The Government launched ‘Healthy staff, better care for patients’ on 29 July 2011. This sets out the Government’s proposals for the practical realignment of occupational health services in the NHS. The aim is to help NHS organisations to be exemplary in occupational health provision and staff health and wellbeing in line with the Government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal.
Alongside these proposals, the Department of Health’s Improvement Framework provides support and direction for commissioners and providers to establish occupational health departments that deliver services that meet the full breadth of NHS staff health &well-being needs.
Professor John Harrison, who advises the Department of Health on behalf of the NHS Health at Work Network, called upon commissioners to adopt a more strategic and challenging approach to their expectations of OH providers and added that he looked forward to NHS occupational health services playing a broader role in the Public Health Responsibility Deal.
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