The health of NHS staff is increasingly supported, say employers responding to RCP report

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13 / 3 / 2015 3.38pm

The health and wellbeing of NHS staff is increasingly supported and needs to be a core part of planning, says the NHS Employers organisation.

It is responding to a report published today (13 March) by the Royal College of Physicians called ‘Work and Wellbeing in the NHS: why staff health matters to patient care’.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:

“There is a high profile leadership campaign about the health of NHS staff and there is increasing support nationally and locally, but we do face an uphill struggle against growing pressure on the health service.

“We support the call for greater national support for this vital area, which builds on the work being done by many employers in the NHS. About two-thirds now have ambitious plans for the health and wellbeing of staff.

“All the arms-length bodies pledged to support better staff experience in December and we welcome the concentration on this area in the NHS’ Five Year Forward View’.

“The NHS is one of the most rewarding places to work and it can be challenging too, so it’s important to make staff health a core part of NHS planning.”

More information about health and wellbeing at work is available here: http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/retain-and-improve/staff-experience/health-work-and-wellbeing 

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Notes for editors:
  • In the annual NHS Staff Survey (published by NHS England on 24 February 2015) shows a rise from 57 per cent in 2013 to 59 per cent in 2014 in the number of respondents who “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that “My immediate manager takes a positive interest in my health and wellbeing”. However staff also reported an increase in "Work pressure felt by staff" from 3.06 to 3.09 on a five-point scale.
  • The RCP’s new report says: “Audit work in England has found that 65 per cent of NHS trusts now have a plan for the health and wellbeing of their workforce, up from 41 per cent in 2010”.
  • The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. See www.nhsemployers.org for more information.
  • Follow Danny Mortimer on Twitter at @NHSE_Danny and NHS Employers on Twitter at @nhsemployers 

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