New NICE guidelines to improve the health and wellbeing of employees

Hospital staff

09 / 7 / 2015 1.38pm

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published guidelines on workplace policy and management practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees in June 2015. 

Their purpose is not to replace but to complement other current NICE guidelines on:

  • promoting mental wellbeing at work (PH22)
  • managing long-term sickness and incapacity for work (PH 19)
  • promoting physical activity in the workplace ( PH13)
  • workplace interventions to promote smoking cessation (PH 5).

They are aimed at all managers (including directors and board members), employers and employees. In addition, professionals, commissioners and managers with public health as part of their work within the NHS, local authorities and the wider public, private, voluntary and community sectors may find them of interest.

The full guidelines are available from NICE's website and include eleven recommendations:

  1. Organisational commitment
  2. Physical work environment
  3. Mental wellbeing at work
  4. Fairness and justice
  5. Participation and trust
  6. Senior leadership
  7. Role of line managers
  8. Leadership style of line managers
  9. Training of line managers
  10. Job design
  11. Monitoring and evaluation

The guidelines will be reviewed by NICE in three years to decide if any amendments are needed and any updates will be posted on the NICE website

Further information

For more information on implenting the NICE workplace guidance visit our health and wellbeing page, Implementing NICE public health guidance.

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