NHS wellbeing guardians

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NHS trusts are expected to appoint a wellbeing guardian to their executive board to drive organisational expectations, monitor performance, and provide reassurance that the organisation is a healthy workplace.
 
We have collated guidance to support HR directors, line managers, and health and wellbeing leads, understand the role and its benefits, including: 

 

  • the remit of the wellbeing guardian 
  • who is suited to the role 
  • how to integrate NHS England and NHS Improvement's nine board principles 
  • how a wellbeing guardian can combine these principles into their roles and responsibilities
  • top tips on how wellbeing leads and representatives can work effectively with a wellbeing guardian.

Background

The role of the wellbeing guardian was first introduced in a 2019 Mental wellbeing commission report from Health Education England, and set as an action for employers to take in the 20-21 NHS People Plan.
 
The post has been created to ensure that an organisation's activities are viewed from a health and wellbeing perspective, to challenge any board decision that impact on the health and wellbeing of staff, and encourage a model of wellbeing leadership.

 

Read our wellbeing guardians web page for more information. 

 

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