Dame Carol praises support for staff health and well-being

A leading Government advisor has praised a NHS trust for its “excellent” efforts to support the health and well-being off staff.

Professor Dame Carol Black was officially opening Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s Health and Well-being Centre at Ormskirk hospital.

She said: “One of the great things about this centre, which is a really excellent thing to do, is the combining of conventional occupational health and safety with real prevention and promotion of health and well-being

“You’re recognising that people’s mental and physical well-being must be part of the same thing. You can’t have occupational health over here and wellbeing over there. They need to be together.”

Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE and staff from across the Trust joined Dame Carol for the opening ceremony.

Picture  above shows Dame Carol Black cutting the ribbon to open the centre, with Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE, right, and inside with a plaque to mark the occasion.

The centre provides a range of services for staff including health screening; an occupational vaccination programme; support for sick staff; management of inoculation injuries; advice on rehabilitation and ill health retirement; and, access to physiotherapy and counseling services.

Linda Lewis, Health and Well-being Manager, said: “I am very lucky to have such a brilliant, knowledgeable and supportive team around me. I have also been overwhelmed by the support that has been provided to assist us in the preparation for the opening.”

Sharon Partington, Director of HR and Communications, added: “Developing the Health and Well-being Centre represents is significant investment by the Trust and value and demonstrates the importance we place in the welfare of our staff.”

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