NICE – The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has produced guidance to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, with a focus on organisational culture and the role of line managers.
Within the guidance, they identify ways people’s health can be damaged at work by, for example:
- physical hazards
- physically demanding or dangerous tasks
- long or irregular working hours or shift work
- tasks that encourage a poor posture or repetitive injury
- tasks that mean someone is sedentary for prolonged periods of time.
There is also a number of recommended ways for implementing their guidance within the workplace:
- Raise awareness through routine communication channels, such as email or newsletters, regular meetings, internal staff briefings and other communications with all relevant partner organisations. Identify things staff can include in their own practice straight away.
- Identify a lead with an interest in the topic to champion the guideline and motivate others to support its use and make service changes, and to find out any significant issues locally.
- Carry out a baseline assessment against the recommendations to find whether there are gaps in current service provision.
- Think about what data you need to measure improvement and plan how you will collect it. You may want to work with other health and social care organisations and specialist groups to compare current practice with the recommendations. This may also help identify local issues that will slow or prevent implementation.
- Develop an action plan, with the steps needed to put the guideline into practice, and make sure it is ready as soon as possible. Big, complex changes may take longer to implement, but some may be quick and easy to do. An action plan will help in both cases.
- For very big changes include milestones and a business case, which will set out additional costs, savings and possible areas for disinvestment. A small project group could develop the action plan. The group might include the guideline champion, a senior organisational sponsor, staff involved in the associated services, finance and information professionals.
- Implement the action plan with oversight from the lead and the project group. Big projects may also need project management support.
- Review and monitor how well the guideline is being implemented through the project group. Share progress with those involved in making improvements, as well as relevant boards and local partners.
For more information and to download the guidance…