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NHS pilots staff well-being assessments

20th June 2008

The Department of Health has announced that it has begun to the trial of a new well-being assessment for NHS staff at Rotherham Primary Care Trust (PCT).

It adds that a further nine sites will launch the Creating a Healthier NHS two-year pilot programme by July 8th 2008.

The scheme aims to support improvements in employee health to help staff be more productive and fulfilled as well as reducing absence.

It is also hoped that it will help staff lead by example to their patients on the benefits of having a healthy lifestyle.

Ann Keen, parliamentary under-secretary of state for health, said: “It is right that we focus our attention on the health and well being of our own staff, and that this becomes a proactive, preventative approach.”

She added the pilot programme will empower NHS employees to be more aware of their well-being and health and will give them strategies regarding physical activity, nutrition and the reduction of stress.

Last week, the government announced 225 million pounds of investment in a new ten-year programme to give cares support with their health and employment and allow them to take more short breaks.

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