The National Programme
There is plenty of local activity for the NHS (2012) Challenge, but also there is much activity at a national level to ensure that it has profile and partnerships to ensure that we really create a health and wellbeing legacy for the NHS and its patients from the London 2012 games.
This national activity is led by Mike Farrar and supported by the national programme director, Sue Henry. This national programme is supported by the London Organising Committee of Olympic Games (LOCOG) and Jonathan Edwards CBE, former British Gold Medal Triple Jumper, deputy chair of the Nations and Regions group sits on our steering group.
We're working with the national governing bodies of sports to create opportunities and support for NHS staff to participate in sporting activities eg England Cricket Board; Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union; Netball England and England Golf Union. For those who are less sport orientated we have recently partnered with Walk England and established an NHS Walking Challenge.
An important part of the national programme has been to work with some of the London 2012 Sponsors to negotiate opportunities for NHS staff to be rewarded and recognised for participating in the Challenge.
So far we have secured 20 torch bearer slots from Samsung. Also some NHS staff have had the opportunity to tour of the Olympic Park. Atos Origin have provided meeting rooms and refreshments for the national NHS (2012) Challenge steering group as well as expertise in developing a business plan for developing and delivering the Challenge.
The national programme director Sue Henry is supported by a team of enthusiastic NHS Regional 2012 Ambassadors, many of these people have other day jobs and have been supported by their organisations to promote the challenge in their regions.
Our ambassadors include:
- Lucy Furby - London
- Kerry Mcquade - North East
- Sara dunling - East of England
- John Tatton - Yorkshire and Humber
- Mike Leaf - North West
- Mike Daly - South East Coast
- Chris LeFevre - South Central
Ambassadors for East Midlands, West Midlands and South West are yet to be confirmed.