City Awards First Workplace Wellbeing Hallmark, UK

February 12, 2009 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Portsmouth City Teaching Primary Care Trust has become the first employer in the city to be awarded the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Hallmark (WHWH).

The endorsement from Portsmouth City Council recognises organisations that have made steps towards developing a healthier, fitter workforce and a more rewarding workplace for their employees. The PCT, which is part of the NHS, has over 2,500 staff and commissions healthcare and provides Community and Mental Health services.

The WHWH scheme was launched just a year ago and currently 10 employers have committed to working towards the standard. The PCT submitted a portfolio of evidence including updated policies and staff benefits which gained the city council’s stamp of approval.

Lee Loveless Programme Lead, at Portsmouth City Council said: “I am surprised and delighted that we have been able to award our first hallmark this early into the scheme. It seems fitting that a health organisation should be leading the way.”

Caroline Curtis Wellness Lead and workforce coordinator at Portsmouth City Primary Care Trust said: “We are very proud to receive the WHWH Hallmark. Working on the WHWH portfolio has helped bring a lot of existing work related to wellbeing together, so we can see the gaps and decide what actions to take next. I believe every employer has a moral responsibility to look after their staff, and that employees will repay you many times over when they feel valued and supported.”

Explaining the purpose of the scheme, Lee added: “A healthy workplace is good for people and has business benefits. Introducing wellbeing schemes can improve productivity, reduce absenteeism and staff turnover, improve staff morale and even cut accidents and insurance claims.” The hallmark is open to large and small employers alike. Organisations receive support to introduce initiatives and can benefit from template documents and sharing experiences with other workplaces taking part in the scheme.

Portsmouth City Council



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