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NHS Employers: National Update

Julian Topping, Programme Lead - Health, Workand Wellbeing updated the Champions on the national progress for health and wellbeing.

A key message from Julian's presentation was that health and wellbeing is a key priority for Government. For a copy of Julian's slides please click here

Regional Update

A Cooper, SHaW Programme Lead introduced the day and discussed progress.

88% of trusts in the east of England are commited to accreditation. Annie commented that the focus SHaW during 2012/13 is to support trusts to achieve accreditation success and to continue improving health and wellbeing of staff. For a copy of Annie's slides please click here.

Good Practice Case Studies

Thank you to all of the presenters of good practice case studies. Please find the details and links to presentation slides below.

  • 'Looking After Me' wellbeing programme presented by Sally Coomber and Clare Adams from the Ipswich Hospital. The programme looks at four strands of health and wellbeing and identifies ways individuals can make small changes to their lifestyle.
  • 'Early Intervention for Staff off Sick' case study presented by Sheila Boyle from Colchester Hospital. The programme is an initiative developed to support staff when absent from work through sickness.
  • 'Engaging Staff on Health and Wellbeing' case study presented by Jo Debenham, SEPT. Jo discussed the benefits of using a diverse media approach to engage staff across an organisation with many sites.
Is Cholocate a Healthy Option?

Sally Ann Wiseman, Clinical Lead from Worksafe presented an item on making healthy choices, being aware on how your choices make you feel and different ways to attract staff to health and wellbeing activities.

A key message from the presentation was that a healthy lifestyle is about balance and a little of what you like does you good. Sally commented to make what you do count! For a copy of Sally Ann's slides please click here.

Zumba/Yoga Taster Sessions!

We were joined by Giorgia Alliot who ran zumba and yoga taster sessions during the lunch break.

SHaW Champions Network Meeting

Tuesday 17th April 2012: Victoria House, Capital Park, Fulbourn

We had a fantastic day at the NHS Champions Network meeting with the focus of the day to celebrate success, share ideas and learn from one another. Sarah Boulton, Chair of the NHS Midlands and East joined the Champions to celebrate their successes and present the awards.

The Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust achieved the aSHaWd accreditation in January and are the first trust to achieve the award regionally. Here pictured with Sarah Boulton from left to right is Anne Payne, Samantha James and Jinjer Kandola receiving their award. Congratulations to the team. 

Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust achieved the aSHaWd accreditation in March and are the first acute trust to achieve the award. Pictured below is the Hinchingbrooke team receiving their award from Sarah Boulton. Congratulations to the team.   

Congratulations to the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Sally Coomber and Clare Adams for achieving the Healthy Ambitions Suffolk award.

Following the accreditation awards we celebrated the first of our trusts to achieve the Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) accreditation. Congratulations to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Wendy Goode and Rachel Hunt for achieving SEQOHS. Congratulations to the trust for also achieving the Gold Award for the NHS Sport and Physical Activity Challenge. The trust will officially receive their award from Sir David Nicholson on the 7th July.

Congratulations to the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust for achieving the Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS).

Finally congratulations to Colchester Hospital University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the 'Health Records Mafia' team for winning the regional pedometer challenge. On average the team clocked up an average of 90,653 steps a day over four days! Pictured below is Sheila Boyle collecting the award from Sarah Boulton.

Well done and congratulations to everyone involved. If there any individual, team or organisational successes you'll like us to share at the next Champions day please do get in touch!

Occupational Health: SEQOSH Update

Sally Coomber, Clinical Lead for SEQOHS and Hilary Winch, Occupational Health Nurse Manager and regional contact for SEQOHS trusts updated the group on the progress of SEQOSH.

Currently four regional units have either achieved SEQOHS or are going through assessment, which currently makes the east of England the top performing region in the country.

Please find a copy of the presentation slides available to view here. Many thanks to Sally and Hilary for presenting the SEQOHS update.   

NHS Sport & Physical Activity Challenge

Carly Smith, SHaW Programme Manager updated the Champions on the pedometer challenge and discussed plans for future activities to support the NHS Sport and Physical Activity Challenge. 

Carly highlighted the pedometer challenge results in which the east of England collectively walked around the world! For further information on the challenge results please click here.

Please find a copy of the presentation slides available to view here.

County Sport Partnership & the Rugby Football Union

Free opportunities

Claire Scott, Project Manager from Living Sport and Lee Adamson, Rugby Development Officer from the RFU presented a joint item on the opportunities in engaging with the County Sports Partnerships and National Governing Bodies/Sport Organisations. For a copy of Claire's slides please click here. 

Lee Adamson presented an example of the work which is taking place to encourage and organise rugby within the workplace. Please find a copy of Lee's presentation slides available here. For further information please find attached an overview of tag rugby in the workplace available here.

Softball Cricket Opportunity

We were joined by Rob Benson, Cambridgeshire Cricket Board and Chris Lock, Volunteer and Participation Manager from the England and Wales Cricket Board to present the opportunities in taking up cricket in the workplace. Please find the presentation slides available here.

For further information on softball cricket please find an information flyer available here. To access your free softball cricket kit for your organisation, please click here for the link to the online booking form.

Desk Yoga

Carole Baker, The Self Centre joined us to demonstrate some examples of desk yoga.  

An introduction to desk yoga can be accessed via YouTube here and find details on the benefits of yoga available here.

Further information on The Self Centre is available at

Health & Lifestyle Checks

Many thanks to Water Wellbeing for joining us at the Champions day and offering the Champions the opportunity to take a health check. Further details can be found on the Water Wellbeing website, please find details available here


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