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NHS trust workers in charge of Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Cheshire have been recognised with a UK health and safety award.

The 2017 RoSPA Health and Safety Awards named Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) as first place winners.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) runs the event, which acknowledges organisations both in the UK and worldwide.

It considers workforce involvement, such as providing the correct workwear, leadership, and management systems.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals, which had never previously entered the competition, achieved the highest possible honours on the night.

Head of health and safety at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, Wendy Astle-Rowe, said:

“Receiving the gold award is an incredible achievement and it is also great news for our staff and local community.

“This award shows our organisation has excellent health and safety management systems in place, we have a rigorous approach to occupational health and safety, and we have low levels of accidents and work-related ill health.”

Astle-Rowe was in attendance with her colleagues when they received the award at the Birmingham ceremony.

RoSPA’s Julia Small, who heads events and awards, said that the ceremony is the most recognised health and safety award across the world and is highly regarded.

The hospital has already won a Student Nursing Times Award this year for its support of ex-nurses returning to practice.

Further, in March of this year, the hospital attained the most impressive results of any acute trust in the UK-wide NHS Staff Survey.


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