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Ambitious new strategy signals commitment to staff health and welfare

We have listened to your feedback to create a three-year plan that will support people in the workplace to improve their physical and mental wellbeing

Improved access to health information, more opportunities for staff to be employed in roles that meet their health needs and better support for those who evelop long-term conditions are just some of the commitments set out in an ambitious Staff Health Strategy launched this month.

Developed in partnership with staff and the Area Partnership Forum, the three-year plan is based on what staff tell us they would find helpful in improving their own health. It also reflects the latest research, which confirms the important role the workplace has in improving staff health, in promoting mental wellbeing and physical activity and in tackling health inequalities.

Anne MacPherson, director of human resources and organisational development, is chair of the Staff Health and Wellbeing Strategic Forum, which developed the 2017-20 Staff Health Strategy.

She said: “NHSGGC recognises the need to support our staff’s wellbeing. We do this in many ways – through our occupational health service, through comprehensive health and safety policies and through a range of HR policies designed to help balance home and work lives.

“Our responsibility for our staff extends beyond the core responsibility to provide a safe working environment. The wellbeing of our staff is of equal importance.

“Evidence shows that to create a healthy workforce, we need managers and leaders who drive the wellbeing agenda, staff side engagement, actions to reduce stress in the workplace and improved opportunities to take part in physical activity.

Our Staff Health Strategy aims to foster such a culture, where staff are supported to take a greater interest in their own health and wellbeing and are provided with the opportunities to do so. We aim to be an excellent employer, an ‘employer of choice’, where staff want to work. Initiatives such as this Staff Health Strategy are important in helping us achieve that goal.”

Alan Cowan, our non-executive staff health champion, said: “I am delighted to sponsor this work and recommend that everyone supports the strategy’s ambitions to help make NHSGGC a better workplace.”