Congratulations to our outstanding Occupational Health and Wellbeing team!
14 October 2019

Congratulations to our outstanding Occupational Health and Wellbeing team!

We are thrilled to announce that our Occupational Health and Wellbeing team have won Best Multidisciplinary Initiative in this year’s prestigious Occupational Health & Wellbeing Awards.

The judging panel of eminent Occupational Health professionals were extremely impressed by the quality of calibre of entries across the board, and based their decision on evidence of innovation and achievement, teamwork, leadership, and effective use of resources.

It was a close-fought field, but SCFT’s “collaborative, well-considered and well-delivered” service wowed the judges, who agreed it was “a great demonstration of well-integrated multidisciplinary working, with clear recognition and well-described care pathways”.

“I am delighted that our team have been recognised for their ongoing hard work and commitment in responding to the changing occupational health and wellbeing needs of our workforce,” our Strategic Nursing Workforce Lead Fiona Long confirmed. “This has been a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate our forward-thinking and innovative evidence-based practice.”

An overwhelming 29.5% of all our referrals to Occupational Health in 2018/19 were due to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Faced with the challenges presented by an aging workforce spread over a large, geographically dispersed area, our Occupational Health and Wellbeing team identified two pathways to reduce the burden of MSDs on staff, and the Trust as a whole. The first pathway improved early access to physiotherapy, and the second addressed the psychological factors affecting recovery and management of MSDs.

MSD prevention is also promoted during manual handling training, ergonomic workplace assessments, and health and wellbeing events across the Trust.

This focus on multidisciplinary teamwork and the adoption of a biopsychosocial model of care helped the team to share knowledge and develop their skills, while measurable goal setting enabled the provision of better-targeted health information for the self-management of MSDs.