Healthy Workplace Award

Investing in healthy workplaces makes clear business sense

Free support is on offer to help you develop a wellbeing culture in your organisation and, as a result, boost performance through the London Healthy Workplace Award.

The Healthy Workplace Award is a framework for action that helps employers build good practice in health and wellbeing in their organisation.

As an employer in Westminster, you are eligible for the added benefits of discounted mental health and wellbeing training for managers.

Strengthen your brand and reputation and join organisations that already stand out with this prestigious accreditation.

The award supports all types of employers, large and small, from the public, private and voluntary sectors. 

1. Workplace wellbeing during coronavirus

Making workplace wellbeing a priority can help you retain staff and reduce absence due to sickness. This is especially crucial during the covid-19 outbreak.

The healthy workplace award can be used as a tool to support you during this challenging time.

As an employer in Westminster, you are eligible for the added benefits of discounted mental health and wellbeing training for managers.

How you can help

You can help by:

  • assessing and addressing the health needs of low paid workers
  • conducting risk assessments – including around work-related stress
  • providing information about workplace set up- particularly now if your workforce is working from home
  • making reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities or health conditions to ensure that they are supported and not disadvantaged when doing their jobs
  • giving line managers guidance and training to enable them to support the health and wellbeing staff
  • consulting workers at all levels about organisational change
  • providing information about healthy eating, physical activity, and mental health and wellbeing

For more information contact Tiffany McLean or Dorothy Martin 

Email: - all our consultations are remote.

2. The benefits

There are many benefits of having a healthy and happy workforce including:

  • saving money
  • enhancing engagement
  • improving productivity
  • lowering sickness absences
  • heavily discounted mental health and wellbeing training for managers
  • free local support from a healthy workplace advisor
  • prestigious accreditation to help you stand out

For further information please see The Business Case for Wellbeing.

3. The Three Pillars

1. Corporate support and wellbeing

Focusing on leadership, policies and planning, health, safety, environment and attendance management.

2. Mental health and wellbeing

Focusing on employee awareness and resilience, management knowledge and behaviours, organisational policies and culture.

3. Healthy lifestyle promotion

Focusing on physical activity, healthy eating, alcohol, smoking and substance misuse.

4. Get involved

Register online if you're interested in signing up to the award.

Register online

For further information or to arrange a meeting, please contact or 020 7641 2676.

5. Case studies

Who we are

Queen’s Park Primary School is a one-and-a-half form inner city London school. Set in the north west of Westminster, Queen’s Park Primary serves a diverse population in one of the most deprived areas of the UK.

With a workforce of 42 fulfilling a wide range of roles across teaching, working one-to-one with children with special educational needs, office staff, premises staff, lunch staff and ICT, Queen’s Park Primary understood the need to focus on staff wellbeing at a time when school recruitment and retention was difficult and funding was at a critical level.

What we did 

As a school we became committed to ensuring staff had access to mental health first aid training. Alongside this staff were given opportunities to be taught in domestic violence support, child bereavement, stress awareness and alcohol and substance abuse.

We assigned the role of ‘wellbeing lead’ within the school and quickly developed support mechanisms within the school.

As a leadership team we developed a more supportive coaching model where staff were able to work in small ‘lesson study’ groups to support one another in their own professional development.

As a school we already had access to an employee assist programme which became promoted and accessed. Return-to-work interviews became more personalised and attendance was scrutinised further to see where we could best support.

Staff were empowered at all levels and performance management showed a wide range of skills that were under-utilised that have since become integral to the Queen’s Park approach.

The Healthy Workplace Award ensured we had a clear direction in addressing whole staff wellbeing, that policies and procedures were best tailored to the needs of our staff and that relevant up to date information informed our practices.

Where you can appreciate ‘flexible working’ is difficult within schools, discussions were had as to how we could best meet the needs of our staff team and support was given in changing working arrangements as and when we could.

Outcomes and success measures 

  • absence rates have seen a dramatic decrease by a third for both teaching and support staff
  • staff understand mental health and wellbeing and are able to understand their own stress
  • staff are able to have an open conversation and are more likely to share mental health issues
  • employee engagement in sports and healthy eating initiatives sits at around 45%
  • staff happiness has increased and is sitting at 98% (this was accounted to a two-thirds understanding of whole system planning)
  • the school remains in the top 3% academically in the country and has won awards for its approach to mental health and wellbeing, health and safety and progress over time

Next steps 

As a school Queen’s Park Primary has just become a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for wellbeing in Westminster, this means that there is a further emphasis on sharing the work we have done with the Healthy Workplace Award in other schools.

