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CRN West Midlands' Staff Wellbeing Initiative shortlisted for the 2020 HSJ Awards


The Clinical Research Network West Midlands (CRN WM) is delighted to announce that its Staff Wellbeing Initiative has been shortlisted for the Staff Engagement Award at the 2020 HSJ Awards, recognising its outstanding contribution to healthcare. 

CRN WM has been shortlisted despite the tough competition from over 1000 entries. They  have been selected based on their ambition, visionary spirit and the demonstrable positive impact that their project has had  on patient and staff experiences within the health and/or social care sector.  

The Network is committed to promoting a holistic and sustainable approach to staff wellbeing, and  appreciates that a 'one size fits all' approach is unlikely to succeed.

Key to delivering a better working environment is its Wellbeing programme, which was developed as a result of a staff listening exercise. Wellbeing is a multifaceted concept that encompasses the whole person and is concerned with a feeling of physical, emotional and psychological wellness. The Wellbeing Pick and Mix is a suite of initiatives designed to ensure that all staff benefit from a range of opportunities that suit their personal needs, learning styles and work/life arrangements - helping them to manage their own wellbeing.

A highlight of the programme this year has been the launch of the  Doing Our Bit Fitness Platform.  On 15 June 2020, the CRN launched a website in partnership with three fitness companies and over 30 personal trainers  who are providing their services for free.  They ran online sessions for Network and Host Trust staff initially, with the service being made available to the wider NHS in July. Staff can sign up at using an NHS email address.  At the end of October 2020, 70 NHS organisations in England & Wales had signed up to offer the platform to more than 400,000 staff, and the service had been featured on BBC Midlands Today.

The initiative was the brainchild of Julie Davis, Wellbeing Lead and Deputy Chief Operating Officer who says:  “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Staff Engagement Award, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members over the last 12 months to successfully implement our Wellbeing Programme. To be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.  This nomination has been a tremendous boost to staff at the Network  and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve the wellbeing of our staff.”

The judging panel is made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community including: Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT, Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, Black Country Healthcare FT and Caroline Beardall, Director of Workforce and OD, NHS England and NHS Improvement – South East.

Now in its 40th year, the HSJ Awards is the largest annual benchmarking and recognition programme for healthcare. Through a rigorous, fair and transparent judging process the awards produce a roll call of the best organisations, teams and people in the NHS and the wider health sector.

The full list of finalists for the 2020 HSJ Awards can be found on

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.



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