New CQUIN guidance to support the wellbeing of NHS staff


NHS England has announced plans to offer financial incentives to improve the health and wellbeing of NHS staff in England, as part of its Healthy Workplaces effort. 

These plans are in the form of a new Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN), which has been influenced by the ambitions of the Five Year Forward View. New guidance to help NHS organisations reach these targets has been released. 

From April 2016, as part of a new health and wellbeing indicator, NHS organisations will be funded to improve the support they offer to healthcare staff to stay healthy. This new focus will be on giving staff better access to health and wellbeing initiatives and supporting them to make healthy choices and lead healthy lives. The other measured indicators in the CQUIN are around Sepsis, patients with severe mental illness, cancer day waits and antimicrobial resistance.

All NHS care providers will be able to earn their share of a £600m national incentive fund in 2016/17. Organisations will be funded by achieving 5 per cent improvement in health and wellbeing related (including MSK and stress) staff survey questions, providing a step-change in the health of the food offered on premises and improving the uptake of flu vaccinations for frontline staff; up to 75 per cent. The guidance provides detailed templates and a thorough explanation of the CQUIN scheme, and documents the indicators for your organisation to track the progress.

The NHS will support improved outcomes for staff wellbeing, patient care and will help reduce the financial position through reduced organisational spend. For more support and resources to help reach these targets, visit our health and well being webpages, including our sickness absence toolkit, and flu fighter.

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