NHS Staff Well-being Series Part 3: Five Top Tips for NHS Organisations

There are many challenges facing our leaders within the NHS. Employers are looking to recruit and retain high quality staff for the benefit of the health services as a whole. They want those employees to embrace change and innovate for safer solutions to provided quality care. They want there employees to be engaged with their organisation.

Well... to do this, they must be healthy. Healthy employees are more engaged and engaged employees are more healthy…. (Van Stolk, 2009; The RCP, 2015). So in the final part of this NHS staff well-being series, we have put together some evidence based suggestions, designed to help your health care organisation thrive in the face of adverse staff health.

Tip One: Demonstrate a commitment to a health and wellness programme that is fully integrated with your organisation’s mission, values and long-term vision (Blake et al, 2013). This will demonstrate to staff that you value them and their well-being.

Tip Two: Ensure that staff have access to healthy food 24 hours a day to cover all shift patterns. This comes in partnership with ensuring staff have adequate provision to take breaks in order to eat, replenish and re-hydrate.

Tip Three: Galvanize proactive occupational health teams. These teams should be proactive in predicting work based issues and preventing ill health in staff.

Tip four: Prioritize a plan to support the mental and physical well being of staff and ensure that there is provision of psychological therapies, smoking cessation and public health programmes available to them.

Tip Five: Monitor the efficacy of interventions put in place and adapt services according to the needs of all of your staff at every level (permanent/temporary/part time/full time/all shift patterns).

When Healthcare organisations value their staff experience as much as they value the patient experience, then both staff and services will have the chance to thrive (Boorman, 2009, Prins et al, 2010, Keogh, 2013). Join our programmes today and see how we can turn your organisational 'health culture' around.


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Keogh B. Review into the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 hospital trusts in England: overview report. London: Department of Health, 2013

Prins JT, Hoekstra-Weebers JE, GazendamDonofrio SM et al. Burnout and engagement among resident doctors in the Netherlands: a national study. Med Educ.

RCP. Work and wellbeing in the NHS: why staff health matters to patient care. London:RCP, 2015.

Van Stolk C, Starkey T, Shehabi A, Hassan E. NHS workforce health and wellbeing review: staff perception research. London: Department of Health, 2009.

Posted on August 15, 2015 .