A Medway organisation, responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, is celebrating after its commitment to staff was recognised with a national award.
A Workplace Wellbeing Charter has been presented to Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in acknowledgement of its dedication to looking after employees.
The charter is a nationally-recognised standard reflecting best practice, endorsed by Public Health England. This is only the third time a CCG has gained the award, and the first time in Kent.
Dr Pete Green, clinical chair for Medway CCG, said: “Patient health is our priority but to achieve this we have to bring together a number of elements, including ensuring we have the right staff, working in the right environment.
“Achieving the Workplace Wellbeing Charter shows we are forward-thinking with our work practices across the organisation and clearly demonstrates our commitment to wellbeing. We are very pleased to have received this award.”
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter, otherwise known as the Medway Healthy Workplace Award, was presented following a period of formal assessment and staff interviews.
Cllr David Brake, Portfolio Holder for Adult Services at Medway Council and Chairman of the Medway Health and Wellbeing Board said: “We were really impressed by all participating businesses and I’d like to congratulate the winners on their success in improving the health of their workforce. A healthy workplace makes for happier members of staff and consequently higher productivity.”
A detailed report highlights the CCG’s strengths and areas of best practice and includes a statement from the assessors: “Gaining the Medway Healthy Workplace Award (Workplace Wellbeing Charter) demonstrates how well you treat and support your staff and recognises the high level of ongoing commitment to change.”
The report adds that the interviews and evidence supplied “provided overwhelming assurance that Medway Clinical Commissioning Group is an employer of choice, a successful and happy place of work”.