Trust is shortlisted for top wellbeing award

4th Sep 2022

A team of NHS workers from the Trust have been shortlisted for a national health and wellbeing award recognising their support for staff during the pandemic.

The health and Wellbeing team are up for the Best Staff Wellbeing Initiative in the Nursing Times Awards.

They developed the enhanced wellbeing support project in response to the physical and mental health challenges faced by staff when COVID struck.

Dr Masood Aga, Clinical Director for Occupational Medicine and Specialty Lead for Health and Wellbeing, said: “To have a team with such a passion for staff wellbeing and an aspiration to take it to an entirely new level is a privilege in itself.

“This recognition is so well deserved by the team and the Trust. Our staff are at the forefront of everything we do, as we aim to create a safe environment where every single person feels respected and valued.”

The last few years have come with an abundance of new challenges for many, especially for those working in healthcare. COVID-19 pressures have also impacted at a wider organisational level and increased demand for wellbeing support.

Dr Aga added: “The programme includes a wide range of wellness initiatives and activities to promote and provide early intervention and meaningful support.

“The aim of the system is to identify colleagues who need help early on, improve morale, mental health and wellbeing.”

The project has seen large numbers of staff accessing professional counselling sessions and getting therapy services including massages, meditation sessions and accessing the relaxation pods.

SWB NHS Trust will be competing against eight other Trusts across the country for the sought-after award, which will be judged by a prestigious panel – featuring some of the top figures in the health and care profession, alongside several past award winners.

The full list of nominees for the 2022 Nursing Times Workforce awards can be found at

The winners will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony, taking place on 22 November 2022 in London.

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