About the Award

Promoting a healthy workplace has considerable benefits for employers and can lead to decreased absenteeism, increased productivity and improved performance as well as enhancing an organisation’s reputation to support staff, stakeholders and the wider community.

The Facts:

BulletOn average, the reported cost of absence per employee per year was £595

BulletThe average level of employee absence is 7.6 days

Bullet56 000 people suffered from work-related illness in the North East

Bullet1.6 million working days were lost due to workplace injury and ill health in the North East

BulletWork-related ill health was responsible for an estimated 22.7 million working days lost

BulletThe direct cost of sickness absence to the UK economy is around £14billion per year

BulletIt is estimated that mental ill health costs UK employers almost £1 million per year. Identifying problems early, or preventing them in the first place, could result in cost savings of 30%

BulletPhysical activity programmes at work have been found to reduce absenteeism by up to 20%

BulletJob satisfaction can help to reduce staff turnover by between 10 and 25%

BulletBusinesses taking part in the North East Better Health at Work Award have reported average reductions in sickness absence of between 0.26 and 2.0 days per employee, depending on the length and level of participation and sector of employment

The North East Better Health at Work Award recognises the efforts of local employers in addressing health and wellbeing issues within the workplace.

The award scheme is FREE, flexible and open to all employers in the North East, regardless of size, location or type of business.

The Sunderland Award is managed and delivered by the Pioneering Care Partnership who are working with Sunderland Council to to provide healthy workplaces.

Many organisations already promote healthy lifestyles and consider the health and wellbeing of their employees.  This Award will recognise the achievements of these organisations and help them move forward in a structured and supported way.

For those organisations who have not considered promoting health at work, taking part in this award will help you reap the rewards of encouraging a healthy workforce.

There are 5 levels to the Award;




BulletContinuing Excellence


Organisations are given up to a year to complete each level, but there is flexibility for those who need it.  Organisations will build an Award Portfolio which will evidence the appropriate criteria.

Every organisation who signs-up to participate in the Award scheme is supported by a dedicated Workplace Health Co-ordinator who will guide Health Advocates through the Award Stages.