Creating Healthy Workplaces – a new toolkit

Sharon Gregory reports on a new toolkit from NHS Employers which can help you to make your workplace healthy.
 
NHS Employers’ new publication ‘ Creating Healthy NHS Workplaces’ aims to provide practical advice for employers on implementing the six pieces of workplace guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
 
The six sections cover long-term sickness, mental wellbeing, obesity, smoking and physical activity. Within each section there are checklists, practical guides, research evidence and top tips from the NHS health and wellbeing network.
 
Highlights from the research to support the implementation of healthy workplace initiative include:
 
  • In complex cases of long-term sickness, 76% of Trusts report the use of case managers
  • 97% of Trusts now provide training for managers on how to manage long-term sickness absence
  • 75% of Trusts report that they monitor the mental wellbeing of their staff
  • In terms of tackling obesity, 38% of Trusts do not offer similar healthy food options in the evenings compared with the daytime.
  • Promoting smoking cessation – 62% of Trusts say they allow staff to attend stop smoking services during working hours without loss of pay.
  • Physical activity – 87% of Trusts offer reduced membership to local leisure centers, 92% have a bike purchase scheme and 70% have an on-site fitness class.
 
The guide also has some further sections on engagement, communication, leadership, behaviour change and the importance of evaluation. This highly practical guidance also provides suggestions for what to measure when evaluating interventions such as behaviour changes, attendance and uptake of initiatives, personal outcomes for individuals, achievement of external accreditation and overall satisfaction levels amongst staff.
 
You can download this highly accessible publication directly from the NHS Employers website at www.nhsemployers.org.
 
Sharon Gregory, for Croner UK