Improving NHS staff health could save £555m

Improving the health and well-being of 1.4 million NHS staff could potentially save over half a billion pounds a year and improve patient care, according to the NHS Health and Well-being Review.

Occupational health expert and former GP Dr Steve Boorman, who was asked by the DoH to lead the review, calls for an overhaul in the priority and focus placed on staff health.

Dr Boorman said: 'While there are strong examples of good practice, staff health and well-being provision is patchy across the service. By putting staff health and well-being at the heart of how the NHS operates we will not only help improve the working lives of 1.4 million people, but evidence suggests we will make significant savings and improve outcomes for patients.'

The review has found that current provision  for staff health and well-being is in need of system-wide improvement. The NHS currently loses 10.3 million working days annually due to sickness absence alone, costing £1.7bn a year.

There is significant evidence to suggest that trust performance overall is linked to higher levels of staff health and well-being.

Staff ill health is shown to be a serious barrier to the provision of consistently high quality patient care, with over 80% of the 11,000 NHS staff who took part in the review's staff perception survey saying that their state of health affects the quality of the patient care they deliver.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

NHS Health and Well-being Review

 


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