In order to deliver high-quality patient care, the NHS needs staff that are healthy, well and at work. The pressures on all services are well documented, with unprecedented demand for care at a time of national workforce shortages and financial constraints. Poor workforce health has high and far-reaching costs to NHS organisations and ultimately patients. Now more than ever we need to support our staff and their wellbeing to prevent burnout and improve psychological health – recognising the direct link with patient safety.
There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to supporting the wellbeing of staff – and all NHS organisations may be at different stages of their health and wellbeing journey. This award will recognise interventions from the very small such as fulfilling the basic needs for your team, or larger-scale programmes supporting staff wellbeing across the organisation. Most importantly this award will recognise initiatives where a demonstrable impact can be shown, particularly those that have improved standards of patient care.
Entries are welcome from across the NHS and public sector health and social care system.