Oxford University Hospitals staff offered free interactive health and wellbeing checks

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) is providing Health Needs Assessment (HNA) kiosks across five of its’ main sites, so staff can have a free opportunity to receive a health check.  

The health assessments, which is part of OUH’s Growing Stronger Together people recovery programme, will allow staff to measure their weight, body mass index (BMI), heart rate, blood pressure (BP), and body fat content. 

The confidential service will also provide the participants with a series of lifestyle questions to answer, in which the machine will display the staff’s estimated ‘wellbeing age’ in comparison with their actual age.  

Additionally, the machine will prompt staff to take further action to improve their health, if the results indicate it would improve wellbeing.  

Each staff member working at OUH will be permitted to use the kiosks, including volunteers and staff employed by the trust’s PFI (Private Finance Initiative) partners.  

Terry Roberts, Chief People Officer, OUH, said: “The wellbeing of our people is a real priority for us, especially during these challenging times. We know that staff wellbeing has a really positive impact on compassionate patient care, so we’re really grateful to our local partners for helping us offer this valuable opportunity to our staff, helping us move towards a healthier, happier #OneTeamOneOUH.”

Melanie Saunders, Senior Responsible Officer for the BOB ICS Enhanced Occupational Health and Wellbeing Project, commented on the new health checks: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this exciting service to OUH staff.

“While we are all aware there are things we can do to improve our health, we may be reluctant to seek help from a healthcare professional, or we may just feel we want some privacy around our needs. Using technology is a good way to encourage us to take that first important step – and it can be fun, too.”