Major drive to support staff health and wellbeing


02 / 9 / 2015 12.22pm

Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive is set to start a major drive to improve the health and wellbeing of NHS staff.

Speaking at the NHS Innovation Expo in Manchester on Wednesday 2 September, he announced how NHS organisations will be supported to help keep staff well. He stated: “When it comes to supporting health of our own workforce, frankly the NHS needs to put its own house in order”.

The NHS has many examples of where work is being done to support the workforce with positive and measurable impacts. Our website has a range of tools, resources and examples of good practice to help managers look after staff and reduce sickness absence.

These include:

  • How are you feeling today NHS? An emotional wellbeing toolkit which allows staff to assess, on their own or with a manager, their level of emotional wellbeing. It enables conversations about physical and emotional health and gives support to develop more positive behaviours.
  • The sickness absence toolkit which is a simple guide for managers to help deal with managing absence and includes: how to support staff that are frequently off sick, what to do when a member of staff calls in sick and returning to work.
  • Eleven trusts from across the UK have worked with us to showcase what steps they have taken to drive up staff health and wellbeing and engagement. Find out how:
    • Bradford Care District improved staff engagement and reduced its high level of sickness absence. 
    • Birmingham Children’s Hospital made a nine per cent decrease in stress-related absence and how its range of resources and interventions increased staff engagement.

All eleven case studies are also available as an overview in our summary of NHS exemplar organisations resource.

Sue Covill, director of development and employment, NHS Employers said: "The biggest annual survey of NHS staff showed managers are doing more to support workforce health and wellbeing. There are over 50 per cent more programmes supporting staff health and wellbeing now compared to 2010. NHS staff are now more confident than ever in reporting stress and mental health problems. 

"We cannot be complacent. As demand on the NHS grows, efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of staff are very important, not only for staff but also to improve patient outcomes.”  

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