Office for National Statistics develops national wellbeing measures

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14 / 10 / 2015 2.12pm

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is developing a new way of measuring wellbeing. The aim is to help provide a wider picture of society wellbeing, using existing economic, social and environmental measures. The ONS Measuring National Well-being programme aims to produce robust measures of the wellbeing of the entire nation. Wellbeing is about how we are doing as individuals, as communities and as a nation and how sustainable this is for the future.

The ONS has recently published their autumn report which provides a summary of their findings over the last three years, comparing 2014/15 and 2013/14 figures. The report includes assessments of change – overall, indicating whether national well-being is getting better or worse; and individually, to help highlight areas which may require attention in order to bring about improvements in national well-being.  

The autumn report highlight improvements across personal wellbeing as follows:
Personal wellbeing measures 2014/15 2013/14 
Very high life satisfaction   28.8%  26.8%
Very high worthwhile rating  34.4%  32.6%
Very high rating of happiness
 34.1%  32.6%
Very low anxiety yesterday
 40.9%  39.4%

The ONS publishes this report twice a year in the spring and autumn and looks at wellbeing from a holistic approach, assessing factors such as housing and accommodation, crime levels, local community and health. 

The benefits of using staff wellbeing metrics

It's important for NHS organisations to use metrics to help measure staff wellbeing and build possible interventions to help improve it. This can help enable and strengthen your wellbeing strategy:

  • to be robust and evidence based
  • stopping you from continuing to invest in programmes that are not working
  • allowing you to try new, targeted approaches. 
For more information about using metrics and evaluating your health and wellbeing interventions, read our webpages. 

To find out more about the national wellbeing statistics read the report on the 
ONS website.

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