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Chelsea and Westminster shortlisted for Personnel Today Award

24 November 2011

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has been shortlisted in the 'Rewards and Benefits' category of the prestigious Personnel Today Awards 2011

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital has been shortlisted in the 'Rewards and Benefits' category of the prestigious Personnel Today Awards 2011.

This is a major achievement because other shortlisted entries in this category of the awards, which are run by the leading publication for HR professionals, came from big multi-national companies including IKEA and global IT company Cisco.

Chelsea and Westminster’s award entry focused on support offered to working parents including advice on and assistance with childcare costs, such as a subsidised holiday play scheme and helping staff sign up for childcare vouchers.

It also included support for women on maternity leave such as a regular newsletter to keep staff in touch with the hospital, access to free baby massage sessions, and a meeting with HR to discuss any concerns before their return to work.

Award judge Duncan Brown, former Assistant Director General of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, said: “This is a comprehensive series of initiatives to help to maintain contact with and retain staff going on maternity leave.”

The Trust has also set up a cycle-to-work scheme and provided staff with access to season ticket loans.

Being shortlisted for a Personnel Today Award is just the latest independent recognition of Chelsea and Westminster as an employer of choice:

  • Winner, ‘Best employer for carers’ category - Top Employers for Working Families Awards 2011
  • Shortlisted, ‘Best employer for working mothers’ category - Top Employers for Working Families Awards 2011
  • Shortlisted, ‘Best internal communications’ category – HR Excellence Awards 2011
  • Winner, ‘Most effective benefits strategy’ - HR Excellence Awards 2010

Mark Gammage, Director of HR at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that our initiatives to support staff have been recognised by shortlisting for this prestigious award.”