Supporting the wellbeing of shift workers in healthcare

Understand the importance of supporting shift workers with our guidance.
Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group

14 February 2020

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This guidance was produced by the NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Group, through partnership working between unions, management and specialist advisors.


HSWG recognises that partnership working ensures best outcomes for patients and staff in protecting their health, safety and wellbeing and wishes to ensure this guidance is implemented with the same partnership approach.


This guidance has been developed incorporating good practice on shift working from the Health Safety Executive. The guidance explores:

  • how shift work can impact on health, safety and wellbeing
  • what can employers and employees do
  • the importance of partnership working on shift working patterns.


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