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It is responding to a report published today (13 March) by the Royal College of Physicians called ‘Work and Wellbeing in the NHS: why staff health matters to patient care’. Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said:

“There is a high profile leadership campaign about the health of NHS staff and there is increasing support nationally and locally, but we do face an uphill struggle against growing pressure on the health service.

“We support the call for greater national support for this vital area, which builds on the work being done by many employers in the NHS. About two-thirds now have ambitious plans for the health and wellbeing of staff.

“All the arms-length bodies pledged to support better staff experience in December and we welcome the concentration on this area in the NHS’ Five Year Forward View’.

“The NHS is one of the most rewarding places to work and it can be challenging too, so it’s important to make staff health a core part of NHS planning.”

More information about health and wellbeing at work is available here: http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/retain-and-improve/staff-experience/health-work-and-wellbeing

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