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Nurses have their say on staff well-being

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Nurses from across the East Midlands are helping shape the future of health and well-being services for themselves and other healthcare workers following the release of a national review.

Nurses and other health professionals got together at a regional event in Nottingham this week to offer their comments on the interim report for the NHS Health and Wellbeing Review, share local examples of good practice and to decide the next steps in continuing to improve the health and wellbeing of NHS staff in the region.

The interim report is part of the independent review led by occupational health expert Dr Steve Boorman. The report considers the health and wellbeing of NHS employees offering recommendations for improvements and has been commissioned by the Department of Health.

The report reveals that more than 80 per cent of NHS staff surveyed believed their health and wellbeing affected the quality of patient care they provided, highlighting the importance of investing in staff.

Barbara Hakin, chief executive for NHS East Midlands said: “We welcome the NHS Health and Wellbeing Review as an opportunity for us to gain a better understanding of how to focus our actions to make the biggest improvement for staff and patients.  The health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce is a key priority for the East Midlands.  Joining forces with our staff to create healthy workplaces and make improvements in the way we work will enable us to deliver our promises of high quality care and value for money.”

Dr Boorman said: “I’m delighted to be hosting this event in conjunction with NHS East Midlands where I have seen some great examples of improvements in health and wellbeing. Putting staff health and wellbeing at the heart of how the NHS operates will help improve NHS employees working lives and outcomes for patients and will also help make significant financial savings. It is very important that we continue to hear views from frontline NHS staff to help us shape the recommendations that will be published in the final report at the end of the year.”

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