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Response to RCP report “Work and Wellbeing in the NHS”

13 March 2015

Today Jocelyn Cornwell, chief executive of The Point of Care Foundation, responded to the publication of the Royal College of Physicians’ report Work and wellbeing in the NHS: why staff health matters to patient care, to say:

“We welcome the strong link made between staff wellbeing and the care and experience of patients in this latest report from the Royal College of Physicians. Its findings mirror many of those made last year in our Staff Care report, which highlighted that staff wellbeing proceeds good patient experience.

“More than a third of NHS trusts don’t have a staff health and wellbeing plan, but all of them should. It is not only right to value our healthcare workers, but evidence shows that doing so can help improve efficiency, and most importantly, patient care.

“Of course, NHS trusts don’t just need to have the plans in place, they need to show how they are implementing them. We believe Schwartz Rounds, which enable staff to reflect on the emotional and social challenges of their jobs, have an important role to play in supporting the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce.”

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.