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June 2, 2011

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New network to focus on health of NHS staff

NHS Plus has launched the NHS Health at Work Network, which is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the NHS workforce.

The Network is chaired by Dr Ursula Ferriday, consultant in occupational medicine at Worcester Acute Hospital Trust, and it will inform Government on occupational-health matters and promote best clinical and
business practice in the delivery of health and work services to NHS staff.

Comprising 165 NHS occupational-health teams it will also act as a forum for the exchange of information, expertise and best practice, and help coordinate service delivery to meet customer need. 
 
Commented Dr Ferriday: “Occupational Health services are vital for the NHS – the Boorman Review suggests that if we reduce sickness absence rates by a third we can save £555 million a year that can be redirected to patient services. A healthy workforce will also be more productive and committed.”

She continued: ”This is a dynamic era for occupational health in the NHS, and the Network will look at new and innovative ways of improving and delivering our services. I am delighted to be chairing the Board and facilitating the involvement and engagement of all of our members at this exciting time.”
 

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.

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