number of new businesses with information sharing  and encourage other companies to join the Workplace Health programme as part of their partnership work and passion for the importance of this agenda, great advocates of this work.

Many congratulations go to Sarah, Matthew, Vicki and the whole TRAC team for this, a well deserved example of a company being proactive, innovative and great role models in business.
Wow! This year we had over 24 nominations for the Health Champion of the Year, which was fantastic!  It was a tough decision for the panel. 

Often key people or a team of key people are the real champions who ensure things happen and health and wellbeing stay on the agenda with many opportunities organised and support on offer.
Ben Payton, HMRC St Austell Health Champion of the Year

"Ben has been a driving force in promoting Workplace Health in our office for a couple of years. His enthusiasm is exceptional, encouraging many people to do things outside their comfort zone, including me from never having run in my life, to doing a 5K challenge and joining the local running club!! He has organised events within the office including individual NHS Health checks, How to Eat well, even a demonstration with “Beer Goggles” on how alcohol affects your body and senses. Ben not only promotes local and National events within the offices weekly newsletter but also sets an example by cycling to work and taking part in cycling events around the County. Thanks to Ben’s enthusiasm, our office has had teams joining the Get Active challenge, Rainbow Run, Santa Run and various Triathlons and has high hopes of repeating our Gold Award again this year!"

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Best Newcomer 2016
A new award last year, which recognises great progress in the first year of engaging and working with the healthy workplace programme. CPFT has made huge strides this year with a Health & Wellbeing Strategy which clearly demonstrates the commitment to this agenda which is being led by Sharon Linter and Sophie Scott. There is clear support and involvement from the top which has been evident from the start and with over 60 locations across the county it is a difficult task however a health and wellbeing group with a wide range of staff members and good numbers attending with rotation of meetings have ensured a promising start with staff involvement and initiatives being set up.  There have been 2 specific locations were staff based on site have really grabbed opportunities and have been instrumental in pushing the health and wellbeing agenda of staff forward – a special mention to Coleen, Jamie and Sharon.  The organisations approach, honesty and commitment has been impressive, an exciting year ahead.  Well Done!
Sandy Hill AcademyPrimary School of the Year 2016
Well done to Sandy Hill for achieving our Primary School of the Year award!  It was more Primary Schools than ever signing up this year, which is fantastic to see.
Mentor Award 2016 winner, Sarah Trethowan from TRAC Services has inspired us; "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 Healthy Workplace Award programme and you would like to be, please register your interest with us at and start your journey in becoming a healthier workplace!
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