Tayside organisations were the stars of a special ceremony to celebrate their efforts in building healthy workplaces for staff.
A range of awards was handed out to businesses and organisations from across Tayside at an event to celebrate achievement in NHS Tayside’s Healthy Working Lives programme, a national award scheme run and managed by the Health and Work Directorate, NHS Health Scotland.
Healthy Working Lives offers all sorts of practical support and advice to help employers improve the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff. Businesses, communities and individuals can all reap the rewards of a healthier and safer workforce, and these awards help celebrate their success.
Organisations picking up awards included Bell Ingram, The Care Inspectorate, Hadden Group, HM Revenue & Customs, Perth College UHI, Overgate Nominee Limited, Dundee City Council Corporate Services and Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). The organisations provided a whole range of activities which included pets at work, walking Wednesday, love food hate waste, fitness classes, happy healthy you, soup bags, community garden and mental health first aid training among other activities in order to achieve their awards. Mini Monkeys were also recognised for their introduction of practices which contributed to staff health, safety and wellbeing.
Healthy Working Lives is coordinated locally by Pat Davidson of NHS Tayside’s Directorate of Public Health and her team of health promotion advisers and an occupational health and safety adviser. The ceremony was held in Michelin Conference Centre in Dundee and key note speakers were Ann Graham from Prostate Cancer UK, Chief Executive of NHS Tayside Grant Archibald and Director of Public Health Dr Drew Walker.
Grant Archibald, said “As recently appointed Chief Executive for NHS Tayside I am fully supportive of and committed to staff health and wellbeing and Healthy Working Lives. I would like to add my congratulations to all the workplaces receiving awards today. You are to be commended for making staff health and wellbeing a priority within your workplace.”
Congratulating all those who received awards, Pat said, “These organisations show a real commitment to health improvement in Tayside by providing staff with the opportunity to participate in a range of health promoting activities and ultimately enjoy the benefits of feeling fitter and healthier.
“The Healthy Working Lives programme has been a huge success in Tayside and I hope to see this good work continuing.”
Dr Drew Walker said, “Health in the workplace is one of our public health priorities in Tayside and there is a great deal of evidence available which outlines the benefits of improving health in the workplace including its impact on the health of individuals and families, businesses, the public sector and wider society.”
The NHS Tayside Healthy Working Lives team supports organisations, big and small, advising companies on how to promote health, safety and wellbeing in their specific workplaces, and giving guidance on how companies can introduce further activities. The team also provides confidential occupational health and safety advice and support to workplaces employing less than 250 staff. All services provided are free of charge.
If you would like to hear more about the free support, training and confidential occupational health and safety advice that the NHS Tayside Healthy Working Lives team can provide for your workplace, please contact the team on 01382 424093.
The following organisations collected awards:
- Bell Ingram LLP
- Hadden Group
- Overgate Nominee Limited
- HMRC Dundee Contact Centre
- The Care Inspectorate
- Dundee City Council – Corporate Services
- Overgate Nominee Limited
- Perth College UHI
Recognition of Good Practice:
- Mini Monkeys