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September 11, 2017 0

Have you made a commitment to health and wellbeing? Celebrate your achievements by entering The Inspiring Wellbeing Awards 2018 – now open for entries.

This national award scheme, staged by The Wellbeing Symposium, recognise the very best, innovative and inspiring interactions within the field of wellbeing. Now in the second year, they provide an opportunity to raise your profile in the wellbeing arena.

The Inspiring Wellbeing Awards presentation will take place on at the inaugural VIP event on Tuesday 21 February, the night before The Wellbeing Symposium 2018. As well as being invited to the awards night, finalists will be given free tickets to The Wellbeing Symposium. For 2018, the categories are:

Inspiring Wellbeing Award for the Individual

Open to persons showing positive commitment to their own wellbeing. This may be anything from improving physical health and overcoming illness to making a commitment to better mental health to achieving a new fitness milestone.

Inspiring Wellbeing Award for the Community

Open to those who have made a difference to the wellbeing of a community. Entrants could be a charity, organisation, volunteer or member of community. It could be for ongoing work or a particular project – e.g. a community gardening project, a volunteer-led park run event or mindfulness group held at local village hall.

Inspiring Wellbeing Award for the Workplace

Open to businesses that focus on workplace wellbeing and employers that have put strategy in place to enhance the health and wellbeing of their staff. Businesses could have introduced a new programme that gives employees access to regular health checks or a new workplace happiness initiative that rewards staff.

As well as three category winners, one entrant will be win flagship Outstanding Contribution to Wellbeing Award, the flagship prize sponsored by headline sponsor Maximus.

The entry process is simple and involves an online form with space for up to 300 words, giving entrants an opportunity to detail their wellbeing journey and what milestones have been achieved.

Deadline for the entries is 20th December.

Read about our 2017 winners here.


September 11, 2017 0

We’re excited to launch The Wellbeing Symposium 2018, which will take place on 22 February at The Ashford International Hotel, Kent.

This year we want to make health and wellbeing everyone’s business and have built a speaker programme that will inspire, relate and be of value to as many people as possible.

Whether you are looking for a workplace wellbeing strategy or a personal health boost, you plan your day, meet your own objective and make the symposium your own. New for 2018 is marketplace, where you can meet face-to-face with a carefully selected pool of specialists in the wellbeing arena.

The event’s new home at The Ashford International Hotel was picked due to its fantastic location – ideally located just off Junction 9 of the M20 and near to Ashford International Railway Station with links into London.

Over the coming months we’ll announce a full agenda and details of speaker sessions, Q&A panel and workshops. Browse the website to see our confirmed line up, awards launch and more.

To be first to know about latest announcements, follow us on @wellbeing_2018. Ready to get your ticket?

Early Bird tickets are now on sale for just £99 + VAT.

June 2, 2017 0

The Wellbeing Symposium, the UK’s Number One event for health and wellbeing, was a great success in February.

But, while Canterbury did us proud, we’re now fully focused on making next year’s event bigger and better.

Today in London, event organisers Wellbeing People and Pillory Barn have been catching up with our content partners C3 Collaborating for Health.

Watch Christine Hancock, C3 Founder and CEO, being interviewed at the Wellbeing Symposium 2017.

This meeting will help us get the ball rolling on getting speakers, workshops and other elements that will set the agenda for the health and wellbeing sector.

Set a date for Wednesday, 21 February 2018 and watch this space.

February 22, 2017 1

The Wellbeing Symposium,  UK’s Number One event for health and wellbeing – takes place today with some of the biggest names in the industry gathering to lead the conversation.  

It may be the fifth event, but the Wellbeing Symposium is as relevant as ever, coming just weeks after the announcement of a government review of mental health in the workplace – a topic that is likely to be a hot topic of discussion during the day.  

Augustine House., Canterbury Christ Church University
Augustine House and Hall, Canterbury Christ Church University

The Wellbeing Symposium 2017 will be taking place at The Augustine Hall, Canterbury Christ Church University, which is supporting this year’s event alongside C3 Collaborating for Health, mytimeactive, the health insurance group, Brachers, Kent HR, Golding Homes, Kent County Council and KIMS Hospital.

The event is organised once again by Wellbeing People and Pillory Barn bringing together healthcare professionals, HR directors and those simply looking to expand their knowledge to share best practice and explore the latest developments, resources and research in the field of wellbeing.

Delegates attending tSetting up for the Wellbeing Symposiumhis year will not only learn the latest from industry experts, they will also collect CPD points to put towards their professional development accreditation.

This year sees some important changes – not least the fantastic new venue and, later in the day, the launch of the first ever Inspiring Wellbeing Awards. This part of the Symposium, sponsored by Maidstone based KIMS Hospital, will celebrate some fantastic examples of best practice by individuals and organisations from across the UK.

Among the headline speakers are Christine Hancock founder and CEO of C3 Collaborating for Health and Christian Van Stolk, Research group director RAND Europe, an expert on wellbeing having worked extensively on social and employment policies.  Raman Sankaran from health plan provider, Simply Health, will also be using the event to launch the company’s new Care for Life programme.

