Key updates


17 / 6 / 2016 Midnight

We will post all key updates from the work with the leadership group here, sharing good practice from the eleven organisations and the evaluation results. Check here regularly for any updates or email the health and wellbeing team.  

June 2016


This summer the WeCommunities are encouraging NHS staff to get active via an inter-professional social media campaign. The #WeActiveChallenge launches on twitter in August. Building on last year’s campaign, the community is challenging people to do a bit more than before and role model a healthy lifestyle. People taking part are encouraged to tweet pictures of themselves, colleagues, family and friends taking part in any physical activity. Inspired by Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign, the focus is on being fun, realistic and achievable. Find out more about it on our #WeActiveChallenge latest news page.

Update to the webpages

We have also updated the webpages to ensure that you are kept up-to-date with the latest developments. Read the updates in the pages listed below:

New role descriptors created for senior leadership

Back in March 2016, we met with the board leads and clinical leads of the eleven organisations, alongside Professor Dame Carol Black, to explore what makes an effective senior lead and how can they champion wellbeing across the organisation. We also looked at how organisations could tell if the culture had changed. From this, we've created role descriptors for the senior and clinical leads in NHS organisations. These role descriptors are to help NHS organisations identify the right leaders and embed a culture of care for their own staff. You can download the resource from our case studies and resources page.

CQUIN guidance released

NHS England released further guidance to help NHS organisations work towards the health and wellbeing CQUIN. It provides:

  • context about the need for focussing on health and wellbeing
  • more information about the content of the schemes
  • further information about the methods of processes behind the £450m incentive within the CQUIN
  • information on the support available during 2016/17 to help with the implementation of the CQUIN schemes. 

Download the guidance from the NHS England webpages.

March 2016

NHS England announced the introduction of a new Commissioning for Quality and Innovation payment (CQUIN) for health and wellbeing of NHS staff. This encourages NHS organisations to:

  • offer frontline nurses, therapists, doctors, care assistants and other staff access to workplace physio, mental health support, and healthy workplace options. The annual NHS staff survey will track the increase in NHS staff saying that their trust is taking positive action to support their health and wellbeing, and reduce work related stress and back injuries.
  • take action on junk food and obesity by ensuring that healthy food options are available for their staff and visitors, including those working night shifts. To qualify for the scheme, 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 also be required 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 for their staff so as to reduce sickness absence and protect vulnerable patients from infection. The aim is to increase staff vaccination rates from around 50 per cent to 75 per cent by the end of December.

To find out more, please see our CQUIN latest news article.

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