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Developing NHS health and wellbeing leads

The NHS is at a point where the health and wellbeing of its staff requires urgent attention. This was reflected in NHS England’s Long Term Workforce Plan.

Throughout the development of the revised health and wellbeing framework NHS England recognised the need to develop those who lead on this agenda – the health, and wellbeing leads. Four Health Innovation Networks (formerly Academic Health Science Networks – AHSNs) – East, North East North Cumbria, Oxford & Thames Valley, and UCLPartners – were commissioned by NHS England to identify the development and support needs for health and wellbeing staff in collaboration with NHS organisations.

This review was carried out in 2022/23 and involved over 500 health and wellbeing leads and responsible officers.

Key findings include:

  • A shift in the role of health and wellbeing leads from a predominantly operational position to one that has a strategic focus
  • Executive board support and recurrent funding essential
  • An equitable offer for all to promote fairness and inclusivity.

A short visual summary of this work can be downloaded here

Like to read a bit more? With kind permission from NHS England a full copy of the report can be downloaded here

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