North Tyneside CCG News

North Tyneside CCG and the Better Health at Work Award (BHAWA) 2020/21

Thu 02nd December 2021

BHAWA is a free supportive workplace wellbeing programme which North Tyneside CCG has been involved with since 2017. There are five levels to the award, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Continuing Excellence and Maintaining Excellence. Organisations start at Bronze and work their way upwards to the highest award which is Maintaining Excellence.  We are currently working on Maintaining Excellence.

As part of demonstrating that we are maintaining excellence, we have devised a programme of work throughout the year which captures how we support our staff wellbeing.

Outline of Programme

  • We currently have seven trained Health Advocates, and another one waiting to attend the training. The health advocates are drawn from across the workforce to ensure a diverse representation of staff including clinical and non-clinical.
  • We meet regularly to discuss the health and wellbeing campaigns, give updates, and ensure we are meeting our deadlines and completing any necessary paperwork.
  • We deliver the health campaigns or events based on the health needs/interests of the workforce. Some of these based upon the outcome of staff surveys.
  • All our campaigns fit under the banner of Healthy Mind, Healthy Body and Healthy Living
  • We have worked hard to ensure Positive Mental Health and other health and wellbeing topics are promoted to ensure a healthy workforce.

Organisational and Staff Benefits

  • Improved employee physical and mental health
  • Improved staff engagement and relationships
  • Reduced sickness
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved service and return on investment

Examples of Campaigns to Date

  • Healthy Body: John O’Groats to Lands’ End Step Challenge:   staff were divided into teams and submitted the number of steps they had done on a weekly basis. This encouraged staff to get out and about during the global pandemic and get some exercise to increase fitness and spend more time being active.  In total the group walked 5550.5 miles   over the 5 weeks.
  • Healthy Living: 12 Week NHS Weight Management: – a number of colleagues aiming to lose weight followed the NHS weight management course under the supervision of a clinical member of staff. We had a weekly meeting and created a Whats App group to encourage and motivate each other along the journey. In total the group lost 34.4lbs.
  • Healthy Mind: We promote positive mental health in the following ways:
  • Brew Monday: Monday 18 January
  • Mental Health Awareness Week:
  • Time to Talk Day: 4 February 2021
  • Self-Referral to Occupational Health: Staff are able to contact our Occupational Health Service for help
  • Risk Assessments: All staff have had a risk assessment conversation with their line manager and any necessary steps have been taken.
  • One to One’s with line managers: All staff have regular one to ones with their staff and

Continuing with this programme during the global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns has been a challenge but one that the organisation has met head on. We have adapted and changed the way in which the campaigns and sessions are delivered because the health and wellbeing of our staff is a high priority for the organisation.

Quotes from staff

“I loved the step challenge; it was just the thing to get me motivated to get those steps into my day.  It forced me to squeeze in exercise when I would normally be sat around like walking round the estate at lunchtime and even doing steps during Team meetings.”