The NHS Five Year Forward View, published last week, is an all-encompassing document that examines all areas of the health system. It makes several observations and recommendations specifically regarding employment and workplace health, beginning with the observation that –
“Sickness absence-related costs to employers and taxpayers have been estimated at £22bn a year, with over 300,000 people each year taking up health-related benefits”
Importantly, the document notes that the changes needed to be implemented by the NHS to achieve its long-term sustainability will require actions taken in partnership with external stakeholders, including employers. In this spirit, the NHS pledges to help develop and support new workplace incentives to promote employee health and cut sickness-related unemployment.
For the key points and full details, download the full NHS Five Year Forward View PDF document from the NHS England website.