6. Accredited companies

Accredited companies Date and level accredited
Taylor Woodrow Bam Nuttal JV Commitment September 2015
Balfour Beatty Commitment April 2016
Turning Point Achievement August 2016
Strategy & Transformation team NW London Commitment September 2016
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom Achievement September 2016
Change Grow Live Achievement September 2016
The Portman Estate Achievement September 2016
Central London Community Health Commitment October 2016
Jumeirah Commitment November 2016
Royal College of Surgeons Commitment November 2016
Cerner Commitment November 2016
Rolls Royce Commitment November 2016
Royal Society of Arts Commitment November 2016
Travis Perkins Commitment November 2016
CCG West London Commitment November 2016
David Miller Architects Commitment November 2016
Everyone Active Commitment March 2017
Central London Community Health Achievement May 2017
Westminster University Commitment June 2017
CCG Central London Achievement November 2017
CCG Hammersmith & Fulham Achievement November 2017
St Mungo's Achievement November 2017
AIMS Consultancy Commitment November 2017
Lewis and Hickey Commitment November 2017
Queen's Park Primary School Commitment November 2017
JBW Group Commitment April 2018
Queen's Park Primary School Excellence July 2018
Royal Lancaster Hotel Commitment May 2018
Leon Commitment June 2018 
BRT  Commitment July 2018
Montgomery  Commitment July 2018
Georgian House Hotel Commitment July 2018

City West Homes

Commitment July 2018
SHP Westminster Mental Health Floating Support Commitment October 2018
CDG Commitment October 2018
Landsec Commitment October 2018
Healthy Lives Commitment October 2018
Church Army Commitment October 2018
Cavendish Centre Commitment October 2018
GP Practice Commitment October 2018
Wellington GP Commitment November 2018
Regents University  Achievement February 2019
Abbey Community Centre  Commitment March 2019
Royal Albert Hall Commitment  March 2019
Red Carnations Hotel  Foundation April 2019
HKS Foundation April 2019
Dorchester Hotel Foundation May 2019
Park Lane Foundation May 2019
Hospital of St.Johns and St. Elizabeth Foundation May 2019
DLD College  Foundation June 2019
M&C SAATCHI Foundation June 2019
St Clement Dances C of E Primary School  Foundation October 2019
Dragon Rouge  Foundation November 2019
Zipcar  Foundation November 2019
Social Care Institute for Excellence  Foundation November 2019
Forsters LLP  Foundation November 2019


7. Resources

Below are a list of resources you may find useful. For more information on health and living well, search the People First website.

General workplace health

GOV.UK resources on workplace health

London City Hall on workplace health

MIND charity on how to promote workplace health (PDF)

Reduce e-mails to reduce stress - information leaflet (PDF, 560KB)


NHS smokefree

​Kick it - free local advice to stop smoking


Visit the Westminster sports and leisure pages

For a free TfL cycle safety seminar, email


8. Creating a Wellbeing Action Plan

First things first:

Why do you need a Wellbeing Action Plan for your organisation?

Because people work better when they feel better.

Let’s get the basics right.

Wellbeing is a broad term that encompasses health and wellness. It covers all aspects of individual functioning - physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, environmental - and more. There are many definitions and multiple interpretations of this concept. It’s helpful to take a moment and reflect - what wellbeing means to you, your team and your organisation.

My favourite definition is this: wellbeing is a human capacity to function well at work and in life. Other professionals use the term ‘thriving’ or ‘flourishing’ to replace the traditional emphasis of wellbeing programmes on addressing ill-health and poor functioning.

A Wellbeing Action Plan sets out your vision and outlines your actions to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of your employees. To kick start your wellbeing journey, you and your team must decide:

  • what is our vision for wellbeing?
  • what are our goals and objectives?
  • what actions do we need to take to deliver our objectives?
  • how will we know that we are making a progress?

The first step is to get together a small team of colleagues who are passionate about wellbeing and who want to be involved in planning, delivering and evaluating the scheme. Colleagues from Human Resources, Learning and Development or Health and Safety are perfectly placed to lead and contribute. If your organisation is relatively small, and you do not have these dedicated professionals, it works perfectly well to engage two or three colleagues who understand the importance of wellbeing and who have the vision and will to make a real difference.

Leadership is vital to the success of any project and to the success of the whole organisation. The same goes for leadership on organisational wellbeing. So, choose a lead, and set up a regular meeting to enable the development and implementation of your Wellbeing Action Plan. As a lead, you may feel the need for support – don’t be afraid to ask for it.

