Data and communication

Understanding your data is a key enabler to improving the health and wellbeing of your people.

Good data and robust analysis are fundamental to knowing where to focus your health and wellbeing intervention and what form that should take. Furthermore, it also enables you to measure whether it is having the desired impact or not, and therefore whether it is worth expanding, adapting or stopping implementation.

Developing an evidence-based approached that has been drawn from your data will ensure you develop initiatives that meet the needs of your people. It is important both to identify and implement solutions that work, as well as to seek out newer innovations that can be trialled.

Well-evidenced data help you make better judgements about the extent to which any improvements in sickness absence/presenteeism can be attributed to health and wellbeing service interventions. Furthermore, informed and creative use of data on outputs will help boards to track the successes of interventions, in the collective aim of improving health and wellbeing.

The NHS Constitution outlines that the NHS seeks to “engage staff in decisions that affect them and the services they provide, individually, through representative organisations and through local partnership working arrangements. All staff will be empowered to put forward ways to deliver better and safer service for patients and their families”. Including your workforce in the design of health and wellbeing initiatives is crucial in ensuring that these interventions are not only data-driven but also people-led. The more that colleagues are aware of the health and wellbeing support that is available to them, when to use it and how to access it, the more likely they are to use it. As such, a communication and engagement plan is vital to ensuring every staff member, at all levels, is connected to health and wellbeing provisions.

Below are some resources to support you to be able to gather and analyse the appropriate data, as well as guide you in developing the suitable communications to the relevant audience.