Struggling to cope: mental health staff and services under pressure

UNISON, October 2017

This report by UNISON suggests that reduced funding to mental health services across the UK is leaving staff vulnerable to violence and aggression from patients, and means they cannot provide the level of care needed.  The report is the result of a survey of over 1,000 mental health employees across the UK, who work in a range of roles – with children and adults in hospitals, in secure units and out in the community.

Click here to view the report.

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Mental health at work: the business costs ten years on

Centre for Mental Health, September 2017

This report updates a calculation made ten years ago, when mental health problems in the UK workforce were estimated to cost employers almost £26 billion. It finds that the cost is now £34.9 billion as a result of inflation and a rise in the size of the workforce since 2007. This means that mental health problems cost £1,300 for every employee in the UK economy.  The report finds that by far the largest part of the business cost is in the form of reduced productivity among people who are at work but unwell: or ‘presenteeism’. This costs businesses twice as much as sickness absence relating to poor mental health. The remainder of the cost relates to turnover – people leaving their jobs as a result of poor mental health.

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Employment and Mental Health

Royal College of Psychiatrists, April 2017

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has for many years highlighted the importance of mental health and employment.

UK national policy is paying increasing attention to health, mental health and employment. Responding to a growing number of national policies and initiatives, the College has enhanced its coverage of relevant concerns of social psychiatry, mental health and employment.

This report outlines the main priorities and activities of the College in the area of mental health and employment.

Click here to view the report.

Consultation: Work, health and disability: improving lives

Department for Work and Pensions, November 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions are seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions.

The consultation closes on 17th February 2017.

Click here for further information.

Click here to respond to the Consultation.

In the red: student nurse debt

Unison, October 2016

This report finds that two thirds of NHS students have had to take on work on top of their studies in order to supplement their income. The proportion of medical and health students taking on extra jobs has risen from 61 per cent to 68 per cent in the last decade and 64 per cent of those surveyed say that working these extra hours is affecting their ability to study.

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Mental health at work report 2016

Business in the Community, October 2016

This new report from Business in the Community (BITC) urges employers to recognise the scale of poor mental health in the workplace and take significant steps to reduce the risk of their workplace being a contributor.  Employers have a duty of care to their employees to respond to mental ill health just as they would to a physical illness.

Click here to view the full report.