08 / 3 / 2016 4.30pm
NHS England has announced plans to offer financial incentives to improve the health and wellbeing of the NHS staff in England.
All NHS care providers will be able to earn their share of the £450m national incentive fund in 2016/17. Under the new programme organisations will be funded to introduce a range of physical activity schemes, improve physiotherapy services and introduce a range of mental health initiatives; all for staff.
NHS care providers need to take action on the below.
- Offer staff access to workplace physio, mental health support and healthy workplace options - which will be tracked by staff feedback in the annual NHS staff survey.
- Take action on junk food and obesity and making sure healthy food options are available for staff and visitors, including those working night shifts. Trusts will need to remove adverts, price promotions and checkout displays of sugary drinks and high fat sugar and salt food from their NHS premises. They will need to submit information on their current fast food franchises, vending machines and retail outlets in preparation for the NHS sugar tax.
- Increase the uptake of the winter flu vaccine to reduce sickness absence and protect vulnerable patients from infection. The aim is to increase staff vaccination rates from around 50 per cent to nearer to 75 per cent.
It is hoped that this programme will encourage other organisations, both in the public sector and private sector, will follow the lead of the health service. Read the full article on NHS England website
Support and resources
A range of tools and resources on developing ways to support staff health and wellbeing are available to view on our health and wellbeing webpages.
The flu fighter webpages provide advice and resources to support a successful flu campaign with information to increase the uptake of the flu vaccination among frontline health care workers.