Our NHS people have been facing increased pressures on their health and wellbeing for a significant period of time and the impact of COVID-19 has magnified some of these pressures. We are starting to see that some of our workforce are struggling with the physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
The NHS People Plan identified that supporting the health and wellbeing of our workforce is one of the most important things we can drive forward. As part of this commitment, the best form of support for our workforce often happens within their place of employment, whether that be through supportive workplaces, compassionate line management or through dedicated locally based support services.
As such, NHS England and NHS Improvement have invested significant funding into supporting local integrated care systems (ICS) to develop, and pilot, locally owned health and wellbeing offers which are tailored to the needs of their workforce.
This programme aims to support ICSs to gain confidence and maturity in supporting the health and wellbeing of their workforce, in addition to developing an evidence base which will enable them to pursue local funding for sustainability and to support the national team in identifying good practice which could be commissioned and spread.
Through the development of these enhanced health and wellbeing programmes, we hope to provide a bridge between preventative support, early identification and intervention and specialist support to ensure our staff feel safe, cared for and listened to.