The NHS Staff Council’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group (HSWG) works in partnership to support compliance with health and safety legislation and the raising of standards of workplace health, safety, and wellbeing in NHS organisations across the UK. The group promotes a safer working environment for all healthcare staff by promoting partnership working between employers and trade unions across the NHS and promotes best practice across the NHS and independent sector.
HSWG prepares an annual work programme which is agreed by the executive of the NHS Staff Council. Membership of HSWG is made up of nominated representatives from within the NHS in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, trade union representatives and NHS Employers representatives. Representatives from other organisations include the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), NHS Resolution and The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
Latest HSWG guidance and resources
Promoting health and wellbeing and attendance at work
These guidelines have been developed to supplement and reinforce Annex 26 of the NHS terms and conditions of service handbook.
10 November 2023
Tackling bullying in the NHS infographic
Statistics and key facts on the impact of bullying on workforce wellbeing from the NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group.
25 October 2023
Shift work in healthcare infographic
Statistics and key facts on the impact of shift work in healthcare by the NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group.
25 October 2023
Blogs from HSWG members
National Personal Safety Day
In this blog Phil Tanner writes about the importance of National Personal Safety Day, which takes place on 8 November.
8 November 2022
All HSWG resources and support
Musculoskeletal health in the workplace webinar
Watch back our full webinar outlining the NHS Staff Council's new musculoskeletal guidance, helping you keep your workforce healthy and safe.
3 October 2023 12:00 - 13:30 GMT
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
Workplace health and safety standards
These NHS workplace health and safety standards, updated for 2023, provide the basis of effective health and safety management to support your staff.
29 August 2023
Safe use of chlorine-based disinfectant chemicals guidance
This publication aims to prevent health and care staff from developing health conditions through exposures to commonly used cleaning chemicals.
4 August 2023
Prevention and management of stress at work
This updated guidance is aimed at managers and employees at all levels within the organisation to support colleagues experiencing stress.
25 May 2022
Improving the personal safety of lone workers
This guidance outlines what your employers should do to improve the personal safety of lone workers and what you can do to protect yourself.
12 October 2022
Supporting NHS staff with domestic violence and abuse
This publication is designed to give organisations information when developing a domestic violence and abuse policy.
21 November 2022
Welfare facilities for healthcare staff
The health, safety and wellbeing group (HSWG) has produced a welfare facilities guidance document for healthcare staff.
13 September 2021
Stress and the impact in the workplace
Watch the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group's webinar to hear about their new stress document looking at work-related stress.
5 November 2021 10:00 - 11:00 GMT
Guidance on menopause at work
Guidance to support organisations, managers and employees to improve the way menopause is addressed at work.
9 March 2020
Supporting the wellbeing of shift workers in healthcare
Understand the importance of supporting shift workers with our guidance.
14 February 2020
Read how you can support your managers, staff and their trade union safety representatives to help create a culture that improves staff safety.
15 October 2019
Become a member of HSWG
If you work within health, safety and wellbeing in an NHS organisation and are interested in becoming a member of HSWG, please do get in touch with us to express your interest.
Meet the HSWG chairs
Meet the HSWG members
Abdullah MamunHealth and Safety Officer (Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust)
Member of the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM) and dedicated to promoting workplace safety, health and wellbeing.
Dr Alina MorhanLead Consultant Occupational Physician, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Alina represents the NHS Health at Work Network Board.
Bob SummersHead of Occupational Health and Safety, NHS Highland
Bob is a management side member of the HSWG.
Chris BeadleAssistant Director of Health, Safety and Fire, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Chris has worked in NHS Wales for over 30 years and is a Chartered Member of IOSH and is a key member of IOSH’s Health and Social Care Group.
Claire SmithHead of Organisational Development and Wellness
Claire is the lead for the NHS Wales Staff Health and Wellbeing Network.
Daniel MellingHealth and Wellbeing Coordinator, Merseycare NHS Trust
Management side member of the HSWG.
David UrsellBusiness Manager, Registered Nursing Home Association
Member of the HSWG with an advisory function.
Dipak T ChauhanHead of Trust Health and Safety. Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Dipak is an experienced chartered safety, ergonomics and human factors practitioner. With 35+ years of experience in the field of safety management.
Isaac FerneyhoughClinical Lead & Head of Moving & Handling
ODP by profession and currently lead for Moving & Handling and ergonomic support to East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.
Lesley WoodNational Health and Safety Advisor, The Royal College of Midwives
Staff side member of the HSWG.
Jill WeirLay rep from UNISONs National Health Service Group Executive
Jill has worked in the NHS in Northern Ireland for over 30 years.
Joe DonnellyUNISON National Officer (Health & Safety)
Joe is the Health and Safety lead for UNISON, the public sector trade union.
Justine SharpeSafety and Learning Lead (London) at NHS Resolution
Justine supports the delivery of a national safety and learning service and is one of NHS England’s safety specialists.
Louise ChurchHealth, Safety and Wellbeing National Officer, Royal College of Nursing
Louise is a chartered health and safety professional and works as a national officer for the Royal College of Nursing.
Matt HallAssociate Director of Health, Safety and Working Environment at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Matt uses human factors to improve safety and create safer systems of working on topics including sharps, biosafety and ventilation.
Mel SchneiderSenior Programme Officer, NHS Employers.
Mel provides the secretariat function for HSWG.
Nicola BullenAssociate Director, Occupational Health, Safety & Wellbeing, University Hospitals Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust
Nicola has worked in the NHS since 2008, her passion is pushing the boundaries of workplace health and wellbeing.
Phil TannerAssistant Director – Safety Wellbeing & Governance, NHS Blood and Transplant
Management side member of the HSWG.
Rhys MartinHealth and Safety Policy Officer at the Society of Radiographers
I seek to represent our members and work alongside colleagues on the group to provide improved guidance and resources to support NHS workers.
Rob MiguelNational Health and Safety Advisor, Unite the Union
National Health and Safety advisor for Unite the Union, and is a staff side member of the HSWG.
Samantha WhannAssistant Services Manager, HR & OD, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
Samantha has been a member of the HSWG since 2017 and during that time has enjoyed partnership work in lots of areas.