NHS Trust recognised for looking after staff

8th Feb 2023

A team of health and wellbeing specialists have been recognised for their work in supporting staff.

Dr Masood Aga, at Sandwell and West Birmingham (SWB) NHS Trust won Outstanding Occupational Health Practitioner 2022 at the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) Awards.
And his colleagues in the Occupational Health and Wellbeing service were also highly commended in the Outstanding Occupational Health Team category.

Dr Aga, Clinical Director for Occupational Medicine, said: “It’s an honour to be recognised by other Occupational Health colleagues across the country for the work we do to look after our staff’s health and wellbeing at SWB.

“We strive to provide the best service we can, and listen to the needs of staff, and we will continue to do so.”
The SOM Awards celebrate the superb work that occupational health professionals undertake every day and showcase the value of occupational health to organisations and the wider community. 

Dr Aga was commended for his innovative leadership and for ensuring that staff occupational health and wellbeing remains central to the Trust’s main plans.

His commitment to developing the team, to meet the evolving needs of staff was also noted, along with his postgraduate teaching, research credentials and collaborative work.

Along with his team, he developed mental health and musculoskeletal pathways which mean that staff can access a specialist team of consultants and allied health professionals, including a physiotherapist and psychologist through occupational health, without having to see their GP. 

The SWB Occupational Health Team are not strangers to winning awards – last year they were shortlisted in the Nursing Times Awards for their enhanced wellbeing support project.

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