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Health Professions: Occupational Health

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to promote well-being among healthcare professionals and support staff since 1997. (204551)

The Government have done a good deal to promote well-being among health care professionals and support staff since 1997. This includes: Improving Working Lives (2000) and Practice Plus (2001); NHS Plus (2001), providing occupational health to NHS staff; the NHS Employers’ reference guide to staff well-being, the Healthy Workplaces Handbook (October 2007); NHS Health and Well-being pilots and ‘Health for Health professionals’ pilots (2008). In addition, a number of primary care trusts (PCTs) took part in both the recent departmental sponsored Investors in People Health and Well-being at Work and British Health Foundation Well@Work pilots.

For the future, the Government will be responding later in the year to the proposals in Professor Dame Carol Black’s, the National Director for Health and Work’s Review of the health of the working age, “Working for a healthier tomorrow” (March 2008) to make all work places healthier. Copies of this publication are available in the Library.