Delegates will hear a range of views and experiences that will support delivery of their own wellbeing strategies – from issues around mental health to advice on ways turning around lost productivity. There will also be plenty of time for networking up in The Terrace, on the second floor of the impressive and modern university campus building – as well as a delicious lunch.

BBC journalist Julie Maddocks, meanwhile, will be in the chair for the Wellbeing Symposium’s very own Question time with a panel of experts taking questions about the hottest industry topics of the day from the audience.  Julie will return towards the end of the day to host the Inspiring Wellbeing Awards, sponsored by KIMS Hospital, celebrating the pick of projects that are setting the pace for health and wellbeing practice across the UK – with Golding Vision, DS Smith and Keir Ltd in the running for the overall Inspiring Wellbeing Champion of the Year.

Miranda Chapman, MD, Pillory Barn with PR Executive Rebecca Daniels.
Miranda Chapman, MD, Pillory Barn with PR Executive Rebecca Daniels.

Miranda Chapman, Managing Director of creative agency Pillory Barn, one of the founders of the event. said:

“We can’t wait to get this year’s event underway in our brand new venue with great speakers and, of course, excellent networking opportunities plus the chance to shine a light on some fantastic examples of best practice taking place in businesses and organisations across the UK. “

To join the conversation at this year’s event, follow the 2017 Wellbeing Symposium  on Twitter using the hashtag #wellbeingforlife


February 1, 2017 1

A recent survey by the National Autistic Society highlighted 75% of parents feel most isolated in supermarkets due to a lack of understanding and sensory discomforts. Families are faced with no choice but to either arrange a babysitter or shop online. In a society where we are working hard on inclusion, this sadly seems only to promote exclusion.

January 30, 2017 0

Today more than ever, having healthy and motivated employees is fundamental to the success of our businesses.

With 42%* of employees stating that a health condition affected their work “a great deal” or “to some extent,” engaging employees in their wellbeing and providing prompt access to healthcare must be a focus for any business, irrespective of size. 

hmqra7rlIt’s a well-known fact that healthier employees are absent less, recover from sickness quicker and are more engaged in delivering the organisation’s objectives.

From our own experience at KIMS Hospital, we know the benefits of investing in our staff’s Health and Wellbeing and in 2016, were recognised for doing so. We were one of the first healthcare organisations in Kent to receive a top accolade; ‘Excellence Award’** for the importance we place on the health and wellbeing of our 250 staff. 

In conjunction with our staff and in addition to implementing some new wellbeing initiatives focusing on increasing physical exercise through to healthy eating and stress management, we ensure everyone has prompt access to diagnostic tests and healthcare treatment. This means any health issues are identified promptly and treated swiftly.

As the largest independent hospital in Kent, KIMS Hospital has been working closely with a number of organisations, including some of those involved in The Wellbeing Symposium, to improve the health and wellbeing of local people; just as we have for our own staff.

Simon James, CEO at KIMS Hospital said:

“We take very seriously our commitment to local businesses and believe we have a key role to play in delivering economic growth in Kent by helping your staff stay healthy and in work.”


Over the coming months you’ll be hearing more from us about various health awareness campaigns and promotions we’ll be running to keep you and your staff healthy and treat them if they fall ill.

During February and March, to coincide with the British Heart Foundation’s campaign, you can visit KIMS Hospital and learn about how we can help you and your people prevent heart disease.

Alternatively we’d be happy to visit you.

To request further details or book an appointment, or to have a discussion about how KIMS Hospital might be able to help support your business’ healthcare needs then please contact us at  please contact a member of our corporate liaison team at or by calling 01622 237 727

Alternatively, pop along and see us at The Wellbeing Symposium on 22nd February, 2017.


* Department of Work and Pensions: Health and Wellbeing 2014

**Excellence Award from The Workplace Wellbeing Charter and The Kent Healthy Business Awards is part of a national initiative funded by Public Health England

January 30, 2017 0

Due to an overwhelming response to the launch of the Inspiring Wellbeing Awards, we’ve extended the deadline for one more week.

The awards, in partnership with KIMS Hospital, recognise the very best, innovative and inspiring interactions within the field of wellbeing.

The deadline for entries is now Wednesday, February 8 so don’t miss out, get your nomination in today!

Three category winners and an overall champion will be announced at the CPD accredited Wellbeing Symposium 2017 on Wednesday, February 22, at The Augustine Hall, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Whether you are a company, employee, or want to enter your own personal wellbeing journey, you can be recognised for your contribution.

The categories for the Inspiring Wellbeing Awards are:

– Inspiring Wellbeing Award for the Community

– Inspiring Wellbeing Award for the Workplace

– Inspiring Wellbeing Award for the Individual

– Inspiring Wellbeing Champion

Click here to find out more, or to enter the awards.

January 26, 2017 0

It was interesting to read research today from the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI), which proposes that banks offer basic account options for those struggling with mental health conditions. The new findings explore how mental health problems can affect everyday activities - such as budgeting and paying bills - and potentially put people at risk of financial trouble. For example, those struggling with short-term memory may find it harder to remember their pin number, while those experiencing extreme anxiety may avoid opening letters of taking calls from their bank.

