Inside Admiral

Ministry of Health launches the first of their 'Healthy Heads' campaign with the help of Richard Parks

A working environment that promotes healthy living and helps our staff achieve a happy work life balance is a key focus for us, and our Ministry of Health (MOH) was created with this in mind.

The MOH team is tasked with maintaining and promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace and it works to achieve agreed standards. From supplying fresh fruit everyday to all our sites, to subsidised flu jabs, the Admiral Inspire Choir, blood pressure and cholesterol checks, a calendar of MOH events and initiatives ensures staff wellbeing is at the forefront of our culture. This week sees our Ministry of Health launch their first ‘Healthy Heads’ campaign.

There are 4 Healthy Heads campaigns planned for 2018 and the MOH Team are working closely with Richard Parks as our MOH Ambassador.

Richard is an extreme athlete and former Welsh Rugby International who is passionate about ending the stigma faced by people with mental health problems. Richard himself has spoken very honestly about his own struggles with mental health when injury ended his rugby career.

This week he will be onsite to talk to staff that have experienced mental health issues and to hold an online chat.

The rest of the week sees the MOH team running meditation sessions for staff. Also present will be our Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) ‘Care First’ to talk to staff about the app ‘In Your Pocket’. The ‘In Your Pocket App’ is the very first in the world to include a clinically proven digital proactive prevention tool for stress and anxiety and gives staff access, at any time, to the full range of EAP services including Care Firsts newest powerful tool for the management of stress and anxiety - Stress free Island.MOH has also organised Champion Talks for staff in April with Time to Change Wales who we signed the Pledge with in 2014. The Pledge aims to end the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health in Wales. In the UK 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem and although invisible mental health problems are no less important than physical health issues.

Our philosophy at Admiral Group is that ‘people who like what they do, do it better’ so it is important that staff feel supported and able to have open conversations about mental health. We also need to ensure that we provide employees with good working conditions and ensure that they have a healthy work life balance and opportunities for development. This approach is summed up by our CEO David Stevens;

‘When we originally set up Admiral, one of our aims was to create a company that offered its staff a good work-life balance. Twenty-five years later and this wish still remains as strong as ever. It’s important to ensure people have a work environment that’s as stress free and supportive as possible for them.

The Ministry of Health is a great way of promoting our commitment to supporting our staff in living a healthy and well balanced lifestyle.”