Staff wellbeing initiative of the year

In order to deliver high-quality patient care, the NHS needs staff that are healthy, well and at work. The pressures on all services are well documented, with unprecedented demand for care at a time of national workforce shortages and financial constraints. Poor workforce health has high and far-reaching costs to NHS organisations and ultimately patients. Now more than ever we need to support our staff and their wellbeing to prevent burnout and improve psychological health – recognising the direct link with patient safety.

There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to supporting the wellbeing of staff – and all NHS organisations may be at different stages of their health and wellbeing journey. This award will recognise interventions from the very small such as fulfilling the basic needs for your team, or larger-scale programmes supporting staff wellbeing across the organisation. Most importantly this award will recognise initiatives where a demonstrable impact can be shown, particularly those that have improved standards of patient care.


Entries are welcome from across the NHS and public sector health and social care system.


  • Identify the need for improvement in staff wellbeing and what steps were taken to put this initiative in place.
  • Describe the project or initiative, including an outline of the goals set, what checks, and balances were in place, and how success could be measured.
  • Detail how different departments engaged with the initiative, and any board-level buy-in that supported this.


  • Evidence that staff wellbeing has improved as a direct result of the initiative.
  • Provide any qualitative evidence from staff and/or patients about the outcomes of the initiative.
  • What other benefits have been realised as a result of the project?
  • Provide any additional supporting evidence that connects improvements in patient safety across the team/organisation, supported by quantitative data, as a result of staff wellbeing improvements.


  • How, and to what extent, have the learnings from implementation been communicated and shared elsewhere with the organisation or system?
  • How have or will project leads be involved in any wider roll-out of this project?
  • Judges are looking for potential of usage across other departments and in the wider health sector.


  • Clearly evidence how the initiative has reduced staff sickness, improved engagement, supported workforce retention and/or recruitment programmes.
  • If possible, provide evidence of value creation in other areas, in terms of increased capacity, reduced adverse events (and therefore investigatory or litigation costs) and/or improved efficiencies.


  • Provide clear evidence of a staff involvement in the production of the initiative.
  • Show how stakeholders were kept engaged throughout the initiative.
  • Demonstrate a culture in which all members of staff can raise concerns and make suggestions for improvements.

To find out more

Partnership opportunities:  Natasha Dwyer, Head of Sponsorship Sales
Awards entry enquiries: Frank Willing, Delegate Sales Manager