Following on from our successful accreditation award last year, we have recently been recognised with a further award through the Mayor of London’s Healthy Workplace Charter.

The London Healthy Workplace Charter provides a framework to help employers build best practice in health and wellbeing in their organisation. Our submission for this prestigious award met the standards with a very high score, resulting in our organisation proudly achieving the second level award of ‘Achievement’.

NEL is one of 300 organisations that have met the standards to date since the charter was launched in 2012. The Healthy Workplace Charter is a valuable framework that allows NEL to draw on resources and material to support our wellbeing programmes. This has been a huge team effort from across the organisation led by our Organisational Development (OD) Team. The process was extremely rigorous in terms of both the application and validation process, which included the mayor’s office validation team visiting our offices to review the evidence. The final verification day held on the 24 October 2019 consisted of nine members of staff who were interviewed by four verifiers. We want to say a huge thank you to all staff in different parts of the organisation all working to promote staff health and wellbeing. A special thank you to those who took part in the entire achievement verification process.

The OD team will now continue to work towards the third and final category of Mayor of London Healthy Workplace Charter, Excellence, over the next 12 months.

Quote from Claire Gooday, Executive Director of People at NEL:

“I’m delighted that the hard work and commitment of our team in developing our Health and Wellbeing programme has been recognised by the Mayor’s Office again this year. Over the last 18 months, staff across multiple teams have worked hard to build on the Commitment level we were awarded in 2018. The OD team has been inspirational in designing and delivering meaningful wellbeing improvements and interventions that make a real impact across our workforce. A supported, engaged and healthy workforce (both physically and mentally) helps to create a high performing organisation which is really important in our ever changing system.  It was a real privilege to collect our award at a ceremony at City Hall this week.”

“The NHS Interim People Plan highlights the need for us to make the NHS the best place to work by improving the experiences of our staff, and we share that aspiration here at NEL too. We understand that a healthy workplace is key to optimal staff wellbeing, happiness and performance, and we are working hard to develop programmes and initiatives to make NEL the best place to work. I’m really proud of everyone that worked so hard in delivering our NEL-being programme, including staff from across our Networks, Staff Engagement Team, Staff Support Champions, and Mental Health First Aiders. This is a real recognition that NEL is working in the right direction to support employee wellbeing at work. Lastly, I would like to give a special thanks to Briggetta Baker, Rob Grover and Harri Padden in our OD team.”