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NEW: NHS Health & Wellbeing Improvement Framework

The Department of Health Health and Wellbeing Improvement Framework is designed as a tool for decision makers on Boards, to support them in establishing a culture that promotes staff health and wellbeing. It sets the framework for improvement work that is needed in many organisations and across the regions.

Firstly, it sets out the scale of the current challenge and the levels of attainment that each region has stated they aspire to.
It then gives detailed information on service levels that are expected, accreditation that can be attained, and the metrics to enable measurement of progress towards these levels.

To help delivery, it signposts materials that will be useful for all aspects of the organisation to help achieve their goals; for instance HR Departments, Health and Well-being Leads and Occupational Health services. Crucially this information can be used by managers at all levels to help their staff attain high levels of health and well-being, both in and out of work.

Finally, it gives the crucial message to Boards that health and wellbeing services can be improved through formal procurement process. If services are procured by teams from multi-disciplinary providers and progress is continually monitored, the levels of success will be likely to be much higher, benefitting staff, patients and the organistaion, through improved delivery of high quality care.

Using this framework document will give all NHS organisations the power to increase the health and well being of their staff. 

Click here to view the framework

5 High-Impact Actions

The Department of Health’s Wellbeing Delivery Group has developed a set of five high-impact actions that it believes will make the greatest difference to embedding staff health and well-being within NHS organisations.

The high-impact actions are:

1. Ensure your health and wellbeing initiatives are backed with strong leadership and visible support at board level. Producing an annual report of the organisation’s wellbeing will help to communicate commitment and progress.

2. Develop and implement an evidence-based staff health and well-being improvement plan to meet your organisation’s needs. This should be prepared and agreed in partnership between management, staff and unions with progress monitored regularly.

3. Build the capacity and capability of management at all levels to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff. This will include recognising and managing presenteeism, conducting return to work interviews and supporting staff with chronic conditions.

4. Engage staff at all levels with improving their own health through education, encouragement and support.

5. Use an NHS occupational health service that offers a targeted, proactive and accredited support system for staff and organisations.

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