This page includes details of publications, advice or reports produced and commissioned by the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG).
Shift Worker Guidance (March 2018)
Rotational shift workers account for more than a fifth of the NHS workforce and enable the NHS to offer patients 24-hour care. This guidance, created by the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) sets out:
• How shift work can impact on health, safety and wellbeing
• How to manage the risk as an organisation
• How to manage the risk as an individual
• The importance of partnership working
Shift Worker Infographic (March 2018)
Shift work can be defined as work that takes place on a schedule outside the traditional 9am to 5pm working day. It can include night shifts, rotating shifts, early shifts, late shifts or long days. Take a look at the infographic for facts, figures, and useful information about the impact poorly managed shift work could have on staff.
Lone worker guidance (updated March 2018)
These two guidance documents highlight the importance of protecting lone workers and provide advice for managers on their legal duties. They also outline the steps that staff can take to protect themselves and the importance of reporting incidents. The guides can be used to support local initiatives around lone working and the roll out and implementation of lone worker alarms and associated training. They include some quick questions to act as checklist to ensure that the necessary protections and control measures are in place.
Download the two documents providing practical advice and guidance:
Domestic Violence support (November 2017)
HSWPG recognise that Employers have a legal obligation to assess any risk and support the health and safety and wellness of their employees. In line with the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence Campaign which commences on the 25 November through to 10 December, HSWPG have produced two new resources to help you support your employees who may suffer domestic violence and help protect your staff.
Domestic violence and abuse: supporting NHS staff
This publication is designed to give organisations information about things to include when developing a domestic violence and abuse policy.
Dealing with domestic violence: first steps
This resource is designed to help organisations take a step by step approach when looking at how they can support their staff who may be enduring domestic violence.
Working longer in the NHS (October 2016)
HSWPG has developed guidance as a first step to support employers implement recommendations seven and ten of the working longer review, relating to the health, safety and wellbeing of older workers. The occupational health, safety and wellbeing indicators from the working longer group’s organisational readiness checklist
have been used to define ‘what good looks like’ and provide further support and signposts around implementation. The guidance has been split into two sections in line with the original review recommendations. View the working longer section
Bullying in the NHS (June 2016)
HSWPG recognises that bullying can have a detrimental effect on an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. Therefore the partnership group wishes to support every NHS organisation in building a culture so that every employee can work in an environment free from fear of intimidating behaviour. HSWPG has put together a new resource and information to support organisations in taking a more proactive stance against bullying. Read more on the webpage.
Managing the risks of sharps injuries (December 2015)
This guide has been developed to help individuals understand and manage the risks from sharps injuries. Sharps injuries are a well-known risk to healthcare workers and may result in blood-borne viruses such as HIV or hepatitis B and C.
HSWPG welcomes health and rel="noopener noreferrer" safety executive's 'prevention and management of sharps injuries: inspection of NHS organisations' report
and the work of the Health and Safety Executive in enforcing the Sharps Regulations, which are designed to help keep NHS staff safe from sharps injuries.
The report highlighted a number of potential pitfalls, but also gave examples of good practice, in applying the regulations. These include the importance of:
- clear strategic thinking
- robust risk assessments,
- close co-operation between infection control and health and safety staff
- consulting with staff and their trade union representatives are consulted when selecting the appropriate safety devices.
It is important that all Trusts ensure that they comply with the regulations and that their sharps prevention strategy is embedded into their health and safety management systems.
Health and safety competencies for NHS managers (July 2015)
Written for NHS health and safety professionals and representatives, this guidance aims to help with reviewing competency programmes, and will help to assess whether managers have the right skills and competencies to manage health and safety effectively.
Guidance on prevention and management of stress at work (Nov 2014)
Learn what to include in an effective stress management policy, how to measure stress, identify what causes stress and understand more about management behaviours that impact on the health and wellbeing of staff.
The importance of effective partnership working on health, safety and wellbeing (May 2014)
The guidance includes information on workplace inspections, the functions of a safety representative, what an effective health and safety committee looks like and the legal requirements to consult on health and safety matters. There are useful checklists throughout the guidance so you can see what progress your organisation is making and what needs to be done, as well as a short case study.
Back in Work 'Back pack' (March 2014)
The Back to Work 'Back pack' is divided into six parts. It was updated and redesigned in March 2014. The back pack outlines the measures that need to be taken to reduce the incidence of work related back and musculoskeletal disorders. Access the six parts of the back pack.
Guidelines on prevention and management of sickness absence (updated April 2017)
The guidelines on prevention and management of sickness absence, updated April 2017 outline the key principles that NHS organisations should follow to prevent and manage sickness absence as well as signposts readers to sources of further information. The 2009 Boorman Review estimates that absence could be cut by a third, meaning a cost reduction of £555 million per annum if interventions to prevent and manage sickness absence are implemented effectively.
Workplace Health and Safety Standards (July 2013)
The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group published an updated version of the workplace health and safety standards document in July 2013. The standards aim to help organisations comply with health and safety law by pulling together legal requirements and good practice. They provide practical pointers and signposts for meeting appropriate standards in key areas of workplace health and safety.
This revised document includes revised chapters on health and safety management systems (to reflect the Health and Safety Executive's Plan, Do, Check, Act process); lone working and an updated chapter on sharps injuries reflecting the new health and safety (sharps instruments in healthcare) regulations 2013 as well as updated links and signposts to all relevant information.
Health and wellbeing in healthcare settings (Oct 2012)
The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group commissioned Zeal Solutions to conduct research in a variety of healthcare settings within the NHS in order to see what increased and decreased stress within the workforce.
Download the report entitled 'Health and wellbeing in healthcare settings' published in October 2012 provides the summary of that research.
Implementing the sharps directive: Advice from HSWPG
The Safer Needles Network and the HSWPG have agreed advice for the NHS on preparing for implementation of the sharps directive.