An assessment of Cardiff Metropolitan University’s performance compared with the Corporate Health Standard Criteria
Bowen, Elen Morwen
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Cardiff Metropolitan University’s procedures were audited and assessed using the Corporate Health Standard Action Plan tool to determine their level of conformance with the Gold and Platinum Corporate Health Standards. This involved conducting qualitative documentary analysis in which gaps between the Corporate Health Standard’s Criteria and the University’s online evidence were identified. The data was then colour coded in the categories; Gold Satisfied, Gold Unsatisfied, Platinum Satisfied and Platinum Unsatisfied and sorted into themes. ‘Smoking’ (Gold) and ‘Community Engagement’ (Platinum) were identified as the main areas of concern. Information was sought from the wider research literature regarding unsatisfied criteria. For smoking, this explores the health impacts, steps for policy development, examples of good practice, public perceptions, barriers to implementation and areas for further research. For community engagement, benefits to the community and University, methods, key requirements and challenges are discussed. It was discovered that on the whole, Cardiff Metropolitan University’s procedures do satisfy the new Gold criteria, however, improvement is needed in the aforementioned areas. Recommendations have been made which will allow the University to address issues in the areas identified. In conclusion, with some adjustments, it is possible for Cardiff Metropolitan University to retain the Gold Corporate Health Standard. Further work will be needed in order to attain the Platinum Corporate Health Standard. Cardiff Metropolitan University should consider the time, resources and costs associated with striving for the Platinum Corporate Health Standard and weigh these up against the benefits that staff and students may experience as a result and the accolade of being a Platinum Standard University.
BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
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