More attention should be paid to the mental wellbeing of nurses and other NHS staff, according to latest NICE guidelines.
NICE has called on NHS managers to ensure systems are in place for assessing and monitoring the mental wellbeing of employees so that risks caused by working conditions addressed.
“This could include using employee attitude surveys and information about absence rates, staff turnover and investment in training and development, and providing feedback and open communication,” the institute said in the guidelines Promoting Mental Wellbeing at Work, published today.
It also called on NHS organisations to provide staff with the opportunity to work flexibly if “reasonably practical”.
Additionally NICE recommended strengthening the role of line managers in promoting the mental wellbeing of employees through supportive leadership style and management practices.
The guidance aims to help reduce the estimated 13.7 million working days lost each year due to work-related mental health conditions including stress, depression and anxiety which are currently estimated to cost UK employers around £28.3bn per year at current pay levels.
NICE director of public health excellence professor Mike Kelly said: “By following these recommendations an average organisation of 1,000 employees can expect to save an estimated £250,000 a year, due to reduced absenteeism and increased performance.
“The guidance therefore represents a win-win for employers and their employees and should be seen as important advice to help organisations irrespective of their size or sector,” he said.