In response to the report from the Society of Occupational Medicine, titled ‘What could make a difference to the mental health of UK doctors?’ Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:
“The findings in the Society of Occupational Medicine report are a reminder of the hugely stressful work all our staff undertake on behalf of society. The investment announced by the government this year helps alleviate some of the pressure on our services and people but it only part of the story.
“The findings also remind us how important it is that all health care professionals feel able to open up about mental ill health or excessive pressure they are experiencing.
“The report reinforces the importance of the work being done to apply the approaches and services identified in the NHS Health and Well Being Framework. Evidence from the NHS shows that these approaches help create better working environments and support the mental health of doctors and other staff.”
* There is an increased focus nationally on staff health and wellbeing in the NHS, including the new health and wellbeing framework, launched earlier this year. The NHS health and wellbeing framework includes a section focused on supporting staff with their mental health, including prevention, self-management and targeted support. Trusts are encouraged to use the framework and work towards their own programmes to support the physical and mental health of all staff.
* NHS Employers have guidance, good practice examples and toolkits to help employers in the NHS to support their staff.
* The ‘how are you feeling today?’ toolkit aims to help bridge the gap in understanding and enabling people to talk openly and regularly about emotional health, and assess the impact emotional wellbeing has on them, on their colleagues and on patients.
* NHS Employers have created a toolkit, ‘Creating healthy workplaces’, to support NHS organisations to implement the NICE guidelines, including ‘Mental wellbeing at work’.