Having just finished a radio interview on BBC5Live I felt I needed to gather my thoughts on the topics discussed.
So the NHS England (who guide and advise the commissioners) have brought out new incentives for Commissioners of the NHS (the buyers of what NHS services we have in our area) to look after their staff. These must be in place by March 2017.
What’s happening to NHS staff and what is it costing us the tax payers:
- 2015 the cost of sickness to the NHS was £2.4billon (~27% higher than any other UK public sector and 46% higher than other sectors).
- 300,000 staff are obese and another 400,000 are overweight
- 3 million staff employed by the NHS 80% said that if they felt looked after it would have a positive impact on their health and the knock-on effect on patient care would improve.
So what does this actually mean?
Basically, if we reduce sickness per person for 1 day every year the NHS would save £150 million. Think how many more services that could buy?
If the NHS started improving the health and well-being of the work force, it would result in:
- Improved patient care
- Improved staff moral and therefore performance
- Saving to the tax payers
- Reinvestment in the NHs to improve services and reduce waiting times.
Action is needed on:
- Changing mindset around healthy eating from management down
- Educating staff on what is healthy eating?
- Ensuring healthy options are available and affordable 24/7. As the NHS is one of the few organisations that are open 24/7/365 days of the year
- Supporting staff to lose weight and keep it off by providing health work place environment
The BDA Work Ready Programme is geared up to address these issues and work towards a healthier workforce. For more information contact me via email or telephone and together let’s improve the health of our NHS so they can keep us healthy and well for many more years.