Muscoskeletal health


Our resources below on musculoskeletal support in the workplace will help enhance your overall health and wellbeing offer for staff.

Take a look at the related links for more best practice on other areas of the health and wellbeing framework.



NHS Employers health and wellbeing network - Sickness absence and MSK
Webinar Listen back to our webinar which showcased proven strategies and best-in-class examples for managing sickness absence and MSK. 


Creating healthy workplaces: a toolkit for the NHS 
Toolkit This toolkit aims to support the NHS to improve staff health and wellbeing by providing practical tips and step-by-step information on how to implement the six pieces of workplace guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). 
Everything you need to know about sickness absence Toolkit The sickness absence toolkit has been developed to further improve the management of staff sick leave in the NHS. ‘Everything you need to know about sickness absence’ is designed to help managers support staff with a confident and consistent approach to sickness absence.  The online tool provides step-by-step information about what to do when staff call in sick, plus practical advice on some of the common reasons for sickness absence and information on what to do if staff are frequently off sick.
NHS health and wellbeing framework Toolkit Take a look at the NHS Health and Wellbeing Framework which sets out the standards for supporting staff to feel well, healthy and happy at work.


Back in work back pack  Guidance The back in work back pack was produced by the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG). The resource is divided into six parts and outlines the measures employers and employees need to take in order to reduce the incidence of work-related back and musculoskeletal disorders. 
Eight elements to workplace wellbeing
Guidance These eight elements that are essential for your workplace wellbeing. Having these in place will help your organisation to have a robust and sustainable health and wellbeing programme. 
Rapid access to treatment and rehabilitation for NHS staff
Guidance Our updated and refreshed guidance is aimed at trust boards making decisions about how to manage rapid access services for staff in their organisation. 

Case studies

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust 
Case study Staff engagement and wellbeing
Find out how the trust has reduced sickness absence and supported line managers to engage with staff and deliver significant health and wellbeing improvements across the trust. 
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust  
Case study Five ways to a healthier trust
Read about their strategy that was developed to address how the trust could improve patient experience by developing a productive and happier workforce.
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Case study  Delivering an outstanding experience for every patient through staff health and wellbeing
This case study examines how the trust tackled their most common reason for sickness absence, mental health. The study looks at the challenges they faced, their steps to success and top tips for other trusts.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 
Case study Using data to effectively target staff health and wellbeing initiatives
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust focused on a different health and wellbeing topic for each quarter of the year.
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust  Case study Staying well service improves staff health
In this case study, find out how the trust improved staff health by employing a mental health practitioner.
University of Sheffield
Case study Juice - a health and wellbeing staff engagement strategy
This non-NHS case study highlights the work of the University of Sheffield and their successful Juice programme. Juice acts as a one-stop shop for health and wellbeing, designed to promote staff engagement and inspire employees.
West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Case study Improving health and wellbeing across 5,000 square miles
This case study examines how the trust developed a strategy focused on a motivated mobile workforce.


Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Get fit and healthy during your working day
Read how Luton and Dunstable University Hospital adopted a new initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

Improving workforce health
Blog Dr Justin Varney talks about the importance of improving workforce health, and the positive impact of this on recruitment, retention and the delivery of high quality safe services.

Promotional materials

  To help organisations promote some of our health and wellbeing toolkits with staff, we have developed a range of free promotional artwork such as screensavers, email banners and posters. There are also graphics available for pens and mugs. You can download and use them to promote some of our popular toolkits.

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