The importance of the occupational health function to support NHS workforce needs during the winter period

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It’s that time of year when people are feeling the shorter days of sunlight, the colder weather and for NHS teams, the added pressures the winter period brings on the healthcare system and in turn, the wellbeing of NHS staff.  

The need to care for NHS staff has never been greater. We know that looking after both the physical and mental health needs of the NHS workforce helps with staff retention and preventing long-term sickness. These two factors are key to ensuring NHS organisations have the staff in place to deliver efficient care to communities.   

Maxine Davies, Category Lead at Crown Commercial Service – part of the NHS Workforce Alliance – explains how the occupational health function is key in supporting our NHS workforce and how the Alliance can help NHS organisations across the country. 

“We understand that since the pandemic there has been a real increase in demand for occupational health support services and we, as the NHS Workforce Alliance, are here to help you. 

“The NHS Workforce Alliance Occupational Health framework can support NHS workforce needs as trusts tackle workforce recovery, staff mental health and wellbeing, as well as staff retention. We know that staff are less likely to leave their job if their health and wellbeing needs are met. 

“This framework has a preventative element in terms of staff sickness. If we support staff right at the beginning of their concerns, this framework can help with putting measures in place to ensure the staff member is supported in their role.” 

If you are interested in finding out more about how the NHS Workforce Alliance can support your NHS organisation with its occupational health needs, please get in touch today and our team will be happy to help. 

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