National frameworks, tools and resources

Creating healthy workplaces

There are several national frameworks available that NHS organisations can use to help shape health and wellbeing strategies and initiatives. From National Institute for Health and Care Excellent (NICE) public health guidance to the workplace wellbeing charter, we have collated a list of key frameworks and initiatives for you to explore and use to help give your wellbeing strategy structure and direction.

 

Implementing NICE public health guidance

NHS Employers developed a toolkit aiming to support NHS organisations in implementing the NICE public health guidance. The NICE guidance outlines integrated policies, which can be seen across NHS organisations as tackling staff health and wellbeing issues. The toolkit provides information on workplace guidance from NICE to ensure that NHS organisations can improve staff health, wellbeing, effectiveness and productivity, as well as helping you to think about how to implement the guidance. It includes expert advice from health and wellbeing leads across the NHS, with key resources and infographics for you to use in your wellbeing strategy. 

This toolkit has been endorsed by NICE to support workplace wellbeing. "This toolkit supports the recommendations in the NICE guidelines on long-term sickness absence and incapacity to work, mental wellbeing at work, obesity prevention, smoking: workplace interventions, physical activity in the workplace and physical activity and the environment."

For more details and to use the toolkit, access the Creating healthy NHS workplaces toolkit or for further information on the public health guidance, visit the NICE guidance website.

Schwartz Rounds

Schwartz Rounds are an evidence-based forum for healthcare staff to come together and talk about the emotional and social challenges of caring for patients at a regularly scheduled time. The aim is to offer staff a safe environment in which to share their stories and support one another by allowing caregivers an opportunity to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings on topics drawn from patient cases. There are currently over 100 health and care organisations in the UK that are contracted to run Schwartz Rounds.

Healthcare is a demanding work environment where staff members are vulnerable to and experience emotional and physical stress and issues. These rounds therefore offer support that is protected and confidential, allowing reflection on the daily care-giving battles.

Research into the effectiveness of Schwartz Rounds shows that there is a great amount of positive impact on individuals, teams, patient outcomes and organisational culture.

Studies have shown that these impacts include: 
  • an increase in staff confidence
  • decreased stress and isolation
  • openness to expressing thoughts, questions and feelings
  • feeling supported and offering support to others.

Overall, Schwartz Rounds are effective, evidence-based and a low-cost option to providing support to healthcare professionals. For more details and to find out how your organisation can get involved, visit the Point of Care Foundation website.

Workplace Wellbeing Charter

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a free opportunity for employers to demonstrate their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their workforce. This can be achieved as the positive impact that employment can have on health and wellbeing is now being documented throughout organisations. 

The charter provides employers with a clear guide on how to make workplaces a supportive and productive environment, resulting in a healthy productive workforce. There are many benefits of taking part in the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, including the growing evidence to show financial benefits, including reduced sickness absence, improved productivity and reduced staff turnover.

The charter standards are available to all organisations and over 1,000 in the UK are already involved. The entry level has been developed as a baseline for all businesses to achieve, which allows for all to be at the same charter standards. Visit the Workplace Wellbeing Charter to find out what you can do next and how you can register.

Making Every Contact Count

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) encourages conversations based on behaviour change methodologies, empowering healthier lifestyle choices and exploring the wider social factors that influence our health.

The MECC website provides all those with an interest or role in population health and prevention with a library of national and local resources that can be used to support the development, implementation and evaluation of MECC programmes across local communities.

MECC colleagues can amplify the evidence based national Public Health England One You – Physical Activity and Active 10 campaign, which launched on 20 March 2017, through both patient facing interactions and to support colleagues in getting active via the One You Active 10 workplace resources.

MECC encourages conversations based on behaviour change methodologies, empowering healthier lifestyle choices and exploring the wider social factors that influence our health.

Other resources available include sample frameworks, case studies, signposting to useful e-learning sessions and healthy lifestyle resources, among others. You can also find details of the MECC community of practice and local and national contacts for this area of work. The resources have been gathered by Health Education England with the support of the National MECC Advisory Group and Public Health England.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

New Economics Foundation (NEF) were commissioned by the government’s foresight project on mental capital and wellbeing to develop a set of evidence-based actions to improve personal wellbeing.

The concept of wellbeing comprises two main elements: feeling good and functioning well. Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life. Equally important for wellbeing is our functioning in the world. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over one’s life and having a sense of purpose are all important attributes of wellbeing.

MIND demonstrate the NEFs five ways to wellbeing which are connect, be active, take notice, learn and give.

It’s easier to recognise someone’s physical wellbeing than their emotional wellbeing. We also find it much easier to engage in conversations about physical health, but often find talking about emotional wellbeing to be more of a challenge. 

NHS Employers developed an easy to use emotional wellbeing toolkit with NHS staff to:

  • help bridge a gap in understanding and enable us to talk openly and regularly about emotional health
  • assess the impact emotional wellbeing has on ourselves, our colleagues and on our patients
  • enable us to action plan to enable more good days than bad.

One You

In 2016 Public Health England (PHE) launched One You, a campaign to help adults across the country avoid preventable disease caused by modern day life. 

Everyday habits and behaviors, such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough, are responsible for around 40 per cent of all deaths in England, and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year.

One You aims to encourage adults, particular those in middle age, to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now, and in later life.

The new resources available include:

  • One You physical activity campaign resources for the public campaign.
  • Order the One You employer toolkit that supports workplace initiatives. A password is required when clicking on this link. This is ‘walkatwork17’ and is case sensitive.
  • Encourage staff to promote the Active 10 app for themselves and brisk walk for at least 10 minutes a day.
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Organisations will need to set up an account to order the resources from the site.

Mindful Employer

This is a UK-wide organisation run by Workways, which is part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust.  

Mindful Employer supports employers to promote mental wellbeing at work by:
  • showing employees and others that you are a good employer
  • expressing corporate social responsibility
  • reducing staff and training costs
  • helping towards complying with legislation (e.g. Equality Act &  HSE)
  • reducing sickness absence
  • enhancing customer service
  • improving productivity
  • helping retain staff who have experienced discrimination in the past
  • makes for a healthier workplace.

Time to change

This is a growing movement of people who aim to change how we all think and act about mental health.

Time to Change began in 2007 and around 4.1 million adults in England have improved attitudes towards mental health problems – that’s an improvement of 9.6 per cent between 2008 and 2016. That’s why Time to Change is supporting communities, schools and workplaces to open up to mental health problems, to talk and to listen. With the right support from those around them, people can recover and have equal opportunities in all areas of life.

 

 

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