Better Health at Work Award

The Workplace Health programme aims to protect the health and wellbeing of employees and optimises the opportunity to help people improve their own health and wellbeing.

Adults spend about half of their waking hours at work and research shows that where employees work affects their health. A workplace can improve the health of its employees by becoming a healthy place of work.

In 2018 we were awarded ‘Ambassador Status’ for demonstrating both long term commitment and outstanding practice around workplace health and wellbeing. The practice received this award for innovative health and wellbeing initiatives which not only benefit staff at all levels but also our local community.

Health and Wellbeing is embedded in the culture of the practice. We believe in work life balance. Working patterns are adapted upon request to reflect this.

We have reached the highest accolade which is Maintaining Excellence and work to maintain this.

We are happy to mentor any local organisations who are interested in signing up to the Better Health at Work Award”.

Further details regarding the award can be obtained from the Pioneering Care Centre, Carer’s Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4SF tel: 01325 321234 email: visit:

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Durham Social Value Award


Julia, Rachael, Joanne and Angela represented the Practice at the annual BHAW celebration event and picked up the Practice Maintaining Excellence Award. The annual awards help to recognise the efforts and achievements of businesses working to promote the health of employees as a practical way of helping improve the economic and structural health of employers with a healthier, happy and more motivated workforce.


We are extremely proud to be awarded the Durham Social Value Award for Willington Happy Feet (WHF).


WHF is our running group for beginners; it was launched in May 2018. To date more than 500 people have participated. We feel that as an organisation we are giving staff and patients an opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing as well as reducing social isolation. We are working with patients and our Patient Participation Group to set up Willington Happy Feet up with its own Constitution and bank account.


Maintaining Excellence


In June of 2018 our team was presented with the Maintaining Excellence award.



Ambassador Status


We received notification last week from Beth Farhat, Northern TUC Regional Secretary that the Practice has been awarded North East Better Health at Work Ambassador Status for our ongoing

commitment and outstanding practice around work place health and wellbeing, not only achieving but consistently going above and beyond at every stage of the process.

As a team we are very proud of this award.


Continuing Excellence


Steph, Julia, Angela and Jess who are part of out Health Advocate team, attended the award ceremony held at Ramside Hall in April 2016. We were awarded the Continuing Excellence Award.

Gold Award


In July 2013 four of our practice staff took part in the Race for Life which was held in Durham. They raised over £200 in sponsorship money in aid of Cancer Research. They had a brilliant time and all made it to the finishing line.

The staff who took part were Fiona Buckley, Lisa Edwards, Jo Petch and Marie Hudspeth.



Recently at one of our Time In sessions we had a session on creating healthy meals. This was in response to a shorter talk on creating health lunchbox options. This was headed by Emma from the Cook for Life Team . Recipes for the meals we created are available from

Following notification that the practice had successfully achieved the Gold award, Julia Steele, Stephanie Smith and Angela Ayre collected the award on behalf of the practice at the North East Better Health at Work Awards Celebration Event at Hardwick Hall on Wednesday March 26th 2014.

The Practice was also nominated in the following Special Award Categories:

  • Micro Business Award (50 or less employees)

  • Reaching the Community Award 


Silver Award


In 2012 the practice started work on the Silver award. One of the first challenges was to provide a healthier version of a classic dessert or pudding. Carrot cake, strawberry mousse, trifle, ginger sponge, chocolate cake and apple samoasas were just some of the desserts tried. They were created using less sugar and fat by substituting these ingredients with healthier options. Recipes were found on the internet and in magazines.

Our next challenge for the silver award was to cover 2012km. This was done by walking, swimming, running etc. A chart was put on the notice board in the common room and each week staff charted their physical activity for the week in terms of km’s. To make things more competitive we decided to see if the GP’s or staff covered the most distance.

In February 2013 the practice was notified that it had met the criteria for the Silver award.


Bronze Award


In 2011 the staff at Willington Medical Group became involved in the Better Health at Work Campaign and started working towards the Bronze Award.

A group of staff called health advocates spearheaded the campaign and were responsible for encouraging the rest of the staff to join in. Three main areas were identified to cover. These were healthy eating, physical activity and alcohol consumption. A display was created in the staff common room regarding alcohol consumption and a fruit bowl was introduced and all staff encouraged participating in the purchasing and consuming of this.

In December 2011 the practice was officially notified that on assessment we had been successful in meeting the criteria for the Bronze Award.

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