Ten years at the heart of workplace wellbeing!

Better Health at Work Awards 2019
Better Health at Work Awards 2019

Ten years at the heart of workplace wellbeing!

Over 80 employers in Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside received awards for their commitment to workplace health and wellbeing at the North East Better Health at Work Award’s (BHAWA) ceremony which took place on Friday 8th March in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle.  

This year, (2019) the Better Health at Work Award (BHAWA) celebrates a fantastic ten years of making north east workplaces happier and healthier with its ‘Big 10’.  It was set up in its current guise in 2009 as the culmination of several smaller local initiatives and has grown year on year.  In 2015 the BHAWA expanded westwards to cover all of Cumbria.

The annual ceremony, which was jointly hosted by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle City Council celebrate 10 years of the award and the collective achievements of those employers participating in the Better Health at Work Award

There are now over 350 organisations signed up, directly covering nearly 200,000 workers in the north east region alone with another 26 employers and 28,000 workers engaged across Cumbria, thus making it one of the biggest workplace health programmes in England. The BHAWA now delivers more than 1 million points of health and wellbeing contact annually.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Health Improvement Specialists Steven Chater and Maureen Turner support businesses in Northumberland and North Tyneside to achieve the North East Better Health at Work Award.

Steven, who supports businesses in Northumberland, said:

“I am delighted to see so many local employers have demonstrated their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their employees over the last year.

“It is very encouraging to see that interest in the programme is growing all the time, and I would encourage other employers to take part in the free Better Health at Work Award.”

Maureen, who supports businesses in North Tyneside said: “Many people spend a great deal of time in the workplace, making it one of the most important places to get advice about healthier lifestyles. Evidence shows that workplace health programmes, like ours, can help to reduce sickness absence, as well as motivating and helping to retain staff.  It’s good for everyone.”

Cllr Kim McGuinness, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for culture, sport and public health, said: “I am delighted that for 10 years now the Better Health at Work Awards have been promoting and celebrating those that go the extra mile for their employees’ health and wellbeing.

“Our places of work play a huge role in our lives, affecting everything from our mental health to our physical wellbeing. Every one of the employers recognised this year and over the past decade deserve to be acknowledged for putting their employees first and making positive health a key part of their workplace culture.

“Newcastle City Council is passionate about creating healthy, vibrant communities that support residents and families to live healthy, happy lives. Workplaces play a huge role in achieving this vision.

“None of us are immune to health problems but every action we can take to keep us as happy and healthy as possible should rightly be recognised and I hope we can continue to do so for decades to come.”

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“Good work is a cornerstone of a healthy workforce and a healthy economy. By participating in the Better Health at Work Award these employers are demonstrating their commitment to their most valuable asset -their staff - and generating a healthier north east as a whole.

“Our region is home to one of the country’s largest workplace health programmes and has led the way for the last 10 years in this arena, which is something we should all be very proud of.

“It’s always a pleasure to see and be part of the genuine difference the programme makes and all 80 of the achievers and their Health Advocates have worked incredibly hard to make their workplaces happier and healthier – and succeeded.

Further information about the North East Better Health at Work Award is available at http://www.betterhealthatworkne.org.