The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust in the UK has received the Workplace Wellbeing Charter for its commitment to the wellbeing and health of its 5,600 employees.
The initiative aims to combat poor physical health and depression by addressing seven areas of employees' lifestyles, namely alcohol and substance misuse, leadership, sickness and absence management, smoking, mental health and stress, healthy eating and physical activity.
Presenting the award, Liverpool Primary Care Trust chair Gideon Ben-Tovim said, "This is a major achievement for the Trust given the thousands of staff involved, all of whom have made a real commitment to improving their health and wellbeing. Working in a hospital can be very high-pressured, and it is vital that people take steps to look after themselves."
The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust chief executive Tony Bell said the hospital is proud of the high standards of care it provides as an NHS Trust.
"It is important that our staff are able to benefit from a positive health programme that enables them to give their best on a daily basis, in what can be a very challenging and demanding environment," Bell added.
"Working towards the Workplace Wellbeing Charter has been a very worthwhile experience for us at the Trust."
The specialist organisation Health@Work, which has helped the Trust in achieving the Charter, said a person can increase their life expectancy by up to 7.5 years by following the lifestyle changes suggested in the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.
Health@Work chief executive Frances Molloy said, "The award requires a lot of hard work from staff to demonstrate their understanding of the issues and proving their commitment to ensure wellbeing," Molloy added.
Image: The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital chief executive Tony Bell (Centre) receiving the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. Photo: The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust