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NHSGGC awarded Healthy Working Lives gold for third year in a row

Friday, December 9, 2016

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has been named one of the best employers in the country when it comes to promoting health to its workforce. 

The health board has been awarded the Healthy Working Lives gold award for the third year in a row in recognition of its ongoing commitment to improving the health, safety and wellbeing of its 38,000 employees. 

Administered by NHS Health Scotland, the award encourages employers to create a healthier workforce by promoting a wide range of topics such as occupational health and safety, healthy eating and mentally healthy workplaces. 

NHSGGC initiatives have included: 

  • Stop smoking incentives
  • Mentally healthy workplace manager training
  • Money management support
  • Team participation in pedometer challenges
  • Development of various occupational, and health and safety procedures. 

Organisations work their way up the three levels of award, from bronze up to gold. The health board was first awarded gold status in 2013 which it has subsequently retained by applying a focused approach to health, safety and wellbeing. 

Programme advisors have helped the board understand how best to engage with such a large workforce and create a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce. 

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC, said: “Achieving the gold award for the third year in a row is an accolade to both our health improvement team and also to our staff who have embraced the positive changes the programme can make to their working lives. 

“Encouraging workplace health should never be a second thought. As a health board we emphatically believe a healthy workforce is the key to motivating staff and delivering a high standard of patient centred care.”

The Healthy Working Lives was launched in 2005 as part of NHS Health Scotland. It offers advice to employers, especially SMEs, to better promote the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees.

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