Stress levels soar in health professions

Stress is a problem in 97 per cent of health and social care workplaces, a UK survey has revealed.

Stress levels soar in health professions
Stress levels soar in health professions

Health and social care staff are far more likely to say that stress is a problem than staff in sectors including IT, banking and finance, retailing and distribution, and legal and professional services, according to the survey by GP's sister magazine Human Resources.

Across all UK workplaces, 69 per cent of respondents said stress was a problem at work.

Problems with stress are also growing faster for health workers. Two thirds of health and social care respondents said the problem had worsened in the past 12 months, compared to only half overall.

Line managers in health and social care also spent more time dealing with stressed colleagues than their counterparts in other sectors, the survey revealed. Across all sectors, 76.5 per cent of managers spent one to two hours a week dealing with stressed employees.

But in health and social care 46.7 per cent said they spent three to five hours a week on the problem, and 10 per cent spent more than six hours a week on it.

Health and social care organisations were more likely than other sectors to have a policy for tackling stress, with 60 per cent reporting one compared to just 35 per cent across all sectors.

More than 600 respondents completed the survey in total.

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