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#DoingOurBit NHS Fitness Platform Propels Staff Wellbeing Initiative Into Final Of 2020 HSJ Awards

#DoingOurBit – a bespoke, free online fitness platform for NHS staff created in partnership with Active IQ, Study  Active and fibodo – has helped to propel the Clinical Research Network West Midlands (CRN WM) onto the shortlist for the Staff Engagement Award at the prestigious 2020 HSJ Awards.  

The CRN WM Staff Wellbeing Initiative comprises a suite of initiatives designed to help staff manage their own wellbeing by choosing from a range of opportunities to suit their personal needs, learning styles and work/life arrangements.

A highlight of the programme this year is the launch of the #DoingOurBit Fitness Platform which comprises nearly 50 bespoke and personalised workouts donated by 30 personal trainers. 

Initially for the CRN WM staff, #DoingOurBit is now available to the wider NHS. By November 2020, 70 NHS organisations in England & Wales had signed up to offer the platform to more than 450,000 staff via www.fit4thefight.org/nhs-members-area and many more are expected to join.

#DoingOurBit started as a passion project for Julie Davis, Wellbeing Lead and Deputy Chief Operating Officer at the CRN WM.  Seeing the toll Covid-19 took on her colleagues, she set about sourcing some free workouts and relaxation sessions to help them cope.

The initiative caught the eye of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust which wanted to offer the workouts to its staff of nearly 10,000.  All of a sudden, Julie needed a bigger platform and professional support. 

She turned to training provider Study Active, awarding organisation Active IQ and fibodo to host her ambitious idea.

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Staff Engagement Award, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members over the last 12 months to successfully implementing our Wellbeing Programme,” says Julie.

“To be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement and I have no doubt that our unique #DoingOurBit platform helped catch the judges’ eye. 

This nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff at the Network and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve everyone’s wellbeing.”

Now in its 40th year, the HSJ Awards is the largest annual benchmarking and recognition programme for healthcare. Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process the awards produce a roll call of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector.

CRN WM was shortlisted for the Award despite tough competition from over 1000 entries. It has been selected based on its ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that its project has had on patient and staff experiences within the health and/or social care sector.  

The full list of finalists for the 2020 HSJ Awards can be found at https://awards.hsj.co.uk/2020-shortlist.

The winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.


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