Health and wellbeing
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.
6 May 2014
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
Supporting our NHS people experiencing stress
Developed in conjunction with our health and wellbeing leads, this web page provides information to help you support people experiencing stress.
30 March 2023
Workplace health and safety standards
These updated standards provide the basis of effective health and safety management to support your people.
27 March 2023
Access guidance to support your workforce during Ramadan 2023
Thursday 23 March 2023 marks the start of Ramadan. Access guidance to help both managers and staff during this religious period of fasting.
23 March 2023
Financial education and wellbeing
Our financial wellbeing web page supports you to develop a robust approach to support your staff with ﬁnancial wellbeing in the workplace.
22 March 2023
Conscious retention – creating a more secure workforce
A blog exploring how freedom to speak up guardians can play a key role in the 'conscious' retention of staff.
16 March 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.
12 October 2022
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 staff to stay well
A case study exploring how Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust streamlined the approach to health and wellbeing to support staff to stay well.
9 January 2023