NHS Fife achieves gold standard for workplace wellbeing

By Claire Warrander in ‘The Courier’ on 03/06/2016

NHS Fife has enhanced its reputation for promoting staff wellbeing by achieving the Gold Healthy Working Lives Award.

The award acknowledges successful efforts to support employees to become more aware of their safety, health and wellbeing.

Among the initiatives cited as being particularly effective are the Healthy Harmonies Choir, which recently performed at the NHS Fife Achievement Awards and is due to make its Edinburgh Fringe debut later this year, the Stress Toolkit, High-5 for 50, which looks at the challenges faced by employees over the age of 50, and mini health checks for staff.

NHS Fife launched its health and wellbeing strategy 2015-2018 last year.

It outlines how it will work alongside staff over the next three years to integrate health and wellbeing into daily activities to create a healthier, more positive working environment.

Director of HR and NHS Fife deputy chief executive Rona King said: “As one of Fife’s largest employers it is important to promote the benefits of health and wellbeing to our near 9,000 strong workforce.

“By stressing these benefits both the organisation and the individual enjoy the positive effects of a happier, more energised workforce.”

She added: “We are delighted to be recognised by Healthy Working Lives as a lot of hard work has gone in to achieving a gold award.

“A team of staff working together from a number of areas in our Well At Work team, have shown great commitment to organising and promoting a number of wellbeing initiatives including fruit stalls to encourage healthy eating, staff walking, jogging and choir groups.”