NHS staff and learners' mental wellbeing report recommendations

Holding hands

This timely report by Health Education England, includes recommendations that reinforce the importance of promoting and supporting the wellbeing of NHS staff and the people learning in NHS settings.

We have collated our free tools and resources against some of the recommendations to help you implement the new advice from the report. 

Recommendation Resource  
Recommendation 1
It is recommended that the NHS should establish an NHS workforce wellbeing guardian in every NHS organisation.
The NHS health and wellbeing framework is an interactive document to help NHS organisations plan and implement their own approach for improving staff health and wellbeing. The leadership and management section of the framework specifically looks at board leadership and effective line management.  

The board should role model the culture it wants for the organisation and the way it wants staff health and wellbeing to be valued.
Recommendation 2
It is recommended that all NHS organisations appoint a workplace wellbeing leader to work with and report to the workforce wellbeing guardian.
Line managers and health and wellbeing leads are a great way to achieve this recommendation. 

Our supporting line managers web section demonstrates how supportive leadership is critical for promoting individual and organisational health, performance and effectiveness. 
Recommendation 7
Learners are able to look after their own mental wellbeing and know when and how to seek help.
Our free toolkits help you track your emotional wellbeing and signpost to further support.

How are you feeling today NHS?
Our emotional wellbeing toolkit explains the contributors to decreased emotional wellbeing and shows you how to encourage improvements. 

Head First
This mental wellness resource designed for the ambulance service is organised into themed sections to support mental wellness, resilience and recovery. Whether you’re looking for selfcare, to find out how you can support a colleague or wish to find out more for your organisation, the head first tool is a great place to start.

Mental health in the workplace
This web page collates information to help make positive improvements to mental wellbeing in the workplace.

Stress and its impact on the workplace
Read these resources to help you understand stress and to support staff who are experiencing it within the NHS workforce.

It's okay to ask for HELP
Read how Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust successfully embedded its staff wellbeing offer to ensure more members 
Recommendation 14
Educational and clinical supervisors in NHS provider organisations should give clear guidance on their local support for postgraduate learners with mental distress.
Recommendation 16
Ensure rapid access referral pathways for NHS learners and NHS employees based upon a prioritisation request from either a primary care or occupational health clinician.

NHS Employers has produced guidance recommending rapid access to treatment and rehabilitation for NHS staff. 
Prevention is better than the cure
See how Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust put staff health and wellbeing at the centre of its strategy to reduce sickness absence and presenteeism. 

Recommendation 20
The recommendations from the Government review, Thriving at Work, should be fully implemented across all NHS bodies.
Using and implementing the NHS health and wellbeing framework alongside the Thriving at work standards will ensure staff are supported to stay well and safe at work.  

Our mental health in the workplace web section has tools and information to help make positive improvements to mental wellbeing in the workplace.

Recommendations 29 – 32 
NHS as an employer needs to reset its thinking about how we provide care and wellbeing support to our staff which is proactive and relevant to their needs while at work.
NHS Employers health and wellbeing webpages.  Ensuring that staff are looked after, safe and well at work is paramount for enhancing the health and wellbeing experience.

Look at our rapid access to treatment and rehabilitation for NHS staff. 
Read our tools, resources and good practice to tackle bullying in your organisation

The tackling bullying in ambulance trusts report gives advice and guidance on how to tackle bullying in your organisation.

You can access the full mental wellbeing report or the executive summary for the full recommendations.

Our health and wellbeing web pages are structured to support health and wellbeing leads in the NHS to help them implement a robust health and wellbeing offer for their organisation.

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