West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has been given a regional award for the work it has done to make sure its own 2,600 staff stay health.
The hospital trust has received a ‘staying healthy at work’ (SHaW) accreditation from NHS East of England.
Initiatives at the hospital have included community sporting events, team challenges and Nordic walking sessions, physiotherapy to injured staff so they can return to work earlier, and improved facilities for those cycling or walking to work.
Jan Bloomfield, executive director of workforce and communications at the hospital,
said: “Helping our staff to stay healthy is really important – not only does it boost morale but also cuts sickness absences and increases productivity.
“We’ve had some excellent feedback since introducing our health and wellbeing initiatives, with staff telling us they feel valued in their work. This is great news for our patients, as it means they are receiving the best possible care from a motivated and dedicated workforce.”
The hospital will also find out on November 28 if it has won in the health at work category of the Personnel Today Awards 2012.