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?
The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group
The NHS Staff Council’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group (HSWPG) was established to:
- raise standards of workplace health, safety and wellbeing in healthcare organisations
- promote a safer working environment for all healthcare staff
- promote best practice across the NHS and independent sector.
Membership of the partnership group is made up of NHS Employers representatives, nominated representatives from within the NHS and trade union representatives. The group published The importance of effective partnership working on health, safety and wellbeing to raise awareness of the importance of partnership working and to encourage and support it at a local level. There are useful checklists throughout the guidance which you can use to see what progress your organisation is making, as well as what needs to be done.
Listen to a podcast featuring the chairs of the HSWPG talking about what successful partnership working looks like, the benefits and the positive impact that effective partnership working can have on the health, safety and wellbeing agenda.
The group has produced a range of useful guidance and information which can be found in their resources