NHS Employers discusses workforce mental health issues with HSJ

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17 / 12 / 2013 4.53pm

Mental health problems, including stress, account for more than a third of sickness absence in the NHS, and trends suggest that its getting worse, which is a serious issue for managers, the NHS and for patients.

Ruth Warden, head of employment services at NHS Employers, stresses that this is a workforce issue NHS Employers is taking seriously and discusses the challenges faced when dealing with mental health issues in the workplace: "From our perspective, we are continually trying to provide support and guidance for managers to fill the gaps in competence, or confidence, in dealing with these issues. We want line managers to know there are things they can do, and that support is available."

The four page article also includes a case study from Southern Health Foundation Trust as a leader in taking mental health and wellbeing of staff seriously. It reveals its strategies for aiding staff and includes a personal account from a nurse who explains what happened at work when she suffered post-partum psychosis.

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