Health and Wellbeing

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Without staff that are well and at work, the NHS could not deliver quality and effective care to patients.

We need to ensure that staff are provided with an environment and opportunities that encourage and enable them to lead healthy lives and make choices that support their wellbeing. It is more important than ever that NHS workplaces become environments that support staff to do this.

The Health and Wellbeing Framework sets out the standards for what NHS organisations need to do to support staff to feel well, healthy and happy at work. It sets out clear actionable steps and provides guidance for organisations to develop and deliver a staff health and wellbeing plan.

Our web pages are structured into sections to support employers through their wellbeing journey and in implementing the framework. There is no quick fix for a successful health and wellbeing programme, it requires engagement, time and commitment. 

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NHS Employers health and wellbeing network

Join our network to connect with your peers, share good practice, and learn from health and wellbeing experts.

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Developing your health and wellbeing strategy

All you need to know to begin your journey. From the latest research and evidence to help you formulate a business case, to strategy development and engaging your board effectively.


Taking a targeted approach

This section includes information on preventative measures, including staff mental wellbeing, minimising stress, awareness of domestic violence issues, health and safety, making the most of occupational health services and partnership working.

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Leadership and line management

Take a look at our new web sections on leadership and line management which are the cultural building blocks for improving staff health and wellbeing.

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Understanding your data

Everything you need to know to keep health and wellbeing relevant. From using demographics, to evaluating your health and wellbeing interventions and including health and wellbeing in appraisals.


Action on sickness absence

Sickness absence giving you a headache? All you need to know to take a targeted and effective approach to reducing sickness absence.

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