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Initiative to improve staff wellbeing

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NHS Bedfordshire staff have taken part in an initiative to address health and wellbeing among nurses.

The initiative, in asscociation with Water Wellpoint, is designed to help employers engage with their staff by giving workers the opportunity to focus on their own health and wellbeing.

Central to the programme was access to the ‘Water Wellpoint Kiosk’, which allowed the 1,400 staff to self-test their health by using six key indicators: weight, hydration quota, BMI, body fat content, heart rate and blood pressure.

NHS Bedfordshire’s director of workforce development, Philippa Hunt said. “The Wellpoint kiosk has helped staff make informed changes to their lifestyle in a way that is engaging without being intrusive.”

Health improvement specialist at NHS Bedfordshire, Carol Wells said: “I was very keen to have a health check at work, which was really easy to do and the results were instant. I also found the hydration quota and pee chart helpful and as a result have cut down on cups of tea in preference for water each day. I have already noticed some improvements in my health since being re-tested in February. The health check has been a great incentive for me to look after myself and take action, rather than just thinking about it.”

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  • This is all just gimmicky crap. If the trusts were really concerned about our health and well being, they would fo other things like sort out crap work patterns which screw up our body clocks and do nothing for our health, they would do something about crap work conditions that raise our stress levels... etc etc etc.

    But they won't. Unless we force them to.

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