In response to the HEE NHS Staff and Learner Mental Wellbeing Commission report, Paul Jenkins, chair of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“The NHS is founded on care and compassion and that has to extend to our staff. Most people are attracted to work in health and care because of the emotional reward that comes with a sense of having made a meaningful contribution to the life of another. These emotional rewards, however, come at a potential price which most people entering into the work do not bargain on.
“This report shines a welcome light and makes sound recommendations on looking after the mental wellbeing of our staff and learners. We particularly welcome the announcement of the Wellbeing Guardians who will champion staff wellbeing at board level.
“We also welcome the focus on system leadership to improve staff psychological well-being by placing a strong focus for improvement at Board level.
“This report presents a clear case for change which will require a significant shift in behaviour and culture across the whole of the NHS and social care. But this is essential if the NHS is to achieve the Long Term Plan’s goal of being the best place to work.
“The NHS cannot implement improvements for trainees alone – it’s great to see the mention of universities in this report as partnership working with them will be crucial to success.”