Samsung Partner NHS on NHS Challenge Schemes

August 18, 2011

The National Health Service (NHS) and Samsung Electronics have announced a partnership that will specifically look into the NHS’s official annual programme along with the NHS Sports and Physical Activity Challenge 2012 for its workforce.

The NHS Challenge scheme is now into its second year and aims to improve the health and well being of its staff as well as making it a tangible contribution towards legacy for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

The NHS, the European Union’s largest medical employer with 1.4m staff, hopes to scheme will propel 350,000 of its workforce into participating in the NHS Challenge for 2012.

Samsung are offering being a Olympic Torchbearer as the prize for the scheme, which starts this month, involving rewarding staff who inspire others through achievements they make for themselves as well as demonstrating they have gone the extra mile for others.

Sir David Nicholson, chief executive, NHS said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Samsung as a partner for the NHS Challenge 2012 – now in its second year. It’s rewarding to be able to give something back to our staff through this partnership’. 

‘We encourage our staff to begin nominating someone they feel has made a real difference to the health and wellbeing of NHS employees, during The Challenge for 2012’.

Mr. David Song, managing director, Samsung UK and Ireland added: ‘Samsung is committed to making London 2012 everyone’s Olympic Games. Through the partnership with the NHS, we’re proud to be in a position to offer its workforce the opportunity to nominate someone to become a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer’.

‘It’s a very exciting time for both organisations – employee wellbeing is at the heart of every organisation and something Samsung are keen to recognise and reward. We are looking forward to develop this working relationship further; this partnership is just the first step’. 

Strategic health authorities can involved in the challenge by linking up with local sports and activity groups, or by creating their own range of activities that suit them as individuals, in teams or in social groups. 

The London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer nominations will be co-judged by Samsung and an NHS panel, and put forward to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) by the end of October 2011.

The NHS employees chosen will be part of the Olympic Torch Relay, which starts in Lands End on the 19th May.