January 18, 2017 0

The deadline is fast approaching for businesses to champion projects and people across Kent making the modern workplace a better place to be.

The Inspiring Wellbeing Awards is the name of a new national awards scheme organised by the people behind the Wellbeing Symposium event taking place in Canterbury next month.

Sponsored by KIMS Hospital in Maidstone, Kent’s largest independent hospital, the awards will champion best practice from across the county.

The awards are a new feature of this year’s Wellbeing Symposium, taking place on Wednesday, 22 February in Augustine Hall, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Simon James, Chief Executive Officer, KIMS Hospital, said: “KIMS Hospital are delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural Inspiring Wellbeing Awards, part of the 2017 Wellbeing Symposium.

“As the largest independent hospital in Kent, we are committed to providing the best possible healthcare for local people across the county.

“Hand in hand with this is recognising those local companies and individuals, who play a leading role in implementing wellbeing in the workplace and local community.

“With 42% of employees stating that a health condition affected their work, ‘a great deal’ or ‘to some extent,’ now is the time for leaders and individuals to take action to ensure wellbeing in the workplace and community is addressed.”

The event, the largest of its kind in the UK, brings together voices from across the health and wellbeing sector providing insight on the latest industry news – and tips for better workplace wellbeing.

As well as key note speakers and discussion, trophies will be presented to the person, workplace and community which have excelled or made a difference over the past year, before the overall Inspiring Wellbeing champion for 2017 is announced.

Nominations received so far for the 2017 Inspiring Wellbeing Awards, include Glowing Health, a Medway based company which offers food and fitness programmes – from recipes and bootcamps to workplace training.

Kent Sport, part of Kent County Council, has also been put forward for its work with housing association, Golding Homes establishing Get Active projects on housing estates across Maidstone.

The keynote speakers for 2017 include Christine Hancock, the founder of C3 Collaborating for Health and Christian Van Stolk, Vice President and Research Group Director for Home Affairs and Social Policy at RAND Europe.

There will also be a chance for delegates to put their questions direct to a panel of experts with government plans to transform mental health support likely to be high on the agenda.

The Wellbeing Symposium is organised by Maidstone based Wellbeing People and Pillory Barn, with sponsors including C3 Collaborating for Health, Mytimeactive, Brachers, KentHR, Kent County Council, Golding Homes, Canterbury Christ Church University and KIMS Hospital.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Monday, 1 February.

January 10, 2017 0

This advice comes from leading law firm Brachers and its associated HR consultancy, Kent HR, which specialise in employment and HR matters and are co-sponsors of the 2017 Wellbeing Symposium.

It follows the recent announcement from Theresa May of plans to “transform” attitudes to mental health and statistics from a recent study published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development which highlighted that:

  • 37% of mental health sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues
  • 57% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks
  • 80% find it difficult to concentrate
  • 62% take longer to do tasks
  • 50% are potentially less patient with customers/clients

The study indicates that mental illness is the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Catherine Daw, partner and head of employment at Brachers said:

“Employees can feel that their work contributes to, and impacts on, their mental health and statistics show that every year, three in ten employees experience mental health problems.

Catherine Daw

“Unfortunately, the complexity, diversity and range of root causes can make management of mental health at work difficult. It is nevertheless important that employers do take steps to support their employees; the Centre for Mental Health estimates that 91 million days are lost each year due to mental health problems with the total cost to employers estimated at nearly £26 billion each year. That is equivalent to £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.”

Veronica Fox, HR Consultant, Kent HR advises there are positive steps that employers can take:

“Employers should try to spot the signs of mental illness. These might include increased unexplained absences or sick leave, poor performance or timekeeping, poor decision-making, lack of energy and uncommunicative or altered behaviour”.

Brachers and Kent HR, who are co-sponsoring of The Wellbeing Symposium on 22 February in its bid to help raise awareness of wellbeing in the workplace, recommend employers start by having an informal discussion to try to find the root cause or, if the employee is returning from sickness absence, hold a ‘return to work discussion’.

Veronica Fox
Veronica Fox

There will be many factors affecting mental illness which an employer cannot control so Brachers and Kent HR recommend employers focus on what they can control. This might include:

  • adjusting workloads or duties;
  • giving some flexibility in working arrangements (possibly for a short period);
  • taking steps to improve the quality of working relationships; and
  • increasing awareness of mental health issues amongst line managers and increasing employee involvement in decision-making.

Under the Equality Act 2010 employers might legally be required to make reasonable adjustments; for example, an employee might require specialist medical treatment following diagnosis and employers should make reasonable provision for the employee to attend appointments”.

Brachers LLP and Kent HR join KIMS Hospital, Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent County Council, Wellbeing People, C3 Collaborating For Health, Mytimeactive and Golding Homes as sponsors of the 2017 Wellbeing Symposium.

To find out more about this year’s event including the 2017 speaker line-up, how to book tickets and make nominations for the inaugural Inspiring Wellbeing Awards, visit: