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Call for local GPs, pharmacies and opticians to sign up for healthy working lives award

November 25, 2013 11:04 AM

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Scotland’s largest Health Board is calling on all independent GP practices, pharmacies and opticians in its area to register for the Health Working Lives (HWL) Award Scheme.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s call comes as a national initiative is launched encouraging small and medium sized enterprises (SME) from across Scotland to improve the performance of their businesses by signing up for the award winning scheme.

A new direct marketing campaign launched by NHS Health Scotland today (Monday 25th November 2013) will help local employers create a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce.

The campaign aims to encourage SME’s to sign up for the HWL Award Programme to improve their business performance. The programme, which is free and is backed by expert advice, supports employers and employees to develop health promotion and safety themes in the workplace in a practical, logical way.

Strategic Director of HWL at NHS Health Scotland, Steve Bell said: “The HWL Award has been a great success story for Scottish employers and for their staff, and provides an easily accessible framework through which to improve health, safety and wellbeing as well as delivering better business outcomes.

"Employers holding the Award are also making an important statement about themselves and their commitment as an employer to the health of staff.”

Lisa Buck, HWL Adviser in the NHSGGC area, said: “Creating a healthier, happier and more productive workforce through the HWL Award Programme can give organisations the competitive edge needed to succeed in today’s current climate. GPs, opticians and pharmacies employ many staff and would benefit from the programme just as much as any other SME.

“The advice we give is practical, tailored, confidential - and what’s more, free. So if a local organisation is experiencing issues such as poor productively, high rates of sickness absence, workplace accidents or ill health, help and advice is out there. Just get in touch with us through our website and we’ll talk you through the rest.”

The number of people in Scotland of working age is forecast to fall by 8% – from 3.15 million in 2002 to 2.88 million in 2027 – and the number of Scots aged 16 to 29 is expected to drop by nearly 9%*. In this climate, recruiting, motivating and retaining staff is becoming increasingly critical - especially for small companies where high staff turnover can be very disruptive.

Taking part in the HWL Award Programme can help organisations manage these pressures by reducing absence, and increasing productivity and staff retention.

Almost 600 organisations in Scotland have achieved a HWL Award, offering potential improvements in health, wellbeing and morale, and reducing accidents and sickness absence. Businesses interested in learning more will be able to register their interest by visiting the HWL website:

Achieving a HWL Award celebrates success, and gaining one could help organisations reap the benefits of providing a healthier and safer workplace – no matter what line of work they are in.

The direct marketing campaign will be sent out by post/email to nearly 9,000 SME’s across all sectors in Scotland. The campaign will be conducted through direct marketing (both post and email).


1. The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives was established 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.

2. Information on the campaign, including how to register, can be accessed by visiting or phoning the free national Advice line on 0800 019 2211.

3. *(Figures from Government Actuary’s Department (Dec 2003) Projected Population of Scotland (2002 Based) report.)

For more information contact the NHSGGC Press Office on 0141 201 4429

Or for more information on the campaign contact Claire Smillie, Communications Manager, NHS Health Scotland, 07826894091.

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