Occupational Health is crucial to the effectiveness of the NHS and a good service is proven to have a direct impact on patient care. The NHS must be an exemplar employer in ensuring the health and wellbeing of its staff.

Having a good occupational heath service in your Trust will

  • Improve organisational behaviours and performance
  • Reduce sickness absence rates
  • Improve the quality of services for patients
  • Make a significant contribution to staff productivity
  • Save money

‘Healthy staff, better care for patients’ sets out the Government’s proposals for occupational health services in the NHS.

See our 10 point checklist to see if your organisation is meeting the new recommendations.

Alongside these proposals, the Department of Health’s Improvement Framework provides support and direction for commissioners and providers to establish occupational health departments that deliver services that meet the full breadth of NHS staff health & well-being needs.

NHS Plus and the NHS Health at Work Network are working in partnership with the Department of Health and NHS Employers to support this work. 
See NHS Employers health and well being.

A healthy nation starts with a healthy NHS