Oct 08th 2018
Healthcare workers prepare for winter
CARING for the carers is something that the Trust does extremely well, as we recognise that looking after our workers is the key to delivering high quality safe care.
With this in mind, staff were treated to free health checks and pamper sessions at a winter wellbeing event, giving them renewed ‘feel good factor’ as winter approaches.
The Winter Wellness event, organised by the Trust – which runs City, Sandwell, and Rowley Regis Hospitals, showcased a wide range of employee benefits for staff. It also launched the Trust’s major flu vaccination campaign, which aims to protect patient-facing staff, and stop the transmission of flu to vulnerable patients in their care.
Raffaela Goodby, Director of People and Organisation Development, said: “This is a great opportunity for staff to see all the benefits we provide in a one stop shop, and is the third year that we have run this event.
“It’s also an opportunity for staff to focus on their own health and wellbeing, and pause to prepare themselves for the winter ahead.
“It is great to see our partners attend the event promoting the services they provide, which includes the cycle to work scheme, free NHS health checks, holistic therapies, discount schemes and more.
“Everyone who works in the NHS, whatever job they do, is incredibly busy – so busy, that they don’t always consider their own wellbeing.
“By having an event like this, we are able to provide time to talk to people about the kind of support we offer and to explain how it’s possible to manage their health and wellbeing at work and home.
“We hope we have encouraged them to take a little more care of themselves.”
Patricia Hunt, Volunteer Service Manager, said: “The event was really informative and I learned a lot about the different support and services that are available to staff. We have a fantastic benefits scheme which I already take advantage of, although as more benefits are being added to our offer it just gets better and better. This is a really fantastic place to work as there are some excellent wellbeing initiatives in place.
“It demonstrates how the Trust really does think about its workforce.”
Heather Matthews, Directorate Manager for the Medical Director’s Office agreed: “I’ve worked at the Trust for over four years, and in that time, the number of wellbeing events and initiatives have grown, clearly demonstrating the commitment of our organisation to the wellbeing of its staff.”
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