Bury’s IWIYW Initiative to encourage more physical activity for women wins at NHS Trust Staff Awards

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Bury’s IWIYW Initiative to encourage more physical activity for women wins at NHS Trust Staff Awards
27 November 2015

AN advanced physiotherapy practitioner and physiotherapists at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury have won the Award for Staff Health and Wellbeing at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust sixth annual staff awards event.

The Staff Awards 2015 consisted of 12 categories which recognised the very best of patient care, dedication and innovation across the Trust’s four hospital sites, community services and its 10,000 staff.

The Award for Staff Health and Wellbeing, sponsored by Mitie, recognises the positive impact of improving staff health and wellbeing in the workplace.

At a special final awards ceremony at the Sheridan Suite in Manchester, BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull, announced that Deborah Bancroft and the physiotherapists from Fairfield General Hospital had won the award.

Deborah and a group of dedicated female physios signed up to and are promoting the ‘I will if you will,’ campaign, a Bury Council led initiative to encourage more women to participate in regular physical activity. Deborah and her team have worked tirelessly to promote this campaign across the Trust, to patients and in the local community including social media.

Physios are exercise specialists and the Trust’s involvement in the ‘I will if you will’ campaign supports local partnership working, but most importantly is playing a key role in improving staff and public health.  The team encourage their colleagues to get involved in exercise classes and are also using the campaign in patient care.  They recently took part in the national Work Out at Work Day and staff at Fairfield General Hospital tried out taster sessions of zumba, piloxing and metafit.

Deborah Bancroft, advanced physio practitioner at Fairfield General Hospital, said:

“The physiotherapy department are so proud to have received this award.  As a team we are working hard to further develop our role in health prevention and in particular by promoting the benefits of becoming more physically active with our patients, staff and the wider local community.  We are well placed to be able to contribute to improving public health and are constantly looking for innovative ways to do this.  It is so wonderful that we have been recognised by the Trust in this way and it will certainly encourage us further. 

“The award evening was a real celebration of all the wonderful work being delivered throughout the Trust and the physiotherapy team were delighted to have had the opportunity to be part of it.  We would like to thank ‘I Will If You Will’ for their continued support, along with our managers Katy Alcock, physiotherapy site lead and Angela Barrett, physiotherapy manager who have encouraged us with this work.”

Presenting the awards, TV news presenter Bill Turnbull, said: "I was delighted to be part of the Pennine Acute Trust's annual staff awards. Such awards are a lovely way to recognise and thank local NHS staff and volunteers who really work hard to provide exceptional care to patients in their communities, often under pressure and huge demands. Presenting the Trust’s awards gave me a real insight into some of the great work taking place at Pennine's hospitals and out in the community."

The event was fully paid for and supported by a number of sponsors including: Weightmans Solicitors, Mitie, Vinci, Roche, G4S and Corporate Design Company. Trophies sourced by Lennard Trophies.

Pictured: Deborah Bancroft and physiotherapists from Fairfield General Hospital receive the award for staff health and wellbeing from chairman John Jesky, chief executive Dr Gillian Fairfield, Bill Turnbull and Mark Murphy from Mitie.