Wednesday, 27 February 2019

NHS England survey reveals 'alarming downturn' in staff wellbeing

NHS England survey reveals 'alarming downturn' in staff wellbeing Number of those sick due to work-related stress is highest in five years
Two in five NHS staff in England felt sick from the stress of their job at some point last year, according to a survey.

The figure of 39.8% of staff feeling unwell as a result of work-related stress was the highest in five years. The NHS staff survey also found that increasing numbers of doctors, nurses and other personnel felt disillusioned, were working unpaid overtime and were thinking about quitting.

A majority (51%) are thinking about leaving their current role and 21% want to quit the NHS altogether.

More than three-quarters (78%) feel under unrealistic time pressures some or all of the time.

Nearly six in 10 (58%) say they do unpaid overtime every week, though that number is falling.

Nearly 28% have suffered back pain in the last year as a direct result of their work, up two percentage points since 2017.

Fewer than three in 10 (28.6%) feel their trust takes positive action to improve staff health and wellbeing. The Guardian
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