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NHS pilot scheme launched

25 Jun 2008

NHS pilot scheme launched A new pilot NHS scheme to assess the well-being of its staff has been launched.

The first of ten sites piloting a new approach to support the health and welfare of staff was launched last week at Rotherham Primary Care Trust.

Its 300 staff will take part in the scheme – which will launch in nine more sites on July 8th – that intends to reduce the amount of staff absences due to ill-health.

Dame Carol Black called for the public sector to lead by example in improving the health of its workforce, in the Health, Work and Well-being report she wrote for the government.

Student nurses could be interested to hear the medical profession is trying to learn how best to ensure a healthy workforce.

Clare Chapman, NHS director general of workforce, said the innovative programme demonstrates the service's commitment to learn how to support them make healthy choices.

"There are over 1.3 million staff delivering NHS services in the UK and supporting them to stay healthy matters if services are to continue to improve for patients," she added.

Ann Keen, parliamentary under-secretary of state for health, said it is right to take a proactive, preventative approach and focus on the health and safety of staff.

The NHS began operating on July 5th 1948.

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