Mayor stops by for celebratory smoothie

Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Daniel Moriarty with KIMS Chief Executive Simon James

KIMS celebrated becoming the first hospital in the county to win two prestigious awards, and the launch of its 2016 healthy workplace activity this week.

The hospital has been awarded both the Kent Healthy Workplace Award and Workplace Wellbeing Charter, which are part of the Kent Healthy Business Awards, a joint initiative supported by Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council.

There are three levels of award and KIMS will be working towards the highest Excellence level, achieved in part by the launch of the KIMS healthy workplace scheme.

And to give staff a flavour of the activities which are being encouraged as part of the healthy workplace scheme, they too were able to take part in a range of launch day activities during their breaks, including:

  • riding a smoothie bike
  • smoking cessation
  • personal trainer
  • travel adviser
  • beautician
  • a masseur
  • health checks

Consultant Rowan Connell had a spin on the smoothie bike

KIMS Chief Executive Simon James said: “As well as providing first class care for our patients, at KIMS we’re committed to working as one team to develop the health and wellbeing of staff. It is really important to not only encourage staff to be healthy, but to give them the opportunity and the support to make lifestyle changes. The Healthy Business Awards are a great initiative to provide the framework to do this. As a keen mountaineer myself, I’m keen for all staff to get fit and stay fit, enjoying the long-term health benefits this brings.”

But staff don’t have to climb a mountain to take part in the new scheme, as there is something for everyone, as KIMS has also teamed up with the Heart of Kent Hospice. Staff at KIMS nominated the Heart of Kent Hospice as their charity of the year for 2016 and will be taking part in a number of their physically challenging fundraising activities.

Charity Warnes, Head of Fundraising at Heart of Kent Hospice says: “It is really exciting that the staff at KIMS have chosen the Hospice as its charity of the year and we look forward working in partnership with them all.  We have a great selection of fundraising events lined up for 2016 in addition to the amazing challenges and volunteering activities the KIMS team have planned, so there will be plenty of opportunities for staff to involve themselves and to get fit, whilst raising funds for the Hospice.”