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Occupational health nurses celebrate staff wellbeing award win

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Occupational health nurses at Scotland’s national hospital are celebrating after the organisation yet again achieved top recognition for efforts to boost staff wellbeing.

The Golden Jubilee Foundation in Glasgow has successfully retained the Healthy Working Lives gold award for the eighth year in a row.

“This requires a huge effort and commitment from across the organisation”

Brenda Proud

The award from NHS Scotland recognises efforts to help employees stay healthy, reduce sickness absence rates and boost the health of the wider community.

In order to retain the award, organisations must complete an annual self-assessment and meet set criteria including providing evidence of activities, information and training on offer to staff.

Golden Jubilee, which takes referrals from across the country for certain specialities, first achieved the top gold award in 2011.

Managers said the organisation’s occupational health department had played a pivotal role in maintaining high standards.

The department provides a confidential service offering advice on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of all staff. This includes providing pre-employment screening, immunisations and dealing with referrals from employees and managers.

The team also help people get information on quitting smoking and access physiotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy services, as well as promoting health topics throughout the year through posters, leaflets and training.

Over the past few years, staff have been offered a “mini MOT” including blood pressure and cholesterol checks, resulting in some being referred to their GP for further assessment and treatment.

“Our occupational health department provide an extremely valuable service for our staff”

Anne Marie Cavanagh

Occupational health nurse Brenda Proud said she was pleased the team’s efforts had been recognised.

“It is fantastic to once again be recognised for all the hard work and effort which goes into ensuring we have a healthy workforce who are fit to care for our patients,” she said.

“This requires a huge effort and commitment from across the organisation,” she said. “We are delighted that so many staff engage with healthy messages and activities, which both they and patients benefit from.”

Nurse director Anne Marie Cavanagh praised occupational health staff and said the award was much-deserved.

“As an NHS employer we have a responsibility to our staff as well as our patients and that means creating and maintaining a healthy working environment, as well as promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to our employees,” she said.

“Our occupational health department provide an extremely valuable service for our staff and I am delighted this has been recognised once again by Healthy Working Lives,” she added.

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