Health, safety and wellbeing partnership group (HSWPG)


26 / 5 / 2016 Midnight

Overall purpose

The overall purpose of the partnership group is:

  • to raise standards of workplace health, safety and wellbeing in the healthcare organisations
  • to promote a safer working environment for all healthcare staff
  • to promote best practice across both the NHS and the Independent sector.

The remit for the group will be reviewed annually by the NHS Staff Council.  The group will make formal reports on its work and recommendations for action, to the Staff Council through the nominated chairs (or an agreed substitute).

You can find out more about the work the group has produced from their resource webpage


The agreed objectives of the partnership group are:

  • Scope, evaluate and encourage the spread of good practice, particularly in respect of risks identified within the NHS Protect and HSE’s priority programmes and the NHS Employers contractual programme of work.
  • Develop links and to work in partnership with the HSE and other relevant organisations to provide a source of expertise where necessary to reduce the incidence of work related ill health and injury which have an impact on healthcare employees wellbeing, workplace health and safety
  • Support organisational awareness of legal and regulatory requirements related to health, safety and wellbeing and to provide resources to support employers to meet their legal duties.
  • Raise the profile and benefits of local partnership working between employers and safety representatives on health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Identify potential areas where standard approaches across sectors would be beneficial and seek to agree what those approaches should be and promote their implementation.
  • Identify areas of research and to seek sources of funding to support this.
  • Use data to evaluate the effectiveness of implementation of  standards of workplace health and safety and where appropriate, review to improve organisational uptake.
  • Share information on best practice and explore how each of the healthcare bodies represented on the group can make best use of this knowledge.
  • Be a focal point for consultation on Government policy making and developments relating to employee health and safety and wellbeing.
  • Contribute to future reviews and directives that impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of employees in the health sector.


The membership of the partnership group is made up of NHS Employers representatives, nominated representatives from within the NHS and trade union representatives. Access the full list of  representatives by visiting our HSWPG membership page.


The HSWPG meets four times per year, alternating between London and Leeds.  

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