The way to health and wellbeing

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To deliver high quality patient care, the NHS needs staff that are healthy, well and at work. Looking after the health and wellbeing of staff directly contributes to the delivery of quality patient care. Poor workforce health has high and far reaching costs to NHS organisations and ultimately patients.

To develop and sustain a health and wellbeing approach there needs to be strong and clear leadership, supported by a solid strategy that continues to be developed and is underpinned by a proactive and engaged approach.

Research shows that where NHS trusts prioritise staff health and wellbeing and actively engage with staff to develop work in this area, levels of engagement increase, as does staff morale, loyalty, innovation, productivity, all resulting in higher quality patient care.

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Evidence base

This page highlights some of the key publications and studies which detail the strong evidence base for staff health and wellbeing.

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Boorman - where are we now?

The Boorman Report outlined how to achieve a healthier workforce by establishing key recommendations. The timeline provides a summary of what has happened nationally, how this has changed the health and wellbeing of the NHS and how you can map your progress.

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Developing your strategy

Information and resources to develop the strategy for health and wellbeing in the NHS.

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Engaging your board and building your business case

Find out how to obtain and present key data, show the impact of health and wellbeing, how other trusts have achieved board engagement and focus on specific board members.

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NHS Employers Virtual Board

Hear from members of NHS boards across the country to learn what they are looking for in a business case or wellbeing strategy. 

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