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Healthy Working Lives gold award attained for third year running

It’s official – we’re working for one of the best employers in the country when it comes to promoting health to staff.

The 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 our 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, health and safety, healthy eating and mentally healthy workplaces.

Our staff have benefited from initiatives including:

  • 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. We were first awarded gold status in 2013 and it has subsequently been 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.

Occupational health service manager, Rona Wall, 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 our staff and delivering a high standard of patient centred care.”