Lead Reviewer Announced For NHS Workforce Health And Wellbeing Review, UK

February 3, 2009 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Dr Boorman, Director of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Medical Adviser to the Royal Mail Group, will be leading the joint Department and NHS review of the health and wellbeing of the NHS workforce, the Department of Health announced today.

The review was announced by Secretary of State on 25 November 2008 as part of the Government’s response to Dame Carol Black’s report on the health of the UK’s working-age population.

The review recognises that high quality care needs a high quality workplace and will begin with a call for evidence from employers, staff and stakeholders. It is expected to report on its early findings in the Spring. It will look at the available evidence and best practice on what makes a healthy workplace which is key to delivering high quality care. It will build a comprehensive evidence base to support recommendations for system wide improvements in line with the NHS Constitution.

Ann Keen said:

“I am pleased to announce that Dr Boorman will be leading the review of the Health and Well-being of the NHS workforce. Healthcare workers have a vital role in supporting the overall health of the people in England and we need to make sure that they are equipped with the tools, training and support they need to deliver high quality care.

“Dr Boorman is a well respected figure in field of occupational health and broader health and well-being. I am delighted that he will be heading up this review.”

Dr Boorman said:

“I am honoured to be asked to lead the review of health and well-being within the NHS and this is a great opportunity to build on the good work already done and to help it maintain and improve the health of its diverse workforce. My experience in Royal Mail Group has helped me to understand how vital it is to care for the health and well-being of people to help them to achieve the high expectations of the public service they provide.”

Dame Carol Black said:

“I warmly welcome both the review of the health and well-being of the NHS workforce and today’s announcement that Dr Boorman of Royal Mail Group has agreed to lead this review. My recent report ‘Working for a healthier tomorrow’ showed that there are clear bottom-line benefits to business from investing in health and well-being programmes, and this is equally true for public sector organisations who need to demonstrate value for money for the tax payer.”


1. Dr Boorman is an experienced consultant in occupational heath and a past president of the Royal Society of Medicine’s section of occupational medicine. He previously held posts as Medical Adviser to the Secretary of State for Transport and as locum chief medical adviser to DETR.

2. The review, which Dr Boorman will lead on, was announced on 25 November 2008 in response to the first report on the health of the UK’s working-age population, which was carried out by Dame Carol Black and published in March 2008. Working for a Healthier Tomorrow called for urgent and comprehensive reform of occupational health.

3. The review will be carried out in consultation with employers and staff to support the commitment made in the NHS Constitution to develop opportunities for those working in the NHS to maintain their health, well-being and safety. Through our unprecedented consultation with staff in the NHS about what matters to them, staff have told us what they need to do their jobs well. This includes support for their health and well-being, which is now encapsulated in one of the four staff pledges in the NHS Constitution.

4. The NHS Constitution launched on 21 January this year made a pledge to provide support and opportunities for staff to maintain their health, wellbeing and safety. It will also reaffirm our commitment that good workplaces should exist for the entire NHS workforce.

5. The Review will begin with the development of an evidence base for what does and doesn’t work in providing occupational health and well-being services. It will be followed by an audit of how staff, managers and their representatives perceive current health and well being provision and will make recommendations for improving current provision in the short and longer term.

6. The recommendations will need to be developed by reference to the Lord Ara Darzi’s report on High Quality Care for All and the key challenges for the NHS outlined in the Operating Framework 2009-2010.

Department of Health, UK

[Via http://www.medicalnewstoday.com]


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