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UCLan has healthy workplace culture

28 March 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Award recognises commitment to staff well-being

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been recognised by the NHS and other local organisations for its commitment to staff well-being.

The University has been awarded the silver and gold standards of the Health Works Award which is delivered by Public Health, NHS Central Lancashire and other local organisations.

The award celebrates workplaces that promote a healthy working environment through the systems they have in place and also by encouraging healthy eating and physical exercise as well as addressing issues such as smoking and supporting staff with mental health problems.

There are a number of initiatives in place at UCLan including the Walking Campus project for staff to incorporate exercise into their daily lives and the Bicycle User Group which encourages staff to cycle into work and provides staff and students with cycle storage facilities, showers, free cycle training and safer routes information.

Free health checks are also available for staff along with confidential staff counselling services and a staff satisfaction survey takes place every two years.

“Achieving the gold award highlights how committed UCLan is to supporting health and well-being for its employees and volunteers.”

UCLan Honorary Fellow and Assistant Director of Healthy Communities NHS Central Lancashire, Gulab Singh MBE, presented the award to the University along with Senior Public Health Associate Andrea Smith.

Andrea commented: “Achieving the gold award highlights how committed UCLan is to supporting health and well-being for its employees and volunteers.”

“The award is an evaluation that UCLan is constantly striving to improve the health of its workforce which is one of its most valuable assets. Creating a healthy workplace brings many benefits to everyone involved.”

“UCLan is delighted and proud to receive this award which confirms our commitment to providing a healthy, safe and sustainable working environment.”

Accepting the award on behalf of UCLan, Human Resource Manager Jacky Joseph said: “UCLan is delighted and proud to receive this award which confirms our commitment to providing a healthy, safe and sustainable working environment.

The University recognises that the success of any organisation depends on the individuals that work within it and as such, their health and wellbeing is of key importance to us. We have a variety of services and initiatives in place that supports staff health and well-being that all staff can access and we are committed to continuing to improve these and implement new initiatives going forward.”