The outlook is healthy at firm

A Northumberland manufacturer is fit for purpose after earning a top health award.

Monday, 10th October 2016, 9:32 am
Steven Chater, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust health improvement practitioner Specialist, Nicole Aspinall, site leader Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Ann Woollett, lead health advocate for Thermo Fisher Scientifics Cramlington site.

Thermo Fisher Scientific in Cramlington has been awarded the prestigious Ambassador status in the Better Health At Work Award (BHAWA) for its dedication to the well-being of both staff and the community.

The awards, which are supported by councils, the NHS and the Northern Trades Union Congress, offer bronze, silver, gold and continuing excellence levels, with the new Ambassador status recognising long-term commitment and outstanding practice.

Criteria includes establishing staff health advocates, running stop smoking campaigns, increasing awareness of how health can be affected by work, running health improvement campaigns and promoting healthy living to workers’ families and the community.

Thermo Fisher Scientific appointed Ann Woollett as lead health advocate seven years ago and she has organised five health campaigns each year, arranged on-site health checks for staff, set up a twice weekly running group and introduced free sport taster days.

“Management is 100 per cent supportive of giving our staff as much help as we can to maintain and improve their health and well-being,” she said.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust health improvement specialist Steven Chater said: “Thermo Fisher Scientific has shown a real commitment to health and well-being, going above and beyond what is expected.”