CSP contributes to NICE quality standard on healthy workplaces

The CSP has had input into new national advice about how employers can help improve their staff’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.

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The quality standard says employess need managers who support their health and wellbeing

The society contributed to the creation of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) quality standard, Healthy workplaces: improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing, published on 3 March.

The document contains four standards that set out priorities for improving high-quality care of employees. It does not cover long-term sickness absence.

It states that employees should

  • work in organisations that have a named senior manager who makes employee health and wellbeing a core priority
  • have managers who support their health and wellbeing
  • be managed by people who are trained to recognise and support them when they are experiencing stress
  • have the opportunity to contribute to decision-making through staff engagement forums

Jenny Nissler, CSP professional adviser, said: ‘The standard gives clear definitions and advice for leaders and line managers, encouraging employee involvement and cross-referencing other supporting NICE standards and guidelines for further information.

‘Taking a preventative approach, NICE anticipates that the recommendations will contribute to employee wellbeing and satisfaction and have a positive effect on sickness absence rates.’

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by Graham Clews

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