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28 / 10 / 2015 3.09pm

To develop the offer and progress this work with the leadership group, NHS England will:

  • take national action where necessary to help local organisations make progress at pace 
  • work with our leading organisations to evaluate the most effective interventions and refine the offer, whilst encouraging more organisations to sign up.
The healthy workforce team has already identified areas, such as negotiating to improve hospital food, where NHS England can take national action to fix problems that local areas may be facing across the country. As the programme develops, they will listen to feedback from other partners to see if there are other areas where a stronger national lead would be helpful.

Part of the task is to strengthen the evidence base around the interventions that are most effective in promoting staff health and wellbeing, and which provide the best value for money for organisations looking to invest more in wellbeing. The team will work with partners to determine the best way of assessing progress and benefits at national and organisational levels. They plan to repeat the national survey after three years.

The healthy workforce team will test the individual interventions in different organisations, so we can be confident about the necessary conditions for success. This will inform how the offer evolves – particularly as the work involves a greater range of NHS settings and organisations that may not have a history of running initiatives in this area.

This is not a programme that will be directed from the centre. Instead, the team will work with the leadership group to understand how best this core recipe can be developed and implemented at pace across all the different settings of NHS organisations. In time, the team expects to ask these leaders to work as ‘buddies’ to others, to help them make more rapid progress.

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