The Better Health at Work Award

The Better Health at Work Award (Sunderland) is part of the North East Better Health at Work Award which is a partnership project unique to the North East to take health and wellbeing into the workplace.  The partnership is lead by the twelve Local Authorities, the NHS and the Northern TUC.  The Sunderland locality is managed and delivered by the Pioneering Care Partnership, who are working with Sunderland Council to provide healthy workplaces.

Workplace Health is an important part of the regional public health strategy and is even more relevant in these challenging economic times, when companies need to use every tool available to ensure their productivity and competitiveness.

The Better Health at Work Award is Good For You

If your business is interested in raising awareness of Health and Wellbeing, engaging and motivating staff to promote productivity whilst gaining recognition in the form of an AWARD then the Better Health at Work Award is GOOD FOR YOU.

The award is free and available to all businesses in Sunderland, who will be supported by a dedicated workplace health team & have access to free workplace training including understanding stress and basic mental health.  The award supports workplaces to deliver health activities that address key public health improvement priorities including;

• Financial Wellbeing
• Smoking and Tobacco
• Disease Prevention
• Weight Management and Healthy Eating
• Sexual Health
• Physical Activity
• Cancer Awareness
• Mental Health
• Dementia Awareness
• Alcohol, Drug and Harm Prevention

'The Better Health At Work Award has had a hugely positive impact on our office. It has given our staff the means to seek support and advice on areas such as lifestyle choices, health conditions and financial issues and in the past year alone we have raised over £4000 for charity. Our activities such as the Macmillan Coffee Morning, weekly slimming club, free blood pressure checks, informative talks on alcohol awareness and COPD awareness, sponsored bike rides and fundraising tombolas have been great for staff engagement and bringing people together. Our health advocates have had the facilities to learn new things and offer their support to others which they have found interesting and rewarding. As a Health and Wellbeing team we have enjoyed giving our colleagues the tools to access advice and support as well as having fun at our fundraising events in the process. We hope that we have contributed to a healthier and happier workplace through our BHAWA journey to Continuing Excellence and beyond'.

Jackie Purver

Employment & Support Allowance WCA Command Manager | Department for Work and Pensions, Sunderland Service Centre