Rachel Riley visits the Royal Sussex County Hospital

Rachel Riley, star of Countdown and Strictly Come Dancing, has visited the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton to celebrate the success of the more than 300 NHS staff who have taken the National Numeracy Challenge.

A keen supporter of numeracy and maths education, Ms Riley handed out prizes and signed certificates for staff who had completed the challenge.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) and the National Numeracy charity have been working together for the last 12 months to promote the benefits of continuing numeracy learning and to support staff in taking the National Numeracy Challenge.

The trust-wide campaign has benefited from the resources supplied by the charity and BSUH in-house support from workforce development, learning and coaching staff. The implementation of the programme in the trust was funded by Health Education England: Kent, Surrey and Sussex region (HEEKSS).

Speaking at the event Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of National Numeracy, noted that BSUH is one of the organizations leading the way on numeracy education in the NHS.

BSUH and National Numeracy will continue to work together in the future to further promote positive attitudes towards numeracy among staff within the trust.