North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) became the first NHS trust in London to receive gold accreditation in the NHS 2012 Sport and Physical Activity Challenge. The scheme, launched by NHS Chief Executive, Sir David Nicholson, aims to get NHS staff more physically active.
NELFT Chief Executive John Brouder and Jimmy Garber, Modern Matron at Brookside young people’s mental health unit in Goodmayes, attended the ceremony in Whitehall, London yesterday (9 July), where they were presented with the prestigious Gold Accreditation by NHS Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson and Mike Farrer, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation.
Jimmy Garber, Modern Matron at Brookside, led the application for the prestigious accreditation on behalf of NELFT, showcasing the Trust’s annual sports day as just one example of how staff are encouraged to take part in sports.
The panel was so impressed with NELFT’s application, it awarded the organisation the highest accolade. Other trusts in London have so far been accredited with either silver or bronze.
NELFT Chief Executive John Brouder said:
“The NHS Challenge gold accreditation is brilliant news for our Trust as we all recognise the benefits of keeping healthy and active.”
Jimmy Garber said:
“It was fantastic to receive the gold accreditation, particularly as we are the first NHS trust in London to achieve this standard—NELFT has won gold!
This award recognises the fantastic work done by all at NELFT in promoting physical health, sport and wellbeing for staff and the local community.
Sport and exercise really does help overall wellbeing and mental health, so it is really important we all take part.”