Welcome to the May edition of the HPMA membership newsletter.
NHS England has published details of new steps to help the NHS become a healthy employer.
Trusts are being encouraged to improve staff health by unlocking their share of a £450m CQUIN using new guidance. The cost of sickness absence to the NHS stands at around £2.4bn – around £1 in £40 of the total budget, excluding the cost of staff cover as well as patient treatment. If sickness absence was reduced by one day per person per year then the NHS would save around £150m, equivalent to around 6,000 full time staff.
The NHS Staff CQUIN was announced in March and now trusts are being encouraged to maximise their involvement by introducing health and wellbeing initiatives, increasing healthy food choices on NHS premises and the uptake of front line staff receiving the flu vaccine.
The guidance highlights different ways in which employers can provide health and wellbeing schemes at work for staff, such as running clubs, fitness classes, promoting the cycle to work scheme, running mindfulness courses and improving physiotherapy capacity so that it is easier for staff to look after their health and wellbeing during the working day.
The CQUIN aims to:
· Introduce evidence-based initiatives to improve workforce health including offering more mental health and physiotherapy services as well as physical activity schemes.
· Take action on the food and drink sold in hospitals.
· Ensure a 75% uptake of the flu vaccination for front-line clinical staff
The guidance aims to provide:
· More context about the need for NHS organisations to focus on health and wellbeing
· More information about the content of the schemes they need to introduce, drawing on best practice examples
· Further information about the methods of assurance and processes behind the CQUIN
· Future support available by national bodies during 2016/17 to help with the implementation of the CQUIN schemes.