NHS Staff Survey 2022: health and wellbeing

Find out more about the results of the health and wellbeing themes in the 2022 NHS Staff Survey.

9 March 2023

The health and wellbeing data from the 2022 NHS Staff Survey shows a mixed picture. This data reflects that overall indicators for staff perception of health and wellbeing remained the same compared with 2021. However the scores for some individual elements have changed.

The NHS Staff Survey reports under the core themes of the NHS People Promise, with health and wellbeing data surveyed under the theme 'we are safe and healthy'.

The indicators for health and wellbeing remained broadly the same for 2022 as in 2021, and the overall score is a positive one, scoring 5.9 for 2022. There is particularly positive assessment from staff around support from line managers.

The key scores from the health and wellbeing theme are outlined below.

Key health and wellbeing scores

  • 56.5 per cent of respondents felt their organisation takes positive action on health and wellbeing (a 0.5 percentage point decrease on 2021).
  • 30.2 per cent of staff reported experiencing musculoskeletal problems as a result of work activities (a 0.6 percentage point decrease on 2021).
  • 69 per cent of respondents said they felt their line manager takes a positive interest in their health and wellbeing (a 0.9 percentage point increase on 2021).
  • 44.8 per cent of respondents reported they had felt unwell as a result of work-related stress within the past 12 months (a 2.1 percentage point decrease on 2021).
  • 56.5 per cent of respondents reported that in the past three months they had come to work despite not feeling well enough to perform their duties (a 1.9 percentage point increase on 2021).
  • 34 per cent of respondents reported feeling burnt out because of their work (a 0.5 percentage point decrease on 2021). 
  • 26.4 per cent of respondents said they felt there was enough staff to do their job properly (a 0.5 percentage point decrease on 2021).

The health and wellbeing indicator also includes measures of negative work experience such as violence, bullying and harassment. While there was no overall shift in indicators on these, both remaining at unacceptably high levels. There was however an improvement in staff willingness to report incidents.

NHS Employers will be looking to share ideas and learning from those organisations which sustained or improved survey scores in 2002, and we will continue to provide support on the issues raised through our work programmes and networks.

Read more about the results in our analysis of all key themes surveyed for 2022.

Or see more about the staff engagement theme in our focus article.

You can also view the full results on the NHS Staff Survey website.