Partnership working between employers and healthcare trade unions on health, safety and wellbeing issues is an effective way of supporting workforce involvement and engagement. Research has shown that effective engagement can only be achieved and sustained when employee wellbeing, particularly physiological wellbeing, is positive.
The Francis report highlighted how staff disengagement can lead to a downward spiral of poor care and identified how under-staffing and lack of leadership can lead to unacceptable stress levels, leading to increased sickness absence in staff. The Berwick review into patient safety also called on leaders and managers to actively support staff with excellent human resource practices, promoting staff health and wellbeing, cultivating a positive organisation climate and involving staff in decision-making and innovation.
As an organisation, do you work in partnership to create and deliver your health and wellbeing offer for staff?