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The staff pledge on health and wellbeing, provides a framework for NHS organisations to commit to alongside the recommendations within the Boorman Review and the Responsibility Deal pledges. It has a broad definition of wellbeing, which includes mental health and tackling issues such as stress.
The Wirral University employee health and wellbeing strategy, sets out how the trust intends to meet the staff pledge. It highlights the action needed to support:
- better access to health information
- improved occupational health services
- reductions in stress and improved resilience
Other trusts have focused on improving staff wellbeing via team based initiatives. For example, a team in North Staffordshire Combined Foundation Trust pledged to:
- support each other to finish work on time / to take breaks
- to monitor their working hours and work to reduce the need for staff to work extra hours
- support each other through management of change.
This trust along with many others also sought to build on the legacy of the 2012 Olympics to encourage greater physical activity by staff.
Many more cases studies, and resources on health and wellbeing can be found on the NHS Employers website, including the evidence base and how to build a strategy, preventative measures and how to keep staff well, how to sustain the momentum of wellbeing programmes including using data and evaluation, action on sickness absence and who is leading the way.