Organisational wellbeing starts with personal wellbeing - and you will need a lot of personal wellbeing to drive this action plan with stamina, passion and commitment to get engagement and achieve outstanding results.

Key questions to answer at this stage are:

  • who is the lead?
  • who is in your team?
  • how often will you meet?
  • what support will you need?

If your aim is to be successful, put psychological wellbeing, including mental health, stress management and resilience at the very heart of your plan.

That’s it! So start to think about your plan and, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Westminster's Healthy Workplace Award Team

9. Nutrition training

Date and time: TBC
Location: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

Did you know that more than half of employees surveyed by Total Jobs don’t take a lunch break? Only a third of UK employees leave their workplace after they have arrived.

Do you know someone who lunches at their desk or doesn’t take a break at all? To find out why this could be detrimental for your health and for your business join Sarah Gashier, Registered Nutritionist, for a fun workshop on why we should be eating al fresco and not at our desks.

Course Content 

More workers are skipping lunch and paying the price with their health. By skipping lunch, you starve your muscles and brain of key nutrients needed to function at peak performance. Learn the benefits of swapping your desk for some fresh air during lunch, what foods are best to eat during the day, and the benefits they have on your mind, body and soul.

** Workshops for shift-workers are available upon request.

Format and Cost

The training will last for two hours and is available to businesses signed up to the Healthy Workplace Award for just £15, and to non-award members for £20; courses can even be delivered at your business. The course is for maximum of 18 delegates. In-house courses available upon request.

Please e-mail for further information and cost.

What’s included

  • electronic copies of presentations and handouts
  • recommended resources to support office workers and shift workers
  • ongoing email support for 30 days 

The impact

Evaluation forms will be given to delegates to assess the success of the session. After training, it is expected that delegates will have improved awareness of issues associated with poor nutrition, what are the best foods to eat to increase brain power during the day and understand the importance of breaking away from the desk during lunch. 

About the trainer

Sarah Gashier is a Registered Associate Nutritionist in Public Health, working as a wellbeing consultant for a local authority on the London Healthy Workplace Award and encouraging local business to sign up to a London wide scheme. Sarah is passionate about the benefits of excellent nutrition and has shared her expertise within the NHS and community, putting together activities and nutrition programmes focusing on motivating others make changes to their eating habits and levels of physical activity.


10. Mental health and wellbeing awareness training

Date and time: 2 March 2020 from 12.30pm to 5.30pm
Location: Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

1 in 6 employees are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression at any given time. Poor mental health and stress are consistently amongst the top reasons for sickness absence across all sectors and the trend is increasing. Mental health and wellbeing is a key area to consider when building healthy and happy workplaces.

Course content

The council’s Healthy Workplace Award team provides bespoke training on mental health and wellbeing, tailored to the needs of your business. The course is in two parts: 

What is wellbeing, how to support positive mental health, common mental health problems (stress, depression, anxiety) in the workplace, how to recognise signs and symptoms, and how to tackle stigma.

Managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, listening and coaching skills, the importance of early intervention, understanding the Equality Act / reasonable adjustments and knowing where to seek help.

Format and cost

The half day training course is available to businesses signed up to the Healthy Workplace Award for just £30 and to non-award members for £60; courses can even be delivered at your business. The course is for maximum of 18 delegates.

What's included

training materials, electronic copies of presentations and handouts
recommended resources to support line employers and managers
ongoing email support for 30 days 

The impact

Pre-session and post-session meetings will be arranged to understand your needs and challenges and discuss appropriate feedback and evaluation. Evaluation forms will be given to delegates to assess the success of the session. After training, it is expected that delegates will have improved awareness of issues affecting mental health and wellbeing and be able to demonstrate the essential skills needed in the workplace including listening, coaching and effective communication.


Email or call 020 7641 2676 to book.

About the trainer

Dorothy Martin is a Wellbeing Consultant for the Westminster Healthy Workplace Award. She is committed to increasing awareness about health and wellbeing in business to prevent burn-out, and enhance resilience, motivation and creativity. Dorothy has proven experience in the field of organisational wellbeing in the public, private and voluntary sectors, with qualifications in psychology (MSc), international public health (MSc), and human nutrition (Dip).

11. Newsletter

We provide a quarterly e-newsletter for businesses interested in the Healthy Workplace Award which provides advice, support, events, training courses and much more.

Read the latest newsletter

Last updated: 20 April 2020