Health Education England launch a new framework to help health and social care employers improve the mental wellbeing of their employees
The Workforce Stress and the Supportive Organisation – A framework for improvement through reflection, curiosity and change encourages employers to take a closer look at the systems they currently have in place for managing staff wellbeing, it challenges them to give greater consideration to the impact workforce stress has on staff and look at the role they can play in providing better support to staff who may need It.
Health Education England commissioned the National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWSDU) at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to develop a resource to get employers to rethink how they deal with workforce stress. The framework gives further weight to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commissionand its recommendations that employers need to take steps to support staff in building resilience but is a separate initiative to give further guidance and support to employers.
It also talks about the impact of leadership, capacity and capability on workforce mental wellbeing and what employers need to consider.
Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Chief Nurse at HEE said:
“We must prioritise and improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our staff. Staff are our greatest resource – we need to support them to ensure they are the best they can be and provide high quality care. This comprehensive framework that has been trialled and tested by NHS organisations provides employers with both practical and theoretical help putting in place the structures and processes needed to support employees deal with the pressures they often face"
Source: Health Education England, 4th April 2019
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