Delivered by NHS Employers, the health and wellbeing (HWB) programme is commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and works alongside NHS provider organisations to help them best support the health and wellbeing of their employees.
Using the NHS People Plan’s ambitions and actions in our work, we strive for practitioners to develop their organisation’s health and wellbeing agenda to ensure they are fulfilling the People Promises’ strand of “looking after our people”.
We promote physical, emotional and mental wellbeing at work, with advice, guidance and information on a variety of health and safety issues such as stress, sickness absence, financial wellbeing and more. We have a large health and wellbeing network specifically for health and wellbeing leads in NHS provider organisations to connect with one another, share good practice and find out what’s happening across the NHS.
The HWB programme is directed by Jennifer Gardener, with support from Louise Murray, programme lead, Katie Michala, senior programme officer and Jan Worthy programme officer. We also work very closely with our staff experience programme team, Aliya Rehman, programme lead and Emily Smith, senior programme officer.
We hope you can find what you are looking for on our web pages, but please feel free to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org where we will be happy to help.
Our key resources
NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework
This framework sets out the standards for supporting staff to feel well, healthy and happy at work.
18 July 2018
Sickness absence toolkit
A simple guide for NHS managers about sickness absence.
6 May 2014
How are you feeling NHS? toolkit
Our emotional wellbeing toolkit explains the contributors to decreased emotional wellbeing and shows you how to encourage improvements.
14 January 2019
Mental health resources
Mental wellbeing in the workplace infographic
Statistics and key facts on employee mental wellbeing in the workplace.
14 August 2020
Mental health in the workplace
Tools and resources to help you make positive improvements to mental wellbeing in the workplace.
8 August 2019
Speaking openly about mental health in the workplace
Raising awareness of hidden disabilities and offers advice around making reasonable adjustments in the workplace
13 May 2021
Menopause and the workplace
Information on how menopause can affect people at work, and practical guidance for employers on how to improve workplace environments for them.
14 October 2021
Enhancing staff experience in the NHS conference
Information and resources from our Regroup, reflect, recharge: Enhancing staff experience in the NHS conference
16 March 2021
Wellbeing in your workplace
Musculoskeletal health in the workplace
Information on how to focus on prevention of work-related incidents that may lead to MSK injuries and therefore long-term absences.
14 January 2019
Eight elements of workplace wellbeing
Our poster shows the eight elements that are essential for your workplace wellbeing.
8 March 2017
The impact of managers on workplace performance
Our summary highlights key findings from a scientific review into the impact of line/middle managers roles and practice on workplace performance.
24 December 2019
Improving menopause support for staff: Sherwood Forest Hospital Foundation Trust
How Sherwood Forest Hospital Foundation improved its support for staff going through menopause.
6 October 2021