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The HEE Announce NHS Staff and Learners' Mental Wellbeing Report

The Commission was led by Sir Keith Pearson, former Chair of Health Education England, and by Professor Simon Gregory, Director and Dean of Education and Quality, Midlands and East, as Programme Clinical Director.

An interim report was presented to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in summer 2018, and the final report builds on the literature review and research findings of that interim report working with a Commission panel of subject advisors and experts meeting during summer and autumn 2018.

The panel heard from staff working in the NHS whose wellbeing has been adversely affected by workplace experiences, and from several families bereaved by the death of a loved one who ended their life while in the employment of the NHS. The Commission also heard from representatives of beacons of best practice where colleague wellbeing is supported and championed. In addition, visits took place nationwide to find out more about how organisations are valuing, supporting and caring for their staff and for learners on undergraduate clinical education placements or receiving postgraduate training.

The Commission’s aim is to see an NHS where staff and learners are happy and feel fulfilled in their work, where they look forward to going to work and are proud of the care they provide to their patients. There is good evidence that happy staff are more compassionate and provide safer care.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
"I love the NHS and have enormous respect and admiration for the dedicated staff who make our health service what it is today. Working under pressure, NHS staff put themselves in some of the most challenging situations imaginable as part of their unwavering commitment to caring for us all. So they deserve unwavering support from us all. I’m so proud of the service NHS staff give, so the mental and physical wellbeing of the people who work in our health service must be our utmost priority. Today’s important report helps guide how we can do that, from creating the right culture of support to giving everyone somewhere to turn in the toughest times. NHS staff have been there for me, and they have been there for my family – so I’m determined to make sure we are there for them too".

Professor Ian Cumming, Chief Executive of Health Education England, said:
"If someone is looking to join the NHS, whether through education and training, an apprenticeship or direct employment, they should be able to see and feel that the health service is bringing to life the statements expressed in the NHS Constitution. More support is needed for those who care and better care is needed for those studying to become healthcare professionals. This is why I am committed to making sure that the commission takes full advantage of this opportunity to make a real difference to the NHS health and care workforce and to those studying to become our future healthcare staff.
It is vital that staff feel they are supported and that employers have the right procedures in place to offer all the help that may be needed. The mental wellbeing of staff contributes positively to patient care so we must get it right. As a caring and compassionate organisation, the NHS attracts staff with these values, but it must be recognised that in giving care you also absorb some of the concerns and issues of the people that you are caring for. We must do better for those in the caring professions. And we must care better for those studying to be professionals. This commission will make that happen".

Read the final report here

Source: Health Education England, February 2019

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