Health by name, health by nature at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust - Business In The Community

Health by name, health by nature at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

With over 22,000 employees and a budget of £1.3 billion, The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust is one of the largest Health Trusts in the UK.

One of five Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland, it delivers integrated health and social care to 340,000 people in Belfast plus a range of specialist regional services to all citizens across Northern Ireland. While the scale and complexity of the organisation is vast, the Trust’s main aim is – ‘to give the best possible care each time, every time and above all else and to provide this care with dignity and respect in a timely and safe manner.

Workplace Health and Wellbeing 2016 Belfast HSC Trust 2

What the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust did
Operating with a large number of employees that work on a multitude of sites and different shift patterns, the Trust decided to rejuvenate and rebrand its current health and wellbeing programme.

The ‘B Well’ programme aimed to unify all health and wellbeing activities under one recognisable brand and enhance access and information channels for employees. The overarching aim was to improve the overall personal health and wellbeing of the Trust’s employee.

A steering group was established and, given the fact many employees do not have access to a PC, the Trust invested in the development of two new health and wellbeing information platforms: a dedicated website and an app for employees to access information about the new programme. It provided an array of physical and mental wellbeing initiatives ranging from Mindfulness to weight management programmes, and free fitness classes.

Impacts and outcomes

  • Awards Highly Commended Stamp
  • Staff turnover has decreased
  • 60% of employees would recommend the Trust as a place to work
  • Awarded Employer of Excellence status from Employers for Disability NI
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