Local hospitals earn ‘platinum’ for staff health and well being

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals has been recognised for achieving the highest possible standards in their ‘Wellbeing at Work’ programme.

The Trust’s platinum award, presented by Nottinghamshire County Council, acknowledges their continued development of staff health and wellbeing services and support, aimed at helping members of Team DBTH keep themselves happy and healthy.

Staff working at DBTH have access to a number of benefits which help them to eat healthy and stay active. The Trust works with its catering suppliers, local gyms and individual fitness instructors to provide healthy meal options and on-site exercises classes, as well as discounted gym memberships.

A staff physiotherapy service is also provided, meaning that staff can get quick appointments for aches and pains, whether they are acute injuries or long-standing problems and get advice on actions they should take to prevent musculo-skeletal problems in the future.

As part of this platinum award winning health and wellbeing offer, staff at DBTH also have access to financial support opportunities, through saving schemes such as Neyber and Transave and car lease schemes. Home electronic solutions are also available to help staff with home essentials and reduce financial stress.

The Trust is focussed on protecting the health of its staff and promotes services and support to staff around substance and alcohol misuse and support to stop smoking.

To support with emotional and mental wellbeing, all staff members at DBTH have 24/7 access to an employee assistance service called ’Help’ which provides round-the-clock advice on a multitude of mental wellbeing issues such as stress, anxiety and depression, financial worries, domestic problems and bereavement.

Members of team DBTH are encouraged to look out for one another and some have signed up to be health champions and signpost their colleagues to appropriate support services. The champions are based in various departments across the Trust, meaning that the first step to asking for help can be through a familiar face.

Suzy Brain England, Chair of the Board at DBTH, said: “Helping every member of Team DBTH to be happy and healthy is one of our top priorities as a Trust. We assist our staff to take care of themselves well so they can look after their patients well. Supporting our employees means offering more than just help with their physical health.

“Since we were awarded the bronze health and wellbeing award in 2015, our wellbeing team have been working hard to add to the health and wellbeing offer here at the Trust.  The offer now includes services which help staff keep on top of their mental and financial health as well.

“I am extremely proud of what the team has achieved in terms of the services that are now offered. Team members have managed to foster a supportive environment for staff to talk about all manner of issues and share advice with each other.”

The Trust will continue to review its staff health and wellbeing offer and engage with staff to identify what support they need to be happy and healthy whilst working at DBTH.