NHS Employers has published guidance that encourages NHS organisations to improve evaluation of their internal health and wellbeing programmes.
Findings from Evaluating Health & Wellbeing Interventions for Healthcare Staff show that financial pressure on the NHS will make it increasingly difficult for NHS boards to justify their own staff health and wellbeing programmes – unless more evidence and rigor is developed to assess their value.
The report provides evidence and describes ten key principles to help enhance evaluation of these programmes:
- ensure the purpose of the evaluation is determined
- establish your evaluation criteria
- plan, prepare and where possible document the evaluation design
- look for change
- consider the long-term impacts of an intervention
- consider the bigger picture
- senior management engagement
- build a capacity and capability for evaluation
- ensure there is focus on process as well as on the outcome
- effective communication and understanding of evaluation findings.
It also recommends that NHS organisations increasingly share and develop a detailed evidence base, helping to explore what works and what doesn’t.
Click here for further information and to download the guidance.