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Trust Awarded International Health And Safety Award

RoSPA health and safety award
Collette Barker, Back Care Advisor, and Wendy Astle-Rowe, Health and Safety Lead, collect the award on behalf of the Trust

4 August 2017

The NHS trust that manages Crewe’s Leighton Hospital has been awarded a prestigious health and safety award.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), which also runs Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, has achieved a gold award in this year’s RoSPA Health and Safety Awards.

The annual event is run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and is open to businesses and organisations across the UK and overseas.

The awards scheme, now in its 61st year, looks at entrants’ occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. Those that pass strict criteria are then given an award, which also include merit, bronze and silver levels.

This is the first time the Trust has entered into the awards. Now, having achieved the highest award possible for a new entry, the organisation can be considered for further categories in the future.

Wendy Astle-Rowe, Health and Safety Lead at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, said: “Receiving the gold award is an incredible achievement for the Trust and it is also great news for our staff and local community.

“This award shows that our organisation has excellent health and safety management systems in place, that we have a rigorous approach to occupational health and safety, and that we have low levels of accidents and work-related ill health.

“We would like to thank all of our colleagues for helping to make Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust a safe place to work and for their contribution to this award.”

Wendy was among the Trust’s employees who were presented with the award during a ceremony in Birmingham last month.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety, and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.

“This is a special year in the history of RoSPA, and we congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year.”

The health and safety award is the latest in a string of achievements for Mid Cheshire Hospitals. Earlier this year the Trust, in partnership with the University of Chester, won a Student Nursing Times Award for its work in supporting former nurses to return to practice.

In March, the Trust also achieved the best results of all acute trusts in the national NHS Staff Survey. It was rated in the top 20% in 16 out of 32 areas, including staff recommending the organisation as a place to work or receive treatment.