National Express board UK victory bus for employee wellness initiative

13 June 2022 2:00 PM

HR Awards 2022

Natalie Harries and Sara Brookes from National Express

National Express has been named best in the UK for their employee wellness initiative at the British HR Awards held in London earlier this year. 

Showcasing two initiatives, National Express came out on the top spot amongst entries from over 100 different organisations across the country. 

Judges at the awards evening gave special praise for the transport company’s innovative Health Bus - a mobile health facility which travels across sites to allow employees with varied working patterns to access medical checks. 

The National Express Health Bus was launched in 2014 and has reached over 11,700 employees. It was introduced following comments in an annual employee survey, which praised employee safety awareness and asked for similar support in health and wellbeing. 

It is no exaggeration to say that the Health Bus has saved lives – with early identification of potentially serious conditions giving employees the chance to book follow-up appointments with their doctors and receive the treatment they need. The Health Bus also takes some pressure off the NHS as confidential advice is provided during visits.

Operated by a health coach and coordinator, physical health checks onboard include BMI, body fat, visceral fat, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose. Confidential discussions also take place around levels of exercise, smoking, alcohol, satisfaction with daily energy levels, sleep, work-life balance and stress levels.

National Express has also introduced a new ‘Mood Circles’ initiative as part of their mental health and wellbeing focus - to help normalise conversations around mental health. This initiative was again singled out for praise at the British HR Awards, for encouraging employees to openly communicate their day-to-day feelings and access support where needed.

Rachel James, UK Human Resources Director for National Express, said: 

“We are delighted to have been named as having the Best UK Employee Wellness Initiative at the British HR Awards. 

“Employee wellness is at the heart of everything we do and this award really recognises all the hard work the teams have put into making these initiatives possible. 

“Both initiatives are a real credit to the teams who built and run them. With the backdrop of Covid-19, there has been an intensified need to take a more proactive approach towards employee health and wellbeing. It’s been great to see the positive impact that both strategies are having on our people.” 

Nate Harwood, Founder of New Possible and British HR Awards judge said: “The British HR Awards have a single aim, to recognise the organisations and individuals that are shaping a new possible for the future of work.

“We believe that a great experience is essential to building a healthy business and we’re immensely proud to celebrate the leaders that are being bold, transforming the people experience and helping to showcase the best of British HR. Congratulations to all the Winners and Finalists.”

The British HR Awards is an annual campaign that sets out to discover and celebrate the organisations and individuals that are truly passionate about delivering a world-class people experience.

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