Gold Standard for Gwynedd Council as it supports health and wellbeing of staff

Date: 23/08/2021

Gwynedd Council has retained its gold standard in the National Health Quality Framework - the national guide as set out by the Welsh Government to promote and improve health and well-being in the workplace.

The framework recognises good practice with regard to the health and wellbeing of staff and targets issues around preventable disorders, to ensure that staff are in the best place to continue to deliver key services to the people of the county.

Gwynedd Council was awarded the Gold Standard for the first time back in 2011 and the organisation has held the standard consistently since then. In this year's review, the assessors recognised in particular the way in which the Council has adapted and retained the health and well-being provision for staff throughout the pandemic ensuring that support is still available despite the different working conditions.

Revalidating the Gold Standard for the Council, assessor Bryn Jones said: "I recognise and appreciate that an organisation such as a local authority has been under considerable stress over the last twelve months and that this has had implications for the wellbeing of your employees.

“Even in these difficult times ... [Gwynedd Council] has continued to maintain its health and wellbeing provision, as well as develop and introduce new initiatives.

"I would like to congratulate you on the successful completion of your Gold Level Status Check and I am confident that by continuing to review and renew your health and well-being package you will be ready to deal with the challenges of the future."

Councillor Nia Jeffreys, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Corporate Support added: "Our staff are our most important resource so naturally the health and well-being of everyone who works here is important to us as a Council. Despite the difficult times we have all faced over the past year and a half, Council staff have carried on and gone the extra mile. Without the hard work and efforts of our officers, the people and communities of Gwynedd would be greatly at a loss.

“I feel strongly that services need to be in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, so I am proud of the assessors’ belief that Gwynedd Council is amongst the best in the public sector in Wales. This is further confirmation that Gwynedd Council is a good place to work. ”