The NHS Transformation Unit is delighted to have received the award for the Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative at the CIPD People Management Awards in London last night. We were one of eight diverse companies and organisations shortlisted for the award, following a competitive pitch process in June this year.

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) Awards celebrate and reward outstanding achievements and contributions made in HR and people development. Hot on the heels of our Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For Award in March, we have continued to work hard to embed our value of People Focused into a team that has continued to support health and care programmes across the country.

Our culture transformation started in 2017 and included the introduction of a Health and Wellbeing Group, made up of colleagues from across the team with a specific focus on developing a Health and Wellbeing Strategy. This Strategy was developed alongside work on our TU Values, to ensure existing and future colleagues are supported and equipped to go out and deliver a great service to our clients, which ultimately benefits patients too.

Some of the recent initiatives introduced as part of the Strategy include the training of 6 colleagues as mental health first aiders to provide a clear point of contact for any team members who feel they need additional support. We’ve also started to deliver in-house training called ‘TU Techniques sessions’ on topics including coaching, mentoring and personal resilience.

We make a point of celebrating the success of colleagues at our monthly Whole Team Meetings, whether that’s a successful story about improving patient care, or one of the team getting married. If it’s worth celebrating, it’ll get a mention.

Alex Heritage (Chief Executive Officer) commented:

“We are delighted to be recognised by the CIPD for our continued focus on health and wellbeing. Our core focus is to help improve health and care services for patients and communities. Supporting all our team members to prioritise their own health and wellbeing acts as an example to all those we work with.”

In June 2019, the NHS released its Interim People Plan with one of its key themes being making the NHS the best place to work. Here at the NHS TU, we are committed to supporting that goal, both for our own organisation and for those organisations and communities with which we work.