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Response to Simon Stevens’ announcement of NHS workplace health initiatives

02 September 2015

Today Joanna Goodrich, Head of Evidence and Learning at The Point of Care Foundation, responded to Simon Stevens’ announcement of new measures to improve health in the NHS workplace, to say:

“We welcome the measures announced by Simon Stevens to prioritise the health of the NHS’ biggest asset, it’s 1.3m dedicated members of staff. However these measures only represent part of the solution and must be embedded within a wider drive to effect cultural change and improve staff engagement and support throughout the health service.

“Evidence demonstrates that staff engagement equates not only to improved clinical outcomes but also better patient experience. Stress is one of the biggest causes of sickness absence and it is essential that staff have the opportunity to reflect on the emotional and social challenges of the job and to work in an environment that enables compassionate and patient-focused care.

Notes to editors:

About The Point of Care Foundation:

  • The Point of Care Foundation is an independent charity dedicated to improving patients’ experience of care and increasing support for the staff who work with them.
  • We provide evidence and resources to support health and care staff in the difficult work of caring for patients.
  • We believe a truly patient-centred approach – focussed on listening, understanding and responding to the needs of the whole individual – is essential to the delivery of the best possible quality of care.
  • For further information about our work please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @pointofcarefdn.
  • For media enquiries contact: Patrick Cullen, Communications Manager on: 020 7637 7252 or at Out of hours on 07969 991 720.