Health and Safety Competencies for NHS Managers

NHS Employers, July 2015

This guidance looks at the nine key competency areas required for managers, identifying the core skills for every managerial post. It will help health and safety professionals and representatives to assess whether their managers have the right skills and competencies to manage health and safety effectively.

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Compassion in Practice: Two years on

NHS Employers, January 2015

NHS England has published a report called Compassion in Practice: Two years on which talks about the value of the 6Cs, how they are spreading across health and social care and informing the commissioning process, along with the important role Care Makers play in bringing the vision to life.

Compassion in Practice, the national strategy for nurses, midwives and care staff, was launched in December 2012. Since that time, a significant programme of work through six action areas has created a momentum across the country which has recognised the very crucial role that organisational culture plays in determining the experience of patients and users of our services.

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New report encourages rigorous evaluation of health and wellbeing programmes

NHS Employers, 21 November 2014

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.

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New guidance to help NHS managers reduce stress in the workplace

NHS Employers, November 2014

NHS Employers have published comprehensive guidance to help managers throughout the NHS reduce stress in the workplace and better support staff who experience it.

For the past two years, 38 per cent of staff have told the NHS Staff Survey that they have suffered stress in the previous 12 months. NHS Employers also estimates that over 30 per cent of all sick leave is now caused by work-related stress in the NHS, costing up to £400 million each year.

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