RCN awarded for focus on staff wellbeing

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has been awarded for its workplace health programme.

The Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) Health and Wellbeing Awards, which highlight achievement in the development and implementation of health promotion and community wellbeing, presented the award to RCN for its commitment to the health and wellbeing of employees.

The organisation’s health and wellbeing programme has contributed to an increase of more than 30% in employee engagement and a reduction in sickness absence levels to less than 2.3%.

The judges praised the RCN’s health and wellbeing advocates, trained employee volunteers who support their colleagues in attaining a healthier lifestyle, its Bicycle User Group, which has more than 90 members across 17 offices, and its recent participation in the Global Corporate Challenge, in which more than 150 staff took part.

To be considered for the award, the RCN was required to undertake a day of assessments and present its work to support employee health and wellbeing to an RSPH judging panel.

Doctor Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “I am delighted that our work to safeguard the health and wellbeing of staff has been recognised by the RSPH.

“Our staff work incredibly hard to improve the lives of our members and it is important that we care for them in return. We will always aim to lead by example and support our employees as best we can.”