TRFT wins internationally recognised health and safety accolade

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) has fought off stiff international competition to scoop a prestigious RoSPA Award, demonstrating commitment to health and safety excellence.

Ian Hinitt and Theresa Thomlinson holding the RoSPA award

For the tenth consecutive year, the Trust has earned a Gold Award for its health and safety performance. In recognition of this achievement, TRFT join the exclusive group of organisations honoured with the President’s Award.

The RoSPA Health and Safety Awards is the largest occupational health and safety awards programme in the UK. Now into its 67th year, the Awards have almost 2,000 entries every year, covering nearly 50 countries and a reach of over seven million employees. The programme recognises organisations’ commitment to continuous improvement in the prevention of accidents and ill health at work, looking at entrants’ overarching health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. 

While most awards are non-competitive – recognising individual organisations’ achievements – competitive awards are presented in 20 industry sectors and for specialist areas of health and safety management.

Ian Hinitt, Director of Estates and Facilities at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are immensely proud to receive the RoSPA President's Award, which is a testament to our dedication to the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and staff. 

“Achieving ten consecutive gold awards is no easy feat, in fact, we are only the second NHS Trust to do this since 2012. It shows remarkable teamwork from colleagues across the Trust, who work incredibly hard to ensure the wellbeing of all those within our care.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Achievements Director, said: “Accidents at work and work-related ill health don’t just have huge financial implications or cause major disruption – they significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. That’s why good safety performance deserves to be recognised and rewarded.

“We are thrilled that The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has won a RoSPA Award and would like to congratulate them on showing an unwavering commitment to keeping their people safe from accidental harm and injury.”

Sponsored by Croner-i, the RoSPA Awards scheme is the longest-running of its kind in the UK, and receives entries from organisations across the globe, making it one of the most sought-after achievement awards for the health and safety industry.