Vicki Harvey-Piper, Director of Corporate Affairs and Governance at Kingston and Richmond CCGs, has been chosen as the London regional winner in the Wellbeing at Work Award category of the NHS Parliamentary Awards 2019.
The awards asked MPs to nominate individuals/teams they felt had made the biggest improvements to health services in their constituencies, across 10 categories. Vicki was nominated by Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP, and following deliberations by a regional panel of experts, who considered almost 600 nominations, was chosen as the London regional winner for her work to improve the wellbeing of staff at NHS Kingston and Richmond CCGs.
Vicki is passionate about the employee experience. She established the ‘Ways of Working Group’ at Kingston and Richmond CCGs, which consists staff representatives across all departments. The group, which is led by Vicki, makes the health and wellbeing of staff at both CCGs a top priority.
Initiatives led by the Ways of Working Group include:
- Signing the Time to Change Employers Pledge; this has led to the setting up of mental health workshops, awareness sessions for line managers and training members of staff to be mental health champions
- Raising awareness of the issue of bullying and harassment and how to deal with it. Vicki is the anti-bullying champion for Kingston and Richmond CCGs
- Introducing healthy workplace initiatives, including the Global Walking Challenge, NHS70 take 70 (which encouraged staff to take a break from their work pressures to focus on themselves) and working to achieve accreditation from the Mayor of London’s Healthy Workplace Award
- Launching the annual South West London ‘Making a Difference’ awards (SAMs), which provided an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the hard work and commitment of staff
- Creating staff events designed to engage employees and to make them feel more valued
- Championed flexible working to enable staff to achieve a good work/life balance
Vicki said: “I am both delighted and honoured to have received this award. It is testament to the hard work of our Ways of Working group, who have provided the ‘staff voice’ and worked hard to improve the working lives of employees.
“Our staff are our most important asset, so it is important they know we are committed to their wellbeing. We are also very proud to have signed the Time to Change Employers Pledge, which captures our commitment to supporting our staff through whatever mental health challenges they may face and removing workplace stigma.”