Delivered by NHS Employers, the health and wellbeing programme is commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and works alongside NHS healthcare provider organisations to help them best support the health and wellbeing of their employees.
Using the NHS People Plan’s ambitions and actions in our work, we strive for practitioners to develop their organisation’s health and wellbeing agenda to ensure they are fulfilling the NHS People Promise's strand of 'looking after our people' and ensuring their employees are supported to stay healthy at work.
We promote physical, emotional and mental wellbeing at work, with advice, guidance and information on a variety of health and wellbeing themes including stress, sickness absence and financial wellbeing.
We have a large, free to join health and wellbeing network specifically for health and wellbeing leads in NHS healthcare provider organisations, allowing them to connect with one another, share good practice and find out what’s happening across the NHS wellbeing agenda.
The health and wellbeing programme is directed by Jennifer Gardner, assistant director, and led by Louise Murray, programme lead, Melanie Schneider, senior programme officer, and Jan Worthy, programme officer. Our programme works very closely with our staff experience programme team, which is led by Aliya Rehman, programme lead, Hannah Barton, senior programme officer, and Rebecca Wilson, senior programme support officer.
We hope you can find what you are looking for on our web pages, but please get in touch should you need any further support and we will be happy to help.
Our key resources
NHS health and wellbeing framework
This framework sets out the standards for supporting staff to feel well, healthy and happy at work.
21 July 2022
Sickness absence toolkit
A simple guide for NHS managers about sickness absence.
8 August 2023
How are you feeling NHS? toolkit
Our emotional wellbeing toolkit explains the contributors to decreased emotional wellbeing and shows you how to encourage improvements.
14 January 2019
Latest news and guidance
Homeworking framework agreement
Guidance from the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group (HSWG) which supports section 35 of the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook.
2 October 2023
Equalities homeworking guidance
Guidance from the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group (EDIG) which supports section 35 of the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook.
2 October 2023
Recognising Speak Up Month
October marks Speak Up month for the NHS. Find out what’s happening, the importance of this campaign and how your organisation can get involved.
25 September 2023
In-house international recruitment and occupational health
Hilary Winch from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals explains how moving international recruitment in-house has impacted occupational health.
18 September 2023
Suicide prevention and postvention
Information on the impact of suicide and how employers can best support their staff through preventative and postventative measures.
18 September 2023
Wellbeing in your workplace
Musculoskeletal health in the workplace
Information on how to focus on prevention of work-related incidents that may lead to MSK injuries and therefore long-term absences.
28 June 2023
The impact of managers on workplace performance
Our summary highlights key findings from a scientific review into the impact of line/middle managers roles and practice on workplace performance.
24 December 2019
NHS staff experience: Why it matters now more than ever
Our free conference took place on Tuesday 6 December to understand more about staff experience and the importance of supporting our people.
6 December 2022 09:30 - 16:45 GMT
Supporting SAS doctor wellbeing at UHDB
Read our case study with UHDB that highlights a wellbeing event the organisation held for its specialty and specialist (SAS) doctors.
19 June 2023