Workshop 3: Improving the health and wellbeing of NHS Staff – the role of workplace strategies


Kate King- Hicks (Public Health England), Helena Fahie (Public Health England), Anna Hinton (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), Hannah Musson (Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust) and Ria Ingleby (Vodafone)


Our healthcare system’s greatest asset is the people who deliver it. Yet, as NHS services face unprecedented clinical demand, increasing financial pressures and a patient population with complex care needs, it is often the health and wellbeing of NHS staff that suffers. There is an inextricable link between the people who provide care and the patients that they care for. The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world. Its 1.3 million staff in England and Wales care for 1 million patients every 36 hours – 243 million patients each year. For this system to provide safe, sustainable, patient-centred care, it is critically dependent on a healthy and engaged workforce with good mental and physical wellbeing.

Headline question

What works to get employees more physically active? Is the process of implementing an NHS workplace health strategy any different from any other large organisation?

Workshop debate

  1. What is the case for change?
  2. What are the main barriers?
  3. What components need to be in place to facilitate behaviour change in NHS staff resulting in positive health and wellbeing outcomes?
  4. What approaches and initiatives have been working?
  5. How can we support each other to take this forward?
  6. In 5 years’ time what would success look like in terms of healthy and active and NHS staff?
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