Government Policy

NHS Health at Work works with Government to inform and influence national and international policy on occupational health matters.

This section includes information on the latest national guidance and how the Network is supporting and responding to it.

This includes:

DH Health and Wellbeing Strategy

DH Healthy staff, better care for patients
This sets out the Government’s proposals for the practical realignment of occupational health services in the NHS.

DH Improvement Framework
This has been put together primarily for decision makers on Boards, to support them in establishing a culture that promotes staff health and well-being. It sets the framework for improvement work that is needed in many organisations and across the regions. It focuses, in particular, on improvement to occupational health services.

Public Health Responsibility Deal

The Public Health Responsibility Deal has been established to tap into the potential for businesses and other organisations to improve public health and tackle health inequalities through their influence over food, alcohol, physical activity and health in the workplace. The aim is to maximise the benefits to health and wellbeing by working in partnership through a series of networks and pledges for action. A core commitment of the Responsibility Deal is to actively support the workforce to lead healthier lives.

Health, Work and Wellbeing

Health, Work and Well-being is a cross-government initiative that promotes the positive links between health and work.

Sickness Absence Review

In 2011 the Government called for a major review of the sickness absence system in order to help combat the 140 million days lost to sickness absence every year. The review presents an analysis of the sickness absence system in the UK and the impact for employers and individuals.

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